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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New settlements illuminate vast extent of municipal bid-rigging

The Justice Department’s two most recent municipal-bond plea agreements are highlighting widespread corruption by Wall Street firms that improperly profited off municipal bonds intended to finance...

Another record fine on price-fixing

The Justice Department’s antitrust division just racked up another half a billion dollars in fines—and more such settlements appear to be on the way, as a result of what Justice Department official...

Global warming for Cordray

Despite plenty of threatening Republican rhetoric over Richard Cordray’s recess appointment to the directorship of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, he has been getting a generally...

MOU: More than meets the eye

The Memorandum of Understanding signed Jan. 20 by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission requires the two agencies to play nicely in the same sandbox. But will it...

Win-loss for the FTC in Graco decision

It appears that the Federal Trade Commission lost the battle but won the war in D.C. federal court over the agency’s bid to retain jurisdiction in the District of Columbia over Minneapolis-based...

FTC drops further action on Lundbeck

The Federal Trade Commission decided in a split three-to-one vote not to seek cert before the Supreme Court on the controversial Minnesota ruling that drew widespread groans at the time it was issued.

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