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DeLorean widow sues for 'Back to the Future' payments

DeLorean widow sues for 'Back to the Future' payments

The widow of maverick automaker John DeLorean has alleged in a lawsuit that a Texas company illegally received money from the "Back to the Future" movies that used his iconic car.

The sleek, angular car with gull-wing doors known simply as "the DeLorean," was featured in the 1985 movie starring Michael J. Fox and a 1989 sequel, about a kid who travels back in time to engineer his parents' meeting.

The lawsuit filed this week in federal court in Newark includes a contract with Universal from 1989 that gave DeLorean 5 percent of net receipts for any merchandising that featured the car and logo "as a key component."

According to the suit, the...