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Former Google and Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski (R) arrives for a court appearance at the Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse on Nov. 13, 2019 in San Francisco, Cal.

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The former head of Uber Technologies Inc’s self-driving technology unit must pay $179 million to Google to end a legal battle over his split from the Alphabet Inc unit, according to a court order on Wednesday.

Anthony Levandowski, who had been a key engineer in Google’s self-driving project, and colleague Lior Ron engaged in unfair competition and breached their legal obligations by starting a rival using Google’s driverless car technology and employees, an arbitration panel ruled in December.

Though Ron settled with Google for $9.7 million last month, Levandowski had disputed the arbitration ruling. On Wednesday, a San Francisco County court confirmed the arbitration panel’s decision and award.

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Waymo said it would “continue to take the necessary steps to ensure our confidential information is protected.”

Uber declined to comment. Levandowski’s attorney Neel Chatterjee did not respond to a request for comment.

It was known that Levandowski could owe $127 million, but previously undisclosed interest and attorneys’ fees were later included.

The arbitration victory was the latest for Google and its self-driving tech spin-off Waymo in a multi-pronged legal battle with Uber.

Waymo confirmed that Uber had paid the $9.7 million owed by Ron, as Uber indemnifies workers under its employment agreements. But Uber had said in financial filings that it expects to challenge paying for Levandowski, who is fighting a federal indictment on charges of stealing trade secrets from Google.

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