Withheld ESI Leads to 11th-Hour Delay in Waymo-Uber Trial

November 28, 2017 Casey C. Sullivan

An impending trial in the trade secrets dispute between Uber and Waymo was put on hold this morning, just six days before trial was set to begin. They delay came after Waymo, the self-driving car business owned by Alphabet, Google’s parent company, accused Uber of withholding relevant evidence. U.S. District Judge William Alsup, of the Northern District of California, agreed this morning to postpone the trial, saying that Uber “withheld evidence from me” and that allowing the trial to go forward would be a “huge injustice.”

The reason for the 11th-hour delay? Electronically stored information that Uber reportedly never produced, despite repeated discovery requests—specifically, a letter between a lawyer for former Uber global security officer Richard Jacobs and Uber’s deputy general counsel. That letter was revealed last week, when the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California disclosed it to the court. 

Previous Article
Case Law Year in Review, Crafting an ESI Agreement, Avoiding Document Dumps, & More: 5 New Resources From Logikcull
Case Law Year in Review, Crafting an ESI Agreement, Avoiding Document Dumps, & More: 5 New Resources From Logikcull

‘Tis the season of giving and if you’re a legal professional, Logikcull has some gifts for you: ...

Next Article
The 5 Biggest Challenges Facing Solos & Small Firms
The 5 Biggest Challenges Facing Solos & Small Firms

If you’re worried about how to best attract and retain clients, or find yourself spending too mu...