February 22, 2007
News Release 07-021
Inv. No. 337-TA-594
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

ITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION ON CERTAIN LIGHTING PRODUCTS, COMPONENTS THEREOF, AND PRODUCTS CONTAINING THE SAME

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain lighting products, components thereof, and products containing the same. The products at issue in this investigation are recessed lighting fixtures.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Cooper Lighting, Inc., of Peachtree City, GA, on January 23, 2007, and supplemented on February 9, 2007. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation and sale of certain lighting products, components thereof and products containing the same that infringe patents owned by Cooper. The complainant requests that the ITC issue a permanent exclusion order and a permanent cease and desist order.

The ITC has identified the following as respondents in the investigation:

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-594), the ITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The case will be referred to the Honorable Charles E. Bullock, an ITC administrative law judge, who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. Judge Bullock will make an initial determination as to whether there is a violation of section 337; that initial determination is subject to review by the Commission.

The ITC will make a final determination in the investigation at the earliest practicable time. Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the ITC will set a target date for completing the investigation. ITC remedial orders in section 337 cases are effective when issued and become final 60 days after issuance unless disapproved for policy reasons by the U.S. Trade Representative within that 60-day period.

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