PayPal sues Google due to the release of Google Wallet

Google Wallet took the stage today, with an introduction to what the consumer future holds for us. Though we were all very excited to see this, not everyone is exactly happy about Google’s achievements. Soon after the announcement of Google Wallet and Google Offers, PayPal filed a 28-page lawsuit against Google, pretty much stating that the “search giant misappropriated their company secrets”.

Osama Bedier[1], who pretty much led the floor at this morning’s announcement, used to be a key executive for PayPal. He used to work on the company’s mobile-payments platform, and the claim is that…

Google Wallet took the stage today, with an introduction to what the consumer future holds for us. Though we were all very excited to see this, not everyone is exactly happy about Google’s achievements. Soon after the announcement of Google Wallet and Google Offers, PayPal filed a 28-page lawsuit against Google, pretty much stating that the “search giant misappropriated their company secrets”.

Osama Bedier[1], who pretty much led the floor at this morning’s announcement, used to be a key executive for PayPal. He used to work on the company’s mobile-payments platform, and the claim is that Bedier shared company secrets with Google (and other retailers) upon being hired by them.

“Bedier and Google have misappropriated PayPal trade secrets by disclosing them within Google and to major retailers.”PayPal Mobile

Problems do not end there, though – it seems like PayPal is also upset at the fact that Stephanie Tilenius, Google VP of E-Commerce (also former PayPal executive) violated contract obligations by recruiting Osama Bedier. Many of us didn’t know that the man we saw this morning worked with PayPal from 2002-2011, and during this time, was involved with negotiations of the deals they were having with the Google Android team.

Lawsuits are constantly flying from side-to-side nowadays, so we do not yet know how big this will become. Stay tuned for more details about this, and let’s hope Google Wallet stays on its feet for its summer release.

References

  1. Photograph by Howard Cao via fastcompany.com


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