Hemlock Semiconductor sues Solargiga over contract breach

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Hemlock Semiconductor is taking Wealthy Rise International, a subsidiary of module maker Solargiga, to court – Image: Joe Gratz/Flickr

Polysilicon producer Hemlock Semiconductor takes legal action against Wealthy Rise International, an indirect subsidiary of Chinese integrated monocrystalline module maker Solargiga Energy Holdings, over alleged breaches of a long-term polysilicon supply contract.

According to an announcement of Solargiga, Wealthy Rise has received a Complaint and Demand for Jury Trial from the courts of the U.S. State of Michigan. Plaintiff Hemlock Semiconductor claims US$391 million from Wealthy Rise for alleged breaches of a purchase contract that Wealthy Rise closed with Hemlock in March 2011 for the delivery of polysilicon from 2013 through 2020.

Hemlock’s move is the latest in a series of lawsuits against customers that have closed long-term contracts, such as Canadian Solar, Green Energy Technology, Solarworld Industries Sachsen, JA Solar or Yingli Green Energy.

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