Certain Pocket Lighters; Commission Determination To Review in Part an Initial Determination Granting Complainant's Motion for Summary Determination of a Violation of Section 337; Schedule for Filing Written Submissions, 23528-23529 [2020-08945]

Download as PDF 23528 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 82 / Tuesday, April 28, 2020 / Notices INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation No. 337–TA–1142] Certain Pocket Lighters; Commission Determination To Review in Part an Initial Determination Granting Complainant’s Motion for Summary Determination of a Violation of Section 337; Schedule for Filing Written Submissions U.S. International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined to review in part an initial determination (‘‘ID’’) of the presiding administrative law judge (‘‘ALJ’’) granting complainant’s motion for summary determination of section 337 violation by certain defaulting respondents. The Commission also requests written submissions from the parties, interested government agencies and other interested persons, under the schedule set forth below, on remedy, the public interest, and bonding. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Houda Morad, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 708–4716. Copies of non-confidential documents filed in connection with this investigation may be viewed on the Commission’s electronic docket (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov. For help accessing EDIS, please email EDIS3Help@usitc.gov. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its internet server at https://www.usitc.gov. Hearing-impaired persons are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal on (202) 205–1810. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On February 12, 2019, the Commission instituted this investigation under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, 19 U.S.C. 1337 (‘‘section 337’’), based on a complaint filed by BIC Corporation of Shelton, Connecticut (‘‘Complainant’’). See 84 FR 3486–87 (Feb. 12, 2019). The complaint, as supplemented, alleges a violation of section 337 based upon the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain pocket lighters by reason of infringement of U.S. Trademark Registration Nos. 1,761,622 and 2,278,917. See id. The notice of jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:43 Apr 27, 2020 Jkt 250001 investigation names numerous respondents, including Milan Import Export Company, LLC of San Diego, California; Wellpine Company Limited of Hong Kong; and Zhuoye Lighter Manufacturing Co., Ltd. of Foshan City, China (collectively, ‘‘Defaulting Respondents’’). See id. The Office of Unfair Import Investigations is also a party to the investigation. See id. The Commission previously terminated other respondents based on settlement and entry of a consent order. See Order No. 21 (Oct. 30, 2019), unreviewed, Comm’n Notice (Nov. 25, 2019). The Commission also terminated an unserved respondent based on the withdrawal of the complaint allegations as to that respondent. See Order No. 23 (Dec. 18, 2019), unreviewed, Comm’n Notice (Jan. 16, 2020). The Commission further found each of the Defaulting Respondents in default. See Order No. 13 (June 6, 2019), unreviewed, Comm’n Notice (July 8, 2019); Order No. 14 (June 6, 2019), unreviewed, Comm’n Notice (July 8, 2019); Order No. 15 (June 18, 2019), aff’d with modification, Comm’n Notice (July 10, 2019). On November 14, 2019, Complainant filed a motion for summary determination of a violation of section 337 by the Defaulting Respondents. On December 16, 2019, the Commission Investigative Attorney filed a response in support of Complainant’s motion. On February 12, 2020, the ALJ issued the subject ID granting Complainant’s motion for summary determination of violation of section 337 by the Defaulted Respondents. No petition for review of the subject ID was filed. The Commission has determined to review the ID in part. Specifically, the Commission has determined to review the ID’s findings with respect to the economic prong of the domestic industry requirement. At this time, the Commission does not request briefing on the issue under review. In connection with the final disposition of this investigation, the Commission may (1) issue an order that could result in the exclusion of the subject articles from entry into the United States, and/or (2) issue one or more cease and desist orders that could result in the respondent(s) being required to cease and desist from engaging in unfair acts in the importation and sale of such articles. Accordingly, the Commission is interested in receiving written submissions that address the form of remedy, if any, that should be ordered. If a party seeks exclusion of an article from entry into the United States for purposes other than entry for PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 consumption, the party should so indicate and provide information establishing that activities involving other types of entry either are adversely affecting it or likely to do so. For background, see Certain Devices for Connecting Computers via Telephone Lines, Inv. No. 337–TA–360, USITC Pub. No. 2843, Comm’n Op. at 7–10 (Dec. 1994). The statute requires the Commission to consider the effects of any remedy upon the public interest. The public interest factors the Commission will consider include the effect that an exclusion order and/or cease and desist orders would have on (1) the public health and welfare, (2) competitive conditions in the U.S. economy, (3) U.S. production of articles that are like or directly competitive with those that are subject to investigation, and (4) U.S. consumers. The Commission is therefore interested in receiving written submissions that address the aforementioned public interest factors in the context of this investigation. If the Commission orders some form of remedy, the U.S. Trade Representative, as delegated by the President, has 60 days to approve, disapprove, or take no action on the Commission’s determination. See Presidential Memorandum of July 21, 2005, 70 FR 43251 (July 26, 2005). During this period, the subject articles would be entitled to enter the United States under bond, in an amount determined by the Commission and prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury. The Commission is therefore interested in receiving submissions concerning the amount of the bond that should be imposed if a remedy is ordered. Written Submissions: Parties to the investigation, interested government agencies, and any other interested parties are encouraged to file written submissions on the issues of remedy, the public interest, and bonding. Such initial submissions should include views on the recommended determination by the ALJ on remedy and bonding. In its initial written submission, Complainant and OUII are requested to submit proposed remedial orders for the Commission’s consideration. Complainant is further requested to provide the HTSUS subheadings under which the accused products are imported, and to supply the names of known importers of the products at issue in this investigation. Initial written submissions, including proposed remedial orders must be filed no later than close of business on May 8, 2020. Reply submissions must be filed no later than the close of business E:\FR\FM\28APN1.SGM 28APN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 82 / Tuesday, April 28, 2020 / Notices on May 15, 2020. No further submissions on any of these issues will be permitted unless otherwise ordered by the Commission. Persons filing written submissions must file the original document electronically on or before the deadlines stated above. The Commission’s paper filing requirements in 19 CFR 210.4(f) are currently waived. 