China’s Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has dropped a lawsuit against the US government after Washington released telecommunications equipment it had seized on suspicion of violations of export controls, according to a court filing on Monday, said Reuters.
Huawei, which has been placed on a US trade blacklist since May, had sued the Commerce Department and other US government agencies for seizing its equipment in Alaska in 2017 en route back to China after a lab test in California.
Huawei said the US government returned the equipment in August after confirming no export license was required and it decided to drop the suit. It said the company was disappointed the US government refused to provide a full explanation of what Huawei calls “arbitrary and unlawful” detention of the equipment for two years.
Huawei still faces multiple criminal charges in the United States for allegedly breaking US export sanctions to countries including Iran. It is trying to challenge its addition to the US National Defense Authorization Act in an ongoing lawsuit, which it says had restricted its business in the United States “unconstitutionally.”