Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Smile, though your dentist's heart is breaking

At least in North Carolina, where you'll not have to wonder where the yellow went;
The [US] Supreme Court on Wednesday effectively rejected North Carolina’s tight control over the lucrative teeth-whitening business.
In a divided decision that polishes up the court’s free market credentials, six justices agreed the Federal Trade Commission can charge the dentist-dominated North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners with “anticompetitive and unfair” actions.
“Active market participants cannot be allowed to regulate their own markets free from antitrust accountability,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote.
Talk about splitting eye-teeth, in 1943 a different Supreme Court ruled that the California raisin industry could restrict competition through just such an industry controlled board. Now, it's that teeth aren't raisins.

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