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Alphabet succeeds in pushing the trial date for its lawsuit against Uber

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In a victory for Alphabet, a judge decided to push the trial for its lawsuit against Uber from next week to Dec. 4. The move suggests Alphabet could widen its claims against Uber.

Alphabet is suing Uber for allegedly misappropriating trade secrets and asked a judge for more time after it got a hold of a key document. The company claimed it produced a “mountain” of new evidence that merited a delay.

The document outlines operational details of a startup founded by Anthony Levandowski, who was a lead engineer in Alphabet’s self-driving car division. Uber commissioned the report in March 2016 specifically to discover if Levandowski had any confidential information from his former employer, Alphabet.

Uber acquired Levandowski’s startup called Otto in August 2016. Levandowski, who has invoked his fifth amendment rights, is not named as a party to the case.

In its initial motion for a trial delay, Alphabet said that the document that became public on Monday could lead the company to add more claims of trade secret theft to its case.

Uber contends, for its part, that the document proves that none of the files ever made it to company servers.

Jury selection for the trial will begin November 29 and the trial may continue on until January if it needs to.


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