One More Uber Executive Named In Waymo's Lawsuit
- Author: Eleanor Harrison Apr 07, 2017,
Apr 07, 2017, 1:13
"Uber's conduct plainly is created to delay the expedited proceedings ordered by this Court and stonewall Waymo's request for preliminary relief", the court filing reads. Uber is fighting the lawsuit and has argued in legal documents that numerous charges should be instead brought against Levandowski in employment-arbitration proceedings.
"We have no basis to believe that he is presently under criminal investigation", Levandowski's lawyers wrote in the filing.
The accusations are part of a larger legal dispute between Google, Uber, and Levandowski. It's important to note that today's revelation only points to one document on a personal device, which is a far cry from thousands of documents circulating around between Uber employees.
Uber and Waymo representatives declined to comment on Monday, and Levandowski didn't respond to a request for comment. Uber confirmed that it did so last week in its case against Waymo, the self-driving-car company owned by Google's parent company, Alphabet.
Waymo also says that Uber violated a court's order to produce all documents necessary for the the case. That's when Alsup asked if Levandowski had the rest of the documents-a question Levandowski refused to answer.
"If I can not get a declaration from [Levandowski] then, Your Honor". The ride-hailing company is trying to persuade a court that Waymo's February lawsuit should be resolved in private arbitration.
During the closed-door hearings, Levandowski's attorney, Miles Ehrlich, told the judge that he may change his mind about asserting the Fifth Amendment, but because the case is moving quickly now, he simply wanted to protect his client.
If it were compelled into arbitration, the case would be solved by an arbitrator, not in public courts. This is Mr. Levandowski's rights at stake. Waymo had earlier filed an arbitration action against Levandowski.
The two arbitration claims, which sought punitive and other damages, alleged that the former Waymo executives used confidential information, such as salaries, to recruit co-workers to their new company.
Odin Wave later merged with another company, Tyto Lidar, which was owned by Ognen Stojanovski, a friend of Levandowski's, according to Tech Crunch.
Lior Ron's name was blackened out (redacted) in nearly every area of the 68-page document, reports Business Insider.
Surprisingly, he was also involved in investigating Tyto at a time when Google was considering acquiring it for its self-driving-car project.