Thursday June 6,2013 : AVOINE'S ABSOLUTE POKER CLAIMS DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE
Agreement with Department of Justice clears the path for Absolute to be liquidated
An ownership dispute on Absolute Poker associated with the Black Friday seizure of the site and dating back to early 2012 has been settled, with the US Department of Justice achieving the dismissal with prejudice of the claim by Avoine Servico de Consultadoria e Marketing.
Almost a year after the April 2011 Black Friday shutdowns of allegedly illegal online poker sites in the United States, Avoine came forward claiming to own the assets of Absolute Poker, effectively halting liquidation processes whilst the ownership question was sorted out.
After months of talks, the Department of Justice announced Monday that Avoine has abandoned its claim.
Avoine, a Portuguese company chaired by Chicago businessman Ronald Janusz, was part of a complex international series of intertwined companies apparently set up to move the Absolute Poker millions around the world. Companies believed to have been associated with the strategy included the now bankrupt Norwegian Fjord Madeira Fjord AS, SGS (BVI) Inc., and Absolute Entertainment SA