WeChat Users Tell 9th Circ. Trump Can't Lift Block On App Ban

Law360 (October 13, 2020, 6:45 PM EDT) -- WeChat users urged the Ninth Circuit to reject the Trump administration's latest effort to pause a ruling that blocked it from banning the Chinese-owned telecommunications app from the U.S., arguing that the government's assertions that national security will be irreparably harmed lack evidence and "ring hollow."

The users argued in a response brief on Friday that the lower court rightly concluded that the government offered "scant" evidence that the app was a national security threat, which isn't enough to stay the injunction under the U.S. Supreme Court's 2018 ruling in Trump v. Hawaii.

The users also argued that WeChat is irreplaceable,...

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