According to Watkins, he did not receive any response or acknowledgment of the FOIA requests he sent to the Ports of San Francisco and Miami, as well as a second request to the Port of Seattle. He further contends that the Port of El Paso only informed him that his request had been sent to the FOIA division in Washington D.C., without providing any further information on the status of the request. The Ports of Newark/ New York, Los Angeles/Long Beach, and Boston demanded, as a prerequisite to responding to Watkins’s request, that he make an advance payment to cover the processing fees for his FOIA request. The Ports required advance processing fees ranged from $500 to almost $30,000. In order to avoid paying what he deemed to be exorbitant processing fees for his various FOIA requests, Watkins limited the breadth of his FOIA requests to cover a shorter time-period.
Commercial importers provide the information revealed in the Notices of Seizure to the Agency when they “make entry” into the United States. “Making entry” consists of providing information to the Agency, including the port of entry, description of the merchandise, the quantity of merchandise, and the name and address of both the exporter and the importer. The Agency largely maintains the confidentiality of this information because it is important that it receive accurate information from importers. The Agency gives this information in the Notices of Seizure only to notify trademark owners upon the seizure of goods bearing a counterfeit mark “that infringe upon their trademark that has been recorded with [the Agency].”
The Notices of Seizure include the following information: (1) the date the merchandise was imported; (2) the port of entry; (3) description of the merchandise; (4) quantity of the merchandise; (5) country of origin of the merchandise; (6) name and address of the exporter; (7) name and address of the importer; and (8) the name and address of the manufacturer. The eighth item of information is not always known to the Agency and is therefore sometimes excluded from the Notice of Seizure. In addition to the above information, the Notices of Seizure also include the name of the individual responsible for receiving the Notices on behalf of the trademark holder.
Judge(s): Donald E. Walter
Jurisdiction: U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Related Categories: Administrative Law , Communications , Government / Politics , International
|Circuit Court Judge(s)|
|Trial Court Judge(s)|
|Plaintiff Lawyer(s)||Plaintiff Law Firm(s)|
|Samuel Watkins||Pro se|
|Defendant Lawyer(s)||Defendant Law Firm(s)|
|Kayla Stahman||U.S. Department of Justice|