Pamela Jones Harbour assumed her position as a Commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission today after being sworn in by Chairman Timothy J. Muris. President Bush named Harbour, an Independent, to a term that expires in September 2009. She was confirmed unanimously by the Senate on July 23, 2003.
The FTC enforces federal laws and rules prohibiting unfair or deceptive practices or methods of competition. The FTC was created in 1914 and has five Commissioners.
Ms. Harbour joins the FTC from Kaye Scholer LLP where she served as a partner in the litigation department handling antitrust matters. She counseled clients on Internet privacy, e-commerce, consumer protection, and a variety of competition-related matters. Prior to joining Kaye Scholer, Ms. Harbour was New York State Deputy Attorney General and Chief of the Office’s 150-attorney Public Advocacy Division. During her 11-year term in the Attorney General’s office, she argued before the United States Supreme Court on behalf of 35 states in State Oil v. Khan, a landmark price-fixing case. She also successfully represented numerous states in New York v. Reebok, States v. Keds, and States v. Mitsubishi, each resulting in multimillion-dollar national consumer settlements. Among her most notable antitrust cases were New York v. May Department Stores, a successful anti-merger challenge, and States v. Primestar Partners, a consent judgment culminating a four-year multistate investigation of the cable television industry.
Ms. Harbour received her law degree in1984 from Indiana University School of Law, and a B.M. in 1981 from Indiana University School of Music.
Ms. Harbour, a native of New York and New Jersey, is married to John Harbour, and has three children.