On Monday, June 24, 2013, the Commission advised that it launched a Pilot Program to test whether early rulings on certain dispositive issues in some Section 337 investigations could limit unnecessary litigation, saving time and costs for all parties involved. Under the Pilot Program, the Commission will identify, at institution, investigations that are likely to present a dispositive issue and direct the ALJ to rule on the issue by Initial Determination (“ID”) within 100 days of institution (subject to a limited extension for good cause) following expedited fact finding and an abbreviated hearing limited to the identified issue. The Commission made it clear that the Pilot Program “is not limited to the issue of domestic industry (for example, other possible issues might include importation and standing).” As reported in our April 15, 2013 Section 337 Update, the 100-Day ID Procedure began in Certain Products Having Laminated Packaging, Laminated Packaging, and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-874, where the ALJ was directed to implement this procedure and issue an early ID by July 5, 2013, to address whether the economic prong of the domestic industry has been satisfied. A News Release and Article with details about the program are available on the ITC’s website www.usitc.gov.