WTO Will Probe US-China Subsidies, Aussie Tobacco Logos

Law360, New York (September 28, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT) -- The World Trade Organization's dispute resolution body launched investigations into two major trade fights Friday, setting up panels to decide the legality of both Australia's strict trademark restrictions on cigarette labeling and an American anti-subsidy system that has taxed $7.3 billion in Chinese products.

The decision means that bilateral talks between China and the U.S. over the countervailing duties on a wide range of products failed to resolve the Chinese claim that the U.S. tariffs are inconsistent with WTO agreements, and that Australia could not assuage...
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