January 01, 2020
Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn are getting closer to putting Huawei and its chief financial officer on trial on charges of evading sanctions on Iran. Jodi Avergun comments.
An excerpt from "White Collar Cases To Watch In 2020," Law360, January 1, 2020:
Jodi L. Avergun, a partner at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP, said that although the Huawei case is unlikely to go to trial within the year, it is one to watch as much for the potential legal developments as for whether politics come into play.
"There is very little precedent. Very few cases with these kind of charges have actually been litigated. That being said, there is a huge political overlay on this case," Avergun said.
Avergun said that, while the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn is not likely to take politically motivated actions or let the case become a bargaining chip in the broader trade conflict with China, you can't rule anything out in the current climate. "It would be highly unusual for that to happen. But again we are in highly unusual times."