Lawsuit alleges Palm defect

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Lawsuit alleges Palm defect

By The Associated Press
Special to CNET News.com
August 8, 2001, 5:25 p.m. PT
A lawsuit filed in a California court asserts that Palm handheld computers have damaged some desktop computers when people sync the devices to their PCs.

Palm spokeswoman Marlene Somsak said the company did not have any comment. “We haven’t seen the lawsuit yet,” she said Wednesday.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in San Francisco County Superior Court, claimed the function that allows people to synchronize the data of the mobile device to their PCs “damages or destroys the motherboards on certain PC brands.”

The suit did not specify which Palm models were allegedly defective or what kinds of PCs were affected.

The Pinnacle Law Group of San Francisco, which filed the suit on behalf of California residents Melissa Connelly and Laurence Stanton, seeks class-action status. The plaintiff attorneys did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Santa Clara, Calif.-based Palm has sold more than 13 million handheld computers since its first product was released in 1996.

Rob Enderle, a Giga Information Group analyst familiar with Palm’s products, said he had not previously heard of such complaints from Palm owners.

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