The ride-hailing firm, which recruited
The precise sum Uber will pay Google isn’t disclosed in a court filing detailing the deal. But the payment is a central feature of the agreement, which if approved by a judge, would finally resolve a saga of avarice and betrayal that left all involved looking bad.
The fight over Levandowski’s talents started with then-Uber CEO
“There is very significant business justification for the payment to Google,” the parties said in the filing. Uber’s payment of “a substantial portion” of Google’s claim against Levandowski “is the key to the resolution of the case.”
José Castañeda, a Google spokesperson, said “we can confirm that this matter has been resolved.”
Uber declined to comment, as did Levandowski’s lawyer.
The settlement ends a three-way fight between Google, Uber and Levandowski. In 2020, the engineer was ordered to spend 18 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to a single count of trade secret theft from Google as he defected to Uber. It was one of the highest-profile criminal cases to hit Silicon Valley, preceded by the
Last year, just minutes before Levandowski was due to appear before the judge who had sentenced him, his lawyers filed with the court a pardon from Trump. The pardon was supported by Thiel, among others.
While Levandowski had been spared incarceration, Google had separately won a judgment reclaiming a $120 million bonus it paid him. With interest and attorneys’ fees added, the sum totaled $180 million and forced Levandowski to file for bankruptcy.
The global settlement also requires Levandowski to pay Google $25 million. In a letter to the judge who handled his criminal case, Levandowski said his legal battles had been a “grueling lesson in humility.”
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