FTC and DOJ Announce Agenda for June 23 Joint Agency Workshop on Conditional Pricing Practices

The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice (DOJ) have issued the agenda for their joint public workshop, which will be held on June 23, 2014, to explore the economic and legal analysis of conditional pricing practices among firms in a supply chain. Announced in early May, the workshop will focus on conditional pricing arrangements – practices in which prices are explicitly or effectively contingent on commitments to purchase or sell a specified share or volume of a single product or a mix of multiple products – such as loyalty or bundled pricing.

A principal goal of the workshop will be to advance the economic understanding of the potential harms and benefits of conditional pricing practices and to reexamine their treatment under the antitrust laws. As detailed in the press release first announcing the event, participants will focus primarily on: 1) Economic Learning, and 2) Law and Policy Issues related to conditional pricing practices.

The FTC and DOJ are interested in receiving comments on conditional pricing practices, and will accept written submissions from the public through Aug. 22, 2014, 60 days after the event. Interested parties may submit public comments online. Submitted comments will be made publicly available on the FTC and DOJ websites.

The all-day workshop is free and open to the public. Individuals are encouraged, but not required, to register in advance for the workshop by sending an email to [email protected]. Please include “RSVP” in the subject line. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. It will take place at the FTC’s conference center, at its new satellite location: Constitution Center, 400 Seventh Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024.

Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Requests should be submitted by email to [email protected], or by calling Lara Kittelson at 202-326-3388. Requests should be made in advance. Please include a detailed description of the accommodation needed and provide contact information.

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