Possible Bug in PDFs created from a common template

At work we've encountered an odd problem that seems to be growing.
Our printer setup:
HL-8050n and a HP LaserJet 5550.
Process:
We have a Word template we use for all documents.
We convert all documents to PDFs before sending them to clients.
The Problem:
Over the past few months, a specific user I'll call Sam kept having problems with PDFs that wouldn't print to the HL-8050. The same PDF would print fine to the HP 5550 though. When this problem occurred, any other document would print fine to either printer (text files, picture, other PDFs, etc). When transferred to another machine, the same PDF would still not print.
If you watch the printer, it begins to process the document and then flashes "Ignore Data" or "Data Error." Then the document is never processed.
At first, only Sam had the problem. Then other users had the problem, but only with documents created by Sam. Now, several users are being affected by the same problem no matter who created the document.
I don't believe it is the printer because it will print any other type of document, including other open PDFs, when this strange problem occurs.
I do believe it might be related to the Word template we use. Previously, not all users had the same template type (for design reasons). However, we've switched and now the template is the same for all users. The template is on a shared network resource, is not writable (except by root - that is how locked down it is), and is only readable. The problem has expanded since the use of the common template.
Something seems to be happening when the users export the document from Word to the PDF format.
Also, this only occurs on Intel based Macs. Not on PCs. And it doesn't affect the one non-Intel Mac in the office. Another note: when you view the affected PDFs in a folder, the icon is the PDF icon. However, when dragged to the desktop, the icon changes to a generic icon even though the file extension is the same.
Has anyone else had weird printing issues with their documents?
EDIT: UPDATE: Printing the document from the built in Preview application is successful. But printing from Acrobat 8.0 Pro is not.

I asked this morning, and she can print PDF documents not created from the word template. Some PDFs from the template work and some don't - I haven't been able to narrow it down to a specific factor.
I've repaired the permissions on the file as well as on the entire machine. And the version of word is Office 2008 fully updated.
I'm tempted to mark it off as an issue with the HL-8050n. But seeing as printing from Leopard's preview app works perfectly, it must be an Acrobat problem.
Is there a way to run Acrobat in a debug mode or to get some sort of detailed status messages from its printing attempts?
EDIT/UPDATE:
The printer uses the HL-8050n BR3 driver. However, the problem persists even if I change the driver (I've used Adobe drivers, generic post script, similar models to the HL8050). They all result in a print from Preview but not from Acrobat.

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