The delay gives Waymo ― a self-driving auto business owned by Google's parent company ― time to investigate numerous bombshell allegations revealed in court Tuesday and (presumably) bolster its case.
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Summary: The trade secret lawsuit between Waymo and Uber has been postponed.
The trial had been scheduled to begin on December 4.
US District Judge William Alsup slammed Uber for failing to disclose the evidence, the Wall Street Journal reports - a 37-page letter from a former Uber employee detailing efforts Uber allegedly took to steal information from competitors and cover up its tracks.
Jury selection was set to begin Wednesday in a case over Waymo's allegations that Uber stole trade secrets covering its autonomous driving technology.
The unit worked in parallel to Uber, and used "anonymous servers" that were separate from the main company to carry out its work.
Judge Alsup granted Waymo's request and noted, "if even half of what is in that letter is true, it would be an injustice for Waymo to go to trial".
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.
Waymo has estimated damages in the case at about $1.9 billion and wants to curtail Uber's self-driving auto program, which Waymo says uses its technology.
"Uber has been waiting for its day in court for quite some time now", Uber said in a statement to Bloomberg.
Jacobs took the stand to testify about the letter's statement that Uber's Marketplace Analytics "exists expressly for the goal of acquiring trade secrets, code-based & competitive intelligence", as Waymo lawyer Charles Verhoeven said, quoting from the letter. Levendowski left his role at Waymo in January 2016 to found another self-driving vehicle company called Otto, which was acquired by Uber in August 2016.
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