Quoted from F3TT:
Assuming everything Phil has written is true, I agree with his decision 100%. The man has a wife, young children, AND cancer! That means he has medical bills I cringe to think about. The guys in Holland are doing things with Universal's intellectual property that they should not be doing. Hollywood doesn't play games when it comes to this stuff. They will sue and ruin anyone they can over something like this.
"Assuming" being the operative word here.
I'm with pinballslave here. Every conclusion being drawn in this thread, every person trying to get out of this pre-order (which all of these guys paid with their sane minds, I assume), it all comes from the assumption that everything that Phil has written is the untainted truth. And there is also a lot of assumptions and conjecture on Phil's side, because he states "Barry has taken the €60.000" conjecturing that the money ended up in Barry's pocket.
Talking about law suits: isn't there a law agains slander? Over here in The Netherlands there is. If I destroy or even hurt a company using slander (even if it's based on (a partial) truth) you can get sued and pay a steep fine. I'm not sure if Phil considered this when he was busy getting himself "off the hook".
What I see is a man under the influence of his medical condition. Sure, it's very tough and I feel sorry for him, but it does not approve the way he handled things. It's the easiest and dirtiest way out of a legal commitment he put himself into to begin with. He keeps saying that he started asking 6 weeks ago, but what is 6 weeks when you need to arrange paperwork for foreign people to take over a US based company AND trying to build a pinball along the way? Sure, these Dutch guys may have been a bit tardy when it came to dissolving their legal bond with Phil, but does that make them deserve this shit storm? The only thing I have seen Phil do is dumping shit on Pinside to force them to dump him. To get approval from "the audience" for his actions.
And here he is: Phil the hero. You pre-order guys don't even realize that HE could very well be the main reason that you paid a lot of money and don't see a TBL pinball at the end of the line. As stated here: money has been invested in license and prototyping, so it's clear that not all money can come out when things go wrong. You can't see that Snowden caused 10 US soldiers their lives because of things he uncovered (that also got in the hands of our enemies), but hey, he uncovered a CIA plot against us civilians! Let's honor him...