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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FTC cracks down on false 'biodegradable' product claims

In a far-reaching decision, the Federal Trade Commission recently sent a message to companies that promote their plastic products as biodegradable: Don’t do it without scientific evidence to show...

Regulating data security remains a balancing act for commissioners

The Federal Trade Commission’s approach to regulating how companies protect data remains a work in progress and can be hard to figure out.

FTC to study e-cigarettes with eye toward regulation

The Federal Trade Commission was aggressive on regulating cigarette advertising and may be preparing to follow suit on electronic cigarettes. The agency is making plans for extensive study of the...

Shimkus, Walden vying for Commerce panel head

The current Congress isn't even half over but there's one thing that's fairly certain about the next one, there will be a new chairman of the House committee that oversees the Federal Trade...

FTC sharply criticizes draft proposal on auto privacy and security

As lawmakers debate ways both to protect cars that use increasingly sophisticated data-collection technology from hackers and to boost privacy protections in the vehicles, the Federal Trade...

Ohlhausen to women lawyers: 'Don't hide your light under a bushel'

On a recent rainy October afternoon, Maureen Ohlhausen sat in the seventh-floor conference room of a downtown office building, surrounded by roughly two dozen women lawyers eating boxed lunches.