Speeches

Antitrust in the Emerging B2B Marketplace

Remarks before Forum for Trust in Online Trade, Princeton Club

New York, N.Y.

Date:
By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

It is a pleasure to be with you this afternoon. As is always the case for Federal Trade Commissioners, it is important for me to note that my comments today are my own and in no way represent the views of the Commission or of any other Commissioner. During the FTC's recent B2B Workshop,(1) I expressed the belief that it was important for the Commission and other interested government regulators to LISTEN and LEARN from the business people and technical experts.

Use Your Time Wisely: Do's and Don't's for Effective Advocacy Before the Federal Trade Commission (as published in the ANTITRUST REPORT 2000)

Speech before the ABA Section of Antitrust Law's 2000 Annual Meeting

New York, NY

Date:
By: 
Sheila F. Anthony, Former Commissioner

Given the readership of ANTITRUST REPORT, I know that many of you frequently wander the halls of the Federal Trade Commission, often with clients in tow. Each of you probably has developed your own sense of what works best, but surely you are always looking for ways to better serve your clients. I am delighted to share some of my insights about effective advocacy before the Commission.

Distribution Law Developments At The Federal Trade Commission

Distribution and Dealer Termination, 21st Anniversary Seminar, Law Journal Seminars

New York, N.Y.

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By: 
Thomas B. Leary, Former Commissioner

The Commission has recently taken two enforcement actions with a potentially significant effect on distribution law. The first is a series of consent agreements involving cooperative advertising in the pre-recorded music industry; the second is a consent order resolving Robinson-Patman Act charges against McCormick & Co., the leading supplier of spices.

E-Commerce: The Future of Banking and Financial Services

Remarks before Financial Services Meets E-Commerce: What the Future Holds, The Federalist Society Financial Services and E-Commerce Practice Group and Suffolk University Law School

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By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

I am pleased to be here today in Boston - - the cradle of American liberty - - to discuss the impact of technology on the future of e-commerce and the financial services industry. At the outset, I want to emphasize that I believe that the government should play only a minimal role in our lives because this allows Americans to make their own decisions, including economic decisions. When private markets are permitted to operate without government intervention or control, they generally produce more and better products at lower prices for all Americans.

Challenges of the New Economy: Issues at the Intersection of Antitrust and Intellectual Property

Remarks before American Antitrust Institute, Conference: An Agenda for Antitrust in the 21st Century, National Press Club

Washington, D.C.

Date:
By: 
Robert Pitofsky, Former Chairman

There is wide agreement that the last decade or so has presented an unusually lively and challenging period for antitrust analysis. Among many reasons we can point to are deregulation and problems of transition to a free market (telecommunications and electricity production offer leading examples), developments in procedural cooperation and possible substantive convergence in response to the increasing globalization of competition and enforcement approaches, and priorities in addressing an unprecedented merger wave.

The Status of Online Privacy

Computer & Communications Industry Association

Date:
By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

Thank you for the opportunity this morning to discuss the issue of online privacy.(1) As some of you have no doubt noted, a couple of weeks ago the FTC dramatically reversed course and became an advocate for government regulation of privacy on the Internet, suggesting that Congress give the Commission expanded rule making authority to make cyberspace safe for consumers.

Riddles and Lessons from the Prescription Drug Wars: Antitrust Implications of Certain Types of Agreements Involving Intellectual Property

Remarks presented before the Attendee of The ABA "Antitrust and Intellectual Property: The Crossroads" Program

San Francisco, California

Date:
By: 
Sheila F. Anthony, Former Commissioner

Good afternoon, I'm very pleased to be here. I'd like to thank Howard and the ABA for inviting me. It's an added bonus that the ABA chose to hold this conference in beautiful San Francisco. I love this city. The FTC has a regional office here, so I have a great excuse to visit often.

Online Privacy Protection Testimony

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

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By: 
Sheila F. Anthony, Former Commissioner

Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee, I am delighted to be here this morning, and I appreciate your holding this hearing to address a topic of great importance to the American people and critical to the growth and success of electronic commerce.

The Significance of Variety in Antitrust Analysis

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By: 
Thomas B. Leary, Former Commissioner

A recent book called The Experience Economy(2) presents an imaginative view of the way in which a society matures. The authors explain that economies evolve from reliance on the production and marketing of commodities to the sale of products, then to the sale of services, and ultimately to the sale of experiences. At each stage, there is a dramatic increase in the value, and hence the price, of what is offered.

Remarks

The 36th Annual Symposium on Associations and Antitrust "Trade Assocications and Antitrust: New Issues and Challenges in the New Millennium," presented by the Trade Association and Antitrust Law Committee of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia

Washington, D.C.

Date:
By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

A. INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

1. The views that I express today are my own and not necessarily those of the Commission or any other Commissioner.

2. Philosophy of government that I try to apply to all actions I take as an FTC Commissioner:

Should Policymakers Apply a Depression-Era Tax System to the Economy of the 21st Century?

Remarks at theÊ Policy Perspectives on the Taxation of Cyberspace Conference on E-Commerce:The Law of E-Business

Denver, CO

Date:
By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

It is a pleasure to be with you this morning. As is always the case for a Federal Trade Commissioner, it is important for me to note that my comments today are my own and in no way represent the views of the Commission or of any other Commissioner.

The Evolving Approach to Merger Remedies

As published in Antitrust Report

Date:
By: 
David A. Balto, Former Assistant Director of Policy and Evaluation;
Richard G. Parker, Former Director

Probably no single issue currently is receiving as much attention as the topic of relief in merger cases. The question of whether there is a remedy to an anticompetitive merger and what that remedy should be is perhaps the single most intriguing and complex issue faced by the Bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission.

The Evolving Approach to Merger Remedies

As published in Antitrust Report

Date:
By: 
David A. Balto, Former Assistant Director of Policy and Evaluation;
Richard G. Parker, Former Director

Probably no single issue currently is receiving as much attention as the topic of relief in merger cases. The question of whether there is a remedy to an anticompetitive merger and what that remedy should be is perhaps the single most intriguing and complex issue faced by the Bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission.

The Two Faces of Electronic Commerce

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By: 
Thomas B. Leary, Former Commissioner

Introduction

Electronic commerce on the Internet, or "e-commerce," is a subject of compelling public interest. Billions are invested in reliance on its growth potential, the media are blanketed with stories about it, and it is the dominant theme in numerous conferences of business people and lawyers. Yet, the volume of consumer transactions on the Internet (as opposed to business-to-business transactions) is still relatively small,(2) and no one really knows whether its immense potential will be fully realized.

Unfairness and the Internet

Date:
By: 
Thomas B. Leary, Former Commissioner

I. Introduction

The theme of this conference and the title of this talk, "Unfairness and the Internet," combines two subjects of more than ordinary interest. Because the Internet is relatively new, however, and precedent is sparse, I will necessarily have to be speculative and subjective.(2) Because the past so often foreshadows the future, the best place to begin is with a brief review of the ways that the concept of unfairness has been applied in the off-line world.

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