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Chinese Firm Sues to Void U.S. Wind-Farm Purchase Obama Blocked

Jan 30, 2013

Ralls Corp., the Chinese-owned company blocked on national security grounds from operating wind turbines near a U.S. Navy base in Oregon, asked a judge to void its agreement to buy assets for the project.

President Barack Obama’s order blocking development of the wind project nullifies Ralls’s acquisition of the project’s property from Terna Energy Holding USA Corp., Ralls said in a complaint filed yesterday in federal court in Washington against a Delaware-incorporated unit ofTerna Energy SA (TENERGY), a Greek energy company.

“Until and unless the court concludes the president’s order is unlawful, the president’s order renders the Ralls-Terna transaction void,” according to the filing.

Ralls, in a separate action, is suing Obama and other U.S. government officials, challenging the president’s authority to block the deal.