Waymo claims Uber is allegedly utilizing stolen commerce secrets and techniques for its self-driving vehicles.
Waymo is not after chump change in its lawsuit in opposition to Uber.
Uber mentioned final week the self-driving automobile unit of Google’s father or mother firm Alphabet was in search of $2.6 billion in damages for alleged commerce secret theft, based on Reuters. This determine was made public final Wednesday throughout a listening to for the case in federal court docket in San Francisco. The $2.6 billion determine was reportedly for just one commerce secret; there are eight others going to trial.
Waymo goes after massive sums on this case, however in a court docket submitting late final Friday the corporate mentioned it is in search of $1.859 billion in damages for the one commerce secret — not $2.6 billion. And Waymo mentioned the numbers aren’t “additive,” that means if a jury guidelines that Uber stole all 9 commerce secrets and techniques, Waymo will nonetheless search simply $1.859 billion.
“Two days in the past, Uber’s lead counsel informed the court docket that Waymo is asking for $2.6 billion in damages for one commerce secret,” Waymo wrote in Friday’s submitting. “That’s false. Waymo is asking for $1.859 billion for Commerce Secret 25 (not $2.6 billion) and fewer for the remaining commerce secrets and techniques.”
Uber did not reply to request for touch upon this newest disagreement.
Waymo has accused Uber of stealing secretive self-driving automobile know-how. The case facilities round former Google worker Anthony Levandowski, who allegedly stole 14,000 “extremely confidential” information earlier than leaving the corporate to start out his personal self-driving truck startup. Uber purchased that startup a number of months later for $680 million and positioned Levandowski as the top of its autonomous automobile program.
Levandowski has since been fired by Uber. However Waymo claims that does not dismiss the chance that the ride-hailing firm nonetheless used the secrets and techniques within the pilfered information for its personal self-driving automobile tech.
Practically $2 billion in damages is a hefty quantity for a lawsuit. A few of the largest payouts in US historical past for a single plaintiff aren’t too far off. A Financial institution of America settlement over poisonous mortgage loans in 2014 was $16 billion. RJ Reynolds Tobacco paid $23.6 billion to a lung most cancers sufferer in a lawsuit in 2014.
The listening to for the Waymo v. Uber lawsuit on Wednesday was to debate whether or not the trial for the case, at present slated to start on Oct. 10, can be delayed. Waymo is pushing to postpone the trial so it might have extra time to comb via lately obtained proof associated to the case. Uber has mentioned it needs the trial to proceed on the scheduled date.
Uber declined to touch upon Wednesday’s listening to.
First printed Sept. 20, 12:08 p.m. PT.Replace, Sept. 20, 12:53 p.m.: Provides Uber declining to remark.
Replace, Sept. 25 at 2:50 p.m.: Provides details about Waymo’s court docket submitting.
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