July 25, 2017

Uber Renews Push for Arbitration in Waymo Trade-Secrets Case

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The ride-hailing company on Thursday filed notice that it will appeal a May 11 ruling denying its request to move the conflict out of public court. A legal expert said an appeal is unlikely to succeed and wouldn’t delay a trial set for October that may tip the scales in the race to market autonomous cars that both companies believe will be worth billions of dollars a year.

“It’s a long shot for Uber,” said Charlotte Garden, an associate law professor at Seattle University . The trial judge probably won’t pause the case to wait for an appeals court ruling, she said.

The fight over whether the case should be sent to a private arbitrator focuses on Anthony Levandowski, the former Waymo engineer who led Uber’s autonomous vehicle program until he was demoted last month. Waymo claims Levandowski downloaded thousands of confidential files before he left the company to launch his own self-driving startup, Otto, that was acquired by Uber for $680 million.“In […]

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