Chinese telecom giant Huawei has just filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. claiming authorities have violated the Constitution by punishing the company without a trail.
This most recent news comes after months of tit-for-tat exchanges between the embattled tech giant and Washington. In August of 2018, President Trump escalated tensions when he signed the NDAA – a bill that explicitly bans all government entities from using Huawei technology. As recently as December, the administration was working with the Commerce Department to extend the ban to include U.S. carriers as well.
At present, CNN pegs Huawei as “the world’s biggest maker of telecommunications equipment.” Interestingly, the battle between the Shenzhen-based company and the U.S. government comes as the world is on the brink of the 5G revolution.
According to a Huawei spokesperson, Congress is “acting as judge, jury, and executioner,” and the “unlawful” ban will end up “ultimately harming US consumers.”
In addition to the U.S., Australia has also imposed significant restrictions on the products that the manufacturer can sale. A number of countries in the E.U., including Germany and the U.K., are also considering similar bans.
For what it’s worth, Huawei’s claim that the U.S. has put forth zero evidence to back its accusations is true. For many years, Washington has ostracized Huawei and other Chinese tech firms, citing national security concerns. In response, the company says it “has not and will never implant ‘back doors’.”
Legal analysts say the lawsuit is unlikely to prove fruitful for Huawei, however, it may “influence other players around the world considering potential limitations or bans against the firm.”