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.

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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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Democrats’ choice of Chopra for FTC seat shows Warren’s clout

Democrats’ surprising choice of Rohit Chopra for a seat on the Federal Trade Commission underscores the clout of one of its populist heroes, while provoking cheers from consumer advocates and...

Trump officials may be more favorable toward efficiency claims in mergers

When Anthem recently threw in the towel on its bid to acquire rival health insurer Cigna, it also ended a chance for the Supreme Court to clarify how efficiency claims in proposed mergers should be...

United Airlines incident sparks debate over antitrust enforcers’ role

It didn’t take long for pictures to go viral of that United Airlines passenger being brutally roughed up as he was involuntarily “deplaned,” sparking international outrage.

AT&T case sheds light on future of common carrier exemption

A federal appeals court decision to rehear the Federal Trade Commission’s case against AT&T Mobility draws attention to a perennial debate. Will the law exempting the agency from overseeing common...

Lawmakers pushing bill to let FTC ban gay conversion therapy

The Federal Trade Commission’s powers over certain questionable medical therapies — especially those aimed at converting homosexuals into heterosexuals — could be expanded if congressional...

DOJ stance on Tronc’s Chicago newspaper deal bears watching

The Justice Department has said it will look into, but not necessarily stop, a proposed merger that would place Chicago's two leading newspapers in the same hands. Though the DOJ blocked a similar...