By Eric Schweibenz
On September 11, 2018, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Motorized Vehicles and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1132).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an August 1, 2018 complaint filed by FCA US LLC of Auburn Hills, Michigan alleging violation of Section 337 by way of unlawful importation into the U.S., selling for importation, and/or selling within the U.S. after importation certain motorized vehicles and components thereof that violate common law trade dress and registered trademarks used with and displayed on Jeep®-brand vehicles manufactured and sold by FCA and its predecessors. See our August 1, 2018 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. of India and Mahindra Automotive North America, Inc. of Auburn Hills, Michigan as respondents in this matter.

Lastly, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that he will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this matter.