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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More FTC employees likely to return to office in the fall

Federal Trade Commission employees are likely to be required to be back in the office for at least two days during each pay period starting in September, according to several agency sources.

Enforcers face challenges using antitrust to narrow racial gaps

Neo-Brandeisian reformers want to use antitrust enforcement to narrow racial disparities in large part by targeting labor markets, but some of their ideological allies are skeptical of the chances...

Gupta to decide Kanter’s fate in Google case

Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta gets to decide whether her subordinate, antitrust chief Jonathan Kanter, should be recused from matters involving Google. But Gupta and the Justice...

DoubleClick’s O’Connor derides Big Tech cases

Google and Facebook’s dominance of digital advertising is simply evidence their products work well, according to the founder of an Internet advertising company that became the platform where...

Study offers prescription to boost government employee morale

Senior leaders’ interpersonal skills are a top influence on federal workforce trust, according to a nonpartisan group seeking to make the federal government more effective.

Neil Averitt commentary: Don’t panic over Supreme Court’s climate ruling

No, in all likelihood the sky is not falling. The Supreme Court’s decision on the non-delegation doctrine in West Virginia v. EPA isn’t likely to force major changes in the body of antitrust and...

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A takedown of Jack Welch’s excesses, including mergers

While Robert Bork wrote about the virtues of free markets and mergers, Jack Welch put those ideas into action. During Welch’s more than 20-year tenure as General Electric’s chief executive, the company spent roughly $130 billion to buy nearly 1,000 companies.

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