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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FTC to courts: some patent injunctions may harm competition

Patent infringement injunctions may drive up costs to consumers and decrease innovation in the market, the Commission has suggested, and courts should consider these factors when ruling in patent...

Commissioner Brill to companies: start now to protect privacy

At a recent summit, FTC Commissioner Julie Brill shared her thoughts on the agency’s preliminary staff report on privacy and offered advice to companies seeking to get a head start on the...

NFL antitrust case kicks off: Players seek injunction in federal court

“Defendants, the NFL and its separately-owned and independently-operated member teams, have jointly agreed and conspired to deny Plaintiffs the ability to provide and/or market their services in...

Oversight in 112th Congress: Antitrust Subcommittee agenda

The Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights will tackle topics ranging from agriculture to Internet search issues during the 112th Session of Congress, according to...

Senate committee takes on OPEC

The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider a bipartisan bill that would authorize the Justice Department to bring cases against foreign states “for collusive practices in setting the price or...

Railroad exemptions in jeopardy?

The Senate Judiciary Committee has acted to remove freight railroads’ long-standing exemptions from the antitrust laws, a move that may expose railroads to antitrust scrutiny in the future.

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