if true of course... but cant deny that he was a founder and has somewhat of a claim. do i think he deserves 50% in any possible scenario? no... but he was being strong-armed into taking the deal (which is just business as usual).
if this goes to Jury trial he has a case for more than the measly 4.5million
edit: "deserves" was a bad choice of words, i meant entitled.
Loads of people own huge stakes in companies without doing things with them (see most public stocks), that doesn't mean they lose ownership of them.
Sucks but that's how the private ownership cookie crumbles.