Speeches

Antitrust in a Global High-Tech Economy

American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section, Women Rainmakers and The Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia, The 8th National Forum for Women Corporate Counsel, The Westin Grand Hotel

Washington, D.C.

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

There is nothing constant except change. Not surprisingly then, my topic today is the challenges that you and I face in addressing competition problems in this fast-changing global, high tech economy. Somewhat surprisingly, however, I would like to start my discussion with some numbers that are designed to illustrate that change. I used to think that numbers were boring - probably because my father had an advanced degree in mathematics. I am still not convinced that numbers are sexy, but they can be stunning.

Report from the Bureau of Competition

The ABA Spring Meeting

Washington, D.C.Ê

Date:
By: 
William J. Baer, Former Director

I. Introduction

Good morning, and thanks for inviting me back for my fourth report from the Bureau of Competition. This year, as in the past, my intent is to discuss a good portion of what has transpired on the antitrust side of the FTC over the last year or so.(1)

The State Tobacco Settlements and Antitrust

The American Bar Association Antitrust Spring Meeting, Omni Hotel

Washington, D.C.

Date:
By: 
Jeremy Bulow, Former Director

I'm new to the FTC, new to antitrust litigation, and new to all of you. And, as I understand it, I'm not allowed to talk about anything we're working on right now. So Paul, Phil, and I agreed that the best thing was simply for me to talk about something I actually know a little about, hopefully somewhat related to antitrust, as a way for you to get to know me a bit.

Address

The Association for Computing Machinery "Computers, Freedom + Privacy 1999" ConferenceÊ

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By: 
Mozelle W. Thompson, Former Commissioner

I. Greeting and Introduction

Good morning. I am pleased to be here today to speak at this important conference where you will hear from so many creative, committed people talking about a subject directly related to America's future - high technology.

In considering the title of this conference, "Computers, Freedom and Privacy," I am also pleased that we are, in the same breath, talking about important principles concerning freedom, privacy, and individual rights since those principles form the foundation for the strength America has today.

A Big Stick, a Keen Eye, and Some Help from Our Friends

The American Advertising FederationÊ

Date:
By: 
Sheila F. Anthony, Former Commissioner

I'm delighted to be here this morning to talk about the FTC's advertising program.

I. Introduction

The FTC is a very busy place these days, but the Commission's national advertising program is one that is important both to the agency and to me personally. In fact, I'm becoming famous with the staff for my weekend ad monitoring activities. Lee Peeler probably drives in every Monday morning thinking "I wonder what she came up with this weekend."

Presentation

The International Conference on Consumer Policy sponsored by the Japanese Economic Planning AgencyÊ

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By: 
Mozelle W. Thompson, Former Commissioner

Consumer protection plays a vital role in a free market economy. The exercise of informed choice by consumers in making purchase decisions is critical in determining the prices at which sellers will offer goods and services and what goods and services will succeed in the marketplace. The more fully and accurately consumers are informed, the better they will be able to make purchase decisions that reflect their individual preferences and needs.

A Common Sense Approach to High Tech

for Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, Antitrust Program, Quadrus Conference Center

Menlo Park, California

Date:
By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

My remarks today are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Commission or any of my fellow Commissioners. Let me also note that I will not be discussing the Microsoft and Intel cases since they are pending law enforcement actions.

Government Philosophy

First, I would like to briefly share with you my view of what role government should play in our lives. This view tempers my approach to decision making on matters before the FTC, including high tech issues.

Remarks

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

San Francisco, California

Date:
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.

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.

Date:
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

Date:
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

Date:
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

Date:
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.

Date:
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.

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