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 consumer protection bureau criticized for not ‘firing on all cylinders’

A year into the Trump administration, a number of lawyers who practice before the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection are seeing a change: a slowdown in enforcement.

Hill in limbo on FTC matters

President Donald Trump’s delay in filling posts at the Federal Trade Commission isn’t just affecting agency operations, it’s also stopping action on Capitol Hill.

Robocalls remain tricky for FTC to stomp out

Perhaps we can add one more thing to death and taxes on the list of life’s certainties: robocalls.

Former Senator John Tunney, who pushed for antitrust reform, dies

Former Democratic Senator John Tunney of California, who led the charge for a law to allow the public to have input in merger settlements only to be frustrated as it was largely ignored, died on...

It’s complicated: Book explores Roosevelt-Morgan relationship

Proponents of more aggressive antitrust enforcement view it as a way to reduce economic inequality and curb the damage of an unfettered free market. Others say a more limited approach strikes the...

New year marks new season of vertical healthcare deals

Antitrust authorities succeeded last year in preventing several mergers of direct competitors in the healthcare industry, but in 2018 face the prospect of reviewing deals that would instead mostly...