Russian based Kaspersky Labs has lost two lawsuits to overturn bans on the use of its security software products in US government networks.
The bans imposed in September 2017 were in response to allegations by US officials that the company’s software could enable Russian espionage and threaten national security.
Kaspersky counter-filed lawsuits in December and February. The basis of which was that the bans were unconstitutional and they caused it undue harm.
US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in Washington said Kaspersky had failed to show that Congress violated constitutional prohibitions on legislation that “determines guilt and inflicts punishment” without the protections of a judicial trial.
“These defensive actions may very well have adverse consequences for some third-parties,” wrote Kollar-Kotelly. “But that does not make them unconstitutional.”
Kollar-Kotelly said the “theoretical harm” to Kaspersky’s reputation is “too vague and unsubstantiated”. She added that the company’s claim that it has a “right to sell to the government” is “worthless.”
Kaspersky said it is “disappointed with the court’s decisions,” and that it will “vigorously pursue its appeal rights”. It maintains that the US government’s ban was the “product of unconstitutional agency and legislative processes and unfairly targeted the company.”