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Huawei Sues Over U.S.’s Seizure of Telecommunications Gear

  • China telecom giant says Commerce Department dragging its feet
  • Officials checking to see if equipment needs export licence

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Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co. sued the U.S. over the seizure of telecommunications equipment by American officials who were investigating whether the gear required an export license to leave the country.

Huawei, China’s largest smartphone maker, said it’s been waiting for nearly two years for a decision by the U.S. Commerce Department on whether the unspecified equipment can be moved back to China. The hardware had been in the U.S. for testing, according to the company’s lawsuit.