10 Lessons From ITC’s First-Ever Unfair Import Virtual Trial


03 Nov 2020

Stefani Shanberg, Veronica Ascarrunz, and Karl Johnston authored an article for Law360 sharing the lessons learned and best practice takeaways from the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (ITC) first-ever unfair import virtual trial, where the team used a certified video teleconferencing platform to conduct proceedings.

“ITC trials typically involve highly confidential business information,” the authors wrote. “Ensuring that this information remains confidential is of paramount concern. When switching from public to confidential sessions, we needed an alternative to turning around and looking at the gallery. And we needed an alternative to having those not under the protective order wait in the hallway.”

“Rather than displaying just our names – or worse yet, a telephone number – everyone used display names showing the party with whom they were associated and whether they were on the protective order,” they added. “We had several confidential business information monitors who confirmed the status of all participants and could then quickly scan the participant list to ensure that only those entitled to view particular confidential business information attended particular sessions.”

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