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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Antitrust agencies spark debate for letting competitors team up in Covid-19 fight

The Detroit News recently reported the “Covid-19 pandemic has forged unprecedented cooperation between Metro Detroit health systems on potential treatments for the respiratory illness, but also...

In contested lawsuit, FTC spars with alleged telemarketing scammers

On its face, the battle in a Texas federal court between the Federal Trade Commission and several firms and individuals over an alleged telemarketing scheme looks straightforward, but it has taken...

Lawmakers mull action on contact lens rules as others weigh in

As the public awaits the Federal Trade Commission’s final action on proposed changes to the Contact Lens Rule, Congress may take measures as well.

From 9/11 to coronavirus, FTC responds to national crises

While the coronavirus pandemic is an unprecedented event, national crises are not. Whether it was the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Cold War or Great Depression, the Federal Trade...

Williams-Sonoma to shell out $1 million in ‘Made in the USA’ settlement

For the past two years, consumers interested in buying products such as furniture, cookware or bedding that were made in the United States may have been drawn to Williams-Sonoma and its brands.

Consumers bilked by patent firm get refunds

Would-be inventors who paid World Patent Marketing for services they never received are getting refunds thanks to the Federal Trade Commission.