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U.S. Vows New Push in Korean Trade Pact The Obama administration said it has made new progress on a free trade agreement with South Korea that could overcome resistance in Congress, and agreed with Seoul to complete the pact by November. The plan, a bid to jump-start a languishing trade agenda, was announced at the Group of 20 summit Saturday and is designed to end a three-year impasse on a preliminary Free Trade Agreement reached with Korea in 2007. The Wall Street Journal, June 28, 2010
On June 28, 2010 the Mexican government published in the Official Gazette, the amendments to article 429 of the Federal Criminal Code and article 223 bis of the Industrial Property Rights Law, as approved by the Mexican Congress. This amendment provides ex officio authority to the Office of the Attorney General to enforce the protection of intellectual property rights and enhance the prosecution of piracy and counterfeiting. According to these amendments, piracy and retail or whole sales and distribution of counterfeit goods in public areas will be prosecuted ex officio.
AJR 27 (Torrico; D- Fremont)
Colombia-U.S. Free Trade Agreement
A California Assembly Joint Resolution opposing the U.S.-Colombia FTA, would cast the FTA and Colombia in an unproductive light if it were to pass. Colombia is an important trading partner with California and the United States and also a partner in stopping drug trafficking.
SB 657 (Steinberg; D-Sacramento)
Mandates that “every retail seller and manufacturer doing business in this state” develop, maintain, and implement a policy addressing the eradication of slavery and human trafficking from their supply chain. The bill inappropriately makes California employers responsible for the actions of businesses with which they have no contractual relationship, are located in other countries, and could be engaged in activities that may best be handled on a diplomatic level.
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