Quoted from knockerlover:
Actually I would reach out to ZNET and find out what information would be required to start banding together the EA's to make a case.. Then create a google form for those interested to fill out that relevent data. Then find an attorney possibly local to Netherlands to help with the case.
My opinion though, is that now that the ARA games are sold.. the EA's have lost their greatest leverage. Pretty soon Barry will be making hydrofoils with Andrew Heighway.
If 147 EAs, who have yet to receive a game, paid about $9K each, they have $1,323,000 at stake. The preorder money at stake and the number of customers in the Zidware debacle (Magic Girl, RAZA and AiW in the aggregate) were similar.
Yet, only about a dozen Zidware preorder customers (the Zidware Dozen, hereafter ZDs) hired an attorney, forming the group around my initial suit. Apart from the fear of incurring legal expenses, the fear of accelerating insolvency is perhaps the second reason for aggrieved customers to default to laxity.
Lawsuits in the USA are useful to force transparency where information is desired. A good lawyer will obtain that information and advise clients of the best path to achieve the objective. In the words of Justice Brandeis, sunlight is the best disinfectant.
The attorney can reach out to the adverse party in the spirit of cooperation, with the clout that he/she has the power to force the ultimate issue. When insolvency is inevitable, the lawyer's job is to determine whether the clients have rights to assets and to ensure that they are first in line. The lawyer can explain how, for example, the fraudulent transfer of asset law may apply.
The ZDs understood the benefit of counsel. Mr68 created a private Facebook group to organize the ZDs who joined the lawsuit. Mr68 took the lead and continues the effort currently to conclude the victory.
The tenacious ZDs, with Mr68's leadership, deserve the credit for the successful verdict. Each of them was the exceptional 1 in 10 of total preorder customers who refused to allow the ship to steer them into the iceberg. My case successfully resolved within a couple of weeks of the suit, which I filed years ago. It was Mr68 and the other ZDs (at least one of whom is an EA here) who walked the walk.
The TBL and Zidware projects share some common elements. Equally, many contrasts exist between the two. The sensible approach, I submit, is to follow Mr68's template. Discuss these issues on a private forum, like a Facebook group, in which only EAs and select persons are permitted to join. Filter out the noise generated by those with adverse interests. There is strength in numbers and in commonality of interest.