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Fusion Garage's future is clouded

Ian Paul | Dec. 20, 2011
Today, the company's future and its latest tablet, Grid10, are in question.

Meanwhile, Fusion Garage is having problems holding onto its U.S. representation, according to reports. According to The Verge, public relations firm McGrath Power will no longer be representing Fusion Garage. McGrath Power did not immediately respond PCWorld's request for comment.

Even the law firm representing Fusion Garage in its ongoing legal battle with TechCrunch may have abandoned the device maker. On Sunday, Michael Arrington posted an excerpt from court documents showing that law firm Quinn Emanuel is asking to withdraw as Fusion Garage's legal representation because of "non-payment of attorneys' fees and associated costs and a breakdown of the attorney-client relationship."

Fusion Garage has been a controversial company in its three-year history. The company partnered with TechCrunch around 2008 to produce a touch tablet dubbed the CrunchPad. But Fusion Garage later severed its relationship with TechCrunch and launched the tablet on its own in late 2009 as the JooJoo. The JooJoo was eclipsed by the iPad in early 2010.

Fusion Garage later withdrew the JooJoo from the market to design a new product, finally relaunching in August with the Grid10. But the Grid10, at least so far, appears to be meeting the same fate as its predecessor. Engadget called the Grid10 "crude and clunky" and The Wall Street Journal said the Grid10 was "clever and innovative" but "hobbled by glitches."

In an October blog post, Fusion Garage CEO Chandrasekar Rathakrishnan apologized for the Grid10's shortcomings and promised to do better. "Stay tuned. We will deliver," he said.


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