Ex-Uber exec asks to have lawsuit over medical reports dismissed

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Emil Michael, a former Uber executive who resigned earlier this summer, has asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit by a woman who was raped by a driver in India. The lawsuit was filed against him, ex-CEO Travis Kalanick and the company after reports surfaced that the two executives, along with a third, Eric Alexander, obtained a copy of the woman's medical records and questioned whether the incident was a ploy by a competitor.

In short, Michael's motion for dismissal argues that the woman's lawsuit was based on media reports citing anonymous sources, and fails to prove its three claims: "intrusion into private affairs, public disclosure of private facts, and defamation." It also argues that if Uber's legal department authorized executives to obtain the records, he can't be accused of improper conduct. Recode was first to report Michael's motion to dismiss.

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