Anthony Levandowski, the engineer and autonomous automobile startup founder who was on the heart of a commerce secrets and techniques lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, has been ordered to pay $179 million to finish a contract dispute over his departure from Google.
Reuters was the first to report the courtroom order.
An arbitration panel dominated in December that Levandowski and Lior Ron had engaged in unfair competitors and breached their contract with Google after they left the corporate to begin a rival autonomous automobile firm targeted on trucking known as Otto. Uber acquired Otto in 2017. A San Francisco County courtroom confirmed Wednesday the panel’s resolution.
Ron settled final month with Google for $9.7 million. Nonetheless, Levandowski, had disputed the ruling. The San Francisco County Superior Court docket denied his petition right this moment, granting Google’s petition to carry Levandowski to the arbitration settlement beneath which he was liable.
Levandowski himself could not should pay the cash personally; Uber, like different giant firms, indemnifies its workers towards sure forms of fines and damages. However this will likely even be disputed. For now, nonetheless, it does appear as if the $179M will finally discover its method out of someone’s pockets into Google’s.
This story is creating pending remark from Levandowski and Google, and the discharge of additional documentation from the courtroom.
Devin Coldewey contributed to this story.