Speeches

What Are We Learning from the Microsoft Case?

Remarks before the Federalist Society

Date:
By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

Good morning. I am glad to be here today to offer opening remarks to today's discussion about what we are learning from the Microsoftcase and other government antitrust cases against those in high-tech industries. Given the role that high technology, innovation, and the Internet are playing in our economic expansion, this is an opportune time to debate the future of government antitrust enforcement in high-tech industries.

Global Merger Enforcement

The International Bar Association

Barcelona, Spain

Date:
By: 
Richard G. Parker, Former Director

I. Introduction

I want to thank the International Bar Association for inviting me to speak today about global merger enforcement. My remarks today cover current trends in merger enforcement, focusing on the increasing international nature of our enforcement efforts. As always my remarks represent my own views and not necessarily those of the FTC or any of its Commissioners.

The Internet Economy and What It Can Mean for Hawaii

Remarks before Small Business Hawaii

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By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

Before addressing the Internet economy and what it can mean for Hawaii, it might be helpful to share with you a couple of personal thoughts gained from my years of experience as a federal official. First and foremost, I am convinced that our Founding Fathers had it right: government should play only a minimal role in our lives, and for good reason. I believe it was Will Rogers who once observed and said it best: "All government programs have three things in common: a beginning, a middle, and no end."

E-Commerce: Tomorrow's Economy -Taxing and Regulating The Old Fashion Way

Remarks before the Georgia Public Policy Forum

Date:
By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

Before addressing the topic of protecting consumers in cyberspace and the issues of Internet taxation and regulation of online privacy, it might be helpful to share with you a couple of personal thoughts gained from my years of experience as a federal official. First and foremost, I am convinced that our Founding Fathers had it right: government should play only a minimal role in our lives, and for good reason. I believe it was Will Rogers who once observed and said it best: "All government programs have three things in common: a beginning, a middle, and no end."

Enforcement Cooperation

Lex Mundi

Atlanta, GA

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

* Just as business activity has globalized, antitrust enforcement has globalized as well. Indeed, about half of the Commission's full merger investigations -- that small but important subset of filings that go to a second request -- have an international component. That international aspect could be a foreign-based party, essential information located abroad, or a foreign asset that is critical to an effective remedy, but it is increasingly there.

* Whereas 10 years ago, only about 20 countries had competition laws, today over 80 do.

Testimony

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Communications

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By: 
Sheila F. Anthony, Former Commissioner

Mr. Chairman and members of the Subcommittee on Communications, I am delighted to be here this morning, and I appreciate your holding this hearing today to address a topic of extreme importance to the American people. I will speak briefly about online privacy protection.

Cyberspace and the FTC: Some Current Matters of Interest

Address to the National Conference on State Legislatures

Date:
By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

I. The Internet Economy

Last month, the University of Texas, backed by Cisco Systems, introduced a study of the current status of electronic commerce -- one of the very first attempts to measure the Internet economy. According to the Cisco study, the Internet economy generated an estimated $301 billion in revenue in 1998 and was responsible for over 1.2 million jobs. (These estimates are based on worldwide sales of Internet-related products and services by U.S.- based companies.)

Testimony

The U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, and Consumer Protection

Date:
By: 
Sheila F. Anthony, Former Commissioner

Mr. Chairman and members of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, and Consumer Protection, I am delighted to be here this morning, and I appreciate your holding this hearing today to address a topic of extreme importance to the American people.

Address

Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce

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.

Thank you, Governor Gilmore, for allowing me to participate in this important discussion. Also, thanks to all the other members of the Commission for dedicating your time and efforts to this important endeavor.

Prepared Statement of the Federal Trade Commission Concerning H.R. 1304 the "Quality Health-Care Coalition Act of 1999"

The Committee on the Judiciary, United States House of Representatives

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By: 
Robert Pitofsky, Former Chairman

Mr. Chairman, the Federal Trade Commission thanks you and the members of the Committee for inviting us again this year to present the Commission's views on a proposed antitrust exemption to allow physicians and other health care professionals to engage in collective bargaining with health plans.

Remarks

The Plenary Session of the Annual Meeting of The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, Bally's Hotel

Las Vegas, Nevada

Date:
By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

I. INTRODUCTORY COMMENTS

A. I appreciate the invitation to address your Society on how oil industry mergers and acquisitions will affect your profession in coming years. My remarks today are solely my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Commission or of any other Commissioner.

Address

the Direct Marketing Association Government Affairs Conference

Date:
By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

It's a pleasure to be with you this afternoon. Before I begin my discussion about online privacy regulation and the recent FTC case against TouchTone, let me begin by telling you a little about my personal beliefs about the role of government.(1)

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.

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