PC Science is suing motherboard manufacturer Protac International for allegedly misleading it over the compatibility of its motherboards throughout 1998.
According to the writ issued by Pinsent Curtis on behalf of PC Science, the Yorkshire manufacturer ordered 20,000 motherboards between January 1998 and February 1999. PC Science claimed Protac made 'misrepresentations over the compatibility of the motherboards with other standard components used to make personal computers'.
The writ stated that PC Science is claiming damages for breach of Protac's 'duty to exercise reasonable care and skill in checking the compatibility, suitability and performance of the motherboards'.
A representative from Pinsent Curtis said: 'Damages have not been quantified yet. The case will go to trial in about 18 months' time.'
It was unclear why the problems had taken more than a year to be spotted.
Charles Forsyth, managing director of PC Science, refused to comment.
Gareth Chapman, operations director at Protac, also refused to comment.
Protac is part of the German PC Chips group, which shipped more than 15 million motherboards in 1998.
A representative from Tiny Computers said: 'We have an R&D team in the UK and Far East evaluating and checking compatibility. It's better to catch any problems early because a manufacturer cannot afford to have compatibility issues with such short lead times.'
PC Science was dumped as Argos' PC supplier amid claims that services provided by the manufacturer were inadequate (PC Dealer, 7 April). This followed a reprimand from the ASA for misleading advertising. The company won the lucrative Asda contract two months ago.
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