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Old 1st June 2010, 16:08   #1
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Quite a serious offence if true
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Old 2nd June 2010, 14:54   #2
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Force India confirm legal action against Lotus | Planet F1 | Formula One News

And now its a full on legal case
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Links not working for me. Is the url correct?

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Both links are working here. Here's the article anyway

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Force India have instigated legal proceedings against Lotus, claiming that the team used Force India's intellectual property without their consent.
Force India have been embroiled in a legal battle with aerodynamic design company Aerolab/Fondtech for some time, with the company claiming that Force India have not paid them in full for their design work. However, a new disagreement between the pair has emerged involving F1 rookies Lotus.
Vijay Mallya's outfit claim that Aerolab/Fondtech used information gathered from their work with Force India to aid the construction of the current Lotus model.
On Tuesday, Lotus released a statement claiming that: "Lotus Racing has been joined as a co-defendant in civil proceedings which are principally between Force India and Aerolab/Fondtech.
"These proceedings do not allege any wrong doing on the part of Lotus Racing.
"Aerolab/Fondtech vigorously denies any wrong doing and has provided Lotus Racing with a full indemnity in relation to the claim," the statement concluded.
However, Force India have now released a statement of their own, declaring that that they have begun legal action against Lotus.
"The Force India F1 Team confirms it has instigated UK civil proceedings against 1Malaysia Racing Team SDN BHD (a Malaysian company), 1Malaysia Racing Team (UK) Limited (Lotus Racing's parent companies), Michael Gascoyne and Aerolab SRL," the statement read.
"Force India also confirms that a complaint for disclosure of confidential information was filed in December 2009 with the competent authorities in Italy and that investigations are being conducted.
"Force India believes that Lotus Racing, via its use of Aerolab and Fondtech facilities and data, has utilised and benefited from the use of Force India F1 Team's intellectual property, including components and tyres exclusively licensed by Bridgestone to the Force India F1 Team, on its wind tunnel model design for the current Lotus T127 chassis without permission from the Force India F1 Team.
"Force India states these are very serious claims and therefore it would not be taking such action if it could not provide supportive evidence.'
"Additionally Force India would like to clarify that any action between Aerolab and Force India for undue termination of contract is now being addressed by the courts. Force India confirms it paid approximately one million euros in autumn 2009 to secure the payment claimed by Aerolab and it is now for the competent courts to decide whether, indeed, this outstanding amount should be paid to Aerolab given the seriousness of these current allegations."
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Talking Force india sues Lotus over car design

Now this is really interesting and if proven can damage the reputation of international participating labs and other facilities provider.

http://f1.gpupdate.net/en/formula-1-...-and-gascoyne/

I really doubt the claim as lotus is still lapping in the same time or I guess its drivers have stooped a grade lower to maintain consistency.

P.S. Did not find this thread on searching.Thanks for merging the post.

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well here is more.. F1/update says
Three of the senior designer staffs from Force India have resigned and they have been absorbed by Lotus.
Force India may take a hit....
what do you say people ?
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well here is more.. F1/update says
Three of the senior designer staffs from Force India have resigned and they have been absorbed by Lotus.
Force India may take a hit....
what do you say people ?
Damn.When it was all going good for Force India this sh!t happens.
I guess our team just ran out of luck here.

But still I feel Mallaya has seen it all and will be able to drive his team out of this issue back into focus.
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