Issue 23 | June 28, 2002
New Requests for Unfair Import Investigations
 Shortly after the June 2002 APLF Roundtable on "Unfair Import Investigations at the U.S. International Trade Commission," Microsoft and Philips each filed "Section 337" complaints at the U.S. International Trade Commission.

The latest complaint was filed by Philips on June 24, 2002 and alleges unfair trade practices in connection with the importation of "Recordable Compact Discs and Rewritable Compact Discs." The proposed respondents in that case are Acme Production Industries, Hong Kong; Bregusa Micro International, California; Digital Storage Technology Co., Ltd., Taiwan; Discsdirect.com, California; Gigastorage Corp. Taiwan, Taiwan; Gigastorage Corp. USA, California; Jacsonic Group, California; J & E Enterprises, Inc., California; Kingpro Mediatek Inc., Taiwan; Linberg Enterprise, Inc., New Jersey; Newegg.com, Inc., California; PNY Technologies, Inc., New Jersey; QTC Computer Systems, Inc., California; STI Certified Products, Inc., California; Symmetry Group, Inc., New York; Tiger Direct, Inc., Florida; TKO Media Inc., California;U.S. Digitalmedia, Inc., Arizona; and Xtraplus Corporation, California. The Compact Discs complaint has been assigned Docket No. 2251 for indexing in the Commission's EDIS database.

The other complaint, filed by Microsoft on June 21, alleges unfair trade practices in connection with the importation of "Certain Video Game Systems." The proposed respondent in that investigation is Ultimate Game Club Ltd. of Connecticut and the complaint has been assigned Docket No. 2250 for indexing in the Commission's database. Also on June 21, Administrative Law Judge Luckern ruled against Gemstar-TV Guide International in the Set Top Boxes investigation. Although Judge Luckern's decision is not binding on a the U.S. district court that had stayed Gemstar's parallel civil suit for damages, Gemstar shares reportedly fell 39% on the following Monday.

For anyone who missed the June Roundtable, the presentation is available at http://www.aplf.org/events/roundtables/2002-06-20.shtml and by contacting the author at the links shown below.

To discuss this topic further, please contact the author, Bill Heinze, at Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley. The information contained in this email is provided for informational purposes only and does not represent legal advice. Neither the APLF nor the author intends to create an attorney client relationship by providing this information to you through this message.


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