Online payment firm PayPal is suing Google over allegations that it “misappropriated” trade secrets from PayPal’s mobile payments business.
PayPal, which is owned by online auction site Ebay, said it had filed a lawsuit against Google “and two former colleagues who now work for the company, Osama Bedier and Stephanie Tilenius”.
The lawsuit alleges that Osama Bedier, a former PayPal who joined Google in January, stole PayPal’s confidential information.
PayPal claims that Bedier also discussed a job with Google while also leading negotiations to make PayPal a payment option on Google’s Android Market.
The lawsuit also claims that another former PayPal employee who now works for Google, Stephanie Tilenius, poached Bedier, violating his contractual obligations.
“Spending time in courtrooms is generally not our thing,” PayPal said in a statement. “We prefer to compete and innovate, serving our customers by offering the best way to pay and be paid. That’s how you really win. But sometimes the behaviors of people and competitors make legal action the only meaningful way for a company to protect one of its most valuable assets – its trade secrets.”
Google responded by saying that it respected trade secrets and would defend itself against PayPal’s claims.