FTC Seeks To Tackle Abuse Of Noerr Doctrine

Law360, New York (November 2, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Hoping to stem corporate abuse of the Noerr-Pennington doctrine, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission provided new perspectives Thursday on how to enforce the policy, which shields companies from antitrust laws when they try to influence government actions.

The FTC’s report, penned by the agency’s Office of Policy Planning and Bureau of Competition, warned that the doctrine can be abused if applied too broadly, and shed new light on how it should be enforced in the future.

“Unnecessarily broad interpretations of the doctrine, however, can protect abuses...
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