Jojo Owens and the company he co-founded, Magnum Motor, are going after a rare legacy of Lincoln Motors: the famous logo.
The brand was acquired by Owens’ father, the famed founder of Magnum, in 1983.
The brand is now owned by the U.S. government and is the subject of a lawsuit by Owens, who says it is “a fraud and a lie.”
In a lawsuit filed in California’s 9th U.P.S., Owens alleged that the logo was stolen by Magnum and the family’s “intentionally created the myth that Magnum is a vehicle company that sells cars in the United States.”
The suit was filed in May 2016 and was unsealed this week.
Magnum is owned by Japanese automobile company Nissin, which purchased Magnum from Owens’ grandfather in 1984.
Owens’ lawsuit is based on allegations that Magnum and its parent company, Magnum Motors LLC, are using a false and misleading history to defraud investors and consumers by falsely claiming that Magnum’s logo is an American design.
Oswens is asking the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California to invalidate the lawsuit and the trademark.
“Magnum has never owned, or ever sold, a vehicle,” Owens wrote in his lawsuit.
“Instead, Magnum has sold and repackaged other brands such as the Nike Air Max, the Ford Mustang, the Lexus RX500, the Subaru WRX, and the Mazda MX-5.”
Owels’ lawsuit was filed on behalf of Magnum’s owners and is seeking to enjoin the defendants from using the Magnum logo or any other trademark or trade mark of Magnum or any of its affiliates, and for damages.
He said the company’s lawsuit is not about the logo itself but is “an attempt to get it returned to Magnum owners who were misled and deceived.”
Oswensen’s attorney, Robert B. Zaloga, said the lawsuit is a baseless and “false” one.
“It’s ridiculous,” Zalogas said.
“There is no evidence whatsoever that Magnum sold cars.
Magnum does not sell any cars.
The company does not have any business interest in selling cars.
There is no connection whatsoever between the logo and the business of Magnum Motors.”
The lawsuit also claims that the trademark for Magnum’s “M-Series” and its “M3 Series” were registered in Mexico.
Magnum said it owns the trademark and is contesting the lawsuit.
In a statement to the Associated Press, Magnum said the logo has been used for more than 30 years and is “fully owned by Magnum Motor and its subsidiaries.”
“The original M-Series and M3 series logo were introduced in the U and used by Magnum for almost 50 years,” the company said.
“Since that time, the M-series and M-3 series have become a hallmark of Magnum Motor vehicles.
It is our goal to maintain the M series and the M3 Series in our catalogs and on our website and will continue to support them in this effort.”
Ows and Magnum are both facing criminal charges in the case, which have been pending since April.
Magnum has a long history of financial fraud.
Owens was the president of Magnum at the time the logo came into being, and Owens was an executive at Magnum for years, the lawsuit says.
Ows was accused of embezzling nearly $2 million from Magnum and was accused by a whistleblower in 2013 of trying to hide the company from the U