Judge Rejects Uber's Bid To Pause Self-Driving Car Lawsuit

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First, a magistrate judge has ruled that Uber must hand over the due diligence report related to its $680 million acquisition of self-driving vehicle startup Otto.

Uber's request for a stay pending its appeal for arbitration, has been denied by Judge William Alsup.

Waymo has "a right to get to trial on October 2, and you're doing everything you can to throw roadblocks in their way", Alsup told Uber lawyers, according to reports on the hearing in The Recorder and The Mercury News. Since Uber acquired Otto for almost $700 million last summer, the implication is that those trade secrets found their way into Uber's own autonomous driving unit.

"I'm not taking back a single word" of the order, Alsup responded. Levandowski went on to found Otto, which he soon sold to Uber.

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Following a court order, Uber threatened Levandowski with termination if he did not comply with its investigation and return any Waymo-owned materials to his previous employer.

Uber has kept the document secret by claiming that it's protected by attorney-client privilege.

The dispute was reviewed by a magistrate judge, who issued a ruling under seal earlier this week, meaning the outcome was known only to Uber and Waymo. Uber has until Thursday to appeal that ruling. The courtroom setback was also acknowledged by an Uber lawyer at today's hearing.

Alsup said Waymo deserves a speedy trial "because they have made a very strong showing that they have been greviously wronged from a former employee having meetings with Uber on the sly". "Indeed, the withheld report may be the only source of much of this information". Uber then asked an appeals court to reconsider that decision, and asked Alsup to pause proceedings in the meantime.

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Levandowski is not a defendant in the case, but his actions, and what Uber executives knew about them, are at the center of Waymo's lawsuit. His move is now at question in a lawsuit between the companies.

That strategy hasn't worked. Uber in fact did fire Levandowski late last month, citing his refusal to cooperate.

Because of this, Levandowski's counsel argued that an agent of the government was forcing a private citizen to choose between his Fifth Amendment rights and continued employment. That means the case is still on track to go to trial in early October, as previously planned.

Uber sought to have the whole case stayed while it makes a second try, via an appeal, to move it to arbitration, which it says is required under Levandowski's employment contract with Waymo, an Alphabet subsidiary which began as a self-driving auto project within Google. And the judge said the Google spinoff should ditch entirely a portion of their lawsuit that claims infringement of certain patents related to lidar.

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"I think you're going to lose on all these patent claims unless you pull a rabbit out of a hat", Alsup said.

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