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

Uber self-driving car case headed to court

  Uber self-driving car case headed to court Uber suffered a setback in a court case that could affect the development of self-driving cars when the judge referred the case to the U.S. Attorney for an investigation into the possible theft of trade secrets by an Uber executive. In the ruling, Judge William Alsup said the case must stay in court and not go to a private arbitrator as Uber had wanted."The court takes no position on whether a prosecution is or is not warranted, a decision entirely up to the United States Attorney," Alsup wrote in his order.

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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