Consumer Protection

Nation’s Leading Advocates and Public Policy Makers Coming Together in DC

Speakrs Include Congressman Jamie Raskin, FCC’s Mark Stone, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, CPSC’s Ann Marie Buerkle, and Auto Experts Mary Cummings and David Strickland

Washington, D.C. — On May 10th and 11th, the Consumer Federation of America will bring together consumer, government, industry, and public policy leaders to discuss and debate the most critical consumer issues in today’s political and economic environment.  For 52 years, CFA’s Consumer Assembly has served as the consumer movement’s principal meeting where the latest consumer issues are reviewed, policy reforms are discussed, and new initiatives are presented.

Consumer Assembly provides an excellent forum for the media to hear from, and talk to, consumer experts about the current congressional priorities, consumer protections and the role of civil penalties in enforcing them, states attempts to protect consumers, auto sales abuses, net neutrality, product safety, preventing robocalls, FinTech, autonomous vehicles, grassroots advocacy, the threat of data breaches, and the future of the digital electric grid.

Consumer Assembly 2018 will feature:

  • Special panels with a broad array of consumer, academic, government, and industry experts.
  • An extraordinary opportunity for media to ask questions of key public policymakers and meet with the largest gathering of consumer advocates in America.

Key ITEMS of interest to the Media:

Thursday, May 10th

8:30 a.m.         Congressman Jamie Raskin, U.S. House of Representatives

9:00 a.m.         America’s Current Politics: Pew’s Latest Research on Consumer Concerns

9:30 a.m.         Consumer Protections Needed for America’s Military Families

10:30 a.m.       Honorable Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General

11:15 a.m.       Combating Auto Sales Abuses

                        The Future of Net Neutrality and Universal Service

                        The Promise and Perils of New Technology on Product Safety

1:15 p.m.         Norm Ornstein, Resident Scholar and Author, American Enterprise Institute

2:00 p.m.         Preventing Robocalls and Unwanted Phone Solicitations

FinTech: Implications for Consumers and Advocates

Role of Civil Penalties in Consumer Protection

3:30 p.m.         Autonomous Vehicles: Bane or Boon to Consumers?

4:15 p.m.         Effective Strategies for Convincing Agencies to Put Consumers First

Friday, May 11th

8:00 a.m.         Today’s Grassroots, Grasstops, and Federal Advocacy Strategies

9:00 a.m.         Ann Marie Buerkle, Acting Chairman, Consumer Product Safety Commission

9:30 a.m.         A Digital Electric Grid: Consumer Concerns and Opportunities

10:30 a.m.       The Insecure Digital World: Data Breaches and Other Consumer Threats

 For a complete agenda of sessions and speakers, click here.

EVENT:                     Consumer Assembly 2018

DATES:                     Thursday, May 10 – Friday, May 11, 2018

LOCATION:             Embassy Suites DC Convention Center Hotel, 900 10th Street NW, Washington, DC