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Fusion Garage may finally be done trolling the technology industry. The controversial company, maker of the Joojoo tablet, is in its death throes after being abandoned by its PR company and its lawyers, following issues with its website over the weekend.
The company most recently announced its Grid 10 tablet and Grid 4 smartphone, following an obnoxious early marketing campaign where it masqueraded as “TabCo.” But Fusion Garage, and its CEO, Chandrasekar “Chandra” Rathakrishnan (pictured), are best known for working together with TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington to develop the “CrunchPad” tablet, a project that famously fell apart. The company went on to release its tablet as the Joojoo.
Fusion Garage’s PR agency issued the following statement to Engadget: “Unfortunately, none of our efforts have resulted in any communication from the company to the customers. Given all of this, we don’t have any other choice but to cease working with FG effective tomorrow.”
Arrington, now writing at his personal blog Uncrunched, points out that Fusion Garage’s law firm, Quinn Emanuel, filed last week to drop the company due to nonpayment. From the filing:
Quinn Emanuel seeks leave to withdraw as counsel of record for Defendant Fusion Garage PTE. Ltd. (“Fusion Garage”) because Fusion Garage’s non-payment of attorneys’ fees and associated costs and a breakdown of the attorney-client relationship have made it unreasonably difficult, if not impossible, for Quinn Emanuel to continue to adequately and properly represent Fusion Garage in this matter.
Meanwhile, customers awaiting their Grid 10 tablets are reporting that they haven’t received anything yet and that the company has been unresponsive about the status of their orders.
We’ve dropped a line to the company to see what’s up, but given its current state of affairs, I don’t expect much of an answer. It seems yet again that the company has bitten off more than it could chew and Rathakrishnan finds himself in the middle of controversy.