The U.S. Judge delayed the trial, accusing Uber Technologies of withholding evidence in a multibillion lawsuit filed by Alphabet-owned Waymo on Tuesday. The delayed trial will offer Waymo time to investigate the letter that alleged Uber gave its employees training to steal trade secrets and cover-up the tracks.
Waymo sued Uber for stealing confidential files about its self-driving car designs. If proved guilty, it would pose the biggest threat to Uber’s autonomous vehicle ambitions.
The hearing was focused on a 37-page law suit to former Uber security analyst Richard Jacobs. Uber did not disclose the letter to Waymo, as both sides prepared their cases.
Last week, The U.S. Department of Justice brought this to notice of U.S. District Judge William Alsup. This finding made Alsup issue an order for the U.S. ride-hailing giant to demand Jacobs to appear in the court.
As Uber did not hand over the letter few months earlier when asked for collection of such files, the judge was furious with the company. The judge’s anger led to one of the most heated hearings in the multibillion dollar trial.
“I can’t trust anything you say because it’s been proven wrong so many times,” Alsup told Uber at the hearing. “You’re just making the impression that this is a total cover-up.”
Alsup nodded to Waymo’s request to postponing the jury trial scheduled on December 4. He stated in federal court in San Francisco that, “If even half of what this letter says is true, it would be a huge injustice to force Waymo to go to trial.”
This was the second time when the judge delayed a trial at Waymo’s request in the case.