Georgetown University Law Center Honors Former FTC Chair Robert Pitofsky, Arnold & Porter's Bill Baer Delivers Tribute
On September 13, 2018, Georgetown University Law Center hosted a luncheon in honor of former Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Robert Pitofsky during the FTC's Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century. During the event, Arnold & Porter Antitrust partner Bill Baer, DOJ's Former Antitrust Head and Acting Associate Attorney General, delivered a tribute to Pitofsky. Pitofsky became the FTC chair in 1995, and Baer served as Director of the Bureau of Competition at the FTC from 1995 to 1999.
Baer's remarks highlighted Pitofsky's role in encouraging the FTC to tackle the consumer protection and antitrust challenges of a global and increasingly high-tech economy. The 1995 Global Competition and Innovation Hearings, known as the "Pitofsky Hearings," brought together scholars, practitioners, consumer representatives, and the business community. The resulting seminal report helped shape FTC consumer protection and competition enforcement for the last 23 years.