85 FR 15798 (March 19, 2020). Submissions should refer to the investigation number (‘‘Inv. No. 337–TA–1142’’) in a prominent place on the cover page and/or the first page. (See Handbook for Electronic Filing Procedures, https:// www.usitc.gov/documents/handbook_ on_filing_procedures.pdf). Persons with questions regarding filing should contact the Secretary (202–205–2000). Any person desiring to submit a document to the Commission in confidence must request confidential treatment. All such requests should be directed to the Secretary to the Commission and must include a full statement of the reasons why the Commission should grant such treatment. See 19 CFR 201.6. Documents for which confidential treatment by the Commission is properly sought will be treated accordingly. All information, including confidential business information and documents for which confidential treatment is properly sought, submitted to the Commission for purposes of this Investigation may be disclosed to and used: (i) By the Commission, its employees and Offices, and contract personnel (a) for developing or maintaining the records of this or a related proceeding, or (b) in internal investigations, audits, reviews, and evaluations relating to the programs, personnel, and operations of the Commission including under 5 U.S.C. Appendix 3; or (ii) by U.S. government employees and contract personnel,1 solely for cybersecurity purposes. All non-confidential written submissions will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Secretary and on EDIS. The authority for the Commission’s determination is contained in section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1337), and in part 210 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR part 210). By order of the Commission. 1 All contract personnel will sign appropriate nondisclosure agreements. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:43 Apr 27, 2020 Jkt 250001 Issued: April 22, 2020. Lisa Barton, Secretary to the Commission. [FR Doc. 2020–08945 Filed 4–27–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION Notice of Receipt of Complaint; Solicitation of Comments Relating to the Public Interest U.S. International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has received a complaint entitled Certain Liquid Crystal Display Devices, Components Thereof, and Products Containing the Same, DN 3451; the Commission is soliciting comments on any public interest issues raised by the complaint or complainant’s filing pursuant to the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa R. Barton, Secretary to the Commission, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205–2000. The public version of the complaint can be accessed on the Commission’s Electronic Document Information System (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov. For help accessing EDIS, please email EDIS3Help@usitc.gov. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its internet server at United States International Trade Commission (USITC) at https://www.usitc.gov. The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission’s Electronic Document Information System (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov. Hearing-impaired persons are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal on (202) 205–1810. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commission has received a complaint and a submission pursuant to § 210.8(b) of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure filed on behalf of Sharp Corporation and Sharp Electronics Corporation on April 21, 2020. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1337) in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain liquid crystal display devices, components thereof, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23529 and products containing the same. The complaint names as respondents: VIZIO Inc. of Irvine, CA; Xianyang CaiHong Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd. of China; TPV Technology, Ltd. of Hong Kong; TPV Display Technology (Xiamen) Co., Ltd. of China; TPV International (USA), Inc. of Austin, TX; Trend Smart America, Ltd. of Lake Forest, CA; and Trend Smart CE Mexico S.R.L. De D.V., of Mexico. The complainant requests that the Commission issue a limited exclusion order, cease and desist orders, and impose a bond upon respondents’ alleged infringing articles during the 60day Presidential review period pursuant to 19 U.S.C. 1337(j). Proposed respondents, other interested parties, and members of the public are invited to file comments on any public interest issues raised by the complaint or § 210.8(b) filing. Comments should address whether issuance of the relief specifically requested by the complainant in this investigation would affect the public health and welfare in the United States, competitive conditions in the United States economy, the production of like or directly competitive articles in the United States, or United States consumers. In particular, the Commission is interested in comments that: (i) Explain how the articles potentially subject to the requested remedial orders are used in the United States; (ii) identify any public health, safety, or welfare concerns in the United States relating to the requested remedial orders; (iii) identify like or directly competitive articles that complainant, its licensees, or third parties make in the United States which could replace the subject articles if they were to be excluded; (iv) indicate whether complainant, complainant’s licensees, and/or third party suppliers have the capacity to replace the volume of articles potentially subject to the requested exclusion order and/or a cease and desist order within a commercially reasonable time; and (v) explain how the requested remedial orders would impact United States consumers. Written submissions on the public interest must be filed no later than by close of business, eight calendar days after the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. There will be further opportunities for comment on the public interest after the issuance of any final initial determination in this investigation. Any E:\FR\FM\28APN1.SGM 28APN1

