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Force India and Lotus Court Case set for January

The court case between Force India, Aerolab and the Lotus team regarding the use of a certain wind-tunnel models will not be heard until January 2012. The court case centres on claims that the wind-tunnel models being used by aerodynamic company Aerolab, who now work with Lotus, are were similar to those used when Aerolab was working with Force India. Force India believe there has been an intellectual property infringement and started proceedings against the Lotus team's parent company, team boss Mike Gascoyne and Aerolab. However, both Mike Gascoyne and Lotus deny any wrongdoing, while Aerolab have issued a counter-claim against the Force India team, claiming that the F1 team haven't paid outstanding bills. Force India have released a statement saying "separate criminal proceedings are currently ongoing in Italy in respect of the wrongful disclosure of confidential information, as a consequence of the filing by Force India F1 Team Ltd. of a complaint with the competent authorities. In respect of these proceedings, articles in the Italian press have recently revealed that Tony Fernandes, Mike Gascoyne and Jean Claude Migeot have been formally charged."

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