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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If Dems take control next year, FTC could see more internal battles

The Federal Trade Commission more than most federal agencies is known for continuity and bipartisanship regardless of which party controls the White House. Yet in the past two years, since five...

In web chat, Delrahim discusses bold initiatives, opens up about lessons learned

Makan Delrahim has made lots of waves since being confirmed as assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s antitrust division in September 2017.

Partisan bickering overshadows FTC’s push to beef up privacy efforts

The Federal Trade Commission presented a mostly unified front in asking Congress for more money and authority to beef up its privacy enforcement, but the commissioners still couldn’t restrain...

Pandemic brings renewed concerns around loot boxes in video games

A global pandemic is a good excuse to lounge around and play video games, which is what many have been doing in recent months, leading to renewed concerns about in-game purchases with gambling-like...

As Funeral Rule shows age, FTC mulls changes

Some funeral homes voluntarily list their prices online. Should others follow suit?

Fraudsters demanding Bitcoin in account protection scam

Fraudsters are demanding Bitcoin from computer users by pretending they will expose embarrassing personal details about their lives, the Federal Trade Commission said. But the bluffs are sometimes...