Uber, eyeing arbitration, cites Waymo’s 2016 claims
SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet Inc’s Waymo self-driving unit sought to arbitrate claims last year against a former employee at the centre of its suit against Uber Technologies, court records showed, in what Uber said strengthened its bid to get the case out of court and into arbitration.
Waymo’s suit, filed last month, set in motion what could be a long and acrimonious trade-secrets battle between the two tech rivals. Both firms are vying to be first to bring self-driving cars to the masses.
But arbitration, which is a private process to resolve disputes, could keep the battle out of the public eye.
Court documents filed by Uber said Waymo sought arbitration on October 28 for two claims against its former employee, engineer Anthony Levandowski. Those claims involved allegations that Levandowski used confidential information to recruit co-workers to his new rival company, the court records showed.
Uber is seeking to get the highprofile case sent to arbitration, arguing that Waymo’s allegations against Uber were “inextricably bound up” with Levandowski’s employment agreement with Waymo.
Uber said the revelation Waymo itself sought arbitration bolstered its own case for it. Reuters