The Wall Street Journal: Uber anticipated lawsuit over ex-Google exec immediately, lawyers say

SAN FRANCISCO — Uber Technologies Inc. was considering buying the driverless-car startup of a former Google engineer two days after he resigned from the tech giant, and was already anticipating a lawsuit if it did, attorneys for Google parent Alphabet Inc. GOOG, +0.12%GOOGL, +0.19% said in federal court here Wednesday.

The new evidence appears to affirm allegations by Google’s driverless-car unit, Waymo, that Uber and its former engineer, Anthony Levandowski, were in contact around the time of his departure from Google — and that Uber was aware of certain risks associated with the startup, months before it bought it.

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