On April 19, 2013, the Commission published Final Rules of General Application and Adjudication and Enforcement, which become effective on May 20, 2013. The final rules include, inter alia, amendments to pleading requirements, including requiring complainants to plead domestic industry allegations in the complaint with more particularity, the process for institution and consolidation of investigations and limitations on discovery, including on the number of depositions and interrogatories permitted to be served. The final rules amend the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, 19 C.F.R. Part 201 - Rules of General Application and 19 C.F.R. Part 210 - Adjudication and Enforcement. Many of the final rules are identical to the correspondingly numbered proposed rules published by the Commission on July 12, 2012 (77 Fed. Reg. 41120-32). However, the final rules differ from the proposed rules for nine of the rules (for a total of 16 changes from the proposed rules) after the Commission considered the public comments on the proposed rules amendments. Click here for a more detailed summary of the amendments to 19 C.F.R. Parts 201 and 210.