The ousted chief executive of Uber Technologies rejected a lawsuit filed against him by one of the company's top investors, calling it a "public and personal attack" without merit, according to court documents filed on Thursday. Benchmark sued Kalanick on August 10 alleging he duped the firm into allowing him to fill three board seats and sought to pack the panel with allies willing to keep him as a director after he resigned as chief executive officer in June.
That argument serves to oppose Benchmark's motion for injunction against Kalanick's right to appoint new board members.
Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is skewering a lawsuit filed by a former ally, describing it as a malicious attempt to sever his remaining ties to the widely used ride-hailing service that he co-founded.
Travis Kalanick-a vocal fighter against taxi lobbyists, government regulations, pink mustache businesses, and tech giant Google-is speaking out again.
Less than two weeks after his mother's funeral in June, Kalanick said Benchmark principals came to his hotel room in Chicago and handed him a draft resignation letter, telling him "he had hours to sign it".
"Benchmark's fraud claim is premised on the assertion that, in or about 2016, Kalanick somehow determined that he would be forced into resigning as CEO approximately a year later - and that he therefore fraudulently induced all of the stockholders to enter into the amended Voting Agreement to preserver his role in the company".More news: Top Lashkar ultra killed in Pulwama
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"It executed its plan at the most shameful of times: immediately after Kalanick experienced a awful personal tragedy", the filing said. Kalanick, Benchmark claimed, hid his "gross mismanagement" of the company and cited a series of Uber scandals as evidence. Last week, the venture capital firm filed a lawsuit requesting that Kalanick rescind his Uber seat and power.
But his filing said that, at the time of the change, "Benchmark was fully aware of all of the allegations".
Lawyers for Mr Kalanick, 41, argue primarily that the court does not have jurisdiction to hear the case because Benchmark is bound to use arbitration proceedings...
Tucked into the latest legal filing is a new detail about the worth of Benchmark's early investment. Benchmark now wants those powers taken away, contending they were given to Kalanick under false pretenses.
"The board met on August 11 and the six members not involved in the litigation unanimously issued a statement that the board was "disappointed" in Benchmark's lawsuit and confirming that it was destructive to the company".