Two of Uber’s stockholders are demanding access to Uber’s books in an effort to prove that Benchmark Capital leaked confidential information about Uber in order to take control over the company.
Lawyers representing investors Shervin Pishevar and Stephen Russell sent a letter to the Uber Board on Thursday which invoked Rule 220 – a Delaware corporate law that gives individual stockholders the right to inspect corporate books.
In the letter, which was obtained by Business Insider, stockholders are requesting access to 13 different categories of Uber’s books and records, many of which relate to Benchmark Capital’s interactions with Uber.
The request specifically states that it’s seeking documentation which proves that Benchmark leaked confidential information on Uber, particularly relating to the June report by former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder. The Holder report looked into whether Uber had a culture of sexual harassment, among other things. News of the letter was first reported by Recode on Thursday.
The legal request follows another letter sent Thursday to Uber and Garret Camp, who is chairman of the app-based taxi company’s board, in which Pishevar accused Benchmark of violating its fiduciary duty as a significant investor in Uber.
Pishevar alleged that Benchmark has tried to take over Uber’s board of directors and tried to push through its own preferred CEO candidate, Meg Whitman.
Earlier this month, Benchmark sued Kalanick in an effort to have three board seats removed from his control – the seat occupied by Kalanick and two others that have yet to be filled. In the suit and in a letter later published to employees, Benchmark alleged that Kalanick was interfering with the search for a new CEO and was trying to get himself reinstated.
Uber declined to comment.