Date
22 October 2019
Huawei sued the US government in early March, arguing that a law limiting its American business was unconstitutional. Photo: Reuters
Huawei sued the US government in early March, arguing that a law limiting its American business was unconstitutional. Photo: Reuters

US asks federal court to throw out Huawei lawsuit

The US government filed a motion on Wednesday asking for the dismissal of a lawsuit by Huawei Technologies that claimed Washington had acted illegally when it blacklisted the Chinese telecoms equipment firm’s products, Reuters reports.

The motion was filed in US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the same court where Huawei filed its complaint.

Huawei sued the US government in early March, saying that a law limiting its American business was unconstitutional.

On Wednesday, the US Commerce Department said that because the Chinese firm is still blacklisted, license requests from American companies seeking to import products to Huawei were being reviewed “under the highest national security scrutiny.”

Huawei has been a component of the ongoing trade war between the US and China that has hung over financial markets.

US President Donald Trump recently agreed to loosen restrictions on Huawei after meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 summit.

Top representatives of the two countries are preparing to resume talks next week.

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