Administrative Law Judge Essex denied a motion to consolidate investigations filed by Respondents LG Electronics, Inc., LG Innotek Co., LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc., and LG Innotek U.S.A., Inc. (“LG") in Investigation No. 337-TA-784, Certain Light-Emitting Diodes and Products Containing The Same (“784 Investigation”). In its motion, LG argued that consolidating the two investigations was appropriate because the investigation involve the same parties and common questions of law and fact. Complainant OSRAM opposed LG’s motion and argued that consolidating the investigations would increase the overall complexity of the consolidated investigation and delay the resolution of OSRAM’s claims. ALJ, agreeing with OSRAM, found that consolidating the investigations will lead to delay in resolving OSRAM’s claims due to the increased complexity of the proposed consolidated investigation and denied LG’s motion. On the same day, August 23, 211, Acting Chief ALJ Bullock denied LG’s companion motion to consolidate filed in the 785 Investigation.
In the same order, ALJ Essex established a target date of November 9, 2012 (16 months) for completion of the 784 Investigation.