U.S. Criticizes WTO Case Over Farm Subsidies

Law360, New York (December 17, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. government lashed out at Canada and Brazil on Monday, saying the countries’ decision to forge ahead with proceedings in a World Trade Organization court that claim U.S. farm subsidies may unfairly skew agricultural commerce distracts from important trade negotiations.

Gretchen Hamel, a spokeswoman for U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab, said in a statement Monday that Schwab is “disappointed that Canada and Brazil have decided to move forward with WTO dispute proceedings in this matter,” Reuters reported.

“This case represents an unnecessary diversion of time,...
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