Uber has for the first time laid out its case to prove Alphabet's allegations of theft of trade secrets are false. And now Alphabet is alleging Uber's latest claims are part of a pattern of covering up what really happened.
Uber came under scrutiny after it acquired self-driving trucking startup Otto, a business founded by Anthony Levandowski, who previously led Alphabet's autonomous vehicle business, now called Waymo.
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Alphabet claims Levandowski stole 14,000 proprietary files before leaving to start Otto and is suing Uber over allegations the ride-hailing startup misappropriated that technology.
"Rather than do the right thing, Uber took part in a coverup, only firing Mr. Levandowski after their actions were exposed in litigation," Alphabet self-driving subsidiary Waymo said in a statement.
Update: Uber has responded that Alphabet "has turned up exactly zero evidence that any of the 14,000 files came to Uber and that Alphabet is resorting "to peddling a 'cover-up' theory that was explicitly rejected by the Court as recently as last week."
The case's presiding judge, William Alsup, has previously posited Uber likely knew or should have known that Levandowski took the files, but has also said Alphabet has not provided strong evidence that Levandowski brought the files to Uber for the express purpose of using the technology.
Uber said in a Wednesday court filing that it made a point of deterring Levandowski from bringing any information over from Alphabet, and included a clause in Levandowski's employment agreement that explicitly prohibited him from doing so.
Uber also says it had no reason to suspect Levandowski deliberately downloaded any files for improper use, but that any information the engineer had at the time of hiring was just random files he had obtained incidentally over the course of his employment at Alphabet.