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Tim Brightbill Discusses CIT’s Latest Solar Panel Ruling

Law360
December 11, 2015

Timothy C. Brightbill, a partner in Wiley Rein’s International Trade Practice, was quoted in a Law360 article published December 8 about a U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) ruling that said a Mexican solar module manufacturer cannot be excluded from an investigation into whether products from China and Taiwan are being unfairly subsidized and dumped in the United States.

The CIT ruled that Kyocera Solar, Inc.’s use of Taiwanese solar cells at its Mexican manufacturing plant qualifies it as a product of Taiwan, and is therefore subject to an ongoing investigation initiated by SolarWorld Americas Inc.

“We’re very pleased with the result,” Mr. Brightbill, who represents SolarWorld, told Law360. “Kyocera's appeal was premised on the presumption that a Taiwanese cell made into a solar module in Mexico is a Mexican product, but SolarWorld, when it filed the petition, based the country of origin on where the cell is manufactured. The court upheld that analysis and it was a fairly straightforward ruling.”

To read the article, click here