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Mexican unions challenge constitutionality of new labor law

Mexican labor unions -- most of them employer-dominated -- are challenging the constitutionality of newly passed labor legislation required by the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, with nearly 100 separate cases filed in district courts this month.

Grassley, Wyden tell Mnuchin to consider doubling French taxes in response to digital tax

In response to France’s imposition of a digital services tax, Treasury Secretary Steven Mncuhin should consider using a provision of the Internal Revenue Code that allows the president to double tax rates for foreign companies and individuals, the leaders of the Senate Finance Committee said on Monday

EU escalates WTO dispute over olives; China says it will address ag TRQs

The European Union will bring its dispute with the U.S. over Spanish olives to a panel at the World Trade Organization, while China has agreed to implement reforms to its administration of agricultural tariff-rate quotas after losing a dispute with the U.S. earlier this year, according to member statements from a Dispute Settlement Body meeting on Monday.

Supreme Court denies steel group’s request to consider Section 232 challenge

The Supreme Court this week declined to hear a case challenging the constitutionality of the Section 232 statute, sending the challenge to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Citing GAO procurement study, Sens. Baldwin, Merkley call to expand 'Buy America' laws

A new report from the Government Accountability Office shows U.S. government procurement contracts are more likely to be awarded to foreign companies when subject to international trade commitments, prompting two Democratic senators to call for expanded “Buy America” laws.

Business groups emphasize data flows as e-commerce talks resume

As World Trade Organization plurilateral negotiations on electronic commerce resumed this week, business groups released their digital trade priorities, emphasizing the need for an “ambitious” agreement that enshrines the free flow of data across borders.

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After six weeks of stalled negotiations, the U.S. and China have resumed trade talks in preparation for a meeting between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit this week in Osaka, Japan.

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  • The European Union will bring its dispute with the U.S. over Spanish olives to a panel at the World Trade Organization, while China has agreed to implement reforms to its administration of agricultural tariff-rate quotas after losing a dispute with the U.S. earlier this year, according to member statements from a Dispute Settlement Body meeting on Monday.

  • A new report from the Government Accountability Office shows U.S. government procurement contracts are more likely to be awarded to foreign companies when subject to international trade commitments, prompting two Democratic senators to call for expanded “Buy America” laws.