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216.8 sec. 1 - The Law & Policy of Modern Consumer Payment Systems: (Fall 2014)
"From barter to bitcoins, the law of money movement"

Instructor: Thomas Brown  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: Tu 6:25-8:15
Meeting Location: 111

Course Start: August 26, 2014
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49562


This class uses the consumer payment and lending industry to demonstrate how practicing lawyers use their legal training to solve complex business and legal problems. Over the last fifty years, the industry has witnessed waves of litigation, regulation and corporate reorganization in the United States and abroad. And a number of large national and internal law firms have practices devoted to serving the unique legal needs of firms in the consumer financial industry. The class does not have any prerequisites, though students that have taken antitrust, privacy or consumer protection may find it interesting to see how those substantive areas of law apply in this industry.

Thomas Brown is a partner at Paul Hastings in San Francisco, where he practices in its Antitrust and Competition and its Global Banking and Payment Systems groups. Mr. Brown’s practice focuses on competition law and legal issues affecting the financial services industry. In addition to strategically advising payment systems and financial services clients across a broad spectrum of regulatory issues, he has litigated notable antitrust cases, including class actions, in the financial services industry for more than fifteen years He was lead counsel to eBay and PayPal in the In re eBay Seller Antitrust Litigation, and as a lawyer for Visa, he played a key role in industry shaping events, including Visa’s IPO. He has worked with virtually every major company in the consumer finance industry, including Visa, JPMC, PayPal and Capital One, as well as numerous start-ups, including Facebook, Square, and Stripe. He has vindicated his client's interests before the U.S. Supreme Court as well as numerous Federal and state courts. He has also testified before the U.S. Senate and the California Assembly on the issues that will be discussed in class. He frequently brings attorneys and entrepreneurs to class to discuss how they approach cutting-edge legal problems in the lending and consumer payment industry.

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Course Category: Business Law

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