Fines and Payments Ordered for Kickstarter That Didn’t Deliver

By Polar_Bear
In Crowdfunding
Aug 18th, 2015

Kickstarter is not a sure thing. It’s a potential for a product to eventually come to you for being a backer. But what recourse is there when you send in your money and don’t get anything in return? This is still some new water we’re sailing through. We’ve seen some court cases already, and a few verdicts brought down. Here’s a story about another one, even as some people are getting products in the mail (albeit exceedingly late).

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about the Asylum Playing Card Case. They were the first ever Kickstarter that a state attorney general went after for failure to deliver on promised products. Now, a ruling has been brought down in that case. Altius Management and co-defendant Edward J. Polchlopek have been ordered to pay in excess of $54k (which includes the court fees) for having not delivered their playing cards.

Two interesting facts about the case are that the defendants never showed up for their day in court (and no defense attorney listed) and that, while communication has still be exceedingly lacking (… well… non-existant), some backers of the project have started to get their products in the mail.

This is really setting a precedent for backers having real power in getting the products promised to them by companies that they funded over on Kickstarter.


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  • Odinsgrandson

    Interesting court precedent.

    I bet a little communication would have gone a long way.

    As for the money, while this is going to ruin the company (and probably the owners if they didn’t keep their books super separate) I wonder if backers will actually end up seeing their money refunded.

    • Ghool

      Unless they rule for the defense to pay damages, backers won’t see a penny. Aside from the satisfaction that the owners were found to be negligent in their handling of the funds, backers will not likely get anything in return.