On August 7, 2015, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued Order No. 82 in Certain Laser Abraded Denim Garments (Inv. No. 337-TA-930).
By way of background, this investigation is based on an August 18, 2014 complaint filed by RevoLaze, LLC and TechnoLines, LLC (collectively, "Complainants") alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain laser abraded denim garments that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,990,444; 6,140,602; 6,252,196; 6,664,505; 6,819,972; and 6,858,815. See our August 19, 2014 and September 19, 2014 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.
According to the Order, ALJ Bullock granted a motion filed by counsel for Complainants (Dentons US LLP) to intervene "for the sole purpose of seeking reconsideration and/or Commission review of Order No. 43[.]" See also our August 3, 2015 post for more details on this disqualification order. While ALJ Bullock "question[ed] why Dentons waited two full months to seek permission to become a limited intervenor, which undermines the persuasiveness of its arguments that intervention and reconsideration are warranted", he granted the motion "because no party expressly opposes intervention" and the ALJ "would prefer a complete record" with respect to issues relating to Order No. 43.