PLF’s Timothy Sandefur speaks at Cato’s Constitution Day symposium

I’ll be speaking tomorrow at the Cato Institute’s annual Constitution Day symposium about the North Carolina Dental Examiners antitrust case (which I blogged about here). If you can’t attend in person (and there’s still space available) you can watch the … Continue reading

Supreme Court gives entrepreneurs a tool to fight back

Moments ago, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC, an antitrust lawsuit in which the Federal Trade Commission sued a state agency that regulates the practice of the dental industry. … Continue reading

“They pretend public benefit, intend private”

Four centuries ago, Sir Edward Coke, one of the founding fathers of the Anglo-American legal tradition, explained how businesses often collude with government to illegalize competition. They persuade the government to adopt licensing laws or other restrictions, which allow existing firms … Continue reading

Government monopolies: the Court should not allow immunity unless anticompetitive laws are subsantively justified

(Part 4 of a series. Here are Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3) In N.C. Dental Examiners v. FTC, the Supreme Court will decide whether to extend Parker antitrust immunity to state regulatory agencies that are dominated by private … Continue reading

Government monopolies: the Court should enforce the “active supervision” requirement

(Part 3 of a series. Here’s Part 1, Part 2, and Part 4.) In the N.C. Dental Examiners case, the Supreme Court will decide whether Parker antitrust immunity should apply to state regulatory agencies that are run entirely by private parties … Continue reading

Government monopolies: the Supreme Court should overrule the Southern Motor Carriers case

(Part 2 of a series. Here are Part 1, Part 3, and Part 4) In the N.C. Dental Examiners case, the Supreme Court will decide whether to extend Parker antitrust immunity to state regulatory agencies that are run entirely by … Continue reading