Huawei applies pressure to end lawsuit against US government’s trade ban


In a trade war that has been decidedly one sided until now, Huawei is finally applying more pressure on the US government.

In a statement on Wednesday, the firm announced that it’s forging ahead with a lawsuit filed in March challenging its US federal government trade ban.

Since then, the US has also placed Huawei on a blacklist, banning any US firm from trading with Huawei.

Huawei has now requested a “motion for summary judgement”, which is effectively a legal nudge to ask the court to rule in its favour.

The firm believes that it’s in the right too, and that the trade ban does nothing to address network security, as claimed by the US government. Instead, it provides a “false sense of security” while distracting from the “real challenges” facing the tech industry, noted Sony Luiping, the company’s chief legal officer.

‘There is no gun, no smoke. Only speculation’

The US government also has “no evidence to show that Huawei is a security threat,” added Liuping. “There is no gun, no smoke. Only speculation.”

The judicial system is the last line of defense for justice. Huawei has confidence in the independence and integrity of the U.S. judicial system. We hope that mistakes in the NDAA can be corrected by the court,” Song concluded.

A ruling in its favour won’t solve all Huawei’s woes, but it could go a long way to help the firm reestablish consumer confidence, and allow it to mount a more substantial legal challenge to its current blacklist status.

A hearing for the motion is set for 19 September.

Feature image: Huawei

Andy Walker, former editor


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