December 1, 2022
News Release 22-131
Inv. No(s). 337-TA-1345
Contact: Jennifer Andberg, 202-205-1819
USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Automated Retractable Vehicle Steps and Components Thereof

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) voted to institute an investigation of certain automated retractable vehicle steps and components thereof.  The products at issue in the investigation are described in the Commission’s notice of investigation.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Lund Motion Products, Inc. of Brea, CA on October 28, 2022.  The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain automated retractable vehicle steps and components thereof that infringe patents asserted by the complainant.  The complainant requests that the USITC issue a general exclusion order and cease and desist orders. 

The USITC has identified following respondents in this investigation:

Anhui Aggeus Auto-Tech Co., Ltd. a/k/a Wuhu Woden Auto Parts Co., Ltd. a/k/a Wuhu Wow-good Auto-tech Co. Ltd. a/k/a Anhui Wollin International Co., Ltd. of Wuhu, Anhui, China;
Rough Country LLC of Dyersburg, TN;br /> Southern Truck LLC a/k/a Top Gun Customz of Swanton, OH;
Meyer Distributing, Inc. of Jasper, IN; and
Earl Owen Company, Inc. of Carrollton, TX.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-1345), 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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