A recently filed class-action suit has divided opinion between fans of a classic model of vehicle. The Karin Jester, an iconic brand with a lasting legacy, has earned its fair share of reputation over the years but a recent lawsuit amid a brand relaunch threatens to taint said reputation.
Automaker Karin has been reportedly working on a relaunch of their classic car model, seen above, for the past four years. After debuting their new model year Jester just days ago, they have decided to file a lawsuit against fellow automaker Dinka claiming copyright infringement.
Karin alleges that the reason for the suit is due to their investigation into Dinka’s recent launch of their Jester Classic. Dinka has always maintained that their Jester Classic is an original creation and any resemblance to Karin’s legacy model is purely coincidental.
Dinka COO, Ito Fakui, had this to say at a local press conference:
This lawsuit is absolutely unfair and downright harassing. We pride ourselves on our original creations. We are certain that this lawsuit will be thrown out.
Karin COO, Francis Berg, supplied this statement at our request:
“The reason for the relaunch of our Jester is not due to the popularity of Dinka’s so-called Classic model. The return of the Jester was planned for years. The recently-initiated return was due largely to the critical reception of our Karin 190z relaunch. As for the suit, we hadn’t had the time to investigate the Dinka model until recently. As it stands, the Dinka model is a clear copy of our 1993 Karin Jester. This suit is to ensure that the brand does not suffer. I can assure you one thing, when Karin brings a Jester to the market: it will have power…and traction.”
That final sentence, of course, referencing issues that consumers had with the Dinka Jester Classic, calling it “underpowered” and “bouncy.”
Automobile enthusiasts have shown different opinions on the matter. Some feel that Karin is in the right and should try to keep wraps on their original design. One man had this to say:
“It’s Karin’s car, they should maintain the design and specs. Dinka butchered their copy of it, now it’s Karin’s turn to make things right. Dinka can’t fence them in, it’s Karin’s fence!”
Others weren’t convinced that Karin deserved, or even needed, the brand anymore. One fellow had this to say:
“I will admit that Karin has the moral high ground but maybe it’s time for someone new to take the reins. The brand has been dormant for too long. It’s time to move on, I think.”
Regardless, the lawsuit will likely be stuck in legal limbo as both corporations have large legal teams on standby. In the meantime, the new model year of the Karin Jester has begun its rollout across the country. The financial success of the model remains to be seen but many are optimistic. We will post updates on the suit as litigation progresses.