Probad... Terrible post. Sorry but there it is.
Folks, the VAEO DCS Hawk is extremely bad news.
Coming from a UK legal background I can honestly say that this is one bitter pill we simply have to swallow. One could, of course, attempt to present a legal case towards VAEO but it will cost far more than you, or I, paid for the product. ED as a company are in no way responsible for (within terms & conditions) the actions of any Module developer, the loss of product etc etc etc unless they (ED) have given direct input as to the development & production of a module's creation and sale, bear in mind that VAEO offered their product for purchase via their own website before going to Steam etc.
To bring a legal suit of any kind either towards ED or VAEO would prove costly, time consuming and inevitably futile.
All we can hope for is perhaps, if ED is feeling generous, some recompense of some kind but they are not obliged to do so and I personally would understand their reluctance.
ED MUST tighten their agreements with module dev companies to ensure that this situation never reoccurs. Let us just wait and see what ED can pull out of this rather messy affair.
Personally I am more concerned with the negative impact VAEO's actions have had on ED as a business and it's public image.
For myself it is a lesson learned: I will not buy pre-release again, the Hawk purchase was a leap of faith.
As "probad" mentioned above... Read the EULA's, read your contracts of purchase... Understand the in's and out's before parting with your cash in order to avoid possible disappointment.