| Oct 14, 2014
| 11:17 AM
States have the power to license doctors and lawyers, and prevent others from offering consumers medical or legal services at a lower cost. But what about the licensing of floral designers, cosmetologists, hair braiders, interior designers or casket...
| Oct 10, 2014
| 4:42 PM
Come Tuesday, the national pastime will be the subject of oral arguments in a portentous Supreme Court case. This pastime is not baseball but rent seeking — the unseemly yet uninhibited scramble of private interests to bend government power for...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 11:23 AM
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal issued a statement Monday warning Connecticut residents to be wary of phony IRS agents who call and threaten arrest unless money is sent to the phony agents via a reloadable debit card.
Blumenthal, a Democrat who sits on the...
| Oct 5, 2014
| 7:00 AM
The Supreme Court opens its new term Monday with a fall lineup of cases that includes how to deal with violent threats on the Internet, the role of religious liberty in prisons and whether working women who are pregnant have a right to lighter duties on...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 9:16 AM
I’m not surprised when I hear about various creams, pills and potions being revealed as frauds instead of the weight-loss wonders they’re pitched as. But I’d never even heard of “caffeine-infused” clothing when authorities...
| Sep 23, 2014
| 5:32 AM
The Federal Trade Commission is considering a possible antitrust lawsuit against Sysco Corp's $3.5 billion deal to buy Rosemont-based US Foods, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The FTC has been...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 8:14 AM
More than 60 companies, including 20 of the largest advertisers in the country, were warned recently to prominently disclose required information in their print and television ads.
The Federal Trade Commission didn't identify which companies it sent the...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 2:14 PM
A $10.1 billion class-action judgment against Philip Morris USA is headed back to the Illinois Supreme Court, nearly a decade after the same court threw out the verdict.
An Illinois appellate court reinstated the verdict in April, agreeing with the...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 8:36 AM
Family Dollar Stores Inc. rejected a $9.1-billion takeover offer from rival discounter Dollar General Corp., raising the possibility that Dollar General will make a hostile bid for its smaller competitor.
Family Dollar cited antitrust concerns for...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 9:18 AM
Dollar General Corp. increased its offer for smaller rival Family Dollar Stores Inc., trying to derail a deal with another discounter.
The nation’s largest deep discounter said Tuesday that it offered $9.1 billion in cash, or $80 per share, for...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 10:53 AM
Dollar General Corp. raised its bid for Family Dollar Stores Inc. to $9.1 billion, and warned it may turn hostile and appeal directly to shareholders if the new offer was rejected.
The No. 1 U.S. deep-discount retailer also said it would pay a break-...