Waymo-Uber trial delayed over new evidence

Waymo Trial Delayed Again With Sharp Words for Uber From Judge

Waymo Trial Delayed Again With Sharp Words for Uber From Judge

Uber and Waymo were set to face off in court next week in a civil suit over stolen trade secrets, but a judge on Tuesday postponed the trial after reviewing new evidence against Uber.

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

"The only possible conclusion is that Uber intentionally withheld the Jacobs Letter and related materials to prevent Waymo from discovering material evidence in this case", Waymo's attorneys wrote in a filing.

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"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 at a Tuesday hearing.

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.

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

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Jacobs testified on Tuesday that Uber deliberately researched competitors and used technology to avoid a paper trail.

Also in court was current Uber employee Ed Russo, who was a part of the same unit, and who denied Jacobs' allegations, stating that they were untrue.

Those strategies included housing sensitive, potentially incriminating information on separate servers that weren't connected to the rest of Uber, and using encrypted, self-deleting messaging technology to orchestrate their efforts.

"Uber has been waiting for its day in court for quite some time now", Uber said in a statement to Bloomberg.

Jacobs testified at the hearing that the letter contained allegations that Uber's markets analytics group "exists expressly for the goal for acquiring trade secrets, code base and competitive intelligence". 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.

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. As revealed during today's testimony, Uber allegedly maintained servers that were independent of the company's main system. Governments across the globe have launched investigations into the incident.

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