Canadian Class Action Suit Filed Against Full Tilt

by Lou on September 10, 2011

Canadian attorney Jeff Orenstein of Consumer Law Group, Inc. filed a class-action lawsuit with Quebec Superior Court in Montreal against Full Tilt Poker.  According to Orenstein, Canadian patrons could have lost about $5 million to $10 million when Full Tilt shut down its online card rooms to all players on June 29.

Orenstein estimated that 10 per cent of the $150 million in players’ money held by Full Tilt Poker company’s players were funds belonging to Canadians, and that approximately 10 percent of Full Tilt’s players were Canadian.

Before proceeding, the suit must be authorized by a Quebec judge.  If the class action is approved, Orenstein plans to go after Full Tilt’s assets in Canada and the United States.  The suit also names a number of Full Tilt executives, along with Terricorp Inc., one of Full Tilt’s third-party payment processors, which has bank accounts in Canada.

Although the U.S. Justice Department charged PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker and their founders with illegal gambling and fraud on April 15, 2011 in what is now referred to as “Black Friday” in the poker industry, Canadians were still able to play until June 29, when the Alderney Gaming Control Commission (AGCC) suspended Full Tilt’s license and shuttered its room to all players.

More information about this class action can be found at www.clg.org.

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