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Uber threatens to fire self-driving car engineer in trade secrets case

May 19, 2017 (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. 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…

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Uber tells judge it will seek to have Waymo case go to arbitration

March 16, 2017 SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A lawyer for Uber [UBER.UL] told a federal judge on Thursday he intended to file a petition to compel arbitration in the Waymo trade secrets case within two weeks. “We intend to file permission to file arbitration within two weeks” lawyer Arturo Gonzalez told U.S. District Judge William Alsup. Gonzalez said an employment agreement signed by engineer Anthony Levandowski when he worked at Waymo – Alphabet’s self-driving car division – has a “very broad arbitration provision” that should be used. Levandowski subsequently left…

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