Phil Gordon Cleared Of Any Full Tilt Poker MisdeedsJuly 22, 2011 6:43 am
On June 30th, Full Tilt Poker had a class action lawsuit filed against them by angry US player seeking the return of $150 million worth of funds still owed to them by the site.
Included in the lawsuit were co-founders Raymond Bitar and Nelson Burtnick, as well as all the members of Team Full Tilt, with the exception of Tom Dwan.
Now it would seem Phil Gordon, too, has had his name removed from the class action RICO lawsuit, just as the preliminary injunction hearing was set to get underway.
Apparently, attorney Maurice M. Suh, a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, had the case aginst Phil Gordon dismissed with prejudice after successfully arguing that his client had never been involved in any of the management decisions at Full Tilt Poker.
Speaking after the July 20th dismissal, where his client was cleared of any fraud and money laundering allegations, Mr Suh commented:
“No money changed hands as part of this dismissal. The allegations about Mr. Gordon in the lawsuit were completely wrong, and I am glad that the plaintiffs agreed with us on that score early in the lawsuit. Mr. Gordon believes that Full Tilt’s top priority should be the repayment of all players.”
Consequently, Phil Gordon is now unique in being the only member of Team Full Tilt to have his motion for dismissal granted by the court, unlike the remaining defendants.
“I have always held myself to the highest standards of conduct. As part of that, I have repeatedly emphasized that Full Tilt should repay the U.S. players as quickly as possible,” added Phil Gordon.
As well as being a successful poker player, the retired high-tech industry millionaire is a well-known philanthropist and a Director for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Gordon also helped pioneer the ‘Bad Beat on Cancer Challenge’ whereby participants agree to pledge 1% of any WSOP winnings to cancer research. The charity has already managed to raise more than $2 million so far, including a $25,000 donation from Chris Moneymaker after winning the 2003 WSOP Main Event for $2.5 million.