A U.S. District Court judge this week struck down a lawsuit from Huawei, ruling the telecommunications equipment firm didn’t have the legal ground to sue the U.S. government. Huawei filed the lawsuit last year after Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act. It prohibits federal agencies and contractors from purchasing certain products from Huawei and ZTE.
In the complaint, Huawei claimed that the restrictions were overly punitive and singled out certain companies, reported The Hill. The Trump administration and congressional lawmakers have long had concerns over whether the Chinese government could use Huawei and ZTE to spy on the U.S.
U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant determined the U.S. wasn’t preventing Huawei from doing business in America, but rather, exercising its legal authority to control how federal money is spent.
Huawei was disappointed in the ruling. “While we understand the paramount significance of national security, the approach taken by the U.S. government provides a false sense of protection while undermining Huawei’s constitutional rights,” a company official told Politico in a statement. “We will continue to consider further legal options,” the person added.