Non-compete rulemaking faces legal hurdles but could help Biden politically

The Federal Trade Commission’s rulemaking on non-compete agreements faces legal obstacles but could reap political and public policy benefits even if it’s struck down in court.

Neill Averitt

Chess cheating, defamation and the Twombly pleading standard

It’s an unusual legal story that involves international chess tournaments, the Twombly standard for pleading collusion, Arthur Schopenhauer, and radio-controlled vibrating sex devices — all at the same time. But this is such a story.

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Goodbye deadlock: Khan becomes FTC chairwoman

If personnel drives policy, look for the Federal Trade Commission to wallop Big Tech with Lina Khan sworn in as the youngest-ever chairwoman.

House markup begins over antitrust measures

Now the antitrust action begins in earnest on Capitol Hill.

Lawmakers continue to debate FTC’s restitution dilemma

It depends on what the meaning of fraud is. House Democrats have so far been unable to get Republican support for their measure to clarify the Federal Trade Commission’s power to recover ill-gotten...

On the Shelf: New book has mostly critical take on Bezos’ businesses

In many ways this is Jeff Bezos’ world, and we just live in it.

Democrats seek scrutiny of ticket marketplace

As infection rates from the Covid-19 pandemic drop where people are vaccinated, increased scheduling of live events adds urgency to congressional efforts to protect consumers in the live ticketing...

Neil Averitt commentary: Gallo Wine and the limits of deal structuring

The nation’s largest wine producers are shuffling their portfolios, concentrating their labels in one or another segment of the market. Take E. & J. Gallo, which just closed its $1 billion...