Clinton May Revive Hated Trade Law

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WASHINGTON _ With no movement in its trade battle with Japan, the Clinton administration will soon issue an executive order bringing back the most hated of all U.S. trade laws. The law, known as "Super 301," targets countries engaged in what the United States considers unfair trade for sanctions unless they mend their ways. President Clinton and U.S. Trade Representative Mickey Kantor said Wednesday that no final decision has been made yet. But congressional and administration sources said Clinton had indicated his desire to reinstitute Super 301 by executive order. Reich Rules Honeywell Discriminated Against Women

WASHINGTON _ Labor Secretary Robert Reich ruled that Honeywell discriminated against women by separating job classes by gender. Reich said Wednesday that from 1972 until 1977 Honeywell assigned women at its Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., plants primarily to jobs already occupied by large numbers of females and provided them with fewer opportunities for advancement than newly hired men. Reich's decision sends the case to a Labor Department administrative law judge who will decide how to compensate the women involved. They could receive pay dating as far back as 1974. Viacom Completes Paramount Tender Offer

NEW YORK _ Viacom Inc. successfully completed its tender offer for a controlling stake in Paramount Communications Inc., the entertainment and publishing company it won after a five-month bidding war. It will still be several weeks before the merger of the two companies is completed, Viacom said Wednesday. HMO to Pay $12.6 Million to Settle Overcharging Claims

WASHINGTON _ A health maintenance organization has agreed to pay $12.6 million to settle allegations it overcharged federal agencies and employees for health care benefits from 1990 to 1993, the Justice Department said Wednesday. Most of the money will be put in a reserve fund the federal Office of Personnel Management may use to offset the cost of future rates charged by the company, Group Health Association Inc. …


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