SeeNews Renewables — Dallas solar manufacturer 1SolTech Inc has reached a deal with the Texas attorney general’s office to settle a lawsuit for falsely labelling solar panels as made in the US, a Wall Street Journal blog said on Thursday.

The settlement calls for the firm to pay a USD-5-million (EUR 4.4m) civil penalty and restitution for customers of about USD 2.8 million. It needs to be approved by a bankruptcy judge.

The firm filed for bankruptcy and subsequently shut down after being sued in September 2013 for violating Texas’ consumer-protection laws. It has admitted to purchasing Chinese panels and then reselling them as US-made by 1SolTech. Some were also wrongly labeled as fulfilling certain standards.

The sales of the company, which used a factory in Dallas, were hit even before the court case due to a flooding of the market by Chinese solar panels, according to court documents, cited by the article.

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Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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