By Eric Schweibenz
On April 20, 2010, ALJ E. James Gildea issued Order No. 19 in Certain Ceramic Capacitors and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-692) providing guidance regarding the appropriate contact for the parties if they should have questions or concerns over the status of a pending motion or order.

According to the Order, on April 13, 2010, ALJ Gildea sent a message to the parties through his Attorney Advisor regarding their multiple contacts with his Attorney Advisor, Secretary, and Docket Manager over the status of a pending motion relating to depositions of Complainants' employees.  The message stated:  “While the parties have the right, and are welcome, to notify me, through my Attorney Advisor, that certain matters are of pressing importance or urgency, once is enough to register the point…. With that in mind, the parties are requested to direct all future inquiries or concerns to my Attorney Advisor only.”  Due to continuing contacts with the Docket Manager, and other staff in Docket Services relating to the status and details of orders relating to this case, the Order reinforced ALJ Gildea’s earlier instruction “to direct all future inquiries or concerns relating to this Investigation to my Attorney Advisor only,” and that “[t]he parties should note that inquiries should be made one time, by email or phone.”

ALJ Gildea further noted that while the parties can ask Docket Services generic questions, “Docket Services staff members are not allowed to give out information relating to the status of the Administrative Law Judge's orders,” and “[t]he Docket Manager for this Investigation will now log any inappropriate calls made in this Investigation and bring them to the attention of the Administrative Law Judge if necessary.”