Report from the Bureau of Competition

The 51st Annual ABA Antitrust Section Spring Meeting


I. Introduction

Good morning. It's a pleasure to be back here with you to discuss the progress we have made at the Bureau of Competition over the past year. This morning I will review the highlights of our enforcement program, both for mergers and non-mergers. Then I will discuss some of the other important activities in which the Bureau participates. Before I go further, though, allow me to give the usual disclaimer: my comments this morning represent my own views, and not necessarily those of the Commission or any individual Commissioner.


The 126th Annual Meeting of the New York State Bar Association

New York, N.Y.



I'm delighted to have this opportunity to address the New York State Bar Association on a number of antitrust subjects that have kept the Federal Trade Commission very busy in recent months, and that promise to remain hot topics for the foreseeable future. Before I proceed, I should point out that my remarks tonight reflect solely my views and do not necessarily represent the views of the Commission or any other Commissioner.

Realizing the Potential of the Global Digital Revolution

OECD - APEC Forum on the Digital Economy

Honolulu, Hawaii


General Opening

Aloha and good morning. Thank you, Mr. Sam Young Suh. It is good to see again and thank our conference chair, Dick Beaird. And, certainly, we thank our hosts here in beautiful Hawaii.

It is a pleasure to be with you in Hawaii, where I lived for eight years prior to becoming a Commissioner at the FTC. I am delighted that you have met Governor Linda Lingle. She is an incredibly talented and dedicated public servant, and a dear friend. She will do so much good for Hawaii. Please visit us again in the future, and you will see a remarkably improved Hawaii.

Improving the Economic Foundations of Competition Policy

Remarks before George Mason University Law Review's Winter Antitrust Symposium

Washington, D.C.


* This speech reflects the views of Chairman Muris and not necessarily those of the Commission or of any other Commissioner.


I am delighted to speak at a symposium dedicated to my teacher, mentor, and colleague, Jim Liebeler. Every day I spend at the Federal Trade Commission is another step on a career path Jim opened for me thirty years ago. Antitrust anchored Jim's professional life, and he would have been proud to be celebrated by this gathering. Thank you for allowing me to honor him.

The Spell of the Gherkin,

The Castro C. Geer Chapter of the Federal Trade Commission Alumni Association Annual Business Meeting

Washington, D.C.


(With apologies to "The Spell of the Yukon" by 
Robert Service.)

"There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold . . ."

So begins a story of grit and glory:
The Cremation of Sam McGee.
I remember when, as a boy of ten,
T'was the epitome of poetry.

Announcement of FDA's New Consumer Health Information Initiative



* The views expressed are those of the FTC Chairman Muris and do not necessarily reflect those of the Federal Trade Commission.

The Federal Trade Commission has worked closely with the Food and Drug Administration for many years to protect American consumers. I am delighted to join Commissioner McClellan for today's announcement. The FDA has detailed an ambitious agenda. These initiatives will increase consumers' access to truthful information about diet and health and better protect consumers against deceptive and scientifically unproven claims.

Understanding Mergers: Strategy and Planning, Implementation, and Outcomes

Opening remarks before FTC Bureau of Economics Roundtable on Understanding Mergers: Strategy and Planning, Implementation, and Outcomes

Washington, D.C.


Welcome to the Federal Trade Commission's Roundtable on "Understanding Mergers: Strategy and Planning, Implementation, and Outcomes," sponsored by the Bureau of Economics. Throughout my career, both as a Commission official and a law professor, I have focused on the important role that efficiencies play, and ought to play, in the antitrust analysis of mergers.(1) Today and tomorrow several panels will discuss what is known about what mergers accomplish.

Growth Expectations for a Global Marketplace that is Mindful of Individuals

The Italian Data Protection Authority International Conference, "Privacy, Cost to Resource"

Rome, Italy


Good afternoon. I would like to thank Chairman Rodota and members of the Commission for sponsoring this important conference. We have heard a variety of different views and approaches to the issue of privacy protection, and its has been helpful for me to learn more about the Italian experience.

The Effectiveness of Privacy Protection in Economic Systems

The Italian Garant̩'s International Conference, Privacy: Cost to Resource

Rome, Italy


General Opening

Good Morning. Thank you, Mr. Rasi.

And, let me also thank Professor Rodotá and the Italian Garanté for the invitation to participate in this important privacy dialogue.

In particular, I want to commend the conference's review of privacy protection in the context of:

Kirkpatrick Award

Oral Remarks

Washington, D.C.


I. Welcome and Introduction.

This is the second year for the presentation of the Miles W. Kirkpatrick Award for Lifetime FTC Achievement. It is an occasion to gather past and present FTC supporters to honor someone whose contributions to the agency span the whole length of a professional career and are reflected in all facets of the honoree's work, inside and outside the agency.

Efficiencies and Antitrust: A Story of Ongoing Evolution

Prepared Remarks before ABA Section of Antitrust Law, 2002 Fall Forum

Washington, D.C.


One of my recent articles(2) advanced the proposition that, contrary to popular belief, merger policy in the last 25 years has not shifted back and forth with changes of administrations. The evidence suggests instead that there was a revolutionary change, which began in the late 1970s, followed by a period of gradual evolution continuing to the present day.