ITC Opens Probe Into Alleged Water Bottle Counterfeits

By Alyssa Aquino (August 31, 2020, 7:46 PM EDT) -- The U.S. International Trade Commission voted to investigate claims that a slew of Chinese manufacturers, as well as the American apparel chain Eddie Bauer LLC, were importing and selling knockoffs of an insulated water bottle popular with nature enthusiasts.

The ITC announced the investigation Friday, listing 20 mandatory respondents located across the U.S. and China, in response to American company Steel Technology LLC — which does business as Hydro Flask — and its parent company's claims that their Hydro Flask line of water bottles is competing against "thousands upon thousands" of imported counterfeits.

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