Sep 13, 2017

Appeals court deals blow to Uber in Waymo lawsuit

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On Wednesday, an appeals court denied Uber's request to move Waymo's trade secret theft lawsuit into arbitration. The case is scheduled for a jury trial next month.

The court also denied an attempt by Anthony Levandowski, a former Waymo and Uber employee at the center of this case, to keep the ride-hailing company from handing over a due diligence report. The report, prepared by a forensics firm last year as part of Uber's acquisition of Levandowski's self-driving truck startup, is believed to contain incriminating evidence.

Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving car unit, filed a lawsuit in February claiming Uber company is using trade secrets Levandowski stole when he allegedly downloaded 14,000 files before leaving in January 2016. Levandowski soon after founded a company which he sold a few months later to Uber.

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UFC wants to host fight on tribal land to avoid coronavirus restrictions

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In an attempt to skirt federal and state guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic, the UFC plans to hold its April 18 pay-per-view event on tribal land in California, per multiple reports.

The state of play: Even as the rest of the sports world hits pause, UFC president Dana White has remained adamant that fights must go on, and appears to have settled for a shutdown casino in a state with the fourth-most confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Ivanka Trump plans focus on coronavirus recovery for small businesses

Ivanka Trump speaks at yesterday's White House videoconference with bank and credit card executives. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Ivanka Trump personally lobbied top bank executives to line up the $1.5 billion in commitments to small business that were announced yesterday at a videoconference among the bank executives and President Trump — stoking competitive juices among the execs to drive up their commitments.

The state of play: Ivanka, who has had workforce development in her portfolio going back to 2017, plans an increasing emphasis on small businesses in the weeks ahead as they navigate the rescue bill’s Payroll Protection Program, sources tell me.

Public transit's death spiral

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Public transit systems across the country are experiencing a painful trifecta: Ridership has collapsed, funding streams are squeezed, and mass transit won't bounce back from the pandemic nearly as fast as other modes of transportation.

Why it matters: Transit agencies could see an annual shortfall of as much as $38 billion due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to TransitCenter. At the same time, they're more important than ever, with more than 36% of essential workers relying on public transportation to get to work.

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