A handful of groups and individuals filed claims on September 30 to assets listed as belonging to PokerStars, Full Tilt and Absolute Poker.
Cardroom International, which runs a free online poker site, has filed a claim for up to $30 million held in bank accounts tied to Bitar, Lederer and Ferguson, as well as a fourth in the name of Furst’s Telamonian Ajax Trust.
According to the suit, filed in Santa Monica Superior Court, PokerStars and Full Tilt engaged in unfair competition by providing free-play versions of their products to media companies like ESPN and NBC. Cardroom International is seeking $10 million in compensatory and punitive damages.
The Florida-based company said in a filing: “The claim of the United States is limited to the gross proceeds of the activities occurring a year before the relevant versions of the civil forfeiture complaints was filed. All excess amounts seized…should be made available to creditors of the named defendants.”
Commonwealth of Kentucky
Kentucky cabinet member J Michael Brown made a claim for the domain names belonging to the three operators, arguing: “The Commonwealth [of Kentucky] avers that it was at the time of the filing of the complaint, and still is, the true and bona fide sole owner of the property.”
The Commonwealth of Kentucky previously attempted to seize PokerStars.com, FullTiltPoker.com and AbsolutePoker.com in 2008, as well as nearly 140 other domains, after alleging that the sites in question constituted “illegal gambling devices.”
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