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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Having her say: A sit-down with Julie Brill

Federal Trade Commission member Julie Brill was especially upbeat and relaxed when she sat down for an interview with FTC:WATCH on March 24. The ebullient commissioner had announced her resignation...

Smooth sailing with a few rough waves for three-member commission

Julie Brill’s departure from the Federal Trade Commission means that for the first time in more than 21 years, the agency will operate with just three commissioners. Back then, in 1994, the...

High court nominee Garland has record of siding with agencies

Many people who sit on the bench pay lip service to the importance of judicial modesty. US Circuit Judge Merrick Garland, whom President Barack Obama has nominated to the Supreme Court, practices...

Three regulators vie for top billing in the privacy space

In recent weeks, the Federal Trade Commission, which has long seen itself as the premier privacy agency, has watched other regulators flex their muscles and increasingly claim some of that turf.

Senate panels to tackle Section 5 and merger reviews

The Federal Trade Commission’s policy statement on Section 5 of the FTC Act is getting its first check-up on Capitol Hill next Tuesday.­

Justice Department’s win in blocking a newspaper deal raises questions

The Justice Department’s recent victory in blocking Tribune Publishing’s acquisition of two Southern California newspapers has provoked some head scratching.