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Anthony Levandowski speaks about Uber's driverless car program in San Francisco in December 2016. Eric Risberg

SAN FRANCISCO — Uber Technologies Inc. has fired Anthony Levandowski, the star engineer who once led its division in charge of developing autonomous vehicle technology. The move comes amid a contentious court battle with Waymo, Google’s driverless car unit, that centers on allegations that Levandowski stole valuable trade secrets when he previously worked there.

Ben Hancock

Ben Hancock is a San Francisco-based reporter covering litigation, technology, finance, and the future of law. He can be reached via email at bhancock@alm.com or on Twitter: @benghancock

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