Antitrust and CUTPA: General Principles, Hot Topics, and What Makes Connecticut Law Special  – A02

Business Law/Tax Law Track

Session A: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

About the Program
This seminar will provide an overview of the state’s antitrust act and “Little FTC Act” (CUTPA). It will also explore recent legal developments in these areas, including the framework for antitrust lawsuits under the per se or rule of reason following the US Supreme Court’s landmark decision in 2018 in Ohio v. American Express Co.; the rise of Illinois Brick repealer statutes and the expansion of tools for indirect purchasers; and limitations on class action plaintiffs in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in China Agritech, Inc. v. Resh.  Finally, the seminar will cover expected trends in antitrust enforcement actions and consumer protection laws, including the recent Connecticut Supreme Court decision in Soto v. Bushmaster case. 

You Will Learn

    • An overview of the state’s “Little FTC Act” (CUTPA) and the state’s antitrust law (CATA)  
    • Insight into the latest antitrust and consumer protection developments at the state and federal level 
    • Expectations about trends in the areas of consumer protection and antitrust enforcement  


Allan HillmanGarcia & Milas PCHamden

Allan Hillman is a litigator and transactional lawyer, a shareholder of Garcia & Milas PC, in New Haven.  In a 46 year career he has specialized in, written dozens of articles and chapters on, and taught antitrust, intellectual property, and franchise law, and has been named often in Best Lawyers in America and in the Northeast, as well as chairing Bar sections in CT and MD.




Robert M. Langer, Wiggin and Dana LLP, Hartford 

Bob is recognized as one of the country’s foremost authorities on antitrust, consumer protection, and trade regulation law. He possesses unparalleled experience in counseling, litigation, and regulatory investigations in the field, and he is co-author of the definitive treatise on unfair trade practices and antitrust legal practice.

A Partner in the firm’s Litigation Department and Co-chair of the firm’s Antitrust and Consumer Protection Practice Group, Bob’s experience includes class actions and representing clients in both federal and state courts and before the Federal Trade Commission, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and offices of state attorneys general and state consumer protection agencies throughout the U.S.

Bob leverages more than two decades of experience as the Assistant Attorney General in charge of antitrust and consumer protection in Connecticut, where he litigated numerous antitrust and consumer matters in federal and state trial and appellate courts.

Jill M. O’TooleShipman & Goodwin LLP, Hartford 

Jill O’Toole is the Co-chair of the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group. She has significant experience representing clients in complex commercial litigation, including state and federal class actions and multi-district litigation. Her cases cover a broad range of business disputes involving antitrust, trade regulation, securities, fiduciary duties, insurance, contracts, business torts, and intellectual property.  Jill has worked extensively with experts in diverse fields such as agriculture, econometrics, software testing, corporate trust, and securities.  Jill has been lead trial lawyer in state and federal courts in technology and financial services disputes.  She has also represented clients in international arbitrations, and appeals before various federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the Connecticut appellate courts. Her clients include financial institutions, financial services companies, closely held corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships.

In the area of government investigations and white collar criminal defense, Jill represents clients for civil, criminal, and military matters involving various federal and state agencies.  She handles investigations into matters involving bribery, theft, kickbacks, conspiracy, fraud, false statements, False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, terrorist financing laws, military contracts, and federal and state government contracts. She also works with clients to evaluate and develop compliance programs.

Jill serves on the firm’s E-Discovery and Information Governance Group and advises her peers and clients on electronic data preservation, collection, review, and production in state and federal courts. 


CLE Credit: 2.0 Hours (CT: 2.0 General; NY: 2.0 AOP)