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Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama, In the Matter of

To settle FTC charges that its actions violated the antitrust laws, the Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama agreed to stop requiring on-site supervision by licensed dentists of alignment scans of prospective patients’ mouths seeking to address misaligned teeth or gaps between teeth. According to the complaint, the board amended a rule to prohibit dental hygienists and other non-dentist practitioners from performing scans inside a patient’s mouth without on-site dentist supervision. The complaint alleges that the Board unreasonably excluded from competition providers of teledentistry-based teeth alignment products and services, and that it did this without adequate active supervision from neutral state officials, in violation of the FTC Act. On Dec. 21, 2021, the FTC announced the final consent agreement in this matter.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
1910153
Docket Number
C-4757
Case Status
Pending

Broadcom Incorporated, In the Matter of

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a complaint charging Broadcom with illegally monopolizing markets for semiconductor components used to deliver television and broadband internet services through exclusive dealing and related conduct. The complaint alleges that Broadcom illegally maintained its power in the three monopolized markets by entering long-term agreements with both OEMs and service providers that prevented these customers from purchasing chips from Broadcom’s competitors. The complaint also alleges that Broadcom leveraged its power in the three monopolized chip markets to extract from customers exclusivity and loyalty commitments for the supply of chips in the five related markets. Under the consent order, Broadcom must stop requiring its customers to source components from Broadcom on an exclusive or near exclusive basis.

 

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
181 0205
Docket Number
C-4750
Case Status
Pending

FTC Holds Open Commission Meeting Today

Date
Today, the Federal Trade Commission will hold a virtual open Commission meeting followed by live comments from the public. This will be the first of a series of monthly meetings that will open the...