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11:56  19 may  2017
11:56  19 may  2017 Source:   Reuters

Uber Renews Push for Arbitration in Waymo Trade-Secrets Case

  Uber Renews Push for Arbitration in Waymo Trade-Secrets Case Uber Technologies Inc. renewed a bid to move its driverless-car trade-secrets fight with Waymo into closed-door arbitration. 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.

Waymo sued ride services company Uber Technologies alleging that former Waymo executive Anthony Levandowski downloaded over 14,000 confidential documents before leaving Waymo to subsequently join Uber .

(Reuters) – Uber has threatened to fire an engineer accused by Alphabet’s self - driving Waymo unit of stealing confidential documents in a high profile trade secrets case between the two companies, according to a court filing.

A man arrives at the Uber offices in Queens, New York © REUTERS/Brendan McDermid A man arrives at the Uber offices in Queens, New York

Uber has threatened to fire an engineer accused by Alphabet's self-driving Waymo unit of stealing confidential documents in a high profile trade secrets case between the two companies, according to a court filing.

Waymo sued ride services company Uber Technologies alleging that former Waymo executive Anthony Levandowski downloaded over 14,000 confidential documents before leaving Waymo to subsequently join Uber.

Uber has told Levandowski that he must comply with a court order to return Waymo documents or face possible termination, Levandowski's lawyers said in a court filing on Thursday.

(Reporting by Dan Levine; Editing by Miral Fahmy)

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