I don't understand why he didn't manufacture the product and make even more money. What's the point of running away with $25k? That will maybe get him through part / most of a year if he budgets correctly. Not really worth all the trouble he got himself in. Even if a lawsuit didn't happen, $25k is still not worth a lifetime of having a tainted name and constantly being bitched at.
This... $25k is like a year of life expenses. It's probably already all gone.
I bet he regrets it in the future.