Lawsuit Exerts Pressure on West Chester Startup


A new settlement stemming from a 2015 lawsuit is finally exerting some action on still-undelivered body heat shirts that change colors from Radiate Athletics.

The West Chester startup that sprinted well past its $30,000 crowdfunding goal and raised $579,000 since 2013 has yet to deliver to 1,600 customers, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report by Joseph DiStefano.

Radiate founder Kenneth E. Crockett Jr. settled with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Consumer Protection by agreeing to deliver the overdue shirts, reimburse $2,437 for defective shirts, and pay up to $10,000 in civil penalties and costs because it “failed to deliver the shirts as promised to many consumers.”

A final restitution payment by Radiate is expected to include all who have submitted complaints to the Bureau by June 2.

Read more about the Radiate settlement in the Philadelphia Inquirer here, and check out previous VISTA Today coverage of the former Wall Street Journal Startup of the Year nominee here.

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