Exactly. The first Pocher MB kit came out in 1975; Pocher didn't go bankrupt untill the mid "90s... plenty of time for the MB lawyers to have gotten on the case. I find it highly unlikely that MB allowed Pocher to produce and sell MB kits for 20 years if Pocher was doing it on the sly.
it was actually 1978.
Depends on the agreement. Tamiya got in trouble with ferrari and it took them a while to get straight with them after producing more kits than allowed per their agreement, which started the whole serialization Ferrari kits.
They went bankrupt supposed because of a fire at the production facility chopped their staff from 120 down to 30. Seems like they were having troubles long bofore that. Even in the Mercedes line of kits after KT91 had plastic wheels significanly reduced parts, chassis and brake details.
Doesn't really matter what happened to them.... lets see what happens to them now.