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Bid Rigging Detection

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 91 minutes
Recorded Date: November 21, 2019
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        • Federal Antitrust and Consumer Protection Laws
                - What is Bid Rigging?
                - Pointers on Detecting Bid Rigging
                - Indicators of Potential Collusion
                - Examples of Federal Enforcement Actions in this Area
        • State Antitrust and Consumer Protection Laws
                - State Antitrust and Consumer Laws
                - Enforcement
                - State Bid Rigging Cases
                - Hypotheticals
        • Investigating and the Role of Data and Statistics 

Runtime: 1 hour 31 minutes
Recorded: November 21, 2019


Both the private and public sectors often rely on a competitive bidding process to acquire goods and services. For the process to truly be competitive, bidders need to set their prices honestly and independently from one another. When they collude, the customer ultimately loses. Beyond an exploration of federal and state antitrust and consumer protection laws, the program will also include a discussion using real-world examples.

This program was recorded on November 21st, 2019.

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American Bar Association
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Lizabeth Brady

Chief, Multi-State Anti-Trust Enforcement, Anti-Trust Division
Florida Office of the Attorney General

Lizabeth Brady is Chief, Multi-State Anti-Trust Enforcement, Anti-Trust Division at the Florida Office of the Attorney General.

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Jamie McClave Baldwin

Info Tech Inc.

As the President of Infotech Consulting, Dr. Jamie McClave Baldwin combines her passion for teamwork and problem solving as she leads the next generation of experts to continue the excellence with which Infotech Consulting is associated.

Dr. McClave Baldwin provides expert analysis and testimony in statistics and econometrics, manages complex litigation projects, and leads Infotech Consulting’s array of experts to research the application of statistical methodologies to real-world data. Her specialties include statistical and econometric modeling, regression analysis, and mixed models. She has applied her expertise to a variety of fields such as antitrust, environmental sciences, education, discrimination, product liability, and patent infringement. Her ability to explain complex analyses in clear, concise terms provides an invaluable resource to her clients.

Dr. McClave Baldwin has extensive experience providing statistical and econometric analysis in antitrust and class certification matters for a variety of cases and industries. In this context, she applies empirical analysis to multi-dimensional databases, provides comprehensive solutions to empirical problems, and expresses the results in ways that make sense to her audience.

Prior to joining Infotech Consulting, Dr. Baldwin worked as a private statistical consultant for the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Statistics Department and for the University of Florida Department of Biostatistics. She has published technical articles, made numerous presentations, and has served as an educator/trainer in the fields of statistics and statistical analysis software.

Dr. McClave Baldwin received her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Economics from Vanderbilt University and earned a Master of Statistics and Doctorate in Statistics from the University of Florida.

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Patricia A. Conners

Former Chief Deputy Attorney General
Florida Office of the Attorney General

Patricia Conners is a former Chief Deputy and Deputy Attorney General in the Florida Attorney General’s Office, overseeing a staff of nearly 1100, including managing the Antitrust, Complex Civil Enforcement, Consumer Protection, Lemon Law Arbitration and Civil Rights Divisions. She recently retired from the Office after 36 years, having served seven attorneys general.

During her tenure, she was the supervising attorney in the state’s opioids litigation and a lead negotiator in the multistate negotiations in that case, the supervising attorney in the state's lawsuit against BP arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, and the supervising attorney representing Florida in the multistate negotiations with the five major mortgage servicers over various issues arising from the foreclosure crisis, among other significant complex enforcement matters. As Deputy Attorney General for Enforcement, she also directed or was the lead attorney on countless antitrust and consumer protection matters.

In addition to her general management responsibilities in the agency, Ms. Conners served as the Director of the Antitrust Division for the Attorney General's Office from 1995 until 2020, where she was responsible for implementing and overseeing the Attorney General's state and federal enforcement efforts to ensure a competitive marketplace. Ms. Conners received both her undergraduate and J.D. degrees from the University of Florida.

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Steve Vieux

Of Counsel
Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP

Steve focuses his practice on business and product liability litigation, including defending automotive and medical device clients in personal injury litigation, as well as counseling clients on antitrust and consumer protection issues. He brings extensive experience handling complex litigation and government investigations, and as trial counsel. Before joining Shook, Steve was a senior attorney with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Bureau of Competition, where he played a leading role in federal antitrust investigations and litigation in the health care and life science industries. While at FTC, he also served in its Office of General Counsel where he had the opportunity to work on various consumer protection, competition and administrative law matters, including the analysis and implementation of privacy enforcement policy. As a result of his work at FTC, Steve received the prestigious Janet D. Steiger award on two occasions for his contributions to government enforcement actions and litigation.

Besides his enforcement work at the FTC, Steve's antitrust experience includes serving on an interagency team that reviewed health care joint ventures participating in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Accountable Care Organization program for their competitive impact. He also analyzed settlement agreements entered into between pharmaceutical companies in Hatch-Waxman litigation matters for antitrust compliance.

Steve's record of public service also includes serving as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, managing a caseload of more than 100 criminal cases.

During his career, Steve has been appointed to key positions at various bar and professional organizations, including the American Bar Association and the Uniform Law Commission's Committee on Social Media Privacy. He is Chair-Elect of the ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division.

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