Judge Dismisses Self-Driving Car Trade Secret Misappropriation Dispute Due to Spoliation of Evidence

    On May 8, 2020, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed with prejudice the matter of WeRide Corp.et al v. Kun Huang et al. following the defendant’s spoliation of potential evidence before and after the litigation was filed.

    Although AllRide produced the 2018 source code at issue in the dispute, the court found that there was no way to verify that the code was authentic following AllRide’s deletion of internal emails and laptop hard drives. The trade secret misappropriation dispute began in November 2018, when WeRide alleged that former Head of Hardware Technology Kun Huang downloaded confidential information onto several USB devices and used the proprietary information to start a competing company, AllRide.

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