Anthony Levandowski, The engineer and founder of an autonomous vehicle startup that was at the center of a trade secret lawsuit between Uber and Waymo was asked 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 tribunal ruled in December that Levandowski and Lior Ron had unfairly competed and violated their contract with Google When they left the company to found a competing autonomous vehicle company called Otto that focused on truck driving. About acquired Otto in 2017. A court in San Francisco confirmed the panel's decision on Wednesday.
Ron resigned to Google for $ 9.7 million last month. Levandowski had contested the verdict. The San Francisco County Supreme Court rejected his petition today and upheld Google's petition to tie Levandowski to the arbitration agreement that held him liable.
Levandowski himself may not have to pay the money personally, as this type of liability is incumbent on his employer depending on his contract or other legal quirks. However, Levandowski personally filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today, stating that the suspected $ 179 million in debt far exceeds his assets, which he estimates to be $ 50 to $ 100 million.
A representative from Levandowski declined to comment on this story.
Devin Coldewey contributed to this story.