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USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Playards and Strollers

December 20, 2021
News Release 21-138
Inv. No. 337-TA-1288
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Playards and Strollers

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain playards and strollers.  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 Graco Children’s Products Inc. of Atlanta, GA, and Wonderland Nurserygoods Co., Ltd., of Taipei, Taiwan, on November 24, 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 playards and strollers that infringe patents asserted by the complainants.  The complainants request that the USITC issue a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders. 

The USITC has identified the following as the respondents this investigation:

Baby Trend, Inc., of Fontana, CA;
Dongguan Golden Prosper Baby Products Co., Ltd., of Dongguan City, Guangdong, China;
Sichuan Hobbies Baby Products Co., Ltd., of Neijiang, Sichuan, China; and
Anhui Chile Baby Products Co., Ltd., of Anhui Province, China.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-1288), 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.

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