Huawei sues the U.S. Department of Commerce
Huawei claims its telecommunications equipment was wrongfully seized
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Caught between the political tussle between the United States and China, Huawei has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Commerce. According to Bloomberg, Huawei is suing the American agency over the seized telecommunications equipment.
Back in 2017, Huawei had sent the equipment in question to a lab in California. The officials seized the equipment in Alaska, as it was on the way back to China. This was done by the U.S. Department of Commerce to verify whether an export license was needed. Huawei alleges that at the time, no export license was required and that Huawei had presented all requested information to the officials.
“Defendants have neither made a licensing determination for the equipment nor even indicated” when the decision will be made. The lawsuit also claimed American officials “simply left the equipment in limbo.”
Huawei already has an ongoing lawsuit against the U.S. Government for deeming the company a security risk. This was in light of Huawei being placed on the exclusion list, which effectively banned any American company from doing business with Huawei. This has impacted Huawei in the worst of ways, cutting the Chinese brand off from access to Google’s Android. Even companies like ARM, which is not American, had announced that they would be suspending business with Huawei.
In the days since the U.S. took the step of cutting off Huawei, American tech companies like Intel, Google and even Microsoft are coming out in favour of Huawei, saying that the ban would equally hurt American tech companies.
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