Briefing: Huawei reportedly preparing to sue the US government

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Huawei said to be preparing to sue the U.S. government – The New York Times

What happened: Huawei is reportedly preparing to sue the US government for banning federal agencies from using its products. A lawsuit is to be filed in the Eastern District of Texas, where the Chinese company’s US headquarters are located, the New York Times reported Monday citing people familiar with the matter. The lawsuit will likely focus on the US National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which controls US government contracts with Chinese companies including Huawei and ZTE, arguing that the act singles out Chinese companies for punishment without trial. Huawei declined to comment on the The New York Times report.

Why its important: The lawsuit would be the latest in a series of defensive moves from the Chinese telecommunication giant, following the Canadian government’s decision on Friday to proceed with Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s extradition to the US. Meng’s lawyers filed a civil suit against the Canadian border agency and federal authorities the same day, alleging “serious breaches” of Meng’s constitutional rights. Meng remains out on bail since she was arrested in Vancouver on Dec. 1 as requested by US authorities on charges related to violating US sanctions against Iran.