The United States Supreme Court receives about 10,000 petitions from appellants each year and takes only 75 or 80 cases. But this year one of the cases it hears will be on a scope of practice issue. In a March 3 order, the court granted petition for writ of certiorari to the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners, which has been fighting an anti-competitive practices action by the Federal Trade Commission. The board is appealing a decision by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, which upheld an FTC ruling that the board improperly excluded unlicensed teeth-whitening . . .
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