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.

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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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Bedoya, focused and passionate, talks about putting consumers first

Federal Trade Commission member Alvaro Bedoya just reached his six-month work anniversary. The former Senate staffer and Georgetown University professor arrived at a time of incredible activity at...

Khan defends use of unpaid consultants

Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan defended the agency’s use of unpaid consultants to Republican congressmen who have promised more scrutiny of her aggressive antitrust enforcement. But she...

Bannon’s relationship to Emerdata probed

Steve Bannon, a strategist for former President Donald Trump, responded to the Federal Trade Commission’s questions regarding his relationship to Emerdata, a London data firm linked to Cambridge...

Ticketmaster’s Taylor Swift debacle highlights predatory practices

Ticketmaster has come under intense regulatory scrutiny since it botched the ticket sales for Taylor Swift, leaving customers, like myself, stranded in the online queue for hours while the website...

Neil Averitt commentary: Some hits and a miss in Section 5 policy statement

The diplomat Talleyrand, who represented post-Napoleonic France at the make-or-break Congress of Vienna, cautioned his staff to move only in measured steps: “Above all,” he said, “no zeal.” This...

Microsoft-Activision remedy talks not welcome by FTC

The Federal Trade Commission has no interest in any remedy discussions to address concerns with the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard deal, MLex has learned.

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Peering at history through an economic lens

Renowned economist J. Bradford DeLong’s new book, “Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century,” proves that works about this often-arcane topic need not be dull, number-laden or too abstract.