​Uber to engineer: Comply with court in Waymo suit … or else

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Anthony Levandowski speaks to the press during last September's launch of Uber's self-driving cars.

Anthony Levandowski speaks to the press during last September’s launch of Uber’s self-driving cars.


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Uber appears to be distancing itself from Anthony Levandowski, its star self-driving car engineer, who’s at the center of a lawsuit filed against the company by Waymo.

In the suit, Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google parent company Alphabet, accuses Levandowski of stealing 14,000 “highly confidential” files on driverless car technology.

In a strongly worded letter to Levandowski, Uber’s head of legal, Salle Yoo, said he needs to return any stolen files or testify under oath that he never took them. And if he doesn’t agree, Uber may fire him.

“If you fail to comply in a material manner,” Yoo wrote in the letter, written Monday but…

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