Citing “an unreasonable financial burden” on the law firm, Ifrah Law PLLC has filed a motion to withdraw as defense counsel in the class action lawsuit brought against Full Tilt & Co on June 30. The class action suit was filed in the Southern District of New York under the RICO statute. Plaintiffs Steve Segal, Nick Hammer, Robin Hougdahl and Todd Terry—representing “a nation-wide class of Full Tilt account holders residing in the United States”—are seeking the return of players’ funds and subsequent damages in excess of $150 million.
Dated August 31, Ifrah Law PLLC’s motion states: “Continued representation of Defendants would create unreasonable difficulty for us to carry out our employment effectively and would result in an unreasonable financial burden to our law firm.”
Curious timing. Only last week, Jeff Irah and David Deitch, the lawyers representing the eight Full Tilt pros in the lawsuit, filed a motion to dismiss their clients (and five companies affiliated to Full Tilt). Phil Gordon has already obtained a dismissal, highlighting his lack of involvement in managerial decisions. The other Full Tilt pros are hoping a similar argument will lead to their dismissals. Ifrah told eGaming Review earlier this week that a decision is expected by October at the earliest.
Full Tilt’s hearing before the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) remains on track to resume on September 15.