DeLorean widow’s ‘Back to the Future’ lawsuit rejected after earlier trademark settlement agreement

Classic vehicle subject of legal battle over royalties from promotional images of car

Monday 15 October 2018 17:46
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Christopher Lloyd, who played Dr Emmett Brown in the 1985 film, sits in the famous DeLorean car from the original movies
Christopher Lloyd, who played Dr Emmett Brown in the 1985 film, sits in the famous DeLorean car from the original movies

A federal court in New Jersey has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the widow of car-maker John DeLorean over royalties stemming from the Back to the Future movies.

Sally DeLorean claimed a Texas company using the DeLorean name had illegally accepted royalties from Universal for the promotional use of images of the company's iconic DMC-12 car.

A judge ruled on Friday that a 2015 settlement agreement in a separate lawsuit over trademarks prohibited her from suing for the royalties.

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Lawyers for the two sides did not respond to requests for comment on Monday.

The sleek, angular car with gull-wing doors featured in the movie franchise starring Michael J Fox about a teenager who travels back in time to engineer his parents' first encounter.

Associated Press

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