RALEIGH, N.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a North Carolina case over whether U.S. states can delegate the regulation of professions such as dentistry, plumbing and more to boards of practitioners drawn from those occupations.
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The justices planned to hear Tuesday whether state-established boards such as those of dentists, veterinarians, doctors and cosmetologists can regulate their occupations without fear of running afoul of federal antitrust laws.
The specific case involves a 2007 decision by the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners warning operators of teeth-whitening services in malls and tanning salons that they were practicing dentistry without a license. The Federal Trade Commission said that state's dental board engaged in unfair competition in the market for teeth-whitening services, and the board sued the FTC in 2011.