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Waymo-Uber Trial Delayed Over Claims Of Hidden Evidence

29 November 2017, 12:53 | Sammy Green

REUTERS Kim Kyung-Hoon File

REUTERS  Kim Kyung-Hoon  File

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

It was the second time the judge has agreed to delay a trial at Waymo's request. Rescheduled to begin next week, the trial has again been postponed after information and other bombshell allegations that Uber withheld have surfaced.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup moved at a hearing Tuesday to immediately take witness testimony over what he described as potentially criminal conduct involving a hidden system of messaging at Uber.

The Marketplace Analytics team was instructed to use encrypted, ephemeral communication on devices that couldn't be attributed to the company, Jacobs said, in order to "make sure we didn't create a paper trail that would come back to haunt the company in any potential criminal or civil litigation". The contents of the letter haven't been shared publicly yet, but a Wall Street Journal story reported that Uber employees were trained to "impede" ongoing investigations by using messages that vanished and couldn't be traced to the company.

Jury selection was set to begin Wednesday in a case over Waymo's allegations that Uber stole trade secrets covering its autonomous driving technology. "You're making the impression that this is a total cover-up".


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".

Waymo sued Uber in February, claiming that former Waymo executive Anthony Levandowski downloaded more than 14,000 confidential files before leaving to set up a self-driving truck company, called Otto, which Uber acquired soon after.

Richard Jacobs, an ex-employee and current consultant for Uber, wrote in a letter and testified under oath that he had been a part of a corporate espionage unit within the company that was responsible for stealing trade secrets, hiding evidence, and influencing lawsuits.

The 37-page memo, written earlier this year by Ric Jacobs, detailed the tactics Uber used to allegedly obtain trade secrets and destroy evidence, according to WSJ.

The ride-hailing service is the most valuable private USA company, but its aggressive expansion has been dogged by scandals.



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