On February 22, 2017, ALJ Dee Lord issued Order No. 56 in Certain Carbon and 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 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, August 30, 2016, and November 14, 2016 posts for more details on this investigation.
According to Order No. 56, ALJ Lord granted U.S. Steel’s motion to terminate the investigation as to its trade secret misappropriation allegations against Respondents Baosteel America, Inc., Shanghai Baosteel Group Corporation, and Baoshan Iron & Steel Co., Ltd.