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USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Collapsible and Portable Furniture

September 30, 2019
News Release 19-097
Inv. No. 337-TA-1178
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Collapsible and Portable Furniture

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain collapsible and portable furniture.  The products at issue in the investigation are described in the Commission’s notice of investigation.

The investigation is based on an amended complaint filed by GCI Outdoor, Inc., of Higganum, CT, on August 29, 2019.  The amended complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain collapsible and portable furniture that infringe patents asserted by the complainant.  The complainant requests that the USITC issue a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders.

The USITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation:

Denovo Brands, LLC, of Bentonville, AR;
Zhenli (Zhangzhou) Industrial Co., Ltd., of Zhangzhou, Fujian, China;
Fujian Zenithen Consumer Products Co., Ltd., of Fuzhou, Fujian, China;
Zenithen Hong Kong Ltd. of Causeway Bay, Hong Kong;
Zenithen USA LLC of Upland, CA;
Westfield Outdoor, Inc., d/b/a Westfield Outdoors of Indianapolis, IN;
MacSports Inc. of La Verne, CA; and
Meike (Qingdao) Leisure Products Co., Ltd. of Qing Dao, China.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-1178), the USITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case.  The USITC’s Chief Administrative Law Judge will assign the case to one of the USITC’s administrative law judges (ALJ), who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing.  The ALJ 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 USITC will make a final determination in the investigation at the earliest practicable time.  Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the USITC will set a target date for completing the investigation.  USITC 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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