11.17.09

Statement On Committee Progress On The Free Flow Of Information Act

[President Obama this week announced his intention to nominate Vermonter Julie Brill for one of two vacancies on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  Brill served for more than 20 years as Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the State of Vermont, from 1988 to 2009.  Since February 2009 she has 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.) 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’s reaction to Brill’s selection follows:]

“Julie Brill’s nomination will be a tonic for an FTC that too often over the last decade has languished while consumers’ interests have given way to special interests.

“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.  I am especially encouraged by her expertise on antitrust and privacy issues.  Though these issues directly affect every American, they have not had the FTC’s full attention for far too long.”

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