Another day in 2016, another lawsuit in the auto industry. After Volkswagen was hit by the U.S. government, Aston Martin is now the target of former head of design Henrik Fisker, who seeks $100 million USD for alleged “civil extortion,” The Detroit Bureau reports.
Fisker, if you recall, is the man who penned the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and DB9. He later quit and founded his own company, Fisker Automotive, which produced the late Fisker Karma.
The lawsuit claims that Aston Martin has taken steps to block the debut of Fisker’s new Force 1 at the upcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Apparently, Aston Martin and their three executives who run the company conspired and devised a scheme to stomp out Fisker’s competitive presence in the luxury sports car industry.
“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.”
Last year, Aston Martin prevented Fisker from unveiling another sports car he had designed before its scheduled debut at the annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. They accused Fisker of stealing some of their intellectual property, such as the grille design and winged logo.