As Palm prepares to wow the world with the m125, its next consumer PDA, the company could find itself in legal hot water.
The new device will benefit from some of the functionality of the m50x series, including the Palm OS 4 upgrade and a USB cradle. The general design will be sleeker and the handheld will sport a Secure Digital Multimedia Card slot, said Palm.
But on the legal front, a lawsuit has been filed against Palm claiming that the company's proprietary HotSync technology damages the motherboard on some brands of computer. The US Pinnacle Law Group filed the suit this week on behalf of two California residents.
Although the allegedly affected brands are not named, the claim is that using the device's synchronisation function in conjunction with a serial cable damages or even destroys the motherboard on the desktop PC. According to reports, Palm has chosen to keep tight-lipped about the case.
If the court finds some truth in the claims, Palm may have a problem on its hands. There are over 13 million Palm users out there and if HotSync does burn up PCs, the action could start a whole slew of lawsuits against the company.
But at least the connection is on serial and not FireWire, otherwise things might really heat up.
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