By Eric Schweibenz
Further to our June 27, 2011 and June 28, 2011 posts, on August 4, 2011, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 4:  Setting the Target Date and Date for Submission of Proposed Procedural Schedule in Certain Protective Cases and Components Thereof  (Inv. No. 337-TA-780).

In the Order, ALJ Essex set October 30, 2012 as the target date for completing the investigation (which is approximately 16 months after institution of the investigation).  Therefore, any final initial determination is due no later than June 30, 2012.

In addition, ALJ Essex directed the parties to submit proposed procedural schedules by August 18, 2011.  ALJ Essex instructed the parties to propose schedules that account for a prehearing conference and tutorial on April 6, 2012, and a hearing that commences on the same day and concludes no later than April 18, 2012.