Justices To Weigh Antitrust Status Of Professional Boards

Law360, New York (March 3, 2014, 9:12 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday to review the Federal Trade Commission's authority to pursue an antitrust case against North Carolina's dental board could have repercussions for how states regulate everything from health care professionals to attorneys, experts say.

The justices agreed to consider whether the state action doctrine, which shields state and state-sanctioned activity from federal antitrust scrutiny under certain conditions, protects the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners. The FTC, which targeted the board over its efforts to make sure only dentists could...
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