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Waymo v. Uber – Anthony Levandowski Convicted – Do Not Pass Go!
Aug 4, 2020

Waymo v. Uber – Anthony Levandowski Convicted – Do Not Pass Go!

Topics: Non-Compete and Trade Secrets

Its been over three years since Judge Alsup’s early rulings demonstrated his concern that Waymo’s former star engineer, Anthony Levandowski, took Waymo’s proprietary information to Uber and, today, August 4, 2020, Judge Alsup sentenced Levandowski to 18-months in prison for stealing trade secrets.  The Court ordered Levandowski to pay $756,499 as restitution and a $90,000 fine.  Levandowski plead guilty in March after he filed for bankruptcy under the pressure of a $179 million obligation to Waymo arising from the civil litigation against him.

Judge Alsup is no stranger to the criminal proceedings as he first referred the case to the US Attorney’s office in 2017 to investigate criminal trade secret theft.  Last August, the US Attorney charged Levandowski with 33 counts of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets. 

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