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Supreme Court restricts state license schemes that limit competition
Supreme Court restricts state license schemes that limit competition

The Supreme Court on Tuesday cut back on the power of state licensing boards to restrict competitors from offering low-cost services, a victory for consumers that could prove significant in industries as disparate as taxicabs, funerals and cosmetology. The ruling came in a case challenging the power of North Carolina’s Board of Dental Examiners. The panel, most of whose members are dentists elected by dentists, for years has tried to prevent non-dentists from offering teeth-whitening kiosks in shopping malls. The 6-3 decision upheld federal antitrust charges against the board. The ruling could prove important in an era when licensed industries, such as taxi services, are facing...

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