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Full Tilt Faces New Class Action Lawsuit

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that another class action lawsuit has been filed against Full Tilt Poker.

L.A. residents Lary Kennedy and Greg Omotoy filed the suit in California federal court and are seeking $900 million in damages. They accuse the site of fraud, unjust enrichment, “a pattern of racketeering,” “brazen money-laundering” and more. The suit names Ray Bitar, Howard Lederer, and Chris Ferguson, but also names poker celebrities like Phil Ivey and Gus Hansen as they allegedly “helped promote the website and attract players.”

This is not the first time Kennedy and Omotoy have sued Full Tilt Poker. In 2009, the duo sued the site seeking to recover $80,000 that was confiscated from them after they were accused of employing bots on the site and multi-accounting. That suit was dismissed by a U.S. District Court judge a year later.

Full Tilt is currently facing a number of other lawsuits including with the District Attorney for the Southern District of New York, a class-action lawsuit filed by poker player Todd Terry and others, a suit filed in Canadian court by a consumer advocacy group, and a suit by a software company that is accusing Full Tilt and PokerStars of pushing them out of deals to provide software support to television networks that broadcast poker.

None of these other suits are seeking anywhere close to the amount of damages as Kennedy and Omotoy’s class action suit. How this latest lawsuit will affect Full Tilt’s alleged deal with French investors Groupe Bernard Tapie remains to be seen.


 



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