Uber-Waymo case: Dramatic turn as judge says Uber lawyers withheld evidence

Judge delays Uber-Alphabet trial citing withheld evidence: 'The public is going to hear everything'

That evidence, a heavily redacted letter from lawyers for Uber's former manager of global intelligence, Richard Jacobs, took front and center during Tuesday's hearing. "I had questions about the ethics of it". The lawyer also argued that the company used secretive communications channels for employee safety reasons.

Last Wednesday, U.S. District Judge William Alsup received a letter from the acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California investigating allegations into anticompetitive behavior at the ride-hailing company, according to court filings. The 37-page letter, obtained by the Justice Department during an investigation into possible corporate espionage by Uber and sent to Alsup on November 22, revealed Uber had set up a secret intelligence team to steal trade secrets from Waymo and unnamed competitors overseas.

"I can no longer trust the words of the lawyers for Uber in this case", Alsup said. He also said that he was unemployed but appears to be on a million-dollar "consulting" contract with Uber that has an additional $1.5m payout at the end of that agreement.

Summary: The trade secret lawsuit between Waymo and Uber has been postponed.

Most recently, Uber revealed that the data of 57 million Uber customers and 600,000 drivers had been stolen in a breach more than a year ago, and that the company had paid two hackers $100,000 to cover it up.

Waymo said that it had learned about the letter last week from the Department of Justice, according to MSNBC.

Waymo filed its lawsuit against Uber in February. But the judge wasn't swayed.

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Alsup postponed the scheduled December 4 start of the Waymo-Uber trial to give Waymo more time to gather evidence.

"We're going to have to put the trial off", Alsup said. "There's enough there under oath to believe there's a 50-50 chance it will turn out to be something very bad for Uber". A new start date hasn't been set.

The suit against Uber, which Alphabet-owned Waymo filed earlier this year, stems back to engineer Anthony Levandowski. The Google spinoff claims Levandowski downloaded 14,000 files of trade secrets before resigning in January 2016 to start Ottomotto, and that Uber quickly struck a deal to buy the company and hire him to build autonomous vehicles using Waymo's technology.

Waymo has estimated damages in the case at about $1.9 billion and wants to curtail Uber's self-driving vehicle program, which Waymo says uses its technology.

However, he did say that Uber acquired private code from an overseas competitor, and that Uber tried to identify employees at competitive companies who might leak to them.

Softbank, the Japanese firm leading the proposed investment, is proposing to buy the shares at a 30 percent discount from Uber's previous valuation of roughly $68 billion, according to multiple media reports citing unnamed people familiar with the terms.

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