On June 13, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Passenger Vehicle Automotive Wheels (Inv. No. 337-TA-1006).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an April 11, 2016 complaint filed by Daimler AG of Germany (“Daimler”) alleging violation of Section 337 by way of unlawful importation into the U.S., selling for importation, and/or selling within the U.S. after importation certain passenger vehicle automotive wheels that infringe various design patents and trademarks owned by Daimler. See our April 11, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified the following entities as the respondents:

  • A-Z Wheels LLC d/b/a UsaRim/UsaRim.com/Eurotech Wheels of San Diego, California
  • Galaxy Wheels & Tires, LLC of San Diego, California
  • Infobahn International, Inc. d/b/a Infobahn/Eurotech/Eurotech Luxury Wheels/Eurotech Wheels/UsaRim of San Diego, California
  • Amazon.com, Inc. of Seattle, Washington
  • A Spec Wheels & Tires LLC d/b/a A SPEC Wheels & Tires of Hayward, California
  • American Tire Distributors Holdings, Inc. of Huntersville, North Carolina
  • American Tire Distributors, Inc. of Huntersville, North Carolina
  • Onyx Enterprises Int’l, Corp. d/b/a CARiD.COM of Cranbury, New Jersey
  • O.E. Wheel Distributors, LLC of Sarasota, Florida
  • Powerwheels Pro, LLC of Waterford, Michigan
  • Trade Union International Inc. d/b/a Topline of Montclair, California.

Lastly, Chief ALJ Bullock issued a notice indicating that Thomas B. Pender will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this matter.