Google co-founder Larry Page can be deposed in Waymo vs Uber lawsuit, judge says in snarky ruling

The dramatic trade-secrets lawsuit by Google’s self-driving car spinoff Waymo against Uber will see its highest-profile appearance yet, after a judge issued an order that Google co-founder Larry Page can be deposed.

“Larry Page has first-hand non-repetitive knowledge of relevant facts,” Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley wrote in a ruling July 7. “Defendants may take Mr. Page’s deposition for up to four hours.”

Waymo had argued that high-level executives such as Page — who’s CEO of Google’s parent firm Alphabet — had “limited availability” for depositions, Corley noted.

The judge was having none of it.

“The Court notes that Waymo has demanded that the United States District Court for the Northern District of California expend enormous resources to resolve myriad disputes on an expedited basis, on the grounds that this case is especially important,” Corley wrote.

“Given that position, the Court expects that Waymo’s executives could take time out of their schedules to sit for a deposition.”

Waymo sued Uber in February, alleging the ride-hailing giant, which was getting into autonomous driving, was using trade secrets stolen from Waymo by an executive who left Waymo for Uber.

Although Waymo has claimed in court that the executive, Anthony Lewandowski, was in cahoots with Uber when he allegedly stole 14,000 documents, U.S. District Judge William Alsup has raised the possibility that “Uber is totally innocent.”


Photo: Google co-founder and Alphabet CEO Larry Page (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)



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