Kalanick, Uber Board Escape Investor Suit Over Waymo Secrets (1)

Jan. 13, 2020, 10:18 PMUpdated: Jan. 13, 2020, 11:10 PM

Uber Technologies Inc. founder Travis Kalanick and the company’s board don’t have to face a shareholder lawsuit over its alleged theft of Google self-driving technology, Delaware’s top court ruled Monday.

The derivative suit accused ex-Uber chief Kalanick of poaching employees from Alphabet Inc. unit Waymo Inc. so Uber could build an autonomous vehicle program around its trade secrets. Uber ultimately gave Alphabet $245 million in stock to resolve misappropriation claims.

The case concerns Uber’s acquisition of Ottomotto LLC, which was founded by Anthony Levandowski, Waymo’s engineering manager, who faces jail time if convicted in a parallel criminal case. Levandowski maintains ...

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