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July 27, 2017

Ease occupational licensing, free people to work

Today we filed this comment letter with the FTC describing how easing occupational licensing would give Americans a pathway to prosperity.  The FTC has assembled an Economic Liberty Taskforce dedicated to addressing occupational licensing abuses, and is holding a roundtable today about how licensing affects people’s ability to move across ...

March 17, 2017

New Federal Trade Commission economic liberty website

This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) launched an exciting new website for its recently formed Economic Liberty Task Force. Aside from signaling how serious the FTC’s Acting Chairman, Maureen Ohlhausen, is in using the commission’s resources to advocate for occupational licensing reform, the website will also serve as a valuabl ...

May 04, 2016

D.C. Circuit blows whistle on Amtrak

Late last week, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the federal Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA). Among other things, PRIIA authorizes Amtrak to regulate its competitors. Now, you may be wondering how Amtrak can regulate its competitors when it essentially has a monopoly on all passenger rail traffic in ...

August 12, 2014

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 parties who have a private stake in preventing economic competition against them. In our brief, ...

August 11, 2014

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 who have a private stake in preventing economic competition against them. Our brief, joined by ...

August 07, 2014

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 private parties who have a private interest in excluding their own competitors from the marketplace. ...

August 06, 2014

Cartels shouldn’t be exempt from anti-monopoly laws just because they’re run by states

(Part 1 of a series. Here are Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4) There's a lot not to like about antitrust law, but the basic idea that monopolies are bad, and that everyone should have the right to compete honestly in the free market, is a cornerstone of our society. Sadly, antitrust is so ...