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USITC to investigate certain laser abraded denim garments
Sep '14
The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain laser abraded denim garments, including jeans and leggings that have been abraded with a laser to apply designs or to simulate wear.
On August 18, 2014, RevoLaze, LLC, and TechnoLines, LLC, both of Westlake, OH, filed a complaint alleging violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain laser abraded denim garments that infringe their patents, the USITC said in a press release.
The complainants request that the USITC issue a general exclusion order, or in the alternative a limited exclusion order, and cease and desist orders.
USITC named several denim jean companies that would be investigated. These are Abercrombie & Fitch Co. of New Albany, OH; American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., of Pittsburgh, PA; BBC Apparel Group, LLC, of New York, NY; Gotham Licensing Group, LLC, of New York, NY; The Buckle, Inc., of Kearney, NE; Buffalo International ULC of Montreal, Quebec, Canada; 1724982 Alberta ULC of Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Diesel S.p.A. of Breganze (VI), Italy; DL1961 Premium Denim Inc. of New York, NY; Eddie Bauer LLC of Bellevue, WA; The Gap, Inc., of San Francisco, CA; Guess?, Inc., of Los Angeles, CA; H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB of Stockholm, Sweden; H&M Hennes & Mauritz LP of New York, NY; Roberto Cavalli S.p.A. of Milan, Italy; Koos Manufacturing, Inc., of South Gate, CA; Levi Strauss & Co. of San Francisco, CA; Lucky Brand Dungarees, Inc., of Los Angeles, CA; Fashion Box S.p.A. of Asolo (Treviso), Italy; and VF Corporation of Greensboro, NC.
However, the USITC clarified that it has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. As per the procedure, 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,” the statement said. 
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. (RKS)

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