More on Clonie Gowen vs. Full Tilt

by Lou on December 15, 2008

On November 18 I reported that Clonie Gowen was suing Full Tilt for $40 million in damages for five causes of action: breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, unjust enrichment. and fraud.
The lawsuit, filed in Nevada District Court, came just days after Gowen was told that she would be dropped from Team Full Tilt.

Since then I’ve learned that she’s included Hioward Lederer, Andy bloch, Phil Ivey, Chris Ferguson, John Juwanda, Phil Gordon, Erick Lindgren, Erik Seidel, Jennifer Harman-Traniello, Mike Matusow, Allen Cunningham, Gus Hansen, and Patrik Antonius as defendants, as well as other entities that are involved in Full Tilt’s operations. They include Pocket Kings Ltd., Kolyma Corporation and A.V.V.

Judge Robert C. Jones will preside over the case, where Gowen will allege that in 2004 she accepted a one percent stake in Tiltware and Full Tilt Poker in exchange for serving as a celebrity endorser and a “member of Team Full Tilt.” She claimed she received no compensation beyond her ownership stake for wearing Full Tilt merchandise and for representing the Full Tilt brand as a celebrity poker player.

Gowen alleges that fellow Team Full Tilt members received distribution checks from the companies, but she did not.
According to Gowen, Lederer offered to pay her approximately $250,000 on November 6, 2007 for “past performance,” but she rejected the offer because it was only a fraction of what was owed to her.
Gowen continued working as a member of Team Full Tilt until November 11, 2008, when she was told that Full Tilt planned to issue a press release informing the public that she was no longer a member of the team. Her lawsuit followed a few days later.
It’s kind of difficult to speculate what will happen next, although I’m guessing this will never be brought to a courtroom, where Full Tilt would be forced to open their books and expose their inner workings to a watching world. If that’s the case, then anything about the case you’re now reading can be viewed as the beginning of a protracted negotiation between the parties. I expect this case will be settled and that both parties will agree not to talk about it when they do. How much money will Clonie Gowen settle for? That’s a toughie. Quien Sabe?


Anonymous December 16, 2008 at 7:18 pm

How can someone as intelligent as Lou Krieger not spell Clonie’s last name correctly. It’s GOWEN!

Poker Farce January 5, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Any updates on this? I added Clonie to my list of Zeroes for the month of november. Even if she is right to claim all this cash (40M seems a little steep), I think it’s a weak move on her part.

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