US Stalls Indonesia Clove Cigarette Dispute At WTO

Law360, New York (June 24, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT) -- The U.S. has temporarily blocked a request by Indonesia to set up a World Trade Organization panel to investigate its complaint that an American ban on the sale of clove cigarettes, a major Indonesian export, was unfair and violated certain WTO provisions.

The U.S. blocked the request at a meeting Tuesday of the WTO's Dispute Settlement Body. The WTO allows the defendant in such a dispute to block the creation of a panel one time, but the defendant cannot block a panel the second time. The...
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