Engineer at the center of Waymo/Uber legal battle declares bankruptcy

Enlarge / Anthony Levandowski leaves court in September 2019. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Anthony Levandowski, the controversial engineer at the center of the recent legal battle between Google’s Waymo and Uber, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The move comes shortly after a California federal judge confirmed that Levandowski owed Waymo $179 million for theft of trade secrets.
Levandowski was an early member of Google’s self-driving car team, earning tens of millions of dollars for his efforts. Then in early 2016, he left Google to co-found a self-driving startup called Otto. A few months later, Uber acquired Otto in a deal reportedly worth around $680 million.
But a forensic investigation by Google revealed that Levandowski had taken thousands of confidential technical documents with him on his way out the door—including schematics for Google’s cutting-edge lidar technology. Google sued Levandowski and Uber for theft of trade secrets. Google and Uber settled their lawsuit in 2018, but Google’s battle with Levandowski continued.Read 6 remaining paragraphs | Comments
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