Sign-up Underway for Winter Institute Antitrust Symposium in Washington, D.C.

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On Tuesday, January 21, the American Booksellers Association will present an Antitrust Symposium in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with ABA’s 2020 Winter Institute in Baltimore. Booksellers are encouraged to sign up now; the cost is $25 per attendee.

Over the past year, regulators and lawmakers have begun to investigate the business practices of Big Tech (Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google) to determine if any of these companies might be in violation of antitrust laws. A panel will look at the growing monopoly power in the retailing and tech sector, with a focus on the extraordinary market dominance of Amazon. Among other speakers, the panel will feature:
  • Matt Stoller, author of Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy (Simon & Schuster)
  • Maria Coppola, adjunct professor at George Mason University Law School, teaching European competition law
  • Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance

The bus will leave the Hilton Baltimore at 7:45 a.m. The symposium will begin in Washington, D.C., at 10:00 a.m. at The Rayburn House Office Building and will end at 12:00 p.m. Coffee will be served and the cafeteria is available for lunch. The bus will depart Washington, D.C., at 2:00 p.m. so you have time to attend any lawmaker meetings you may have scheduled.

Until December 13, this event is only open to registered Winter Institute booksellers. After December 13, if space allows, registration will open to booksellers who are not attending Winter Institute.

Questions about the event can be directed to ABA Advocacy and Public Policy Coordinator Molly Bond at [email protected]. Booksellers who sign up to attend the symposium should be sure to plan their travel to Baltimore accordingly.