Clerical Mistake Unmasks One Of The Men Behind A Massive Google Lawsuit

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The name of one of the cofounders of a self-driving startup owned by Uber called Otto was mistakenly revealed after court documents failed to completely conceal all aspects of his identity in a lawsuit with Google.

Lior Ron’s name was blackened out (redacted) in almost every area of the 68-page document, reports Business Insider. But on the final page, his first name is showed in one portion, with only the last name obscured. Just underneath this section, his last name is revealed in the formal title (Google v. Levandowski and Ron) of the demand for arbitration.

Uber adamantly attempted to keep Ron out of the spotlight after Waymo, the driverless car company owned by Alphabet, Google’s parent company, issued a lawsuit against Uber, Otto and the other cofounder Anthony Levandowski.

Waymo accuses Levandowski, amongst other things, of stealing the company’s blueprint for the LiDAR sensor, which helps a vehicle map the environment around it, and thus is a critical component for autonomous functionality. (RELATED: Google Says Employee Was Secretly Building Another Company While They Paid Him $120 Million)

Ron, though, is part of the lawsuit because Google alleges that while Levandowski was still working for the tech conglomerate, the two conspired to poach employees by using confidential employee data, like salary information, according to Business Insider. (RELATED: Uber Exec Refuses To Testify After Google Sues Company For Stealing Self-Driving Tech)

Ron was supposed to keep a low profile in the case, since the vast majority of the accusations are levied against Levandowski, with the purported transgressions occurring while he was at Google.

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