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Supreme Court Rejects Antitrust Immunity for North Carolina Dental Board

On February 25, 2015, in a 6-3 decision authored by Justice Kennedy, the Supreme Court upheld the Federal Trade Commission’s decision finding that the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners, although a state agency, was not exempt from federal antitrust laws when it sent 47 official cease-and-desist letters to non-dentist teeth whitening service providers.

Mintz Levin's Bruce Sokler and Helen Kim have prepared an Alert that reviews the Supreme Court’s reasoning in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners vs. FTC, which makes it clear that unless state agencies or boards made up of market participants are acting under the direct supervision of the state, their anticompetitive activities are not protected. Click here to read the full Alert.

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Theresa C. Carnegie is a Mintz attorney who advises health care clients on a wide array of transactional, regulatory, compliance, fraud and abuse matters, and health law issues. She counsels health plans, pharmacy benefit managers, pharmacies, device manufacturers, and distributors.