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The previous head of Uber’s self-driving expertise unit, Anthony Levandowski, filed for chapter safety on Wednesday, shortly after a court docket confirmed that he should pay $179 million to Google to finish a authorized battle over his cut up from the Alphabet unit.
Levandowski, who had been a key engineer in Google’s self-driving venture, and colleague Lior Ron engaged in unfair competitors and breached their authorized obligations by beginning a rival firm and bringing over Google staff, an arbitration panel dominated in December.
Uber, which later acquired the startup co-founded by Levandowski, indemnifies staff underneath its employment agreements. However Uber has mentioned in monetary filings that it expects to problem paying the large judgment in opposition to its ex-employee Levandowski, who’s preventing a federal indictment on prices of stealing commerce secrets and techniques from Google.
Uber declined to remark. Levandowski’s legal professional Neel Chatterjee didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Levandowski filed for Chapter 11 chapter, enabling him to barter money owed. He has $50 million to $100 million in estimated property, in contrast with $100 million to $500 million in liabilities, in accordance with his submitting.
He had disputed the arbitration ruling. However a San Francisco County court docket on Wednesday confirmed the arbitration panel’s determination and award.
Ron, who stays at Uber, settled with Google for $9.7 million final month, and Alphabet’s self-driving unit Waymo confirmed on Wednesday that Uber had paid the total quantity that Ron owed.
Waymo mentioned it might “proceed to take the mandatory steps to make sure our confidential data is protected.”
It was identified that Levandowski may owe $127 million, however beforehand undisclosed curiosity and attorneys’ charges had been later included.
The arbitration victory was the newest for Google and its self-driving tech spin-off Waymo in a multi-pronged authorized battle with Uber.