Will Your Code of Ethics Get Your Association in Trouble?


By definition Codes of Ethics and Standards are restraints of trade. Until recently that hasn’t been a major issue for associations and professional societies. In fact, having a Code of Ethics has been an asset for prohibiting inappropriate behavior and improving accountability and business relationships.

However, the Federal Trade Commission scrutinizes associations’ and professional societies’ Codes of Ethics and finds antitrust violations. Recently, more than a dozen national associations have been cited for Codes of Ethics that “unreasonably” restrain trade. 

Your associations code can be called into question by just one complaint. Do you know how yours – whether established or if you’re creating one - would stand up to government scrutiny? Get the information you need to avoid spending the time and the money to defend your Code of Ethics.

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In this 90-minute webinar, trade regulation attorney Steve Fellman explains how and why association Codes of Ethics are coming under scrutiny by the Federal Trade Commission.  You’ll learn the types of anticompetitive restrictions that “unreasonably” restrain trade and how to avoid including them in your own Code of Ethics.

Trouble-shooting your ethics provisions.  You’ll explore how recent FTC antitrust action against associations and professional societies affects your own potential liability. You’ll also discover how to reduce your risks by taking specific steps to update your Code of Ethics and enforcement procedures, Plus, you’ll have the chance to ask your own questions during the Q&A portion of the webinar.

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  • Why associations adopt Codes of Ethics and how to make sure yours doesn’t trigger an investigation
  • How to create or revise your Code of Ethics
  • The critical difference between a Code of Ethics and Standards
  • How recent FTC rulings involving Codes of Ethics affect all associations
  • Why it’s vital to establish written enforcement procedures, publish a list of sanctions for violations and provide a nonbiased judging panel and appeal process

Remember, the FTC has already cited more than a dozen national associations for having provisions in their Codes of Ethics that violate antitrust laws. Don’t miss this opportunity to get expert guidance on how to keep your Code “reasonable” from an antitrust stand point.

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Meet Your Webinar Leader

Steve Fellman is a Principal at GKG Law, P.C. in Washington, D.C.  Steve serves as lead partner in the firm’s Association Practice Group. He is a graduate of Williams College and the New York University Law School.  After law school he joined the Federal Trade Commission staff as a trial attorney.

Steve has chaired the ASAE Legal Section, the Trade Association Committee of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association, and the Association and Antitrust Law Section of The Bar Association of the District of Columbia.  He has served as one of the co-authors of the chapter on Compliance in West’s Antitrust Advisor.

He has written numerous articles on various aspects of association law and practice and served on the faculty at many association and antitrust programs.

Who Should Attend

This webinar is of value to all associations and nonprofits. Attendees who will benefit most include:

  • CEOs
  • Legal Counsels
  • Standards/Ethics Staff Officers
  • Ethics Committee volunteer leaders
  • Chief Membership Officers
  • Membership Directors

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