August 23, 2013
News Release 13-079
Inv. No. 337-TA-891
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION
OF CERTAIN LAUNDRY AND HOUSEHOLD CLEANING PRODUCTS
AND RELATED PACKAGING
The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain laundry and household cleaning products and related packaging. The products at issue in this investigation include bleach, laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaners, bathroom cleaning products, disinfecting cleaners, and disinfecting wipes.
The investigation is based on a complaint filed by The Clorox Company of Oakland, CA, on July 25, 2013. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain laundry and household cleaning products and related packaging that infringe and/ or dilute registered U.S. trademarks asserted by Clorox. The complainants request that the USITC issue a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders.
The USITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation:
Industrias Alen, S.A. de C.V., of Sta. Catarina, N.L., Mexico; and
Alen U.S.A., LLC, of Houston, TX.
By instituting this investigation (337-TA-891), 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.