3 Feb 2012
AD Duty Order on Furfuryl Alcohol Renewed. The USITC has issued a final affirmative injury determination in its sunset review of the AD duty order on furfuryl alcohol from mainland China. As a result, this AD duty order will be extended for another five years.
Scheduling of Final Phase of AD and CV Injury Investigations of High Pressure Steel Cylinders. The USITC has scheduled the final phase of its AD and CV injury investigations of high pressure steel cylinders classified under HTSUS 7311.00.00 from mainland China. The pre-hearing staff report will be placed in the non-public record on 17 April and a public version will be issued thereafter; pre-hearing briefs are due by 24 April; requests to appear at the hearing are due by 25 April; the pre-hearing conference will be held on 27 April; the hearing will be held on 1 May; and post-hearing briefs are due by 8 May.
Initiation of Section 337 Investigation of Electric Fireplaces. The USITC has initiated a Section 337 investigation of certain electric fireplaces, components thereof, manuals for these products, processes for manufacturing or relating to these products, and products containing the same made in mainland China by Shenzhen Reliap Industrial Co. and Yue Qiu Sheng (aka Jason Yue). The products at issue in this investigation are electric fireplaces and fireplace inserts designed to approximate the look of a real, wood-burning fireplace. Section 337 allows the USITC to investigate whether there is unfair competition in the importation of products or their subsequent sale in the United States. In this particular instance, the investigation involves alleged infringements of certain copyrights and misappropriations of trade secrets.
Section 337 Investigation of Motion-Sensitive Sound Effects Devices Terminated. On 19 May 2011, the USITC instituted a Section 337 investigation of certain motion-sensitive sound effects devices and image display devices and components and products containing the same from various sources, including Hong Kong and mainland China. On 13 December 2011, the complainant and the last remaining respondents in this investigation filed a joint motion to terminate the investigation based on a settlement agreement. The administrative law judge assigned to this case subsequently granted the complainant’s motion and the USITC has decided not to review this decision.
Section 337 General Exclusion Order on Certain Agricultural Vehicles Reinstated. The USITC has reinstated the general exclusion order and the cease and desist orders with respect to certain respondents in the Section 337 proceeding involving certain self-propelled forage harvesters made in mainland China and other locations. The USITC had originally issued these measures in 2004 but they were rescinded in June 2006 and reinstated on 13 January 2012 after a long, drawn-out legal battle.