Enlarge / Larry Page at an event in San Francisco in 2015. (credit: Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for Fortune)
A US magistrate judge has ruled (PDF) that Uber lawyers can depose Alphabet CEO Larry Page, and perhaps Alphabet Chief Legal Officer David Drummond, in regard to Waymo’s lawsuit alleging theft of trade secrets.
Waymo, Google’s self-driving car spinoff, sued Uber earlier this year, claiming that ex-Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski stole thousands of files while employed at Google. Uber has denied that any trade secrets ever made their way to Uber. Friday’s ruling on the depositions is part of ongoing discovery in the case, which is scheduled for an October trial.
“Larry Page has first-hand non-repetitive knowledge of relevant facts,” wrote US Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley. “Further, less intrusive means, such as interrogatories, are not sufficient.”
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