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September 16, 2010

Federal Trade Commissioner and National Author to Speak in Missoula October 13

Bullock’s Office of Consumer Protection hosting conference: “What does Wall Street Reform mean for Main Street Montana”

HELENA – Attorney General Steve Bullock on Thursday encouraged anyone with an interest in Montana’s economy and consumer protection issues to register for a conference to be held in Missoula next month. The conference will provide an in depth look at what changes in the financial sector at the national level will mean for Montanans.

“From national figures to influential Montanans, conference speakers will provide important insights into how recent Wall Street reforms will affect businesses on Main Street Montana,” Bullock said.

The conference will feature a number of outstanding national speakers, including Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill, U.S. Senator Jon Tester, and author and former New York Times journalist Gary Rivlin.

  • Commissioner Brill was appointed to the Federal Trade Commission in April, 2010. Prior to this appointment, she worked in the North Carolina and Vermont attorneys general offices for over 20 years, specializing in consumer protection and antitrust law. Brill has also been a lecturer-in-law at Columbia University’s School of Law.
  • United States Senator Jon Tester is a member of the powerful Banking and Appropriations committees, and helped write the Wall Street reform legislation and the federal Credit CARD Act, which bolstered consumer protections for credit card users.
  • Journalist Gary Rivlin is the author of five books, most recently Broke, USA, a look at financial industries marketed to the poor. As a staff reporter for The New York Times, Rivlin’s beats included Silicon Valley and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

The conference also will include a panel on Initiative 164, the measure on the November ballot that would limit the interest charged on payday loans to 36 percent. Afternoon panels will focus on what financial regulatory reform means to Montana banks and their customers, and how it will affect Montana businesses and consumers.

Bullock also noted that the full-day conference costs only $15, which covers the lunch, and that attorneys who attend qualify for 3.75 CLE credits.

Additional information on the conference and online registration are available at