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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Fate of big media mergers in 2018 remains uncertain

Whether buoyed by the notion that a Trump antitrust regime would take a hands-off approach, new telecom rules encouraging consolidation or huge payouts available to CEOs, 2017 became the year of...

Consumer advocates aren’t counting on FTC in likely CFPB fallout

Consumer advocates are scrambling to deal with the fallout from what they anticipate will be moves by the Trump administration to eviscerate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But they...

My Friend Cayla, other must-have toys come with privacy warning

Connected toys may seem like the perfect gift for kids this holiday season, and there's no question they’re popular.

DOJ official’s vow to speed merger reviews met with skepticism

When Donald Kempf made the pitch that the Justice Department is determined to reverse the trend in which merger reviews take longer and longer, his comments were met with skepticism.

Deals with second requests slightly down

As the year wraps up, FTC:WATCH counts 13 pending big deals that have garnered second requests for more information — eight from the Federal Trade Commission and five from the Department of...

Consumer initiatives kick off 2018, FTC says

Although the Federal Trade Commission’s top officials have acting in their titles, they aren’t letting that stand in the way of formulating an array of plans for next year.