Vanguard Logistics Lawsuit Accuses Fraser Robinson of Stealing Trade Secrets

posted on 28th October 2020 by Eddie Saunders
Vanguard Logistics Lawsuit Accuses Fraser Robinson of Stealing Trade Secrets

The lawsuit alleges that Robinson conspired with another former Uber executive, Dmitri Izmailov, who headed Uber’s Russia operations until he left the ride-sharing company in 2018, and assisted Robinson’s efforts to pilfer Vanguard’s confidential information.  Although Izmailov is not named as a defendant, he appears as an officer and co-founder of copycat company, Beacon.   

The allegations against the two former Uber executives bear a striking similarity to allegations at the heart of an unrelated 2017 lawsuit filed against Uber by Waymo, a self-driving technology company, that accused Uber of working with an insider to steal its trade secrets. The two sides settled in early 2018 after Uber agreed to give Waymo $245 million worth of Uber shares.

Robinson’s decision to leave Uber was part of top management exodus that began in 2017 following the exit of former CEO and co-founder Kalanick.