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NC Dental Board v. FTC: Supreme Court justices stress competition, federalism, safety

In the interests of free competition, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission wants the North Carolina dental board to stop shutting down teeth-whitening operations in the state, and the board has resisted, filing suit against the federal agency.

After a loss in the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, the board's suit is now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. During oral argument on October 14, the justices asked counsel for both sides numerous questions, giving a rare glimpse of how Supreme Court members think about professional regulation.

The high court justices showed the most concern . . .

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