According to MSN News, the Supreme Court is considering a case that could have far-reaching consequences to state licensing boards. The case involves the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners (Board), and whether or not it has the authority to limit the practice of consumer teeth whitening by non-dentists.
The debate arose from a complaint issued by the Federal Trade Commission back in 2010, alleging that the Board is overstepping its bounds and limiting competition by prohibiting kiosks in shopping venues from offering teeth-whitening products at lower prices without supervision from a licensed dentist. The complaint further alleged the Board’s self-serving financial interest and inability to provide objectivity because the Board consists mostly of dentists. Click to read the entire article: Supreme Court considers if state boards serve public or limit competition.
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