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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Lessons learned: Comcast and Time-Warner Cable

The stunning demise of the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable continues to reverberate across the Washington political, antitrust and communications landscape. Lawyers and...

FTC:WATCH exclusive: Interview with Chairman Burgess

Editor’s Note: The Federal Trade Commission has a new overseer in the House—and FTC:WATCH seized the opportunity to speak with him to get a preview of what lies ahead. Representative Michael...

Forceful new IG takes charge at FTC

Keeping an eye on the nation’s intelligence agencies, rooting out government malfeasance and chronicling the national pastime have all played key parts in the life and work of the Federal Trade...

House panel splits on FTC’s role in patent disputes

Before a House subcommittee voted along party lines to support a bill clamping down on abusive patent assertion entities, members clashed over the role of the Federal Trade Commission.

Clashing ‘unfair practices’ theories at FTC, CFPB?

A debate among lawyers and regulators surfaced at a recent conference on unfair and deceptive business practices, revealing some discrepancies in the legal strategies being pursued by two rival...

Some react skeptically to DOJ's Baer admonition about clearly problematic mergers

Bill Baer made some waves at the American Bar Association’s recent spring meeting by delivering an admonition to antitrust lawyers packed into a cavernous ballroom: don’t even try to push the...