Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. yesterday revoked a lawsuit against the US Department of Commerce and several other US government agencies. The original lawsuit was filed in June this year. The reason for the lawsuit was that US officials seized computer servers, switches and other equipment manufactured by Huawei in China without justifiable reasons. At that time, the US Department of Commerce did not name the export violations and seized the equipment during the transportation process. Since then, Huawei has repeatedly requested to return but the US Department of Commerce refused.
Originally, these telecommunications network equipment manufactured in China should be shipped directly back to China after commercial testing and certification in California laboratories in the United States. At that time, the US government did not give any specific reasons for the seizure of these devices. For this reason, Huawei had no choice but to file a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia. The US government has long failed to make a decision on whether or not this equipment requires an export license to be shipped back to China without an export license. Huawei believes that the US Department of Commerce and other US government agencies violate the US Constitution and the US Administrative Procedures Law. For this reason, Huawei requested the court to sentence the US government to violations.
Last month, the US government notified Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. in writing. The US government indicated that it has determined that it does not require relevant export licenses for shipment to China. Huawei’s chief legal officer, Song Liuping, said that although Huawei voluntarily revoked the lawsuit, Huawei actually triumphed because the seized equipment had been returned to Huawei. However, Huawei is still very disappointed that the US Department of Commerce and other government agencies have failed to explain any long-term illegal detention of Huawei telecommunications equipment. Song Liuping finally said that seizure property with no reason or no explanation should be a warning for all companies operating in the United States.