Attorney General Phil Weiser bolsters consumer protection efforts with seasoned antitrust experts
Jan. 16, 2020 (DENVER, Colo.)— Attorney General Phil Weiser has appointed Jeffrey Blattner, Jonathan Sallet, and Robert Hill, three attorneys with significant antitrust expertise, to serve as volunteer special counselors in the Consumer Protection Section of the Attorney General’s Office.
Blattner will assist in antitrust investigations and will advise the Attorney General on antitrust enforcement and other policy issues. Sallet will provide legal services in connection with antitrust enforcement matters, and will give guidance on the Attorney General’s pro-consumer agenda. Hill will help shape strategic direction on investigations and trials in the consumer protection area, including priority antitrust investigations.
“Protecting consumers with vigorous antitrust enforcement is one of my top priorities. The people of Colorado will benefit substantially from the deep knowledge and skills of these distinguished practitioners. I am grateful for their generosity in supporting the work underway here in the Consumer Protection Section of the Attorney General’s office,” said Weiser. “Their antitrust expertise and service as mentors will supplement our robust antitrust enforcement agenda and develop our capabilities to serve the state of Colorado.”
Blattner is a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Colorado Law School. He previously served as President of Legal Policy Solutions, as Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Special Counsel for information technology in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1998-2001, where he supervised the United States v. Microsoft Corp. litigation, and as Chief Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee staff of U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Blattner also served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart. He has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Sallet served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Litigation in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 2016-2017, and as General Counsel for the Federal Communications Commission from 2014-2016. Sallet also served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. He has a B.A. from Brown University and earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School.
Hill has had a distinguished career focused on complex commercial litigation, including antitrust, securities, and pension litigation and has been recognized by Chambers USA as “the preeminent class action lawyer in the Rocky Mountain area.” He served as a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Warren J. Ferguson in the Central District of California and taught antitrust law and civil procedure as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at the University of Colorado School of Law. From 1975-1978, Hill served as a First Assistant Attorney General in the Colorado Attorney General’s office where he founded the antitrust practice unit that is now part of the Consumer Protection Section.
The Attorney General’s office is committed to excellence in enforcing the state’s consumer protection and antitrust laws that benefit Colorado consumers. In 2019, the Attorney General challenged the UnitedHealth/DaVita merger, and through a settlement won protections for seniors in the Colorado Springs area who get their healthcare through Medicare Advantage plans. The Attorney General’s office also secured 2,000 jobs and a statewide 5G network deployment in Colorado related to a multistate lawsuit challenging the T-Mobile/Sprint merger.
Additionally, Weiser successfully fought for passage of a 2019 state law that strengthens the Colorado Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) to crack down on scams and unfair business practices.
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