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David Anderson, United States Attorney for the Northern District of California at a press conference announcing federal charges against former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski on Aug. 27, 2019. (Photo: Jason Doiy/ALM) David Anderson, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, at a press conference announcing federal charges against former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski on Aug. 27, 2019. (Photo: Jason Doiy/ALM)

Anthony Levandowski, the former head of Google’s autonomous vehicle unit who was at the center of the company’s high-profile dispute with Uber Technologies, has been hit with federal trade-secret theft charges.

In an indictment returned Aug. 15 and unsealed Monday, Levandowski faces 33 counts of stealing or trying to steal Google’s trade secrets. The indictment claims that Levandowski, a founding member of Google’s “Project Chauffeur” autonomous vehicle project, had decided to leave the company no later than September 2015 and used the time up until his January 2017 departure to take thousands of company files from Google.

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Ross Todd

Ross Todd is the Editor/columnist for the Am Law Litigation Daily. He writes about litigation of all sorts. Previously, Ross was the Bureau Chief of The Recorder, ALM's California affiliate. Contact Ross at [email protected] On Twitter: @Ross_Todd.

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