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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Pressure’s on as FTC negotiates Facebook penalty

Something strange happened after Facebook disclosed the Federal Trade Commission might hit it with an eye-popping fine as high as $5 billion for violating a privacy order — the largest civil...

More presidential hopefuls weigh in on antitrust issues

Come on in. The antitrust water is fine.

In LabMD aftermath, FTC retools data security orders

After an appeals court ruled the Federal Trade Commission’s order telling a medical testing company to fix its weak data security was unenforceable — finding it too vague — practitioners have...

Lawmakers clash over newspaper antitrust exemption

Two House members with the most clout on antitrust matters favor an exemption for the newspaper industry, but hold their positions for different reasons.

An Rx for stronger antitrust enforcement? New book explores options

The doctors — or in this case, the legal scholars — thought they knew what ailed the patient. In the late 1970s, “the patient” was the sluggish US economy, and Robert Bork and Richard Posner...

End Standard Oil consent decree, DOJ says

Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft are either frowning in their graves or realizing their efforts succeeded.