Uber Argues ‘Fraud’ Absolves It From Paying Star Engineer’s $179 Million Fine
An nameless reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Uber argued in a current court docket submitting that former worker Anthony Levandowski dedicated fraud, an motion that frees the corporate from any obligation to pay his authorized payments, together with a judgment ordering the star engineer to pay Google $179 million. Uber’s fraud declare was a part of its response to Levandowski’s movement to compel the ride-hailing firm into arbitration within the hopes that his former worker must shoulder the price of the $179 million judgment in opposition to him. The movement to compel arbitration, and now Uber’s response, is a part of Levandowski’s chapter proceedings. It’s the most recent chapter in a authorized saga that has entangled Uber and Waymo, the previous Google self-driving mission that’s now a enterprise below Alphabet.
In this newest court docket submitting, Uber has agreed to arbitration. However, Uber additionally pushed again in opposition to Levandowski’s main goal to power the corporate to face by an indemnity settlement. Uber signed an indemnity settlement in 2016 when it acquired Levandowski’s self-driving truck startup Otto. Under the settlement, Uber stated it could indemnify — or compensate — Levandowski in opposition to claims introduced by his former employer, Google. Uber stated it rescinded the indemnification settlement a number of months previous to the inception of Levandowski’s chapter case “because it was procured by his fraud,” based on the court docket submitting. Uber revoked the indemnification settlement after Levandowski was indicted by a federal grand jury with 33 counts of theft and tried theft of commerce secrets and techniques whereas working at Google, the place he was an engineer and one of many founding members of the group that labored on Google’s self-driving automobile mission.