03.04.10

Senate Confirms Vermont’s Julie Brill To Federal Trade Commission

...Leahy Extols Her Expertise On Several Key Consumer Issues

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate Wednesday night confirmed former Vermont Assistant Attorney General Julie Brill for a vacancy on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). 

Brill served for more than 20 years as Vermont’s Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection and Antitrust, from 1988 to 2009.  Since February 2009 she had been the Senior Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced Brill at her Commerce Committee confirmation hearing.  Leahy chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over many of the antitrust, consumer protection and consumer privacy laws enforced by the FTC and by the U.S. Department of Justice.  Leahy called Brill Wednesday night with the news of the Senate’s action and congratulated her.

The FTC protects consumers from unfair and deceptive trade practices as well anticompetitive behavior by corporate interests.  Leahy noted that her experience in a wide range of consumer protection issues – from tobacco, food and drugs, to agriculture and identify theft – has prepared her well for the active agenda set for the FTC by its new chairman, Jon Leibowitz.

Leahy said, “The President made a superb choice in picking Julie Brill, and I’m glad the Senate has broken through the obstructionism to confirm her.  We again have an FTC that is on the side of consumers.”

“Vermont has a vibrant record of consumer and privacy protection second to none, and Julie Brill did a masterful job in defending and renewing those rights,” Leahy noted.  “I am especially encouraged by her expertise on antitrust and privacy issues.  Though these issues directly affect every American, they have gathered dust in the FTC’s inbox for far too long.  Julie Brill will help revitalize an FTC that has languished while consumers’ interests have given way to special interests.”

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