By Melissa Lipman (October 23, 2015, 6:12 PM EDT) -- Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that state professional regulatory boards are not inherently shielded from antitrust challenges in February, a number of suits have piled into federal courts across the country, arguing that everything from rules requiring background checks for taxi app service drivers to disciplinary actions over dog vaccine doses thwart competition.
The split decision in the Federal Trade Commission's case against North Carolina's dental board held that state boards controlled by active market participants don't automatically qualify for what is known as state action immunity. While states and other government entities can generally escape antitrust liability if they...
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