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Pot meet kettle: Uber investors are now battling over leaking

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Who is leaking what at Uber?
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Uber investor Shervin Pishevar, who is trying to make other Uber investor Benchmark’s life a holy hell, has filed yet another legal bullet today, demanding company paperwork on whether the Silicon Valley venture firm leaked confidential information.

Ironies pile on top of ironies here, don’t they? This Uber mess has been one of the leakiest ships I have encountered since my time on the S.S. Yahoo, with all kinds of information flowing from all sides at all times to all reporters.

To be clear, though, it is never been proven who is leaking what at Uber and probably never will be — so right now, Benchmark or those opposed to the firm are innocent until proven guilty.

In any case, you can try. A Rule 220 demand, which you can read below, asks that Pishevar and his gang — who are on the side of Benchmark foe and ousted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick — be allowed to look at some of Uber’s records. They are fishing around to find out whether Benchmark leaked anything juicy (i.e. confidential), such as parts of a report by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder into allegations of sexism and sexual harassment at the company.

The whole point of that important investigation — trying to get rid of any management that allowed that kind of environment to exist in the first place — is apparently not the point anymore (it is the only point, by the way). Instead, more legal wrangling by rich men to push around other rich men, in which Uber employees and its business suffer the consequences.

To be fair, Benchmark started off this legal death match with a lawsuit aimed at Kalanick, which is pretty unprecedented in the tech industry.

Yesterday, Pishevar, who had previously only lobbed one pissy letter at Benchmark that demanded the firm step down from the board of Uber, sent across his first legal bomb. In it, he is seeking to intervene in the lawsuit between Benchmark and Kalanick and wants all kinds of stuff to happen.

Today, he wants more, so read:

220 Demand (1).pdf

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