Lyft sued Travis VanderZanden, who stepped down as chief operating officer in August and joined Uber last month as vice president of international growth, for breach of contract in a complaint filed yesterday in state court in San Francisco.
VanderZanden transferred “Lyft’s most sensitive documents,” which contained future financial information, strategic planning, customer lists, private personnel data and international growth plans, to his personal Dropbox account in the days and months before he left the company, Lyft said in the complaint.
He has used the confidential and proprietary data in his current employment with Uber, according to the complaint.Enter eBay, stage?...
VanderZanden sold his iPhone on an Internet site, rather than hand it over to Lyft to make sure it contained no proprietary information, the company said. Uber has denied that VanderZanden’s phone had any proprietary data after he left, according to the complaint.
“Neither VanderZanden nor Uber explained why VanderZanden chose to sell his phone in the first instance,” Lyft said. “An odd thing for a high-net worth individual to do, it was likely to cover his tracks and dispose of evidence of his misdeeds.”