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Fisker stiffed the engineering firm developing its low-cost EV and pickup truck, lawsuit claims

Source: TechCrunch

Fisker stiffed the engineering firm developing its low-cost EV and pickup truck, lawsuit claims

Sean O'Kane@sokane1 / 2:53 PM EDT•May 3, 2024

Henrik Fisker stood on a stage last August and proudly debuted two prototypes designed to catapult his eponymous EV startup Fisker into the mainstream. There was the Pear, a low-cost EV meant for the masses, and the Alaska, Fisker’s entry into the red-hot pickup truck market.

In the weeks that followed, Fisker stopped paying the engineering firm that helped develop those vehicles, according to a previously unreported lawsuit filed in federal court this week. The firm, a U.S. subsidiary of German engineering giant Bertrandt AG, also accuses Fisker of wrongfully holding onto IP associated with those vehicles. It’s asking for around $13 million in damages.

The lawsuit adds to a pile of legal trouble facing Fisker, which is on the brink of bankruptcy. At least 30 lawsuits alleging lemon law violations have been filed, a handful of which Fisker has already settled. A former director has filed a proposed class action suit claiming unpaid wages. A textile supplier has also sued Fisker for more than $1 million that it alleges the EV startup never paid.

The engineering lawsuit stands out amid the legal trouble because it suggests that financial cracks were already forming inside Fisker last August despite the bold claims its CEO made on that stage.

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Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2024/05/03/fisker-pear-alaska-lawsuit-engineering-class-action/

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Fisker stiffed the engineering firm developing its low-cost EV and pickup truck, lawsuit claims (Original Post) Eugene May 4 OP
Fisher has the Art of the Deal in his Library BOSSHOG May 4 #1
I invested in Fisker. Lost it all. A large percentage of life savings. Doodley May 4 #2
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