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Anthony Levandowski ordered to pay $179 million to Google

Anthony Levandowski,  the engineer and autonomous vehicle startup founder who was at the center of a trade secrets lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, has been ordered to pay $179 million to end a contract dispute over his departure from Google.

Reuters was the first to report the court order.

An arbitration panel ruled in December that Levandowski and Lior Ron had engaged in unfair competition and breached their contract with Google  when they left the company to start a rival autonomous vehicle company focused on trucking, called Otto. Uber  acquired Otto in 2017. A San Francisco County court confirmed Wednesday the panel’s decision.

Source: Tech Crunch