The Wall Street Journal: Uber document shows ex-Google engineer possessed secret files

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Google parent Alphabet Inc. has produced a long-anticipated document in the high-stakes legal battle with Uber Technologies Inc. that showed the ride-hailing company knew a former Google engineer had confidential Google files before buying his self-driving-car startup.

The report, however, stopped short of establishing that Uber possessed or used those files to jump-start its own driverless-car program—the allegation at the center of Alphabet’s GOOGL, -0.64%   lawsuit.

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The revelations came from a due-diligence report about Anthony Levandowski and other former Google engineers that Uber commissioned in March 2016 before buying their startup, Ottomotto LLC, known as Otto, months later. Alphabet’s self-driving-car unit, Waymo, attached the report to a filing late Monday, having successfully forced Uber to hand over a copy after months of fighting to access it.

Waymo sued Uber in February for allegedly stealing its trade secrets, claiming the ride-hailing firm conspired with Levandowski to bring thousands of files to Uber. A jury trial is set to begin later this month, though the federal judge overseeing the case is expected to rule Tuesday on Waymo’s request to postpone the trial so it can better prepare.

An expanded version of this report is found at WSJ.com.

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