The possibility of some kind of legal action between Derek Smart and Cloud Imperium edged a little closer today, with the issuing of a ‘demand letter’ to the Star Citizen developers.
For those who don’t know, demand letters tend to be a formal notice of alleged grievances (and demand for restitution) written by a lawyer on behalf of an aggrieved party. It doesn’t constitute legal action in itself, but tends to threaten as such if the enclosed demands are not met by a listed date.
This is the case with Derek Smart’s letter (which can be read in full here), in which he gives “Mr Roberts, et al” 30 days to turn over a “complete forensic accounting” of the Star Citizen finances (paid for by Smart), a completion date for Star Citizen (now that November 2014 has passed), and refunds for all those who wish to request them.
In an accompanying and traditionally verbose missive, Smart adds that “[Cloud Imperium’s] response – if any – will determine where we go from here” and suggests that a class-action lawsuit will “immediately” be filed if the answers are not satisfactory.
Earlier portions of the blog post extensively reiterate concerns that Star Citizen, in Mr. Smart’s view, is a project that cannot reach completion, and recap the circumstances of his $250 USD pledge being refunded (without request) by Cloud Imperium.
His piece concludes with advice for those who are wishing to seek refunds, and instructions on how to stay informed on joining any class-action lawsuits which may arise after the 30 day deadline is up.
Last week, PC Invasion published a compiled timeline of Star Citizen development progress (from 2012 to the present day), which you can peruse right here.