Quoted from RTS:
Is it possible that the information you have is philtered?
There may be relevant information from the other side that hasn't been shared with you.
Oh absolutely. I think it is entirely possible that they could have been trying to work out some exit strategy for quite some time after dec. 4 with Phil, and he just neglected to mention that (this scenario would also require him to be willfully lying in other parts of his "Testimony", including his one sided text message screen shots, but still, it's possible).
But I think it is highly unlikely he fabricated the dec 4 email, and I think the language in that email is very clear about how Barry wanted to handle Phil's departure more than a month after he quit.
If you ignore everything else, that email clearly shows Barry saying his "compromise" is for Phil, who already quit, to stay on until production is completed on all pre-orders collected through Feb. 1, 2015. That lends a LOT of credibility to Phil's basic explanation for why he did what he did. He wanted out, they wouldn't take DP-USA back, he gave them an ultimatum, and then pulled the trigger. Since they have now, indeed, taken over DP-USA, it appears as if he got what he wanted at the end of this nasty game of chicken. I think they could have saved everyone a whole lot of heartache had they just done this back on dec. 4th instead of just saying "No".
You can allow for all sorts of he said she said crap in this story line, but that email , not Phil's interpretation of it but my reading of the actual verbage, tells me what I need to know about DP.
Perhaps their motivations were similar, they were all just good friends and just wanted everything to work out, but the fact remains that a month after a disgruntled partner quit in a very public manner, their immediate reaction was not to secure their customer's funds and the assets of DP-USA, but rather to insist that he un-quit and keep going and controlling the funds while they continued selling pre-orders and sending invoices. Because it was easier than dealing with it.
THAT is not confidence inspiring. The rest is just pinside sports.