As the douche settles after the Waymo vs Uber case, let’s take a moment to ask: What was that all about?

This was a civil case between two major name-brand Silicon Valley corporations – Uber and Google –and on that basis alone there’s an argument to be made that it was a business story of some importance, fit for the business section. Add in the spy-novel intrigue of an alleged data-theft orchestration by Uber’s leadership, and you’ve got the makings of a sizzling headline. 

But this thing went on for almost a year, and every pretrial hearing drew a crowd of journalists and a tranche of overlapping coverage. Were the stakes really high enough to justify all that attention..?