It looks like Fusion Garage is out to remind people that there's more than one $499 tablet in the world today: CEO Chandra Rathakrishnan is talking up the Joojoo tablet's pre-orders, and the company's lawyers have filed a delightfully snippy motion to dismiss TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington's lawsuit over the device formerly known as CrunchPad, saying his claims are "legally barred, facially flawed, and fatally imprecise." As we predicted from the outset, the argument boils down to the fact that there was never any contract between Fusion Garage and Michael Arrington or TechCrunch -- and Fusion Garage also points out it can't have stolen an idea that Arrington posted "all over the Internet." Snap. It's a little more complicated than that, though -- we've broken it down after the break, grab the PDF and follow along.

Okay, so if you'll recall, TechCrunch's hastily-written complaint alleged that Fusion Garage was guilty of false advertising, breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of a business idea, fraud, and unlawful business practices, all because Fusion Garage essentially took their ball and went home instead merging with Arrington's CrunchPad, Inc. In its motion, Fusion Garage says that each of those claims is wrong in some way -- sometimes in several ways -- and asks the court to dismiss them. The company also points out that it's not at all clear whether it's being sued by TechCrunch, CrunchPad, Inc., or Michael Arrington personally; Mike's not listed as a party to the suit, but his name keeps coming up, and the complaint refers to both TechCrunch and CrunchPad, Inc, as "TechCrunch," which we also found odd from the start. That issue comes up a few times in the claims -- let's go through them.
Well, that's not a bad opening move by Fusion Garage, but nothing's stopping TechCrunch from amending its complaint to deal with some of these issues -- we'll let you know what happens next.