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NEWS RELEASE 04-082; AUGUST 3, 2004 August 3, 2004
News Release 04-082
Inv. No. 337-TA-517

ITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION ON CERTAIN SHIRTS WITH PUCKER-FREE SEAMS AND METHODS OF PRODUCING SAME

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain shirts with pucker-free seams and methods of producing same. The products at issue in this investigation are a category of wash-and-wear garments.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by TALTECH Limited of Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands; TAL Apparel Limited of Kowloon, Hong Kong; and The Apparel Group Limited of Addison, TX, on July 1, 2004, alleging violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain shirts with pucker-free seams that infringe patents owned by the complainants. The complainants request that the ITC issue a permanent limited exclusion order and a permanent cease and desist order.

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

Esquel Apparel, Inc. of New York, NY
Esquel Enterprises, Limited of Hong Kong

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-517), 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 President of the United States within that 60-day period.

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