Enlarge / A technician sits in an Uber self-driving car on September 13, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (credit: ANGELO MERENDINO/AFP/Getty Images)
When Uber bought Anthony Levandowski’s startup Otto for $680 million, an unnamed third party conducted a “due diligence review.” Now, Levandowski and his lawyers are fighting hard to keep that review under wraps.
Google’s Waymo self-driving car spinoff sued Uber in February. Waymo said that Otto, and now Uber, are using technology that Levandowski stole from Google, where he worked until early 2016.
In a document filed in court this afternoon, Levandowski says that US District Judge William Alsup should modify an earlier discovery order to protect Levandowski’s Fifth Amendment rights. Levandowski’s lawyers want the court to make clear that neither Uber nor Levandowski should be compelled to say who did the review or what documents, if any, were reviewed.
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