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Google files breach of contract lawsuit against former engineer

Posted by William J. Cook | May 03, 2018 | 0 Comments

Changing jobs can be a stressful and intimidating process, but in some cases, it can also be a necessary decision. However, when individuals in Florida decide to accept employment with another company, taking care with how the process is handled could be essential to preventing disputes, especially if one's new employer operates within a similar field. Google has reportedly filed a breach of contract lawsuit against a former engineer, accusing him of attempting to recruit other employees upon accepting a position with Uber.

According to Google, the man was formerly a lead engineer working on self-driving technology for the company's autonomous vehicle unit, Waymo. At some point, the man reportedly decided to leave Waymo to form the rival company Otto. Shortly after Uber agreed to purchase Otto, Waymo filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming that the engineer had misappropriated sensitive trade secrets.

Although Uber recently agreed to pay Waymo a $245 million settlement in a theft of trade secrets lawsuit, Google has filed a separate lawsuit against the engineer. The company claims that upon leaving to form Otto, the man breached his contract by attempting to recruit several other employees to join his ranks. However, the engineer denies these allegations, and he is reportedly preparing to defend against them during litigation.

Since matters involving business-related disputes can be highly complex, those facing allegations of a breach of contract may find it advisable to seek guidance early on. An attorney can review the issues at hand and assist a person in Florida in forming a strategy on how best to proceed. In all cases, an attorney will pursue the most favorable outcome possible for his or her client.

Source:, “Anthony Levandowski to Defend Himself Against Google's Breach-of-Contract Claims“, Joel Rosenblatt, April 30, 2018

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