The New York Times, reports on Google’s (through its lesser known sister company, Waymo) ongoing suit against Uber. Former Waymo engineer Levandowski left the company to start his own start up in driverless automobiles, Otto, which Uber acquired in 2016 for approximately $700 million.
Shortly after Uber’s purchase of Otto, Waymo sued Uber, claiming that Uber misappropriated Google’s trade secrets, with aid by Levandowski, to create Uber’s self-driving automobiles. Levandowski is accused of stealing Google’s trade secrets after leaving his position with their company. Uber has denied all allegations and pushed Levandowski to cooperate after he invoked the fifth amendment in response to discovery requests in the lawsuit. However, after he missed a deadline to provide information in his possession, Uber ultimately chose to fire him.