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Certain Quartz Slabs and Portions Thereof (II); Commission Decision Not To Review an Initial Determination Terminating the Investigation Based Upon Withdrawal of the Complaint; Termination of Investigation

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U.S. International Trade Commission.




Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined not to review the presiding administrative law judge's (“ALJ”) initial determination (“ID”) (Order No. 2), which terminated the investigation on the basis of withdrawal of the complaint.

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Jean H. Jackson, Office of the General Start Printed Page 62920Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205-3104. Copies of non-confidential documents filed in connection with this investigation are or will be available for inspection during official business hours (8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205-2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its Internet server at The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission's electronic docket (EDIS) at Hearing-impaired persons are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission TDD terminal on (202) 205-1810.

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The Commission instituted this investigation on August 16, 2016, based on a complaint filed by Cambria Company LLC (Cambria) of Belle Plaine, Minnesota. 81 FR 54600-1 (Aug. 16, 2016). The complaint alleged violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1337), in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, or the sale within the United States after importation of certain quartz slabs and portions thereof. The alleged violation of section 337 is based upon infringement of U.S. Patent No. D712,666; U.S. Patent No. D712,670; U.S. Patent No. D751,298; U.S. Patent No. D712,161; and U.S. Patent No. D737,058. The notice of investigation named as the respondents: Stylen Quaza LLC DBA Vicostone USA of Dallas, Texas; Vicostone Joint Stock Company of Vietnam; Building Plastics, Inc. of Memphis, Tennessee; Fasa Industrial Corporation, Ltd. of China; Foshan FASA Building Material Co., Ltd. of China; Solidtops LLC, of Oxford, Maryland; Dorado Soapstone LLC of Denver, Colorado; and Pental Granite and Marble Inc. (Pental) of Seattle, Washington. 81 FR 54601. The Office of Unfair Import Investigations was also named as a party. Id.

On August 23, 2016, Cambria moved to terminate the investigation in its entirety based upon withdrawal of the complaint. On August 24, 2016, respondent Pental responded that it does not oppose the motion to terminate, but strongly denies the allegations against it set forth in Cambria's complaint. On August 24, 2016, the Commission investigative attorney responded in support of the motion.

On August 25, 2016, the ALJ granted the motion as the subject ID (Order No. 2). The ALJ found that the motion complied with Commission Rules, and that extraordinary circumstances did not exist to prevent granting the motion. Id. at 3; see 19 CFR 210.21(a). No petitions for review of the ID were filed. The Commission has determined not to review the ID.

The authority for the Commission's determination is contained in section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1337), and in part 210 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 210).

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By order of the Commission.

Issued: September 7, 2016.

Lisa R. Barton,

Secretary to the Commission.

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[FR Doc. 2016-21903 Filed 9-12-16; 8:45 am]