On January 13, 2011, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing that it voted to institute an investigation of Certain Starter Motors and Alternators (Inv. No. 337-TA-755).

The investigation is based on a December 9, 2010 complaint, January 3, 2011 amended complaint, and supplemental filings by Remy International, Inc., and Remy Technologies, LLC, both of Pendleton, Indiana alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain starter motors and alternators that infringe U.S. Patent Nos. 5,105,114; 5,252,878; 5,268,605; 5,295,404; 5,307,700; 5,315,195; and 5,453,648.  See our December 15, 2010 post for more details.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the ITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation:
• Wetherill Associates, Inc., d/b/a WAIGIobal, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida;
• Linhai Yongci of China;
• Metric Sales & Engineering of Northfield, Illinois;
• Wan Li Industrial Development, Inc., of South El Monte, California;
• Yongkang Boyu Auto Motor Company of China;
• Wuxi Susan Auto Parts Company of China;
• American Automotive Parts, Inc., of Niles, Illinois; and
• Motorcar Parts of America, Inc., of Torrance, California

In addition, Anne Goalwin of the Office of Unfair Import Investigations is identified in the Notice of Investigation as the Investigative Attorney assigned to handle this investigation.

Lastly, Chief ALJ Paul J. Luckern issued a notice indicating that Robert K. Rogers, Jr. will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.