Hogan Lovells Partner Carl Chiappa Presents at FTC Workshop
05 February 2016
On January 19, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission held an all-day public workshop in Washington D.C. on the automotive industry titled “Automobile Distribution: Current Issues and Future Trends.” Hogan Lovells partner, Carl J. Chiappa, who has represented automobile manufacturers and distributors for more than 35 years, was the first presenter of the day. The workshop focused on state laws that regulate the relationship between automotive manufacturers and distributors and their dealers, including prohibitions on direct sale of vehicles by manufacturers to consumers and restrictions on the appointment of new dealers and the termination of existing dealers. The workshop focused on the impact of such laws on consumers and on competition generally. In addition, the workshop addressed “future trends” in the industry, including autonomous vehicles, ride-sharing and fractional ownership models and their implications for the industry and the economy generally.
The workshop opened with remarks from FTC Chairwoman, Edith Ramirez, and was moderated by FTC attorneys and economists. Mr. Chiappa provided an overview of the relevant statutes as well as his perspective on the issues raised by the statutes for manufacturers, dealers, and the public. Other panelists included a number of independent economists, as well as representatives of automobile manufacturers and distributors, dealer associations and dealer attorneys. The workshop was attended in person by approximately 200 people and also broadcast live by webcast. The FTC reports that the live webcast was among “the most widely watched conferences” it has ever held. A link to the video broadcast as well as a Law360 article on the workshop is set forth below.
The FTC will accept public comments regarding the workshop until March 4, 2016.
If you would like to learn more about the workshop or the issues presented, please click on the links below or contact Carl Chiappa at 212-918-3612.