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INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

[Investigation No. 337-TA-1142]


Certain Pocket Lighters; Commission Determination To Review in 
Part an Initial Determination Granting Complainant's Motion for Summary 
Determination of a Violation of Section 337; Schedule for Filing 
Written Submissions

AGENCY: U.S. International Trade Commission.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade 
Commission has determined to review in part an initial determination 
(``ID'') of the presiding administrative law judge (``ALJ'') granting 
complainant's motion for summary determination of section 337 violation 
by certain defaulting respondents. The Commission also requests written 
submissions from the parties, interested government agencies and other 
interested persons, under the schedule set forth below, on remedy, the 
public interest, and bonding.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Houda Morad, Office of the General 
Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 708-4716. Copies of non-
confidential documents filed in connection with this investigation may 
be viewed on the Commission's electronic docket (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov. For help accessing EDIS, please email 
[email protected]. General information concerning the Commission may 
also be obtained by accessing its internet server at https://www.usitc.gov. Hearing-impaired persons are advised that information on 
this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission's TDD terminal 
on (202) 205-1810.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On February 12, 2019, the Commission 
instituted this investigation under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 
1930, as amended, 19 U.S.C. 1337 (``section 337''), based on a 
complaint filed by BIC Corporation of Shelton, Connecticut 
(``Complainant''). See 84 FR 3486-87 (Feb. 12, 2019). The complaint, as 
supplemented, alleges a violation of section 337 based upon the 
importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the 
sale within the United States after importation of certain pocket 
lighters by reason of infringement of U.S. Trademark Registration Nos. 
1,761,622 and 2,278,917. See id. The notice of investigation names 
numerous respondents, including Milan Import Export Company, LLC of San 
Diego, California; Wellpine Company Limited of Hong Kong; and Zhuoye 
Lighter Manufacturing Co., Ltd. of Foshan City, China (collectively, 
``Defaulting Respondents''). See id. The Office of Unfair Import 
Investigations is also a party to the investigation. See id.
    The Commission previously terminated other respondents based on 
settlement and entry of a consent order. See Order No. 21 (Oct. 30, 
2019), unreviewed, Comm'n Notice (Nov. 25, 2019). The Commission also 
terminated an unserved respondent based on the withdrawal of the 
complaint allegations as to that respondent. See Order No. 23 (Dec. 18, 
2019), unreviewed, Comm'n Notice (Jan. 16, 2020).
    The Commission further found each of the Defaulting Respondents in 
default. See Order No. 13 (June 6, 2019), unreviewed, Comm'n Notice 
(July 8, 2019); Order No. 14 (June 6, 2019), unreviewed, Comm'n Notice 
(July 8, 2019); Order No. 15 (June 18, 2019), aff'd with modification, 
Comm'n Notice (July 10, 2019).
    On November 14, 2019, Complainant filed a motion for summary 
determination of a violation of section 337 by the Defaulting 
Respondents. On December 16, 2019, the Commission Investigative 
Attorney filed a response in support of Complainant's motion.
    On February 12, 2020, the ALJ issued the subject ID granting 
Complainant's motion for summary determination of violation of section 
337 by the Defaulted Respondents. No petition for review of the subject 
ID was filed.
    The Commission has determined to review the ID in part. 
Specifically, the Commission has determined to review the ID's findings 
with respect to the economic prong of the domestic industry 
requirement. At this time, the Commission does not request briefing on 
the issue under review.
    In connection with the final disposition of this investigation, the 
Commission may (1) issue an order that could result in the exclusion of 
the subject articles from entry into the United States, and/or (2) 
issue one or more cease and desist orders that could result in the 
respondent(s) being required to cease and desist from engaging in 
unfair acts in the importation and sale of such articles. Accordingly, 
the Commission is interested in receiving written submissions that 
address the form of remedy, if any, that should be ordered. If a party 
seeks exclusion of an article from entry into the United States for 
purposes other than entry for consumption, the party should so indicate 
and provide information establishing that activities involving other 
types of entry either are adversely affecting it or likely to do so. 
For background, see Certain Devices for Connecting Computers via 
Telephone Lines, Inv. No. 337-TA-360, USITC Pub. No. 2843, Comm'n Op. 
at 7-10 (Dec. 1994).
    The statute requires the Commission to consider the effects of any 
remedy upon the public interest. The public interest factors the 
Commission will consider include the effect that an exclusion order 
and/or cease and desist orders would have on (1) the public health and 
welfare, (2) competitive conditions in the U.S. economy, (3) U.S. 
production of articles that are like or directly competitive with those 
that are subject to investigation, and (4) U.S. consumers. The 
Commission is therefore interested in receiving written submissions 
that address the aforementioned public interest factors in the context 
of this investigation.
    If the Commission orders some form of remedy, the U.S. Trade 
Representative, as delegated by the President, has 60 days to approve, 
disapprove, or take no action on the Commission's determination. See 
Presidential Memorandum of July 21, 2005, 70 FR 43251 (July 26, 2005). 
During this period, the subject articles would be entitled to enter the 
United States under bond, in an amount determined by the Commission and 
prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury. The Commission is 
therefore interested in receiving submissions concerning the amount of 
the bond that should be imposed if a remedy is ordered.
    Written Submissions: Parties to the investigation, interested 
government agencies, and any other interested parties are encouraged to 
file written submissions on the issues of remedy, the public interest, 
and bonding. Such initial submissions should include views on the 
recommended determination by the ALJ on remedy and bonding. In its 
initial written submission, Complainant and OUII are requested to 
submit proposed remedial orders for the Commission's consideration. 
Complainant is further requested to provide the HTSUS subheadings under 
which the accused products are imported, and to supply the names of 
known importers of the products at issue in this investigation.
    Initial written submissions, including proposed remedial orders 
must be filed no later than close of business on May 8, 2020. Reply 
submissions must be filed no later than the close of business

