TechCrunch files lawsuit over CrunchPad against Fusion Garage. Two important words lacking: “signed contract”

The CrunchPad Saga continues...

The CrunchPad Saga continues...

The internet’s most popular soap opera continues as a new episode — The CrunchPad Wars: Return of the Arrington — launched today. TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington released a blog post this morning about the lawsuit they’ve officially filed against Fusion Garage and the JooJoo. Arrington identifies many points of involvement between the two businesses and charges Fusion Garage with Fraud and Deceit, Misappropriation of Business Ideas, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Unfair Competition and Violations of the Lanham Act.

Still, the two most important words in any business partnership were lacking: “signed contract.” It looks like Fusion Garage CEO Chandra Rathakrishnan was correct when he stated on his video cast that TechCrunch and Fusion Garage shared no contracts about the Crunchpad tablet. Nowhere in the 41 page lawsuit attached to Arrington’s post does it say or show there was any contract or even outline of responsibilities established between the two companies. It’s a mind-boggling oversight on TechCrunch’s part.

Don’t think that the timing of this lawsuit filing is coincidence either. Today is the first day for JooJoo preorders. In fact, Arrington actively mentions Fusion Garage’s financial situation and cautions potential JooJoo buyers, somewhat irresponsibly, that they could pay and never receive their tablet orders. Of course if that prediction comes to fruition it would be directly due to defending against the lawsuit filed by TechCrunch and leaving the potential consumer the loser.

Also important to note is that TechCrunch isn’t seeking an injunction against JooJoo sales. That says to us that there’s not enough proof to confirm TechCrunch’s rights to the tablet. Update: There is a call for an injunction in the lawsuit that we missed during the first skim. It’s located on page 21, lines 21 and 22. The rest of Arrington’s post degrades to mudslinging against Fusion Garage and its CEO in which he goes after Fusion Garage shareholders, the Singapore government and direct personal attacks on Chandra Rathakrishnan in which Arrington calls him a shady individual.

That reminds me of a joke. What do you get when you put a shady individual and an internet blowhard in the same room? The JooJoo!

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3 Responses to “TechCrunch files lawsuit over CrunchPad against Fusion Garage. Two important words lacking: “signed contract””

  1. Actually, within the lawsuit itself TechCrunch does ask for an injunction against JooJoo sales. If I read that correctly, at any rate.

  2. yeah, page 21, lines 21-22 request a permanent injunction from distributing or commercializing the product.