Waymo and Uber has been involved in a legal spat for months now and it doesn’t seem they’re arriving at a solution anytime soon. Last month, Uber wanted to settle the dispute with Waymo through private arbitration, in vain. Rather, the trial will now be battled in public according to an order by Judge William Alsup. Also Read - HP Chromebook 11a review: Great for students, not so for professionalsAlso Read - Happy Father's Day 2021: Google Doodle wishes dads with cute pop-up greeting card
Alphabet-owned Waymo is Google‘s self-driving subsidiary. Waymo has accused one of its former engineer Anthony Levandowski of stealing confidential documents from the company before he moved on to start his own self-driving trucks company. He was later hired by Uber to lead its self-driving units. Also Read - Google might be working on a 'Find My' network clone for Android users
Uber claims the disputes between Waymo and Levandowski demands to proceed in a private arbitration as Levandowski’s employment contract with Uber reads. It is unfortunate that Waymo will be permitted to avoid abiding by the arbitration promise it requires its employees to make. We remain confident in our case and welcome the chance to talk about our independently developed technology in any forum, an Uber spokesperson told as quoted on TechCrunch.
According to the report, Judge Alsup has rubbished accusations made by Uber and called it ‘unwarranted’. “Defendants have repeatedly accused Waymo of using artful or tactical pleading to evade its arbitration obligations by omitting Levandowski as a defendant,” Judge Alsup wrote in his decisions. ALSO READ: Uber finds one stolen Waymo document on its Indian-origin employee s personal computer
Judge Alsup’s pending decision doesn’t seem to favor Uber, as he’s not very keen on its behavior throughout the trial. Waymo has demanded the law to command Uber to put a halt to its self-driving motives while the case remains under proceeding. Also, Judge Alsup has now referred the case to the U.S. Attorney for possible criminal investigation.