Uber Technologies Inc. deputy general counsel Angela Padilla appeared before a federal judge in San Francisco Wednesday morning  as part of a pretrial hearing in the legal showdown that pits the ride-hailing company against Google’s autonomous car unit, Waymo.

Padilla was called to testify after the court revealed that an inflammatory letter had been written to the deputy GC by a former Uber employee, alleging that Uber used secretive techniques, such as encryption, to conceal intelligence it had gathered on other companies, and to keep this information out of reach during litigation.

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