Waymo Trial Delayed Again With Sharp Words for Uber From Judge

  • Waymo Trial Delayed Again With Sharp Words for Uber From Judge

Waymo Trial Delayed Again With Sharp Words for Uber From Judge

He contradicted some of what he wrote including the mention of stealing IP from Waymo. He didn't specify which competitors that Uber had been targeting, but said some of the stolen information involved drivers.

Several states, including Missouri, Massachusetts and NY, have opened investigations, and the city of Chicago sued Uber on Monday for failing to notify affected residents. Alsup implied that there may be no need for Waymo to go to trial in order to win the case, based on the new evidence.

Alsup didn't immediately set a new trial date, but promised to make Jacobs' entire letter publicly available. The decision has been made only after a day from the time Waymo urged the judge to delay the start of the blockbuster lawsuit against Uber. However, Alsup ordered the former Uber security analyst, the Uber in-house lawyer and another witness to appear in court on Tuesday at a final pretrial conference.

Waymo has estimated damages in the case at about $1.9 billion and wants to curtail Uber's self-driving auto program, which Waymo says uses its technology. Waymo alleges that Uber stole trade secrets from the company, in particular when former Waymo employee Anthony Levandowski took gigabytes of Waymo files before leaving the company for Uber. "We're keen to have a jury finally hear this case on its merits". "Jacobs himself said on the stand today that he was not aware of any Waymo trade secrets being stolen". Under questioning by Uber lawyers, he described the importance of using secure communications for legitimate reasons, including ensuring the safety of workers overseas. This trial at the start had been scheduled to commence December 4. Waymo said it learned of the new evidence last week after the U.S. Department of Justice shared it with Alsup.

At the heart of the lawsuit is Anthony Levandowski, a self-driving vehicle engineer who worked for Google for nearly nine years before resigning to found Otto, a self-driving truck startup. According to the security analyst, Uber actively sought to steal trade secrets from its rivals and set up the unit to do so.

Levandowski has declined to answer questions about the allegations, citing constitutional protections against self-incrimination.

Jacobs took the stand to testify about the letter's statement that Uber's Marketplace Analytics "exists expressly for the goal of acquiring trade secrets, code-based & competitive intelligence", as Waymo lawyer Charles Verhoeven said, quoting from the letter.

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.

The latest controversy to hurt the firm's reputation is last week's revelation that Uber tried to cover up a 2016 data breach that impacted about 57 million customers.

Governments across the globe have launched investigations into the incident.