The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced yesterday the retirement of Julie Brill, who served as a Commissioner of the FTC since April 2010.

From the very beginning of her FTC tenure, Commissioner Brill pushed the collections industry to adopt more consumer-friendly practices. In her first year on the job, she even expressed her personal opinion that any collection activities on out-of-stat debt should be banned outright.

Prior to joining the FTC, Commissioner Brill served as the Senior Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice.  Before that, she worked as an Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the State of Vermont for over 20 years. Commissioner Brill brought her pro-consumer voice to the FTC in 2010, when appointed by President Obama.

“Commissioner Brill has been an unwavering advocate for consumers and competition during her six-year tenure at the Federal Trade Commission,” said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. “Commissioner Brill’s expertise in consumer protection, privacy, and antitrust has been an asset to the agency, and we are sorry to see her leave. We wish her well on her next steps.”

She will remain in her position with the FTC until the end of this month, at which point she plans to enter private practice in Washington, D.C.

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