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COVID-19 Unfair Competition Litigation and Enforcement: A Look Back and Ahead One Year In

April 30, 2021 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Free event! Self-study credit available.

Please join us on Friday, April 30 for a one-hour webinar on the past and future of COVID-19 unfair competition litigation and enforcement.

For the past year, government enforcers and private litigants have been actively pursuing allegedly abusive pricing, refunding, and advertising practices related to the ongoing pandemic. Major targets have included purveyors of personal protective equipment accused of improperly inflating prices and misrepresenting goods, as well as service providers accused of unfairly retaining consumer payments despite altered or canceled services. Our panel will discuss how these cases have unfolded thus far in California and elsewhere, as well as potential future developments.

Moderator: Lee Brand.

Speakers:

  • Craig Carpenito
  • Jon Tomlin
  • Christina Tusan

Lee Brand is a Counsel in Pillsbury’s San Francisco office, where his practice focuses on antitrust litigation and consumer and shareholder class actions.

Former U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito is a partner in King & Spalding’s Special Matters & Government Investigations practice. Bringing over two decades of experience as a litigator in private and public practice, Craig has a proven track record of success in counseling financial services and healthcare clients through government investigations and high-stakes litigation. Immediately prior to joining King & Spalding, Craig served as the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey and as chair of the DOJ’s national COVID-19 Hoarding and Price Gouging Task Force. Before his service as U.S. Attorney, Craig served as co-chair of the litigation department of an AmLaw 50 law firm, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and as an SEC enforcement attorney.

Dr. Jon Tomlin is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura, based in Los Angeles. He is a leading economic expert in the areas of economic damages and antitrust and has advised clients in each of these areas for over 20 years. Jon has testified as an economic expert witness for cases in both state and federal courts. Jon has extensive experience advising clients regarding complex economic damages issues. He has assessed economic damages in cases involving allegations of false advertising, breach of contract, fraud, antitrust, and intellectual property. He has evaluated class certification issues in many of these cases.

Christina Tusan is Supervising Attorney for the Consumer and Workplace Protection Unit of the Los Angeles City Attorney. Christina is a highly-skilled trial attorney who has prosecuted complex cases involving unfair, unlawful and deceptive practices and false advertising in both federal and state courts, resulting in judgments or settlements in excess of $731,000,000. Recently, she has investigated, prosecuted and supervised the prosecution of cases involving products that allegedly deceptively claim they can cure, treat, or test for COVID-19. Prior to her current role with the City Attorney, Christina served as a Senior Attorney in the Federal Trade Commission’s Los Angeles office and as a Deputy Attorney General at the California Department of Justice.

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