Waymo seeking $2.6 billion in damages from Uber

According to Reuters, Alphabet Inc.’s (NASDAQ: GOOGL) self driving development branch, Waymo, is seeking $2.6 billion in damages from Uber Technologies Inc. for allegedly stealing its technology, an Uber lawyer said on Wednesday.

Uber’s attorney, Bill Carmody, disclosed an estimate Waymo is seeking in federal court on Wednesday, where it is currently in the works of going to trial or not.

In the lawsuit, Waymo claimed that former engineer, Anthony Levandowski, downloaded more than 14,000 confidential files before leaving the company to launch his own self driving business, which later Uber acquired. Uber later fired Levandowski based off the allegations

Uber has declined all allegations about the matter.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin on October 10 for the lawsuit, but Waymo has asked U.S. District Judge William Alsup to postpone trial, saying that there is new evidence resurfacing.

Uber said that Waymo is asking for a delay for trial because the company doesn’t have any sufficient evidence about the allegations, according to the files.

Surprisingly, Google is also an Uber investor even through the lawsuits and rough relations with Google’s Waymo division. What originally was a $258 million investment, turned into more than $300 million, Google Ventures CEO, Bill Maris, confirmed with Bloomberg.

The total amount for all damages hasn’t been confirmed, but Waymo is seeking $2.6 billion for only the theft of the files. There could be more pending damages that Waymo may be seeking.

Alsup said he would not rule from the bench on Wednesday about when the trial would start.

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