The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain electrolyte containing beverages and labeling and packaging 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 CAB Enterprises, Inc., of Houston, TX, and Sueros y Bebidas Rehidratantes S.A. de C.V. of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, on May 6, 2021. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain electrolyte containing beverages and labeling and packaging thereof that infringe registered trademarks asserted by the complainants. The complainants request that the USITC issue a general exclusion order, or in the alternative a limited exclusion order, and cease and desist orders.
The USITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation:
Flexicompuestos S.A. de C.V. of Juarez, Nuevo Leon, Mexico;
Grupo Comercial Lux del Norte S.A. de C.V. of Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas, Mexico;
Carbonera Los Asadores S.A. de C.V. of Allende, Nuevo Leon, Mexico;
Caribe Agencia Express, S.A. de C.V. of Benito Juarez, Quintana Roo, Mexico;
Comercializadora Degu S.A. de C.V. of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico;
Comercial Trevino de Reynosa, S.A. de C.V. of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico;
H & F Tech International S.A. de C.V. of San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon, Mexico;
MPC Foods S.A. de C.V. of Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico;
Myrna Guadalupe Perez Martinez of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico;
Leticia Angelica Saenz Fernandez of Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas, Mexico;
Yoselen Susana Martinez Tirado of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico;
Distribuidora Mercatto S.A. de C.V. of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico;
Comercializadora Embers S.A. de C.V. of Allende, Nuevo Leon, Mexico; and
Manuel Bautista Nogales of Santa Catarina, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
By instituting this investigation (337-TA-12xx), 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.