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The animosity between Aston Martin and Henrik Fisker is finally boiling over as the noted automotive designer has filed a $100 million lawsuit against the British luxury marque.

Filed in U.S. Federal District Court, the lawsuit contends Aston Martin - through Kelly IP - committed civil extortion by sending Fisker a "threatening letter" that called for him to either change the design of his upcoming Force 1 supercar or not display it at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

According to the letter cited in the lawsuit, Aston Martin claims the Force 1 looks too similar to the DB10 that was created specifically for Spectre.  However, this allegation is based solely on a teaser image of the Force 1 and Fisker’s legal counsel, Jonathan A. Michaels of MLG Automotive Law, points out Aston Martin acknowledged “We do not know what the final version of Fisker’s Force 1 will look like.”

The lawsuit goes on to say the Force 1 is not based on an Aston Martin chassis and is "completely distinct from any Aston Martin vehicle that has ever been made, including the DB10."  Fisker's lawyers went on the compare the design of the two cars and noted several distinct differences which can be seen in the picture above.

The lawsuit contends Aston Martin is "greatly threatened by Fisker’s return to the sports car market" and its concern is "exacerbated by the fact that since Fisker left Aston Martin, the company has failed to introduce new products that have garnered anywhere near the same level of attention the V8 Vantage and the DB9 did a decade ago."

Fisker and MLG Automotive Law are asking the court to award them with punitive damages, court costs and compensatory damages of not less than $100 million.

In a statement, Fisker said "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."


Gallery: Henrik Fisker slaps Aston Martin with a $100 million lawsuit

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