China’s Didi Sued For Talent Poaching By Alibaba-Owned AutoNavi

Chinese mapping company AutoNavi Holdings Ltd., owned by Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd., has sued Didi Chuxing for unfair competition, alleging the ride-sharing company poached eight veteran engineers from its team and asking for RMB75 million (US$10.9 million) in damages, according to court documents.

AutoNavi said that one senior manager and six engineers with knowledge of "core confidential commercial secrets" left the company together during a short span of time to join Didi. These individuals were suspected to have begun working for Didi before or immediately after their departure from AutoNavi despite non-compete clauses in their work contracts with AutoNavi that prohibit joining a rival.

The People's Court of Beijing Chaoyang division is currently handling the case.

Alibaba is also a shareholder of Didi. The e-commerce giant and ...

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