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 state attorneys general to ramp up consumer protection fight

That blue wave that swept Democrats into control of the House of Representatives also helped the party boost its number of state attorneys general nationwide. The results set the stage for more...

Lawmakers may tie more antitrust enforcement money to Smarter Act

Democrats may get their wish for money to bust trusts, but might have to swallow a change in enforcement procedures to get it.

1-800 Contacts ruling has broad ramifications

The Federal Trade Commission’s ruling that agreements between 1-800 Contacts and rival online contact lens sellers to limit keyword search advertising illegally harmed consumers has broad...

Fraud case against patent firm raises questions about Trump’s acting AG

A Federal Trade Commission case against a Miami-based patent firm accused of fraud has not only raised questions about the role acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker played with World Patent...

Is big really bad? New books weigh in

The debate about whether corporate bigness is inherently anticompetitive or whether big is only bad when companies misbehave is playing out in two new books by prominent public intellectuals.

Questions swirl around moves to make merger reviews faster, less painful

As head of the Justice Department’s antitrust division, Makan Delrahim has made clear his desire to make the merger review process less painful — and speedier.