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Archived updates for Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Sanford Requests Unfair Import Investigation for Ink Markers

On July 20, 2004, Sanford, LP filed a "Section 337" complaint at the U.S. International Trade Commission requesting an unfair import investigation involving "Certain Ink Markers and Packaging Thereof."

The proposed respondents named in the complaint are Asia Global (HK) Ltd., Hong Kong; Bangkit USA, Inc., Vernon, California; Cixi City Heng Bao Pen Manufacturer, China; Cixi Guaneheng Yangtse River Pen Company, China; Lineplus Corporation, South Korea; LiShui Laike Pen Co., Ltd., China; Luxor International Pvt. Ltd., India; MidWestern Home Products, Inc., Columbus, Ohio; Mon Ami Co., Ltd., South Korea; Ningbo Beifa Group Co., Ltd., China; Southern States Marketing, Inc., Marietta, Georgia; and Uchida of America Corporation, Torrance, California.

The complaint has been designated as confidential and assigned Docket No. 337-2388 for indexing in the Commission's database at

The Commission now has 30-35 days from the dates indicated above in which to decide whether to institute the investigation. Upon institution, the proposed respondent will be served with the Complaint via postal mail and an Administrative Law Judge will schedule discovery, conduct a trial, and issue a written initial determination, usually within about 10 months. Due to the expedited nature of these proceedings, it is important to notify any interested parties as soon as possible.

General information about Section 337 investigations is available from the APLF at For more information on this particular investigation, please contact the author, Bill Heinze (, at Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley in Atlanta.

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