Court restricts Uber actions in driverless-tech theft case – Los Angeles Times

After suggesting the U.S. Department of Justice consider a criminal investigation of Uber in a trade secrets theft case, a federal judge on Monday ordered the ride hailing company to stop the man accused of the theft from work on the technology at issue.

The order stems from a lawsuit filed by Waymo, part of the Google family of companies, that alleges former employee Anthony Levandowski stole trade secrets covering lidar, a key technology for self-driving cars, when he left the company.

Evidence indicates that “Uber likely knew or should have known that Levandowski had taken and retained possession of Waymo’s confidential files,” according to the judge.

A court-appointed special master will inspect Uber worksites to ensure compliance.

Court restricts Uber actions in driverless-tech theft case – Los Angeles Times