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Uber lays out its legal defense in Waymo lawsuit


Uber will focus its defense against a lawsuit from self-driving car tech competitor Waymo on showing that it instructed a former Waymo employee, whose startup it acquired last year, not to bring any proprietary files into the company, according to new court documents. Uber will also lay out evidence that it had no indication that the employee, Anthony Levandowski, had downloaded the files for the purpose of using Waymo's trade secrets.

Why it matters: From the initial filing of Waymo's lawsuit, Uber has been fighting the narrative that it secretly plotted with Levandowski to steal Waymo's trade secrets. Uber's legal defense largely hinges on disproving this.