Washington DC - The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of nitrile rubber gloves for hand protection.
The ITC said the investigation is based on a complaint filed by Tillotson Corp. on 19 July, this year. Tillotson filed a supplement to the complaint on 8 Aug. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States of certain nitrile rubber gloves that infringe a patent owned by Tillotson. The complainant requests that the ITC issue a permanent exclusion order and permanent cease and desist orders.
The ITC has identified seven respondents in the case, including three separate companies within the Cardinal Health group. These are: Cardinal Health, Inc., of Dublin, Ohio; Cardinal Health 200, Inc., of McGaw Park, Illinois; Cardinal Health Malaysia 211 Sdn. Bhd. of Malaysia;
Henry Schein, Inc., of Melville, New York; HSI Gloves Inc. of Melville, New York; Latexx Partners Berhad of Malaysia; and Medtexx Partners Inc. of Englewood, New Jersey.
The case will be referred to the Hon. Charles Bullock, an ITC administrative law judge who will make an initial judgement on whether section 337 has been violated. This is subject to review by the Commission. The ITC will then make a final determination in the investigation at the earliest practicable time. Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the ITC will set a target date for completing the investigation..
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Press release from ITC