The WSOP Main Event is finally over, the APPT Manila event is verging on the final table and Full Tilt’s FTOPS X is approaching its conclusion; however today Full Tilt appears in the headlines for a reason away from the felt.
Team Full Tilt Member Clonie Gowen has filed a civil claim against Tiltware LLC et al.; which includes Tiltware LLC, Full Tilt Poker, Pocket Kings Ltd, Kolyma Corporation, A.V.V, Raymond Bitar and the 13 other Full Tilt Team members of Lederer, Ivey, Ferguson, Juanda, Harman, Gordon, Lindgren, Seidel, Bloch, Matusow, Hansen, Cunningham and Antonius.
The case was filled on Friday the 14th of November in the Nevada District Court; with the nature of the suit being cited as ‘Other Contract’ and the jurisdiction falling under ‘Diversity’. Gowen’s claims against the defendants include: • Breach of Contract • Breach of Fiduciary Duties • Breach of Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing • Unjust Enrichment • Fraud/Intentional Misrepresentation
In the complaint, Gowen alleges that in 2004 she was appointed a Full Tilt team member by accepting 1% ownership of Full Tilt Poker in exchange for being a celebrity representative. This 1% ownership interest was publicly exchanged through Gowen’s brand representation and the wearing of Full Tilt merchandise and promotion.
According to the court document that PokerNetwork has obtained, Gowen claims that In May 2007 all Full Tilt Poker team members received distribution payments apart from her; she demanded distribution owing but was refused. The document further alleges that six months later Howard Lederer offered to pay her $250,000 for her past performance but Gowen refused as she believed this was only a fraction of what is rightly owed to her as she estimates the company to be worth over $US4 billion. She continued to work and promote Full Tilt Poker until being informed that they were going to issue a press statement detailing that she was no longer part of the team.
37-year old Gowen is still listed as a member of Team Full Tilt on Full Tilt’s website and Full Tilt are yet to release a press statement regarding this issue.
With the filing of this case in the Nevada District Court, it will be interesting to see how it affects those in the filing that are listed as Owners. Once further information comes to light, we will be sure to break it first, again, here on PokerNetwork.
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