Kim E. Rinehart

Wiggin and Dana Partner Co-authors New Edition of Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts and Antitrust Treatise

November 12, 2018 Press Release

Wiggin and Dana's Robert M. Langer, a partner in the firm's Hartford office and co-chair of the firm's Antitrust and Consumer Protection Practice Group, is co-author of the 2018-2019 Edition of "Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts and Antitrust", Vol. 12 of the Connecticut Practice Series, just released by publisher Thomson Reuters.

The 2018-2019 edition, which is more than1800-pages in length, highlights existing unfair trade practices caselaw, as well as furnishes insight into the relationships between the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA) the FTC Act, and the unfair trade practice statutes of other states. The work also includes practice aids, model documents, the statute's text, a list of other statutes referencing CUTPA, administrative regulations, and a list of secondary materials that discuss CUTPA.

Mr. Langer co-authored the original treatise, "Unfair Trade Practices", in 2003. Co-authors are David L. Belt of the law firm of Hurwitz, Sagarin, Slossberg & Knuff, LLC, and Quinnipiac University School of Law Professor Emeritus, John T. Morgan.

Mr. Langer extends his gratitude to Wiggin and Dana Partner and contributing author, Kim Rinehart, for her invaluable assistance in revising a number of sections in this new edition.

In his practice, Mr. Langer is involved in all aspects of antitrust, consumer protection and trade regulation counseling and litigation, including class actions, representing clients in both federal and state courts, as well as before the Federal Trade Commission, the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice, offices of state attorneys general and state consumer protection agencies throughout the United States.

Before joining Wiggin and Dana in 1994, Mr. Langer was the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust and Consumer Protection Department of the Office of the Connecticut Attorney General, where for more than twenty years he litigated numerous antitrust and consumer matters in both federal and state trial and appellate courts. He received his bachelor's degree in 1970 from Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and his law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1973. He served as an adjunct professor teaching constitutional, antitrust and trade regulation law at the University of Connecticut School of Business Administration, MBA Program, from 1979-2013. He now serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law teaching a course on state and federal unfair trade practice law. He also lectures and writes regularly on antitrust, consumer protection, and health care topics.

Wiggin and Dana's Antitrust and Consumer Protection Practice Group represents clients before state and federal antitrust enforcement and consumer protection agencies and in federal and state courts throughout the country; provides counseling to clients on a full range of competition, merger and acquisition, and unfair trade practices matters; and regularly advises clients in connection with all aspects of their customer, supplier, and competitor relationships.

Mr. Langer would like to express his sincere appreciation to Ana Oman, Doug Apicella, Amanda Brahm, Joseph E. Gasser, Laura Ann Keller, and Lisa Weeden for their assistance in the completion of the 2018-2019 edition.