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Supreme Court considers if state board serves public or limits competition
Supreme Court considers if state board serves public or limits competition

The Supreme Court could rein in state licensing boards that critics argue have become antitrust "cartels" that hurt consumers and hinder competition. The high court heard arguments Tuesday in a case involving dentists who used their control over a state licensing board to block kiosks in shopping malls from offering teeth-whitening products at lower prices. In North Carolina, the state board — composed mostly of dentists who are elected by other dentists — decided that teeth whitening should be considered part of dentistry and therefore off-limits to the rival kiosks. Most of the justices said the North Carolina state board appeared to be protecting the...

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