Critical Developments in Antitrust and CUTPA – B05


General Session Track
Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section

Session B: 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Hear from government and private practice counsel on significant developments and hot topics in Antitrust, Consumer Protection, and CUTPA law.

You will learn:

  • Consumer Protection and Antitrust enforcement priorities, and recent initiatives
  • Significant developments in Unfair Trade Practice law
  • Significant unresolved issues in Antitrust and Consumer Protection law

Moderator:
Michael Kurs, Pullman & Comley LLC, Hartford

Attorney Kurs is a partner at Pullman & Comley LLC where he is a member of its Health Care, Litigation and Regulatory departments. Michael chairs the CBA’s Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section. He is a co-chair of the Bench-Bar Committee of the Hartford County Bar Association and a member of the CBA’s Professionalism Committee. He is a frequent contributor to the American Bar Association’s PREVIEW of American Supreme Court cases. He is licensed to practice in Connecticut, New York and Georgia.

 

 

 

 

 

Speakers: 
Lorrie Lewis Adeyemi, Assistant Attorney General, Department Head, Consumer Protection Department, Office of the Connecticut Attorney General, Hartford

Attorney Adeyemi is department head of the Consumer Protection Department in the Connecticut Office of the Attorney General. The department is responsible for protecting consumers from unfair and deceptive business practices through the representation of the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, consumer education, complaint mediation, investigations, appearances before state and federal agencies and litigation under various state and federal laws, primarily the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act.

AAG Adeyemi joined in the OAG in 1985, serving in the Collections, Consumer Protection and Finance departments before being named Consumer Protection department head in March, 2015. She has expertise in consumer protection and financial fraud litigation, particularly mortgage fraud, advance fee loan scams and credit repair issues. Her practice has also involved insurance matters and health fraud issues. In 2001, she was appointed the OAG liaison to the NAAG Predatory Lending Working Group and served as the lead attorney involved in the multistate actions against Household Finance, Ameriquest Mortgage Company and Countrywide. She also assisted with consumer mortgage and foreclosure issues related to the $25 billion national settlement in 2012 with the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers over foreclosure abuses and unacceptable mortgage servicing practices. In 2013, AAG Adeyemi was part of the litigation team challenging unfair trade practices by the credit reporting agencies Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, which later resulted in settlement. She also served as a member of the Attorney General’s Privacy Task Force, which later became the OAG’s Privacy & Data Security Department.

 

Michael E. Cole, Assistant Attorney General, Department Head, Antitrust and Government Program, Fraud Department, Office of the Connecticut Attorney General, Hartford

Since July 1999, Michael Cole has served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Connecticut Attorney General; serving as the Chief of the Antitrust Department since July 2004.  In October 2012, Mr. Cole was designated to lead the Office’s newly formed Antitrust and Government Program Fraud Department. 

Mr. Cole began his legal career in 1992 with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division’s New York Field Office where he prosecuted criminal antitrust and tax matters.  Subsequent to his time with the Antitrust Division, Mr. Cole was an associate with Shipman & Goodwin, LLP, where he worked in the health care fraud practice group from November 1997 until July 1999.  Mr. Cole has supervised and/or personally led numerous antitrust, competition enforcement and health care fraud investigations in a number of markets including, insurance, waste, financial services, health care and pharmaceutical. 

Mr. Cole graduated with honors from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 1992.  Prior to law school, Mr. Cole served as an infantry officer with the U.S. Marine Corps.

  

Robert M. Langer, Wiggin and Dana LLP, Hartford

Attorney Langer is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department and co-chair of the firm’s Antitrust and Consumer Protection Practice Group. Before joining Wiggin and Dana in 1994, Mr. Langer was the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust and Consumer Protection Department of the Office of the Connecticut Attorney General, where for more than twenty years he litigated numerous antitrust and consumer matters in both federal and state trial and appellate courts.  Mr. Langer also served as Chair of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Multistate Antitrust Task Force from 1990 to 1992.

Mr. Langer has participated in more than twenty cases in the Connecticut Supreme Court and the Connecticut Appellate Court involving interpretation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (“CUTPA”) and the Connecticut Antitrust Act, including the first decisions rendered by the Connecticut Supreme Court under both the Connecticut Antitrust Act, Mazzola v. SNET, 169 Conn. 344 (1975), and CUTPA, Hinchliffe v. American Motors Corp., 184 Conn. 607 (1981).  He is the co-author of a treatise, entitled Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts and Antitrust, published yearly by Thomson Reuters as Volume 12 of its Connecticut Practice Series.

From 1979 to 2013, Mr. Langer served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Business Administration, MBA Program, where he taught constitutional, antitrust and trade regulation law. In 2014, he began teaching state unfair trade practices law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

 

 

CLE Credit: 1.5 Hours (AOP)