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Uber, beset by scandal, faces battle over 'destructive' lawsuit

Uber, beset by scandal, faces battle over 'destructive' lawsuit

A spokesperson for Mr Kalanick said the legal action is "completely without merit and riddled with lies and false allegations".

Uber's head of operations, Ryan Graves, one of the company's first employees and a long-time Kalanick ally, announced earlier Thursday that he would resign from his job at to focus on his role as a board director. They are Kalanick's support for a harassing and abusive management style, the theft of trade secrets by a founder of Otto, an autonomous truck technology company that was acquired by Uber, the existence of the Grayball software to shut regulators out of the ride-sharing service, and the charge that Kalanick had received and read the medical records of a woman in India that complained of being raped by an Uber driver. Benchmark, one of Uber's earliest big investors, . Among other things, Benchmark said, Kalanick knew Uber might be accused of stealing trade secrets from Waymo, Google's self-driving vehicle unit. They don't hold seats on the board or a majority of the company's stock, but the letter said they're seeking other shareholders to add their signatures.

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Benchmark, one of Silicon Valley's top venture-capital firms, insists in its suit that Kalanick's reported transgressions weren't evident when Uber's board voted a year ago to increase its membership from eight to 11 and to give Kalanick sole appointment rights.

The lawsuit also says Kalanick didn't discuss his failure to curb Uber's pervasive culture of discrimination and sexual harassment. Kalanick complied, though he kept a seat on the board.

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Benchmark filed a lawsuit on Thursday that seeks to force Kalanick off the board and accuses him of concealing a range of misdeeds and scheming to retain power at the company even after he was forced to resign as chief executive in June. It's also asking the court to prevent Kalanick from participating in board meetings. The three investors and Benchmark could not be reached for comment. With this statement and now the lawsuit, Ben Narasin a venture capitalist in the Silicon Valley is convinced that Kalanick "is done".

'Travis will continue to act in the interests of Uber and all of its stakeholders and is confident that these entirely baseless claims will be rejected, ' the statement said.

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Kalanick, who had been the driving force behind Uber's massive global expansion and whose brash style had made him a liability, still holds a large voting stake in the company, whose United States dollars 68 billion valuation makes it the world's largest venture-backed startup. No worries. There are plenty of vehicle safety features that are available, affordably, for ALL cars, not just new ones.