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ITC Opens Investigation into Anticompetitive Practices

Lewis Brisbois recently convinced the International Trade Commission (ITC) to institute an investigation to determine whether an automation manufacturer engaged in anticompetitive conduct.

Radwell International Inc. alleged numerous federal antitrust violations against Rockwell Automation Inc. After reviewing the complaint, the ITC agreed with Radwell that it was appropriate to institute an investigation to determine whether Rockwell’s anticompetitive conduct as to its imported products caused or threatened to cause substantial injury to Radwell and to a domestic industry.

“This complaint is unique, in part, because very few antitrust cases have been brought before the ITC under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930. Rather, the vast majority of cases investigated by the ITC under Section 337 involve intellectual property infringement,” said Antitrust & Competition Practice Chair Todd Seelman. “The complaint is also unique in that the ITC’s institution decision immediately followed the commission’s seminal decision in Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Products (Inv. No. 337-TA-1002) adopting a new pleading standard for antitrust complaints under Section 337, standards that Radwell’s complaint satisfied.”

Radwell is represented by Lewis Brisbois Partners Todd Seelman, Dan DeCarlo, John Parks, Christopher Wood, Alyssa Watzman, and Associates Robin Alexander and Julie Keersmaekers. Adducci Mastriani & Schaumberg LLP and attorneys Deanna Tanner Okun, Jonathan Engler, Daniel Smith, and Asha Allam also represent Radwell.

Learn more about the ITC’s decision here and read Radwell’s statement here.


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