Speeches

Remarks

Aggressive Advertising and the Law Workshop, Sponsored by Business Development Associates, Inc., Marriott Fisherman's Wharf

San Francisco, California

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By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

Good morning. I am Orson Swindle, and I currently serve as a Commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission. With me on the panel today is Bill MacLeod, a partner at the law firm of Collier, Shannon, Rill & Scott and a former Director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection. What Bill and I plan to do this morning is to make some brief opening remarks about alcohol and tobacco advertising, and then we will see and discuss some alcohol and tobacco ads that the Commission has recently challenged.

Statement

International Electronics Manufacturers and Consumers of America, Workshop on International Antitrust Policy

Washington, D.C.

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By: 
Mozelle W. Thompson, Former Commissioner

I. Introduction

Changes in Competition Policy and Law at the Global Level

Economic Development Institute of the World Bank First International Training Program Competition Policy

Washington, D.C.

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By: 
Debra A. Valentine, Former General Counsel

* The views expressed here are those of the author, and not necessarily of the Federal Trade Commission or any Commissioner.

Solutions for Data Protection and Global Trade

The EU Committee of AMCHAM

Brussels, Belgium

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By: 
Mozelle W. Thompson, Former Commissioner

I. Introduction

Thank you for inviting me to join you at this important conference. I met with some members of the EU Committee of AMCHAM in August, prior to the implementation of EU Directive on the Protection of Personal Data. At that time, I warned that these issues would get very serious very quickly. I'm not sure if I am pleased about being proven right.

Managing the Privacy Revolution '98

The Privacy & American Business Conference

Crystal City, Virginia

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By: 
Mozelle W. Thompson, Former Commissioner

Thank you for inviting me to speak at this important conference. As you know, in June, the Commission issued its report to Congress on Internet privacy and stated that we would give industry more time, although not much more, and then would examine industry progress and revisit whether legislation is necessary to protect consumers’ privacy online. So, when the conference organizers asked me to discuss whether "Business has Accepted the Challenge to Self-Regulate," I found this topic a "challenge" to address.

Enforcement of Consumer Protection and Competition Laws in the Global Marketplace: the North American Experience

The Sydney Global Commerce Conference 1998, Presented by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Sydney Hilton Hotel

Sydney, Australia

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By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this timely discussion. It's a pleasure to share information with this distinguished audience about the Federal Trade Commission's experience with "cross-border" transactions and with international cooperation in the enforcement of consumer protection and antitrust laws.

Competition Policy in a Global Economy--Today And Tomorrow

The European Institute's Eighth Annual Transatlantic Seminar on Trade and Investment

Washington, D.C.

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By: 
Robert Pitofsky, Former Chairman

One of the great challenges facing antitrust enforcement officials (and scholars and practitioners) around the world concerns the scope of cooperation in antitrust enforcement and convergence in antitrust views when reviewing international transactions. Because the topic is unusually broad, let me start with some premises that will frame and focus the discussion.

What's Really Going On Inside The Beltway?

The Insight Information Conference, "Managing Antitrust Law Counseling and Compliance in a Changing Legal Environment", Park Lane Hotel

New York, N.Y.

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By: 
Willard K. Tom, Former General Counsel

First, let me just thank you for inviting me to speak to you today. My tongue-in-cheek speech title, "What's really going on inside the beltway?" comes at a time when I suspect that most Americans would just as soon not know what's going on inside the beltway. In the antitrust field, however, I think it's awfully important for us to communicate with the public, so that legal counselors, the business community, and consumers can understand what we are doing and why we are doing it.

Efficiencies in Defense of Mergers: 18 Months After

The George Mason Law Review Antitrust Symposium: The Changing Face of Efficiency

Washington, D.C.

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By: 
Robert Pitofsky, Former Chairman

It is now 18 months since the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission published Revised Guidelines for treatment of efficiency claims in defense of mergers.(2) My goal today is to present - from the point of view of a non-objective observer - a progress report on that revised section of the Guidelines.

When first published, I detected two sorts of reactions to the changes:

Promoting Innovation Competition Through the Aspen/Kodak Rule

The George Mason University Law Review Antitrust Symposium: The Changing Face of Efficiency, Capitol Hill, Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C.

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By: 
Jonathan B. Baker, Former Director

Two Supreme Court monopolization decisions, Aspen Skiing and Kodak, establish a legal rule: a firm with monopoly power violates Sherman Act §2 if it excludes rivals from the monopolized market by restricting a complementary or collaborative relationship without an adequate business justification. Under this truncated analysis, proof of harm to competition is not required.

Licensing and Antitrust: Common Goals and Uncommon Problems

The American Conference Institute 9th National Conference on Licensing Intellectual Property

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By: 
Willard K. Tom, Former General Counsel

I am delighted to be here today to speak about licensing and antitrust. When I speak on this subject to gatherings of intellectual property practitioners, I sometimes feel as if I am attempting to bridge an ocean almost as wide as the one Columbus undertook to cross five centuries ago. So it is perhaps entirely fitting that this time I am doing it on the holiday dedicated to his memory. You can tell me at the end whether I have succeeded in the proposition that it really is one world after all, or whether instead I have sailed off the edge.

Merger and Competition - The Way Ahead

The American Bar Association Annual Meeting

Toronto, Canada

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By: 
Robert Pitofsky, Former Chairman

* The views expressed are those of Chairman Pitofsky, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Commission or other Commissioners.

I am delighted to have an opportunity to discuss international merger enforcement - across continents and across jurisdictions - since it raises some of the most important and challenging questions in the entire competition arena.

Statement

The Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade and Consumer Protection

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By: 
Sheila F. Anthony, Former Commissioner

Mr. Chairman and members of the Subcommittee, I am delighted to be here this morning as a Federal Trade Commissioner. I appreciate your having this hearing today to address such an important topic. I will speak briefly about children's online privacy.

Statement

The Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade and Consumer Protection

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By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

Good Morning, Mr. Chairman and members of the Subcommittee

Thank you for addressing this most important issue. My brief remarks focus on two concerns: first, any consumer privacy policy must not become a disadvantage for small business; and secondly, we must meet the challenges attendant with certifying small business compliance with any consumer privacy rules.

Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in the Digital Economy

Luncheon Address to Wireless Communications Association

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By: 
Mozelle W. Thompson, Former Commissioner

Thank you for inviting me to speak to your conference today. I am happy to be here because it is an important and exciting time for media and entertainment; a time marked by change and promise for your industry. In fact, the recent change of your association's name from the Wireless Cable to Wireless Communications Association reflects not only the development of your industry but the new ways in which you will interact with consumers, and how agencies like the FTC will interact with you.

Prepared Statement of the Federal Trade Commission on "Unsolicited Commercial E-Mail"

The Subcommittee on Communication of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate

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By: 
Sheila F. Anthony, Former Commissioner

Mr. Chairman, I am Sheila Foster Anthony, Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission. The Federal Trade Commission is pleased to provide testimony today on the subject of unsolicited commercial e-mail, the consumer protection issues raised by its widespread use, and the Federal Trade Commission's program to combat deceptive and fraudulent unsolicited commercial e-mail.(1)

I. Introduction and Background

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