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The Role of Economic Liberty in the United States - Event Audio/Video

Administrative Law & Regulation and Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Groups
Michelle P. Connolly, Clark Neily, Lawrence J. Spiwak, Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Dean A. Reuter March 30, 2017

The Federalist Society hosted a lunch and discussion on the role of Economic Liberty in the United States on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.  

Today, many job-seeking Americans and companies face significant government barriers that restrict their full participation in the economy. These barriers, often in the form of restrictive regulatory regimes, prevent consumers from using their skills, entering new professions, and starting new businesses. They also prevent low and middle-class Americans from moving up the ladder.  Competition and free markets have the power to spur innovation, create new business models, and drive economic opportunity and growth.

Policymakers, like Acting Chair of the Federal Trade Commission Maureen Ohlhausen, have begun to take actions to address these barriers.  For example, Ms. Ohlhausen recently announced the creation of an Economic Liberty Task Force to advance economic liberty issues, with a particular focus on occupational licensing regulations.  These topics and others were addressed.

Speakers Include: 

  • Prof. Michelle P. Connolly, Professor of the Practice of Economics, Duke University
  • Clark Neily, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice
  • Lawrence J. Spiwak, President, Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies
  • Moderator: Hon. Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Acting Chairman, Federal Trade Commission
  • Introduction: Mr. Dean A. Reuter, Vice President & Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society

National Press Club
Washington, DC

The Role of Economic Liberty in the United States - Sen. Ted Cruz Keynote Address - Event Audio/Video

Administrative Law & Regulation and Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Groups
R. Ted Cruz, Dean A. Reuter March 30, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz gives the keynote address to open the Federalist Society's lunch and discussion on the role of Economic Liberty in the United States on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

Featuring: 

  • Hon. R. Ted Cruz, United States Senator, Texas
  • Introduction: Mr. Dean A. Reuter, Vice President & Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society

National Press Club
Washington, DC

Freddie & Fannie Shareholder Litigation Update - Podcast

Litigation Practice Group Podcast
Jason A. Levine, John Carney March 02, 2017

During the 2008 financial crisis, Congress provided Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with billions of dollars in emergency funds to keep them afloat, supplemented by the investments of private investors who bet that these entities would return to profitability. In 2012, just as Fannie and Freddie were indeed becoming profitable again, the Government instituted a "net worth sweep" that required them to remit to the government nearly all of their profits every quarter. Fannie and Freddie have paid the government over $246 billion so far. In the process, the stock was rendered virtually worthless. Investors filed myriad lawsuits as the net worth sweep came into effect. After four years of litigation and an initial dismissal by the district court, the D.C. Circuit has now largely affirmed but also sent key contract-based claims for monetary relief back to the district court for further review. This Teleforum discusses this historic litigation, its implications for the housing market and the proper role of the Government, and the investors' prospects for success on their claims.

Featuring:

  • John Carney, Editor, Breitbart News
  • Jason A. Levine, Litigation Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP 

In Re: Walgreen Co. Stockholder Litigation Update - Podcast

Litigation Practice Group Podcast
Theodore H. Frank February 24, 2017

According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, over 97% of mergers and acquisitions result in "strike suits," litigation seeking to enjoin a merger that often quickly settles for attorneys' fees and supplemental disclosures to shareholders. In In Re: Walgreen Co. Stockholder Litigation, 832 F.3d 718, a recent case over such a settlement, Judge Richard Posner called the practice a "racket," and the Seventh Circuit rejected the lawsuit’s claims. Meanwhile, Delaware and New York courts have come out on opposite sides of the issue.

Ted Frank of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, who successfully argued Walgreen and has multiple appeals on the subject pending in other jurisdictions, discussed developments in the area over the last year and answer questions.

Featuring:

  • Theodore H. Frank, Senior Attorney & Director, Center for Class Action Fairness (CCAF), CEI

Florida and the Future of Trade Policy - Event Audio/Video

2017 Annual Florida Chapters Conference
Alice Ancona, Stephen Ezell, Thomas Palley, Bryan Riley, Morgan W. Streetman, Daniel Woodring February 10, 2017

This panel, Florida and the Future of Trade Policy, was held on February 4, 2017, at the 2017 Florida Chapters Conference at Disney's BoardWalk Inn at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Florida and the Future of Trade Policy
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

  • Alice Ancona, Director of Global Outreach for the Florida Chamber of Commerce
  • Stephen Ezell, Vice President, Global Innovation Policy, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
  • Dr. Thomas Palley, Senior Economic Policy Advisor, AFL-CIO
  • Bryan Riley, Jay Van Andel Senior Policy Analyst, Trade Policy, The  Heritage Foundation
  • Moderator: Judge Jonathan Gerber, Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal
  • Introduction: Morgan W. Streetman, Founder and Principal, Streetman Law
  • Remarks: Daniel Woodring, Principal Attorney, Woodring Law Firm

Disney's Boardwalk Inn
Lake Buena Vista, FL