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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A new era at the Federal Trade Commission

Goliath tech firms — think Google and Facebook — got a blunt message from the new team that likely will be taking charge of the Federal Trade Commission: step over the line and the agency will not...

Time to ditch the consumer welfare standard? Not so fast

Over the past six months, a recurring issue in antitrust circles, from Capitol Hill to think tanks to academia, is whether it’s time to jettison the consumer welfare standard, which has served as...

Trump trade crackdown could play role in antitrust merger probes

Companies seeking to survive regulatory scrutiny and close a deal in the Trump era may be forced to contend with the president’s approach to trade policy if his willingness to erect new barriers...

Delrahim punches back on criticism he's 'not conservative enough'

Since the Justice Department sued to block AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner in November, Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Makan Delrahim, the Trump appointee who authorized the lawsuit,...

FTC needs stronger tools to protect consumers against data breaches, Senate told

A former staffer and current nominees to the Federal Trade Commission testified to US senators this month that the agency needs stronger enforcement tools to protect consumers against data breaches.

Higher education practices caught in Trump’s crosshairs

The Trump administration has challenged the practices of colleges and universities on the civil rights and tax fronts. Now it’s examining whether their admissions procedures violate antitrust laws.