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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2023 means uphill climb for FTC

The year ahead will intensify congressional scrutiny of the Federal Trade Commission, generate vigorous debate about new merger guidelines and see continued questions about the constitutionality of...

Probe finds antitrust agencies overlap on enforcement, but conflicts are rare

While the antitrust jurisdictions of the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission overlap, conflicts are rare, according to a congressional probe.

Lawmakers increase FTC coffers, workload

Unlike previous years, Congress has given the Federal Trade Commission more money. The bigger budget will help since lawmakers have also increased the agency’s workload.

Protecting Black communities a front-burner issue, Khan says

Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan told lawmakers deterring discriminatory and harmful online data practices against Black communities is one of her top priorities.

FTC eyes bots and fake accounts on social media

The Federal Trade Commission is studying social media and video streaming firms’ practices related to their ad ecosystems, with a hard look at artificially inflated engagement and impression data,...

Neil Averitt commentary: The high-wire act of the Activision case

The Biden administration has given us a series of high-risk, potentially game-changing antitrust initiatives, but this effort to rein in Big Tech is on the highest wire so far. The Federal Trade...

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Monopolies and their impact on artists

The monopolistic practices of some companies make the lives of creative professionals unnecessarily harder. That’s the running theme in “Chokepoint Capitalism: How Big Tech and Big Content Captured Creative Labor Markets and How We’ll Win Them Back.”