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on May 15, 2020. No further submissions on any of these issues will be 
permitted unless otherwise ordered by the Commission.
    Persons filing written submissions must file the original document 
electronically on or before the deadlines stated above. The 
Commission's paper filing requirements in 19 CFR 210.4(f) are currently 
waived. 85 FR 15798 (March 19, 2020). Submissions should refer to the 
investigation number (``Inv. No. 337-TA-1142'') in a prominent place on 
the cover page and/or the first page. (See Handbook for Electronic 
Filing Procedures, https://www.usitc.gov/documents/handbook_on_filing_procedures.pdf). Persons with questions regarding 
filing should contact the Secretary (202-205-2000).
    Any person desiring to submit a document to the Commission in 
confidence must request confidential treatment. All such requests 
should be directed to the Secretary to the Commission and must include 
a full statement of the reasons why the Commission should grant such 
treatment. See 19 CFR 201.6. Documents for which confidential treatment 
by the Commission is properly sought will be treated accordingly. All 
information, including confidential business information and documents 
for which confidential treatment is properly sought, submitted to the 
Commission for purposes of this Investigation may be disclosed to and 
used: (i) By the Commission, its employees and Offices, and contract 
personnel (a) for developing or maintaining the records of this or a 
related proceeding, or (b) in internal investigations, audits, reviews, 
and evaluations relating to the programs, personnel, and operations of 
the Commission including under 5 U.S.C. Appendix 3; or (ii) by U.S. 
government employees and contract personnel,\1\ solely for 
cybersecurity purposes. All non-confidential written submissions will 
be available for public inspection at the Office of the Secretary and 
on EDIS.
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    The authority for the Commission's determination is contained in 
section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1337), and 
in part 210 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 
part 210).

    By order of the Commission.

    Issued: April 22, 2020.
Lisa Barton,
Secretary to the Commission.
[FR Doc. 2020-08945 Filed 4-27-20; 8:45 am]
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