A DE judge on Wednesday stayed a lawsuit brought by Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] investor Benchmark Capital against ousted Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick, handing the embattled executive a victory.
Uber has picked Expedia chief Dara Khosrowshahi as its new CEO. Khosrowshahi isn't as popular as some others who have achieved star power and are big names in Silicon Valley, but is believed to be a flawless fit.
Whitman, who gave media interviews on Monday, said Uber's board approached her again over the weekend as a possible candidate.
The preliminary investigation is the latest in a series of legal wrangles at Uber as the ride-services company waits for its new chief executive to take the reins.
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On Monday, the day after Uber board members met to select Mr. Khosrowshahi as the company's new chief executive, Mr. Kalanick filed another response urging arbitration. His family immigrated to the USA from Iran in the 1970s, and while at Expedia, the company entered contributed a declaration in a lawsuit filed by Washington state against the government over Trump's Muslim travel ban, the Times reports.
Recode's Kara Swisher is reporting that Khosrowshahi told Uber employees at an all-hands meeting that Okerstrom - who would normally be in the running to succeed Khosrowshahi at Expedia will follow him to the Uber.
Khosrowshahi reportedly impressed the Uber board and Kalanick during a pitch last week where he included a slide in his presentation asking them to leave him alone to get on with his job. Khosrowshahi has led the online travel company Expedia for over a dozen years now. However, just shortly after plucking a new chief, Uber has also picked up a brand-new scandal altogether.
The US government earlier this year was reported to have launched an investigation into Uber for the use of secret software that enabled the company to operate in areas where it was banned or restricted.
Don't expect Huffington to grill Khosrowshahi, of course, although I am guessing she will lob in a devastating query about his sleep habits.
On Tuesday, the company confirmed that the Department of Justice is probing whether executives broke USA laws prohibiting bribery of officials in foreign countries.
Kalanick, who remains on the Uber board and was involved in hiring Khosrowshahi, welcomed his replacement.