The “bible of the telecom industry” – as stated by the Washington Post – and the recipient of first-place journalism awards recently solicited the opinion of FTC defense lawyer Richard B. Newman about the new Director of the agency’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.

There has been no shortage of recent press discussing Mr. Smith’s vast legal and lobbying experience.  While some experts believe that this experience and pledge to recuse himself from matters involving specific parties are drawbacks, Mr. Newman believes that his advertising compliance and data privacy experience make him uniquely qualified for the position.

Mr. Newman’s quote in the Communications Daily article “Laundry List’ of Clients – New FTC Consumer Protection Chief Has Many Potential Conflicts, Agency Documents Show” expressed that he has previously worked alongside Mr. Smith. “All this criticism is much ado about nothing and ignores the fact that Mr. Smith’s practical knowledge of the inner workings of advertising and marketing companies will likely provide the FTC with an uncommon insight beneficial to consumers,” Mr. Newman stated.

Communications Daily sought Mr. Newman’s opinion about recent changes at the Federal Trade Commission and the appointment of Mr. Smith to head Bureau of Consumer Protection as a result of his concentrated experience defending advertising-related FTC enforcement and investigations.

Contact the author at [email protected] if you or your company have been served with process or have received a civil investigative demand. Follow Mr. Newman on LinkedIn or Twitter @FTCLawDefense.

Richard B. Newman is a regulatory litigation, investigations and advertising compliance attorney at Hinch Newman LLP.  

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