Former FTC Chair Robert Pitofsky Dies At 88

Robert Pitofsky, a scholar of antitrust law who as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission was credited with energizing the agency dubbed the “little old lady of Pennsylvania Avenue” with his forceful yet measured approach to competition and consumer protection, died Oct. 6. The agency under Pitofsky played a high-profile role in the merger of Time Warner and Turner Broadcasting in 1997, and of AOL and Time Warner in 2000. The latter deal was, at the time, the largest merger in U.S. history.