Recent years have seen a surge in the number of investigations before the United States International Trade Commission (ITC), owing to the promise of speedy resolution combined with the leverage that accompanies the threat of an exclusion order. With the increased volume of investigations have come calls for the ITC to streamline the process of an investigation. In June 2013, the ITC announced one such effort, a pilot program for early adjudication of certain potentially-dispositive issues.
Specifically, for investigations in the program, the ITC will expedite initial determinations on threshold grounds, such as:
In so doing, the ITC seeks to save the parties the time and expense of full discovery and litigation of the investigation in its entirety where the case turns on such a dispositive issue.