Canadian Solar International Ltd. v. United States, 091420 USCIT, 17-00173

Docket Nº:17-00173, Slip Op. 20-134
Opinion Judge:CLAIRE R. KELLY, JUDGE
Party Name:CANADIAN SOLAR INTERNATIONAL LIMITED ET AL., Plaintiffs and Consolidated Plaintiffs, v. UNITED STATES, Defendant, and SHANGHAI BYD CO., LTD. ET AL., Plaintiff-Intervenors and Consolidated Plaintiff- Intervenors, and SOLARWORLD AMERICAS, INC. ET AL., Defendant-Intervenor and Consolidated Defendant- Intervenors.
Attorney:Craig A. Lewis, Jonathan T. Stoel, and Lindsay K. Brown, Hogan Lovells U.S. LLP, of Washington, DC, for Canadian Solar International Limited; Canadian Solar Manufacturing (Changshu), Inc.; Canadian Solar Manufacturing (Luoyang), Inc.; CSI Solar Power (China) Inc.; CSI-GCL Solar Manufacturing (Yan...
Judge Panel:Before: Claire R. Kelly, Judge Consol.
Case Date:September 14, 2020
Court:Court of International Trade
 
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CANADIAN SOLAR INTERNATIONAL LIMITED ET AL., Plaintiffs and Consolidated Plaintiffs,

and

SHANGHAI BYD CO., LTD. ET AL., Plaintiff-Intervenors and Consolidated Plaintiff- Intervenors,

v.

UNITED STATES, Defendant,

and

SOLARWORLD AMERICAS, INC. ET AL., Defendant-Intervenor and Consolidated Defendant- Intervenors.

No. 17-00173

Slip Op. 20-134

Court of Appeals of International Trade

September 14, 2020

[Granting Plaintiffs' motion for reconsideration.]

Craig A. Lewis, Jonathan T. Stoel, and Lindsay K. Brown, Hogan Lovells U.S. LLP, of Washington, DC, for Canadian Solar International Limited; Canadian Solar Manufacturing (Changshu), Inc.; Canadian Solar Manufacturing (Luoyang), Inc.; CSI Solar Power (China) Inc.; CSI-GCL Solar Manufacturing (YanCheng) Co., Ltd.; CSI Cells Co., Ltd.; Canadian Solar (USA), Inc.; and Shanghai BYD Co., Ltd.

Adams Chi-Peng Lee, Harris Bricken McVay Sliwoski, LLP, of Washington, DC, for Ningbo Qixin Solar Electrical Appliance Co., Ltd.

Robert George Gosselink, Jarrod Mark Goldfeder, and Jonathan M. Freed, Trade Pacific, PLLC, of Washington, DC, for Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co., Ltd.; Trina Solar (Changzhou) Science & Technology Co., Ltd.; Yancheng Trina Solar Energy Technology Co., Ltd.; Changzhou Trina Solar Yabang Energy Co., Ltd.; Turpan Trina Solar Energy Co., Ltd.; Hubei Trina Solar Energy Co., Ltd.; and Trina Solar (U.S.) Inc.

Richard L.A. Weiner, Rajib Pal, Shawn M. Higgins, and Justin R. Becker, Sidley Austin, LLP, of Washington, DC, for Yingli Green Energy Holding, Co., Ltd.; Baoding Tianwei Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd.; Tianjin Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd.; Hengshui Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd.; Lixian Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd.; Baoding Jiasheng Photovoltaic Technology Co., Ltd.; Beijing Tianneng Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd.; Hainan Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd.; Shenzhen Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd.; Yingli Green Energy International Trading Co., Ltd.; Yingli Green Energy Americas, Inc.; and Yingli Energy (China) Co., Ltd.

Timothy C. Brightbill Cynthia Cristina Galvez, Laura El-Sabaawi, Maureen Elizabeth Thorson, Stephanie Manaker Bell, and Tessa Victoria Capeloto, Wiley Rein LLP, of Washington, DC, for SolarWorld Americas, Inc.

Joshua E. Kurland, Trial Attorney, Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice, of Washington, DC, for defendant. Also on the brief were Ethan P. Davis, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Jeanne E. Davidson, Director, and Reginald T. Blades, Jr., Assistant Director. Of counsel on the brief was Ian McInerney, Office of the Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce, of Washington, DC.

Before: Claire R. Kelly, Judge Consol.

OPINION AND ORDER

CLAIRE R. KELLY, JUDGE

Plaintiffs Canadian Solar International Limited; Canadian Solar (USA), Inc.; Canadian Solar Manufacturing (Changshu), Inc.; Canadian Solar Manufacturing (Luoyang), Inc.; CSI Cells Co., Ltd.; CSI-GCL Solar Manufacturing (YanCheng) Co., Ltd.; and CSI Solar Power (China) Inc. (collectively, "Plaintiffs" or "Canadian Solar") move for reconsideration of Canadian Solar Int'l Ltd. v. United States, 44 CIT__, Slip Op. 20-83 (June 15, 2020) ("Canadian Solar III") in light of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's ("Court of Appeals") intervening decision in SolarWorld Americas, Inc. v. United States, 962 F.3d 1351 (Fed. Cir. 2020) ("SolarWorld"). See [Pls.'] Mot. for Reconsideration & Memo. Supp. 59(e) Mot. for Reconsideration or 60(b) Mot. for Relief from Judgment, July 14, 2020, ECF No. 160 ("Pls.' Mot." and "Pls.' Br.", respectively). Defendant does not object to the motion. See Def.'s Resp. [Pls.' Mot.] at 1, Aug. 14, 2020, ECF No. 166 ("Def.'s Resp. Br."). For the following reasons, the court grants Canadian Solar's motion for reconsideration.

BACKGROUND

The court presumes familiarity with the facts of this case as set out in its previous opinions ordering remand to the U.S. Department of Commerce ("Commerce"), and recounts those relevant to disposition of this motion. See Canadian Solar Int'l Ltd. v. United States, 43 CIT__, __, 378 F.Supp.3d 1292, 1298- 1300 (2019) ("Canadian Solar I"); see also Canadian Solar Int'l Ltd. v. United States, 43 CIT__, 415 F.Supp.3d 1326, 1329-31 (2019). On June 27, 2017, Commerce published its final determination in its third administrative review of the antidumping duty ("ADD") order on crystalline silicon photovoltaic products, whether or not assembled into modules, from the People's Republic of China ("China" or "the PRC"). See Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells, Whether or Not Assembled Into

Modules, From the People's Republic of China, 82 Fed. Reg. 29, 033 (Dep't Commerce June 27, 2017) (final results of [ADD] admin. review and final determination of no shipments; 2014-2015) ("Final Results") and accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Results of the 2014-2015 [ADD] Administrative Review of Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells, Whether or Not Assembled into Modules, From [the PRC], A-570-979, (June 20, 2017), ECF No. 44-5 ("Final Decision Memo").

Plaintiffs challenged the Final Results, submitting, inter alia, that Commerce's decision to use Thai import data published by the...

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