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Judge orders Uber  not to use technology taken from Waymo

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Uber to stop using technology that a key executive downloaded before he left Waymo, the Alphabet Inc. autonomous car arm that was spun off from Google.

The order filed Monday in a trade secrets theft lawsuit also forces Uber to return all downloaded materials.

Judge William Alsup in San Francisco says in the ruling that Waymo has shown compelling evidence that a former star engineer named Anthony Levandowski downloaded confidential files before leaving Waymo.
The Judge also says evidence shows that before he left Waymo, Levandowski and Uber planned for Uber to acquire a company formed by Levandowski.

The ruling prevents Uber from using the technology on a navigational tool called Lidar that robotic cars need to see what’s around them.


Historic cup will be publicly displayed at State Supreme Court

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A gold cup that once belonged to a judge from the 1850s will be publicly displayed at the Michigan Supreme Court in Lansing.

The cup was recently presented to Chief Justice Stephen Markman by the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society. It belonged to Samuel Douglass, who was a Supreme Court justice from 1852 until he lost an election in 1857. At that time, Michigan had been a state only for 20 years.

The Historical Society purchased the cup from an Ann Arbor man who bought it at an estate sale.

The cup was a gift to Douglass from the Detroit Bar Association. A Latin inscription says, “As gold is worth more than silver so is virtue worth more than gold.”


Jury sees interview; prosecution rests in Halloween homicide

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — A man charged with killing a woman after a Halloween party in southeastern Michigan told police that he didn’t remember striking her in the face, but he also said, “I could have done that.”

Jurors in Monroe County watched a video of a police interview involving Daniel Clay. Prosecutors then rested their case Monday on the fifth day of trial.

Clay is charged with murder in the death of 22-year-old Chelsea Bruck, whose body was found months after a Halloween party attracted hundreds of people to Frenchtown Township in 2014.

Clay’s lawyer doesn’t dispute that Bruck died while with Clay. But he says it was an accident during rough sex. Clay plans to testify.

During the police interview, Clay said, “I must have done something. ... I blacked out.”


Memorial Day Hours

All divisions of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 29.
The 36th District Court will be closed Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day.


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