Showing posts with label DOJ. Show all posts
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Thursday, February 13, 2020

U.S. Department of Justice charges Huawei under RICO act

The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI are charging Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and two U.S. subsidiaries with conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

A 16-count superseding indictment in federal court in Brooklyn, New York cites a long-running practice of using fraud and deception to misappropriate sophisticated technology from U.S. counterparts. The Department of Justice alleges that Huawei, and several of its subsidiaries, both in the U.S. and in the People’s Republic of China, misappropriated intellectual property, including from six U.S. technology companies, including intellectual property, trade secrets and copyrighted works, such as source code and user manuals for internet routers, antenna technology and robot testing technology.

The indictment states that as a result of this campaign to steal this technology and intellectual property, "Huawei was able to drastically cut its research and development costs and associated delays, giving the company a significant and unfair competitive advantage."

Monday, January 28, 2019

U.S. Department of Justice issues multiple indictments against Huawei

The U.S. Department of Justice laid out its case against Huawei in a press conference in Washington, D.C. There are two cases where the DoJ is pursuing legal actions:
  • A grand jury in Seattle returned an indictment alledging 10 federal crimes by two affiliates of Huawei Technologies. The indictment alleges that in 2012 Huawei began a concerted effort to steal information about a robot that T-Mobile used to test mobile phones. Huawei engineers are alleged to have violated confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements with T-Mobile by secretly taking photos of the robot, measuring it, and stealing a piece of it.
  • A grand jury in New York returned an indictment alleging 13 additional crimes committed by Huawei, its CFO, its affiliate in Iran, and one of its subsidiaries in the United States. This criminal activity is said to go back ten years and to involve top officials of the company. The indictment alleges that beginning in 2007, Huawei began to misrepresent its relationship with its Skycom affiliate. By claiming Skycom was a separate company, Huawei represented that it was in compliance with U.S. sanctions against Iran. Furthermore, Huawei is alleged to have misrepresented financial transactions with multiple banks. 
  • Defendants from both cases are variously charged with conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud, violations of the Emergency Economic Powers Act,  money laundering, and obstruction of justice.
The DoJ is seeking the extradition of Huawei CFO, Meng Wanzhou, from Vancouver, Canada, where she was arrested in December.

The DoJ further alleges that Huawei lied to the U.S. government and attempted to obstruct justice by concealing and destroying evidence, as well as moving executives back to China.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

DOJ to challenge AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner

The U.S. Department of Justice will appeal the decision by U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. in the case involving the merger of AT&T and Time Warner.

On June 12th, U.S. federal judge Richard Leon ruled in favor of AT&T in the lawsuit brought by the Department of Justice to block its acquisition of Time Warner. Since then, AT&T has consummated its acquisition of Time Warner.

In response, David McAtee, AT&T General Counsel, issued the following statement: “The Court’s decision could hardly have been more thorough, fact-based, and well-reasoned.  While the losing party in litigation always has the right to appeal if it wishes, we are surprised that the DOJ has chosen to do so under these circumstances.  We are ready to defend the Court’s decision at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.”

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Dept of Justice Charges Chinese Professor with Espionage from Avago

The U.S. Department of Justice filed economic espionage charges against Tianjin University Professor Hao Zhang (36) and Wei Pang (35) in a case involving trade secrets and RF patents belonging to Avago Technologies.

The 32-count indictment alleges that Wei Pang and Hao Zhang conducted research and development on thin-film bulk acoustic resonator (FBAR) technology while students at the University of Southern California under  funding from U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).  After earning their doctorate in approximately 2005, Pang accepted employment as an FBAR engineer with Avago Technologies (Avago) in Colorado and Zhang accepted employment as an FBAR engineer with Skyworks Solutions Inc. (Skyworks) in Massachusetts. The indictments accuse the men of preparing a business plan to steal technology from Avago and Skyworks with the intent of establishing a new competitor, ROFS Microsystes, a joint venture with Tianjun University and located in PRC state-sponsored Tianjin Economic Development Area (TEDA).

Zhang was arrested on May 16, 2015, upon landing at the Los Angeles International Airport on a flight from the PRC.

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