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 York hits TRUSTe with privacy fine; more states could up enforcement

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has made waves in the privacy world by charging that True Ultimate Standards Everywhere failed to do enough to prevent illegal tracking technology on...

Pressure rising for Trump watchdogs to take aggressive action

When the University of Chicago — of all places — recently held a three-day conference devoted to whether the US has a “concentration problem,” it demands that you sit up and take notice.

Qualcomm tests FTC’s IP enforcement chops, bipartisanship

San Diego, California-based chipmaker Qualcomm is challenging the Federal Trade Commission’s ability to oversee patents, and the largely legal monopolies they confer on their owners.

‘Privacy cop’ fails to make splash at industry summit

The Trump administration’s slowness to fill top-tier posts is making it tougher for federal agencies to promote the president’s agenda. The Federal Trade Commission is no exception.

FTC to bloggers: Disclose paid Instagram posts

The Federal Trade Commission has already warned companies that they need to disclose if they’re paying people to promote their products. Now endorsers are coming under scrutiny.

Ex-FTC commissioner Brill to join Microsoft

After spending a year at Hogan Lovells, former Federal Trade Commission member Julie Brill is leaving to join Microsoft. She will lead the giant tech company’s privacy and regulatory affairs group.