Canadians Now File Full Tilt Poker Class Action LawsuitSeptember 12, 2011 9:29 am
It has been announced that a second class-action lawsuit has been filed against Full Tilt Poker in the Quebec Superior Court in Montreal on behalf of all Canadian players with funds still frozen on the site.
The lawsuit has been brought by a Canadian consumer protection organization, with attorney Jeff Orenstein of Consumer Law Group, Inc helping to represent the interest of Canadian poker players affected by the Full Tilt shut-down.
According to the lawyer, around 10% of the $150 million owed to Full Tilt customers belong to Canadians, and so they will be seeking to recover around $15 million from the beleaguered poker site.
Despite Full Tilt being closed to the US public in April, 2011, Canadians were able to continue playing on the site until 29th June, when Full Tilt had their gaming licence suspended by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC).
“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,” stated the Consumer Law Group firm.
The latest class-action lawsuit follows in the path of a similar petition brought by US players against Full Tilt back in July, with many of the allegations now being restated in the Canadian lawsuit.
The Consumer Law Group, Inc has also stated that it is actively looking for players to add their names to the class action lawsuit, and have asked any Canadian’s affected to sign on to the action via their their website.
Named as repondents in the case are Ray Bitar and Nelson Burtnick, and companies Tiltware LLC, Pocket Kings, Ltd., Pocket Kings Consulting Ltd., Filco Ltd., Vantage Ltd., Ranston Ltd. and Mail Media Ltd.
Players also named include Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson, Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, Jennifer Harman, Erick Lindgren, Andy Bloch, Mike Matusow and Allen Cunningham.