On August 8, another class action lawsuit was filed against Full Tilt, this time by Jeff Orenstein and the Consumer Law Group in the Superior Court of Quebec. Since the AGCC’s decision on June 29 to suspend Full Tilt’s operating licenses, players have not had access to their balances. According to Orenstein, Canadian players are owed an estimated $10-20 million.
The statement read:
“Consumer Law Group has launched a national class action lawsuit against Full Tilt Poker on behalf of individuals who have funds being held in their Full Tilt Poker Player Accounts.
The class action involves Full Tilt Poker’s illegal freezing of customers’ money that is kept in their internet poker player’s accounts accessible through the website www.fulltiltpoker.com.
On April 15th 2011, known as “Black Friday” in the poker industry, U.S. players became unable to access their Full Tilt Player Accounts. However, Canadian poker players were still able to play.
On June 29th 2011, the gaming commission of Alderney, the British Channel Island where Full Tilt holds a gaming license, suspended its license, and overnight Full Tilt shut down its internet card rooms to all players(not just Americans).
Since that time, Full Tilt Poker has not permitted Canadian players to make cash out requests, completely denying them access to their own Player Accounts and to their own funds.”