Waymo Seeking $2.6B From Uber in Trade Secret Lawsuit

Alphabet’s self-driving car unit wants high-tech ride hailing firm Uber to fork over a whopping $2.6 billion for allegedly stealing an element of its self-driving technology.

The figure, revealed by Uber lawyer Bill Carmody during a hearing at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, is for one single trade secret that Waymo is accusing Uber of lifting. The total amount of Waymo’s damages request was not made public, but it is likely to be significantly higher.

Waymo is accusing a former employee, Anthony Levandowski, of downloading 14,000 “confidential and proprietary design” files relating to the company’s “ LiDAR and circuit board” before resigning as the technical lead on Alphabet’s self-driving car division to co-found Otto with other former Google employees. Uber acquired Otto, an autonomous transport company, in August of 2016 for $680 million, just months after Otto’s start up.

Uber fired Levandowski in May of this year for his failure to comply with a court order to hand over documents at the center of the trade-secrets lawsuit.

Jury selection is set to begin Oct. 10, but Waymo has asked U.S. District Judge William Alsup to temporarily postpone the trial so the self-driving car company would have time to investigate  recently-procured evidence, according to a report from the New York Times.

Uber however, has accused Waymo of trying to stall the proceedings because it has no evidence against Uber.

Alsup has yet to issue a decision regarding the timing of the trial.

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