On April 8, 2013, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 4 in Certain Products Having Laminated Packaging, Laminated Packaging, and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-874).

In the Order, ALJ Essex set the procedural schedule for this investigation which seeks to comply with the ITC’s instructions in the Notice of Investigation to “hold an early evidentiary hearing, find facts, and issue an early decision, as to whether the complainant has satisfied the economic prong of the domestic industry requirement.”  See our March 25, 2013 and March 29, 2013 posts for more details on the Notice of Investigation and the target date for this matter.   

According to the Order, ALJ Essex’s procedural schedule will require the parties to move quickly in responding to discovery requests, identifying witnesses, and completing expert discovery on the disputed domestic industry (economic prong) issue – all prior to April 26, 2013.  The procedural schedule also provides that the evidentiary hearing will take place on May 16, 2013 and the initial determination on domestic industry (economic prong) will be issued by July 5, 2013.