Huawei sues United States over government ban on its products

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The case was submitted Wednesday in the Eastern District of Texas, under whose jurisdiction Huawei's US headquarters falls.

In a statement on Thursday, the company said it had filed a lawsuit in the USA district court in Plano, Texas, calling for the ban on U.S. government agencies buying Huawei equipment or services to be overturned.

In its USA case, Huawei is taking aim at a provision in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.

Huawei rotating chairman Guo Ping said in a statement: "The US Congress has repeatedly failed to produce any evidence to support its restrictions on Huawei products".

In Canada, Meng sued the government for allegedly violating her constitutional rights as she was being arrested in December on bank fraud charges.

Huawei executives say American security warnings have yet to affect sales outside the United States.

"We are compelled to take this legal action as a proper and last resort".

USA officials reject that her extradition case is related to the broader U.S.

"While we might not be able to rule out completely the potential for Huawei to bring a case against the Australian government on the ban, there would be probably be limited scope for any such action to succeed", she added.

Huawei Technologies Co Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou arrives back at home after her court appearance in Vancouver British Columbia Canada

Some legal experts, however, said Huawei's lawsuit was likely to be dismissed because United States courts were reluctant to second-guess national security determinations by other branches of government.

"At Huawei we are proud that we are the most open, transparent, and scrutinized company in the world", said John Suffolk, Huaweis Global Cyber Security & Privacy Officer.

Canada and China are locked in a dispute over trade and telecoms technology that has ensnared the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Ltd, the world's largest telecommunications equipment maker, who faces US criminal charges.

Separately, the lawsuit also alleges that Huawei has been denied due process and that Congress, by stripping Huawei of USA commercial opportunities, has violated the "separation of powers" portion of the constitution by doing the work of the courts. Federal authorities in Seattle are investigating the company for allegedly stealing trade secrets from USA partner T-Mobile US Inc., and in December Meng was arrested in Canada on fraud charges linked to Iran trade-sanction violations.

Legal experts and Canadian officials have previously said the comments could allow Meng's lawyers to contend her prosecution is politically motivated, an argument that would resonate in Canada where judges are particularly wary of abuse of the court system.

Chief legal officer Song Liuping acknowledged, however, that Chinese laws may require Huawei to respond to government requests for assistance but said it would only do so in matters such as terrorism or criminal activity.

Huawei claims the USA statute blocking Huawei equipment from developing 5G networks hinders competition and hurts the economy.

"[We are willing to] work with the USA president and his administration to find a solution where Huawei products are available to the American people and the national security of the United States is fully protected", Song said. The company's 2018 revenue forecast is $100 billion and its founder, Ren Zhengfei, said last month this year's target is $125 billion.

The British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Heather J. Holmes set Meng's next court date for May 8. China has retaliated against Canada by accusing detained Canadians of stealing state secrets, while today the country revoked a Canadian canola permit, in an economic response.

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