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Judge Blasts Uber Lawyers, Delays Trade Secrets Trial

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Explosive evidence alleging that a covert Uber unit stole trade secrets and hid internal communications emerged in federal court on Tuesday in the bitter intellectual-property dispute between Waymo and Uber, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

Reporter Carolyn Said writes that a visibly angry U.S. District Judge William Alsup postponed the high-profile case’s trial, which had been set for next week, saying Waymo needs time to review the new evidence.

“We’re going to have to put the trial off,” Alsup said. “If even half of what’s in that letter is true, it would be a huge injustice to force Waymo to go to trial and not be able to prove the things said in that letter.”

He was referring to a letter from lawyers for Uber’s former manager of global intelligence. The U.S. Attorney’s office had provided the letter to the judge.

Read the Chronicle article.