On September 14, 2016, ALJ Dee Lord issued Order No. 31 in Certain Carbon Alloy Steel Products (Inv. No. 337-TA-1002).
By way of background, this investigation was instituted based on a complaint filed by U.S. Steel Corporation (“U.S. Steel”) alleging a violation of section 337 by numerous Chinese steel producers and distributors—as well as certain Hong Kong and U.S. affiliates—by reason of: (1) a conspiracy to fix prices and control output and export volumes, the threat or effect of which is to restrain or monopolize trade and commerce in the U.S.; (2) misappropriation and use of trade secrets, the threat or effect of which is to destroy or substantially injure an industry in the U.S.; and (3) false designation of origin of manufacturer, the threat or effect of which is to destroy or substantially injure an industry in the U.S. See our April 26, 2016, June 7, 2016, and August 30, 2016 posts for details on this investigation.
According to Order No. 31, ALJ Lord set the procedural schedule for this investigation. Specifically, ALJ Lord determined, inter alia, that an initial determination will be issued no later than November 2, 2017; and the target date for completing this investigation is March 2, 2018.