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The Uber-Waymo trial will be more boring than we thought, if it still happens

The highly anticipated courtroom drama between a Silicon Valley tech titan and an ambitious ride-hailing upstart may end up hinging completely on arcane details about one crucial technology on the companies’ self-driving vehicles, thanks to a ruling this week—if that decision doesn’t lead to a last-minute detente.

Jury selection is set to begin Jan. 31 in the continuing civil litigation between belligerents Alphabet Inc.-owned Waymo and Uber Technologies Inc., nearly a year after the case was first filed. Alphabet GOOGL, +0.66%GOOG, +0.68% has accused Uber of stealing 14,000 confidential documents, through the acquisition of a company started by former Waymo employee Anthony Levandowski, who allegedly downloaded the files before he left the company.

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