30 years later, car that starred in 'Back To The Future' is in middle of legal squabble

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FILE- In this Oct. 26, 2010 file photo, cast members of the "Back to the Future" movies appear on the NBC "Today" television program, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the films, in New York. They are, from left, posing with a replica of the ... DeLorean car, Lea Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Michael J. Fox, director Robert Zemeckis , and Huey Lewis. With the 30 year anniversary of the film approaching, there is renewed interest in the DeLorean, the car used as the model for the time machine used in the movie. One Texas based company that designs and sells DeLorean-themed products is being sued by John De Lorean’s widow for trademark infringement. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) (The Associated Press)

There's a legal tussle underway over the futuristic automobile that played a co-starring role in the classic 1985 movie "Back To The Future."

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The widow of automaker John DeLorean is embroiled in a lawsuit against a Texas company she says has been illegally using the DeLorean name and logo to sell merchandise.

New Jersey resident Sally DeLorean also claims the company has illegally licensed the name and images to other companies including Nike, Mattel and Apple. The company denies the charges.

The DeLorean car was used by Michael J. Fox in the movie to travel back in time to the 1950s. Only about 9,000 of them were produced before the company went bankrupt in the 1980s.

John DeLorean died in New Jersey in 2005.