AEO SUES PAYLESS: American Eagle Outfitters said Friday it has filed suit against Payless ShoeSource over its use of the American Eagle footwear mark Payless acquired from shoe wholesaler Jimlar Corp. last year. AEO said in a statement that the two unrelated brands had co-existed without confusion for more than 20 years, but that Payless' recent advertising has created a "misleading impression" that Payless has some kind of relationship with AEO and is making AEO accessories.

BATTLING THE BYRD AMENDMENT: The European Union will impose 15 percent duties on 32 types of U.S. goods on May 1 to counteract the impact of the so-called Byrd amendment. The trade law has funneled more than $1 billion to U.S. companies hurt by undervalued imports since 2000, but was deemed illegal by the World Trade Organization. Goods subject to the higher tariffs include several kinds of women's and men's trousers, as well as jerseys, pullovers, cardigans and waistcoats. The new duties, like those previously levied to counteract the trade law, will stand until the Byrd amendment is eliminated on Oct. 1. Congress repealed the law in February 2006 under a phaseout plan.

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