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Ex-Uber Engineer Levandowski Charged by U.S. in Waymo Case

  • Anthony Levandowski is indicted for theft of trade secrets
  • Mysterious figure was at the center of lawsuit against Uber
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Former Uber Engineer Levandowski Charged in Waymo Case
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Former Uber Technologies Inc. engineer Anthony Levandowski was charged with stealing driverless-vehicle technology from Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo unit, resurrecting the intrigue of the biggest legal battle to grip Silicon Valley in recent memory.

The 33-count indictment announced Tuesday by federal officials in San Jose, California, adds a new criminal chapter to the saga surrounding Waymo’s civil claims of trade-secret theft against Uber. Even after the companies abruptly settled the litigation in the middle of a high-stakes trial last year, questions remained about the mysterious engineer at the center of the turmoil.