Waymo Trade Secret Trial Delayed After Uber Accused of Sneakily Withholding Evidence

A self-driving Uber sits ready to take journalists for a ride during a media preview in Pittsburgh. A federal criminal investigation into alleged espionage at Uber has indefinitely delayed a trial over whether the beleaguered ride-hailing service stole

Waymo said that Uber intentionally hid key evidence in the case, and it needed more time to prepare for trial now that the evidence has come to light.

A Waymo lawyer asked Jacobs about an attorney on staff at Uber who allegedly gave them guidance in their aims to "impede, obstruct, or influence" lawsuits that were filed against the company. He said he was part of the ride-sharing firm's corporate surveillance team, which has now been disbanded.

According to Bloomberg, Uber has already tested U.S. District Judge William Alsup's patience.

A federal court judge in California delayed the start of a civil trial between ride-hailing giant Uber and Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving auto unit, after receiving a memo written by a former Uber employee that about the alleged theft of trade secrets.

A trade theft trial between Uber and Alphabet's autonomous vehicle unit Waymo has been delayed after a hearing in San Francisco on Tuesday.

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

Jacobs said that Uber reached a $4.5 million settlement, including a consulting contract, after he was sacked.

The trial had been scheduled to begin on Dec. 4. Waymo said it learned of the new evidence last week after the U.S. Department of Justice shared it with Alsup
Waymo Trial Delayed Again With Sharp Words for Uber From Judge

Jacobs testified today in civil court that the Marketplace Analytics team scoured competitors' GitHub accounts to find private code but balked at the letter's suggestion that the team stole trade secrets, particularly from Waymo.

Jacobs had drafted a letter with lawyers to Uber's in-house lawyer regarding the ethics of the above practices.

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

Uber denied using any of Waymo's trade secrets. Levandowski has declined to answer questions about the allegations, citing constitutional protections against self-incrimination.

Alsup said it would be a "huge injustice" to force Waymo to go to trial given the new evidence that surfaced in the case, according Reuters.

The trial had been scheduled to begin on December 4.

The ride-hailing service is the most valuable private US company, but its aggressive expansion has been dogged by scandals. In a scandal that broke last week, the company tried to cover up a 2016 data breach involving millions of its customers and drivers.

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