Speeches

Hot Topics at the Federal Trade Commission

American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, 44th Annual Spring Meeting, Omni Shoreham Hotel

Washington, D.C.

Date:
By: 
Jonathan B. Baker, Former Director

I am delighted to provide an FTC perspective on hot topics in antitrust and consumer protection. But I don’t want to overstate the temperature at the tip of the Federal Triangle. FTC enforcement activity over the last few years has corrected some imbalances that characterized the 1980’s, as Chairman Pitofsky often points out, and has returned to the mainstream. So, while some of the topics I will discuss today are quite warm, you need not worry that the FTC building is ablaze.

Horizontal Price-Fixing in Cyberspace

The 1996 Antitrust Conference: Antitrust Issues in Today's Economy. Sponsored by: The Conference Board, The New York Hilton & Towers Hotel

New York, N.Y.

Date:
By: 
Jonathan B. Baker, Former Director

Note: this speech has been revised and is published as "Identifying Horizontal Price Fixing in the Electronic Marketplace", Antitrust Law Journal, vol. 65, Fall 1996, pp. 41-55.

An Antitrust Progress Report for the FTC: Past, Present and Future

The 1996 Antitrust Conference, Business Development Associates Inc.

Washington, D.C.

Date:
By: 
Robert Pitofsky, Former Chairman

It has been almost a year since I returned for a third tour of duty at the Federal Trade Commission. For those who wonder about this constant coming and going, my response is that I am going to keep coming back until I get it right.

My report on the state of play for antitrust enforcement at the FTC will be broken down into discussions of the past, present and future.(1)

To Your Health: An FTC Review of Safety Related Marketing

The 1996 International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization Symposium

Orlando, Florida

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By: 
Christine A. Varney, Former Commissioner

Thank you Alan for that kind introduction. I also would like to thank the Chairman of ICPHSO, John Liskey, for inviting me to your conference. I always appreciate the opportunity to address organizations that are concerned about the health, safety, and well-being of our nation's consumers. ICPHSO has been instrumental in providing a forum for industry and government to exchange ideas, and learn about emerging safety trends, both here and abroad.

Testimony of the Federal Trade Commission Concerning H.R. 2925, and the Application of the Antitrust Laws to Health Care Provider Networks

The Committee on the Judiciary United States House of Representatives

Washington, D.C.

Date:
By: 
Robert Pitofsky, Former Chairman

Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee, I am pleased to appear before you today to present the testimony of the Federal Trade Commission concerning H.R. 2925, and the application of the antitrust laws to health care provider networks.1 This testimony will discuss what the Commission believes to be the proper role of antitrust law enforcement in the health care area, and how antitrust enforcement has been vital to maintaining competitive health care markets.

Innovation Markets in Merger Review Analysis: The FTC Perspective

The Continuing Legal Education Seminar, The Florida Bar

Orlando, Florida

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By: 
Roscoe B. Starek, III, Former Commissioner

Good afternoon. It is a pleasure to participate in this program sponsored by the Florida Bar. I should say that the following remarks are my own and do not necessarily represent the views of the Federal Trade Commission or of any other Commissioner.

The Dollar and Sense of Antitrust Enforcement

The Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association

New York, N.Y.

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By: 
William J. Baer, Former Director

The last four months in Washington have seen an unprecedented debate over the future role the federal government will play in our lives. Antitrust enforcement has not been a major issue in that debate, probably because the resources required for it -- roughly $135 million for this year for the FTC and the Antitrust Division combined -- are quite small in the context of a U.S. budget that exceeds $2trillion dollars and a FY-95 deficit of $163 billion. (2)But that likely will not last for long -- whether or not there is an agreement reached to balance the budget in seven years.

The Intersection of Antitrust and Intellectual Property: Adaptations, Aphorisms and Advancing the Debate

The American Law Institute-American Bar Association, Antitrust/Intellectual Property Claims in High Technology Markets

San Francisco, California

Date:
By: 
Mary L. Azcuenaga, Former Commissioner

The views expressed are those of the Commissioner and do not necessarily reflect those of the Federal Trade Commission or any other commissioner.

Good morning. I am delighted to be here today and to begin this two day program on antitrust and intellectual property claims in high technology markets. As a courtesy to my colleagues at the Commission, I will begin with my customary disclaimer: the views that I express today are my own and not necessarily those of the Commission or any other commissioner.

Antitrust and Intellectual Property in the Year 2000

The American Intellectual Property Law Association

La Quinta, California

Date:
By: 
Mary L. Azcuenaga, Former Commissioner

Good afternoon. I am pleased to be here in La Quinta for the Mid-Winter Meeting of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Today I mean that even more than usual. Since last November 7, I have been serving on a jury. It has been my luck, or bad luck, to be selected for the jury in one of the longest civil trials in the District of Columbia Superior Court this year. The judge has given all of us a little time off so that I could come out and be with you today.

Advertising and Unfair Competition: FTC Enforcement

The ALI-ABA Eleventh Annual Advanced Course on "Product Distribution and Marketing"

Snowbird, Utah

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By: 
Christine A. Varney, Former Commissioner

* Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission. The views expressed are those of the Commissioner and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Trade Commission or any other Commissioner or staff.

Vertical Restraints Enforcement at the FTC

The ALI-ABA Eleventh Annual Advanced Course on "Product Distribution and Marketing"

Snowbird, Utah

Date:
By: 
Christine A. Varney, Former Commissioner

* Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission. The views expressed are those of the Commissioner and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Trade Commission or any other Commissioner or staff.

It is a pleasure to be here to discuss vertical restraints and the antitrust laws. You have already heard a great deal about the law and economics of resale price maintenance. I am not here to debate the law, nor to rehash the debate on this topic. Rather, I'd like to talk to you about the federal government's priorities in the vertical restraints area.

Antitrust Issues in Integrated Health Care Delivery Systems

The "1996 Conference on Practice Management" Presented by the American Society of Anesthesiologists

New Orleans, Louisiana

Date:
By: 
Roscoe B. Starek, III, Former Commissioner

Good afternoon. It is a pleasure to be here today to discuss the antitrust analysis of physician networks and other integrated delivery systems. As always, I must remind you that my remarks today reflect only my own views and are not necessarily those of the Commission or of any other Commissioner.

Federal Trade Commission Solicits Consumer Research

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By: 
Jodie Bernstein, Former Director

Last October, I had a wonderful opportunity to address the ACR annual conference and share with your association my views on the direction of the FTC's consumer protection program effort and how your work can influence our efforts. During the presentation, I emphasized how important accurate information about consumer behavior is to our mission, and I extended to the ACR membership a general invitation to assist the FTC by conducting research that would be of help to our policy determinations.

Horizontal Issues: What's Happening and What's on the Horizon

Date:
By: 
Debra A. Valentine, Former General Counsel

I am going to exercise some poetic license today and not discuss specific cases, as the program title for this session seems to indicate. Instead, I am going to address some basic horizontal issues that we are facing in the marketplace, in government and in scholarly thinking about how the antitrust laws are, and should be, applied in our contemporary competitive environment.

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