In a significant move, the Chinese electronics giant Huawei is preparing to sue the US government for banning federal agencies from using the company’s products. The company plans to announce the suit later this week.
The tech giant and the United States have been involved in a war of words after Washington accused Huawei of illegally obtaining private information of users using their devices. United States officials over the years have said that Huawei’s telecommunication equipment could be used by Beijing to spy and disrupt communication networks.
Moreover, American officials have urged other governments to ban the use of Huawei’s products. Earlier this year, the Justice Department filed criminal charges against the company and its chief financial officer in connection with shifting American sanctions on Iran.
The hearing will reportedly begin this week in Canada. Ms. Meng’s lawyers have sued the Canadian government and police, arguing that the circumstances of her arrest earlier in December violated her rights.
According to one of the people familiar with the matter, Huawei’s lawsuit is likely to argue that the provision is a “bill of attainder,” or a legislative act that singles out a person or group for punishment without trial. The Constitution forbids Congress from passing such bills.
In many ways, the Huawei case echoes that of another company that has aroused security concerns in the United States: the Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab.
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