Waymo-Uber Trial Delayed Over Claims Of Hidden Evidence
Nov 29, 2017, 00:52
US District Judge William Alsup judge, who is presiding over Waymo's trade secret theft lawsuit against Uber, announced today that the trial, which was set to begin next week, will be delayed as the court tries to determine whether Uber withheld crucial evidence. Waymo claims that when Levandowski left Google, he took with him more than 14,000 confidential files containing trade secrets.
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Waymo and Uber did not respond to requests for comment.
In one critical question in relation to the Waymo case - where Uber is alleged to have hired Waymo's star engineer Anthony Levandowski and his document dump of Waymo trade secrets - Jacobs was asked whether he had heard from his manager that trade secrets had been successfully take from a competitor.
Jacobs also testified in person on Tuesday, where he said that the surveillance team at Uber used "anonymous servers" separate Uber's main servers, according to Bloomberg.
Uber employees researching rivals were given training with the objective to "impede, obstruct or influence any lawsuit against Uber", Jacobs said, including a communication strategy "to ensure we didn't create a paper trail that came back to haunt the company in any potential civil or criminal litigation".
Uber is accused of using cloak-and-dagger tactics. According to the security analyst, Uber actively sought to steal trade secrets from its rivals and set up the unit to do so. Anthony Levandowski, an engineer who left Waymo to spearhead Uber's self-driving vehicle unit, allegedly stole thousands of confidential documents on his way out the door, but Uber has maintained that those documents never reached its corporate servers. "If even half of what is in that letter is true, it would be an injustice for Waymo to go to trial". Rescheduled to begin next week, the trial has again been postponed after information and other bombshell allegations that Uber withheld have surfaced.
A consortium led by Japan's SoftBank Group Corp this week is launching a multi-billion dollar tender offer for Uber shares, a deal that would bring the ride services company a well regarded, deep-pocketed investor. In previous hearings, Uber said searches for stolen Waymo documents on its servers came up largely empty, thereby proving the company's innocence. Governments across the globe have launched investigations into the incident.
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