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USITC Notices

Scheduling of Final Phase of AD/CV Injury Investigations of Ammonium Sulphate. The USITC has scheduled the final phase of its AD and CV injury investigations of ammonium sulphate from mainland China. The pre-hearing staff report will be placed in the non-public record on 28 December and a public version will be issued thereafter; pre-hearing briefs are due by 5 January 2017; requests to appear at the hearing are due by 10 January; the pre-hearing conference will be held on 10 January; the hearing will be held on 12 January; and post-hearing briefs are due by 19 January.

Scheduling of Final Phase of AD Injury Investigations of R-134a. The USITC has scheduled the final phase of its AD injury investigation of 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane (R–134a) from mainland China. The pre-hearing staff report will be placed in the non-public record on 8 February 2017 and a public version will be issued thereafter; pre-hearing briefs are due by 15 February; requests to appear at the hearing are due by 16 February; the pre-hearing conference will be held on 21 February; the hearing will be held on 23 February; and post-hearing briefs are due by 2 March.

Scheduling of Full AD Sunset Review of Shrimp. The USITC has scheduled its full sunset review of the AD duty order on frozen warm water shrimp from mainland China. The pre-hearing staff report will be placed in the non-public record on 23 February 2017 and a public version will be issued thereafter; pre-hearing briefs are due by 6 March; requests to appear at the hearing are due by 8 March; the pre-hearing conference will be held on 10 March; the hearing will be held on 16 March; and post-hearing briefs are due by 27 March.

Initiation of Sunset Reviews of Orders on Spring Lock Washers and Wood Flooring. The USITC has initiated separate sunset reviews of the AD duty order on helical spring lock washers and the AD and CV duty orders on multi-layered wood flooring from mainland China. The reviews will seek to determine whether revocation of these orders would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury to a domestic industry within a reasonably foreseeable time. Interested parties must respond to the applicable notice of initiation by 1 December to be assured of consideration. Comments on the adequacy of these responses must be filed by 13 January 2017. The USITC will then assess the adequacy of interested party responses to determine whether to conduct a full or expedited sunset review.

Expedited Sunset Review of AD Duty Order on Glycine
The USITC has decided to conduct an expedited sunset review of the AD duty order on glycine from mainland China. As opposed to full reviews, expedited reviews do not include a public hearing or the issuance of questionnaires.

New Section 337 Investigation on Mobile Device Holders
The USITC has initiated a Section 337 investigation of certain mobile device holders and components thereof from Hong Kong and mainland China. The products at issue in the investigation are various sized holders that allow a user to position their mobile devices in a variety of ways via magnetism. The complainant alleges that the respondents are infringing certain U.S. patents and is requesting the USITC to issue a general exclusion (or, alternately, a limited exclusion order) as well as cease and desist orders.

Public Interest Input Sought in Section 337 Investigation of Radiotherapy Systems
The presiding administrative law judge in the Section 337 investigation involving certain radiotherapy systems and treatment planning software and components thereof from various sources, including mainland China, has issued a recommended determination on remedy and bonding. The USITC is seeking input by 12 December on any public interest issues raised by the recommended relief, specifically the issuance of a limited exclusion order as well as cease and desist orders covering subject merchandise that has infringed certain U.S. patents.

Section 337 Investigation of Certain Access Control Systems Amended
The USITC has amended the on-going Section 337 probe of certain access control systems and components thereof from Hong Kong and mainland China by granting a complainant’s motion to add two new respondents, one based in Hong Kong and the other in the United States.

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