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 suffers another legal blow to enforcement arsenal

The Federal Trade Commission faces difficult strategic choices after a federal court delivered a body blow to the heart of its enforcement program, reviving chatter that the agency is facing an...

Democratic presidential candidates aim to boost media competition

Banning big media mergers, revamping private equity rules and exempting some media companies from antitrust laws. These are among the proposals of Democratic presidential candidates seeking to...

‘Game-changing’ Google settlement with FTC has businesses fretting over impact

Even as Andrew Smith, director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, exalted the agency’s “game-changing” $170 million settlement with Google, businesses were scrambling...

Fixes for mergers raise questions about intent of Congress

Antitrust authorities and academics have conducted numerous studies to determine whether the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission have been successful remedying anticompetitive mergers.

Finch talks politics of antitrust, DOJ stint

Antitrust is making huge headlines and a former Justice Department official said the additional attention is healthy for the field.

EU-US Privacy Shield violators settle FTC complaints

The Federal Trade Commission has settled actions accusing five companies of falsely claiming certification under the EU-US Privacy Shield framework.