Published: Wed, November 29, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Uber-Waymo Trial Delayed Again Following Allegations of Rogue Conduct at Uber

Uber-Waymo Trial Delayed Again Following Allegations of Rogue Conduct at Uber

Waymo requested the delay on Monday so it could look into whether or not Uber had withheld evidence in the case.

However, he did say that Uber acquired private code from an overseas competitor, and that Uber tried to identify employees at competitive companies who might leak to them. According to Law360, a California judge ruled in Waymo's favor on Tuesday after Waymo accused Uber of hiding evidence that was discovered by federal prosecutors. Law enforcement shared the letter with U.S. District Judge William Alsup last week, reports Reuters.

A federal judge overseeing the high-profile patent theft case between Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo and Uber Technologies Inc.

Jury selection was set to begin November 29 in a case over Waymo's allegations that Uber stole trade secrets covering its autonomous driving technology. In light of the new evidence and allegations that Uber lawyers had been withholding Jacobs's letter, the judge indefinitely delayed the trial, which was set to begin on December 4. Under questioning by Uber lawyers, he described the importance of using secure communications for legitimate reasons, including ensuring the safety of workers overseas.

Levandowski has since been fired by Uber.

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Jacobs said he learned of this activity through discussions at Uber with his manager and other colleagues. 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.

In a statement defending itself, Uber pointed to Jacobs' testimony the he wasn't aware of the company stealing any of Waymo's trade secrets. Levandowski has declined to answer questions about the allegations, citing constitutional protections against self-incrimination.

"We're going to have to put the trial off because if even half of what's in that letter is true it would be a huge injustice to force Waymo to go to trial", Alsup said on Tuesday, according to the WSJ, as he granted the delay.

The trial was set to begin next Tuesday in San Francisco.

Most recently, Uber revealed that the data of 57 million Uber customers and 600,000 drivers had been stolen in a breach more than a year ago, and that the company had paid two hackers $100,000 to cover it up.

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