Why is Ferrari Fighting a 21-Year Old?


This used to be the company's biggest fan, now he's suing for $11 million.

While there is no doubt about the quality of Ferrari's cars and the awesomeness of all of their models, the company itself has been getting into some uncomfortable and unnecessary situations as of late. While the Malaysia Airlines victims hotel debacle seems to have been blown out of proportion, the Italian company has now found itself in a legal battle with a 21-year old Swiss guy named Sammy Wasem. The reason? Wasem loved Ferrari so much that he started a Facebook fan page in honor of the company.

The page was started six years ago and has grown to become one of the most popular car pages on Facebook. However, after congratulating him back in 2009 when the page received 500,000 fans, Ferrari changed its mind and now claims that Wasem misused the company's trademark and intellectual property to advertise non-Ferrari merchandise. The company took over the administration of the fan page, then gave Wasem some rights to manage it. When they backed out of that, Wasem filed a civil lawsuit claiming compensation for at least 10 million Swiss francs ($11 million). Doesn't look like he's much of a fan anymore, but if he wins – he may finally get the Ferrari he always wanted.


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