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Jun 4, 2015

LegalZoom sues NC State Bar for federal antitrust violations has filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the North Carolina State Bar seeking more than $10.5 million in damages. The self-help legal services company alleges in its complaint that the bar violated the Sherman Antitrust Act by refusing to register its two prepaid legal services plans. In its complaint, which was filed June 3 […]

Mar 3, 2014

US Supreme Court to hear NC teeth-whitening case

Facial hair and teeth-whitening will be getting unusually prominent attention from the Supreme Court.

Jun 14, 2013

No smiles at Dental Board

4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in a dispute over teeth whitening has exposed just about every occupational regulatory board in the Carolinas, including the N.C. State Bar, to federal antitrust attacks. The court’s unanimous three-judge panel affirmed a Federal Trade Commission finding that the N.C. State Board of Dental Examiners violated antitrust law by using cease-and-desist letter[...]

May 13, 2011

FTC, Dental Board tussle may land in highest court

As the collision between the Federal Trade Commission and the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners unfolds in legal slow motion, Ron Haynes sells teeth-whitening supplies and insists he doesn't understand the fuss. It's a fuss that is taking two routes toward the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and appears bound for the U.S. Supreme Court. The Board of Dental Examiners says non-dentist[...]

May 13, 2011

Lots of jawing, not much enforcement against ‘unlicensed dentists’

The math is coldly convincing. A person having a teeth-whitening treatment can spend between $300 and $700 at a dentist's office, or between $100 and $150 with a non-dentist, according to a Federal Trade Commission antitrust complaint filed in opposition to the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners' cease-and-desist letters sent to about 40 teeth-whitening services. Ron Haynes, the propri[...]

May 5, 2011

Dental Board’s suit against FTC dismissed

A lawsuit the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners brought in February against the Federal Trade Commission in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina has been dismissed. Chief United States District Court Judge Louise Flanagan dismissed the case on May 3, ruling that the Board's lawsuit sought "to subvert the established administrative review process set forth in 15 [...]

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