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.