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Amy Ralph Mudge

Venable LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Amy Mudge is an experienced attorney and partner in Venable’s Regulatory and Advertising and Marketing Practice Groups. She represents clients before the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, state attorneys general and the National Advertising Division.

Ms. Mudge’s clients span across a wide range of industries including agriculture, Internet services, pharmaceuticals, dietary supplements and car rentals. She also has experience establishing effective compliance programs providing antitrust and marketing law training.

Ms. Mudge is the co-editor of a blog about issues critical to advertising and consumer law entitled allaboutadvertisinglaw.com which can be accessed at www.allaboutadvertisinglaw.com.

Significant Matters

Consumer Protection Matters

  • Favorably settled FTC investigation for major retailer regarding green marketing claims
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of Avis Budget Group in putative consumer class action related to fuel charges
  • Represented consumer vision products manufacturer in FTC investigation regarding "Made in USA" claims, favorably settled
  • Represented Budget Rent A Car System, Inc. in connection with an FTC investigation related to fuel charges, favorably settled, and a putative consumer class action, voluntarily dismissed after dispositive motion briefing
  • Represented Mobile Content Provider and Aggregator before the FTC and the Florida Attorney General in investigations related to mobile content marketing and billing, favorably settled
  • Represented VeriSign before the FTC in investigation related to alleged misleading marketing practices, resolved favorably by persuading FTC to accept class action settlement in lieu of consumer redress
  • Represented Viacom with respect to an FTC investigation into marketing of violent entertainment to teens
  • Represented dietary supplements manufacturer in an FTC investigation related to weight-loss claims, favorably settled
  • Providing general advertising and marketing advice to clients including Luxottica, Philip Morris USA, Dollar Tree, Swarovski, Sanderson Farms and Specialty Foods
Antitrust Matters
  • Represented GlaxoSmithKline in In re Wellbutrin SR Antitrust Litigation, defending current monopolization class actions asserting that patent infringement actions were shams designed to keep generic competitors off the market, successfully defeated indirect purchaser class certification
  • Represented Philip Morris USA in RJ Reynolds Co. v. Philip Morris, a monopolization challenge alleging that shelf space/category management program improperly excluded competitors, successfully defeated on summary judgment
  • Defended major sports association in several state attorney general investigations (closed with no enforcement)
  • Represented Guardian Industries in In re Flat Glass Antitrust Litigation, price fixing cases coordinating activities in multidistrict court action, as well as multiple state court cases, resulted in favorable settlement
  • Represented Fair Labor Association providing antitrust counseling to organization and its members dedicated to eliminating sweatshop conditions in the apparel and footwear industry

Areas of Practice

Industries

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Cornell Law School, 1995
  • B.A., Smith College, 1990

Judicial Clerkships

  • Honorable Sam C. Pointer, Jr., Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, 1995 - 1996

Memberships

Chair, Electronic Retailing Association’s Government Affairs Committee (September 16, 2014)

Chair, Consumer Protection Committee, ABA Antitrust Section

Chair, Private Advertising Litigation Committee, ABA Antitrust Section (2009-2013)

Vice-Chair, Health Care and Pharmaceuticals Committee, ABA Antitrust Section (2008–2009)

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