The Danish designer Henrik Fisker has filed a 100 million-dollar civil extortion lawsuit against his former employer, the British luxury automaker Aston Martin.
Henrik Fisker has sued Aston Martin asking for 100 million-dollar damages, claiming his former employer wants to prevent him from unveiling a new supercar at next week’s Detroit auto show. The designer is well known as the founder of Fisker Automotive since 2007, but after his company went into bankruptcy, he has embarked on a new project by setting up Henrik Fisker Design house and taking part in various design projects. Last month, the Danish entrepreneur announced he will be taking the wraps off a new sports car, The Force 1, at a press conference on January 12 during the 2016 North American International Auto Show, a model scheduled to go into production in April.
Fisker now claims that Aston wants to block the debut of his car or make changes before its launch. “This is a classic case of David vs. Goliath,” said Fisker. “Aston Martin is trying to intimidate me to prop up their own flailing company and to mask their financial and product deficiencies. I refuse to be intimidated and that is the reason for today’s filing.” This is not the first dispute between Fisker and his former employer, as last year the British automaker blocked the designer from revealing another sports car he had created, a project scheduled to debut at the annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
According to the suit, David Kelly, an attorney representing Aston Martin, sent Fisker a letter last month demanding that Fisker hold off on unveiling the car in Detroit or change the design altogether to “avoid conflict with Aston Martin’s rights,” which Aston Martin would “not hesitate to protect.” Kelly says in the letter that The Force 1 design seen in the sketch is “strikingly similar” to the Aston Martin DB10, the car created for the latest James Bond film “Spectre”, but he also noted that Aston does “not know what the final version” of The Force 1 will look like.
Via Automotive News