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>> This is just the beginning.>> Settlement talks in one of Silicone Valley's most high profile lawsuits at a standstill Thursday after Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Alphabet, demanded at least $1 billion in damages and a public apology from Uber. Reuters exclusively reporting those terms. Global Technology editor Jonathan Weber has the details.
>> Well, Waymo, they believe they're winning. They got some very favorable pre-trial rulings. They've already accomplished some of their goals in litigation. Travis Kalanick, the former CEO, is now out. They forced the resignation of Anthony Levandowski, who was the head of the Uber self-driving car division. He's really at the center of this litigation.
He's an engineer, considered one of the leading lights in autonomous vehicles. And he had worked at Google at what became the Waymo division of Google. And then, he left and started a company called Otto, which was shortly thereafter bought by Uber. And when Levandowski left Waymo, he took with him 14,000 documents, including Google trade secrets.
So, it's all been very disruptive and negative for Uber, really, trying to fight off these allegations. And so, we think that Waymo doesn't really have a lot of incentive to settle. As long as the thing drags on, it continues to be damaging to Uber. And so, they'll kind of let it drag on.
So that the settlement proposal that they put forth suggests that they're not terribly serious about settling the case.>> Waymo recently persuaded a San Francisco judge to delay a trial to decide the dispute from October to December, citing the need to investigate evidence Uber had not disclosed earlier.
Sources telling Reuters that Waymo also asked for an independent monitor to be appointed to ensure Uber doesn't use Waymo technology in the future. Uber rejecting those terms as nonstarters.