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Lessons from Real Life: True Stories that Illustrate the Art and Science of Cost-Effective Counseling

This article is a later written version of remarks delivered on October 25, 2002, at the ABA Section of Antitrust Law Antitrust Masters Course in Sea Island, Georgia, and is published in the March, 2003 edition of The Antitrust Source, www.antitrustsource.com

Merger Enforcement at the FTC

Keynote Address to the Tenth Annual Golden State Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Institute, Presented by the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section of the State Bar of California

Santa Monica, California


I. Introduction

Good afternoon. It's an honor and a pleasure to have the opportunity to appear here today. I have been back at the FTC as Director of the Bureau of Competition for almost a year and a half now, so it is a good time to take stock of our recent merger enforcement activities.

Creating a Culture of Competition: The Essential Role of Competition Advocacy

Prepared Remarks before International Competition Network, Panel on Competition Advocacy and Antitrust Authorities

Naples, Italy


Competition advocates have won many victories over the last few decades. We have largely won the intellectual debate: Economists and legal scholars around the globe now recognize the benefits of competition to consumers and to the economy as a whole. We are winning the legal debate: Courts now recognize the importance of efficiency and robust price competition in evaluating mergers and business conduct.

Creating A Culture of Security

Privacy 2002: Information, Security, and New Global Realities, Sponsored by the Technology Policy Group, Wyndham Hotel

Cleveland, Ohio


Thank you for that generous introduction and for this timely conference. Today, I would like to discuss the security and privacy of our communications and information systems. I must first remind you that my remarks represent only my views and don't necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Trade Commission or any other Commissioner.

A year ago, FTC Chairman Tim Muris announced his privacy agenda to this conference. The Chairman noted that privacy and security are two sides of the same coin. I want to take that thought a step further.

Competition Agencies in a Market-Based Global Economy

Prepared Remarks At The Annual Lecture of the European Foreign Affairs Review

Brussels, Belgium


*The views expressed are those of the Chairman, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Commission or of any other Commissioner

I want to thank the European Foreign Affairs Review, the Sussex European Institute, the law firm of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and Mario Monti and his colleagues for the honor of participating in this event.

Hart-Scott-Rodino at 25

Prepared Remarks before the American Bar Association's "Mergers & Acquisitions: Getting Your Deal Through the New Antitrust Climate"

New York, N.Y.


For 25 years, the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act has provided the antitrust enforcement agencies with the opportunity to review mergers and acquisitions before they occur. In the words of Peter Rodino on the occasion of the HSR Act's 25th anniversary, "the legislation absolutely has transformed merger enforcement. Competition, as well as the consumer, has benefitted(2)." The HSR program has been instrumental in detecting transactions that have been the subject of numerous enforcement actions and continues to do its job well.

Protecting Consumers' Privacy: Goals and Accomplishments

At The Networked Economy Summit

Reston, Virginia


*The views expressed are those of the Chairman, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Commission or of any other Commissioner. In his delivered remarks, the Chairman may deviate frequently from the printed text of the speech.

Prepared Remarks

On the Occasion of the Celebration of the Twentieth Anniversary of the 1982 Merger Guidelines, United States Department of Justice

Washington, D.C.


Thank you, Charles, for your kind introduction. It's a great pleasure to work with you, and a privilege to be here today to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the 1982 Department of Justice Merger Guidelines.

Combating Deception in Dietary Supplement Advertising

Remarks before The Food and Drug Law Institute 45th Annual Educational Conference

Washington, D.C.


I. Introduction

Thank you for that introduction and congratulations to those who received awards. I am delighted to be here this afternoon to discuss a subject in which I am most interested.

The agenda for this conference covers a lot of territory, but my presentation will focus only on the Commission's role in the dietary supplement area.

Before I begin, and as a courtesy to my FTC colleagues, I want to remind you that the views I express are my own and do not reflect those of the Commission or any individual Commissioner.

Today I will:

Privacy Notices and The Federal Trade Commission's 2002 Privacy Agenda

Remarks of Howard Beales, Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission

San Francisco, California


The views expressed by Howard Beales do not necessarily reflect the views of the Commission, or any individual Commissioner.



We have made privacy protection a priority in the Bureau of Consumer Protection.(1)

To a great extent, our new agenda builds on the past work of the agency on privacy.(2)

However, we have also changed the focus of the program somewhat.


The Consumer Data Industry Association

Scottsdale, Arizona


The views express by Howard Beales do not necessarily reflect the views of the Commission, or any individual Commissioner.

It is a pleasure to be here today to discuss the FTC's privacy initiatives for the coming year and beyond.