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for allegedly stealing trade secrets on Thursday, the same day the search giant unveiled its
PayPal's lawsuit, filed in a California court, alleges "Google Wallet" is the byproduct of intellectual theft.
In its lawsuit, PayPal, eBay's online payment unit, says Google hired Osama Bedier, Google's vice president of payments, about four months ago to help it steal trade secrets for the mobile payments system.
Bedier, who spent nine years at PayPal, is accused in the suit of having "misappropriated PayPal trade secrets by disclosing them within Google and to major retailers."
PayPal alleges Bedier stored information about PayPal's mobile payment strategy on his own computer just before he started at Google in January, according to
The Associated Press
. Also named in the suit is a former eBay executive, Stephanie Tilenius, who joined Google in 2009. She is accused of breaching a non-poaching agreement by hiring Bedier at Google.
A Google spokesman said the company wouldn't comment until it had more time to review the suit.
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