Henrik Fisker has filed a lawsuit against Aston Martin alleging “civil extortion.”
Known for originally establishing Fisker Automotive, Henrik Fisker has turned to designing vehicles since his company originally went bankrupt. Over the past couple years, Fisker has teamed up with Galpin to create sports cars like the Galpin Fisker Rocket and now he is getting ready to debut The Force 1 supercar at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. After releasing a teaser sketch of his latest creation, it is being reported that Aston Martin is taking steps to block the debut of The Force 1 or is seeking legal action requiring Fisker to make changes to the vehicle ahead of its launch next week.
This isn’t the first time Fisker has gotten in a dispute with his former employer. Last year, Aston Martin blocked him from showing another sports car that was set to debut at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, with the British automaker filing a lawsuit saying that Fisker used some of the company’s intellectual property, including its grille design and winged logo.
Fisker’s public relations agency claims that Aston Martin’s letter admits that the automaker doesn’t know what the final version of Fisker’s The Force 1 will look like.
This time around, Fisker is taking the initiative and has hired Jonathan A. Michaels of MLG Automotive Law to handle the lawsuit. Currently, Fisker still plans to debut The Force 1 in Detroit next week.
“We believe that in an effort to protect itself from further market erosion, Aston Martin and their three executives who run the company, conspired and devised a scheme to stomp out Henrik Fisker’s competitive presence in the luxury sports car industry, ” explained Michaels. “Because of the threats they laid out in their letter we opted to play offense in regards to Aston Martin’s transparent and nefarious motives.”
[Source: The Detroit Bureau]
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