Uber fires Anthony Levandowski, Otto co-founder in the midst of a legal standoff with Waymo

by bold-lichterman

  • After several months of standoff with Waymo, Uber fires Anthony Levandowski, co-founder of Otto, its subsidiary dedicated to autonomous trucks.
  • The former Google engineer is accused of having stolen more than 14,000 confidential documents, and of having used information to poach Google employees.

New twist in the standoff between Waymo, a subsidiary dedicated to Google’s autonomous vehicles, to Uber. Travis Kalanick’s firm has decided to part ways with Anthony Levandowski, the engineer at the heart of the case, according to information reported by TechCrunch.

Waymo filed a complaint against Uber last February for theft of trade secrets and patent infringement. In question, the subsidiary of Uber dedicated to autonomous trucks Otto, bought in 2016 for 680 million dollars. Anthony Levandowski, former engineer at Google, and co-founder of Otto, is thus accused by Google of having downloaded more than 14,000 confidential files. The latter is also the subject of a second legal procedure, for use of confidential information in order to poach Google employees for his project.

Since the beginning of the case between Waymo and Uber, Anthony Levandowski refused to testify, citing the Fifth Amendment of the American Constitution, which allows him not to testify against himself. This decision “hindered and continues to hinder the investigation “, estimated the judge in charge of the case in early May.

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