Henrik Fisker is Suing Aston Martin for $100M

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.

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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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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Smartacus Smartacus on Jan 04, 2016

    How are you gonna prove "civil extortion"? Sounds more like a publicity campaign by this law firm to get more exposure for MLG and for Fister.