Poker pro Clonie Gowen received the good news this week that the attempt by Full Tilt Poker to have her legal suit for $40 million dismissed out of hand as frivolous has failed, and she is set to continue her action. The ball is back in Full Tilt Poker's court, which has until April 27th to respond to Gowen's initial legal challenge.
Contrary to some media reports, which suggested that Gowen's case had been dismissed, the poker pro's breach of contract and other issues with Full Tilt remain very much active.
Mediafire reports that the latest court ruling went against Full Tilt (the defendant in the action) with the court commenting: “Accordingly, Defendant’s Motion [to dismiss the Gowen action] should be denied in its entirety and Defendants should be ordered to immediately file an answer.” What is actually going on, is we are awaiting the legal response from the defendant.
Gowen, a former Full Tilt poker pro, launched her litigation late last year in a Nevada court, citing Tiltware LLC, the company linked with Full Tilt, and claiming breach of contract. Seeking damages of $40 million, she claims she had accepted an offer of a 1 percent ownership in the company for being a celebrity representative in 2004. However, in 2007, she was excluded from distrubution cheques sent to Team FTP members, prompting her to seek damages.