U.S. Warns Of Legal Action Against Australian Drug Laws

Law360, New York (December 3, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- The ink has barely dried on Australia’s free trade agreement with the U.S., yet U.S. trade officials are already warning that its trading partner may face a legal challenge over laws designed to help generic competition to brand-name drugs.

In letters exchanged between Trade Minister Mark Vaile and his U.S. counterpart Robert Zoellick, Zoellick warns that the U.S. remains critical of the laws introduced by Australia’s Labor Party, according to the Age, an Australian daily.

“These provisions impose a potentially significant, unjustifiable, and discriminatory burden on...
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