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The U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission cast the FTC’s scrutiny of competitor-controlled boards into the national spotlight. While the North Carolina Dental case has been the FTC’s most high-profile recent challenge to the rules of professional boards and associations, two recent consent decrees — one with the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and another with the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM) — underscore that competitor-controlled groups remain a priority for the commission. This article provides a brief description of both investigations and provides five takeaways from the FTC’s enforcement actions against competitor-controlled boards.
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