The criminal complaint, filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Northern District of California, alleges that Levandowski downloaded more than 14,000 documents concerning Google's self-driving car technology before leaving in 2016. Levandowski, who is considered a leading engineer in the self-driving space, is charged with 33 counts of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets.
Soon after leaving Google, Levandowski founded Otto, a self-driving truck startup. He then sold the company to Uber two months later.
In May 2017, Levandowski was barred by a federal judge from working on Lidar projects at Uber, a key component of self-driving car technology, on the basis that he stole the 14,000 Waymo files. That case was part of a trade secret theft lawsuit that Waymo filed against Uber; the lawsuit eventually settled with Uber agreeing to pay Alphabet a portion of its stock.
Levandowski was dismissed from Uber shortly thereafter.
Shares of Alphabet were down 0.41% on Tuesday afternoon to $1,166.33, while Uber's stock was down 0.81% to $33.04.
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