US authorities accuses Huawei of racketeering (Update: Huawei pleads not guilty)
Bloomberg, the agency said that the new accusations are based on "recycled civil disputes from the last two decades that have been formerly settled, litigated, and from time to time, rejected by federal judges and juries. "
The indictment is "a part of the Justice Department's try to irrevocably damage Huawei's recognition and its business for causes related to competition in place of law enforcement," the company argued.
The case will continue in the District Court of Brooklyn, New York. We'll update this article as the matter progresses. You can also head to our committed US-Huawei trade ban hub to catch up on the latest updates.Original article, February 13, 2020 (2:19 PM ET): Today, in the federal court in Brooklyn, NY, the USA Department of Justice filed its Huawei indictment. The superseding indictment papers officially accuse the Chinese era agency of a variety of crimes, adding violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), intellectual property theft, and conspiring to steal trade secrets and techniques from opponents.That Huawei indictment is now publicly available.You can read it here (that's an instantaneous link to a PDF file).Huawei has yet to make a statement on the formal indictment. However, it has many times denied any wrongdoing through the years. Just recently, it denied allegations from the US that it uses secret backdoors to access mobile networks around the globe.Related: Huawei lashes out at US government, calls backdoor allegations illogical
The Huawei indictment itself is 56 pages long and crammed with hard-to-bear in mind legalese.However, listed here are some choice snippets we found:
- "…deliberate and repeated misappropriation of highbrow property of agencies established or with places of work in the USA…"
- "To obtain the intellectual assets of the Victim Companies, [Huawei] every now and then entered into confidentiality agreements with the owners of the highbrow property after which violated the terms of the confidentiality agreements by misappropriating the highbrow assets for [Huawei's] own advertisement use. "
- "Huawei based a formal rewards schedule to pay employees of Huawei affiliates for stealing assistance from rivals based upon the value of the advice acquired. "
- "To avoid and minimize the costs of talents civil and criminal liability in the United States, and therefore more easily establish and perform Huawei's US enterprise, the agency engaged in a pattern of obstruction. "
With this Huawei indictment filed, it appears there will be no end in sight for the so-called Huawei ban which prevents US-based firms from working with the agency. As such, don't expect to see Google apps on any Huawei or Honor phones in the near future.