1/15/10 – The protracted legal issues between woman poker ace Clonie Gowan and online poker giant Full Tilt took an unexpected turn this week when Full Tilt turned the tables on Gowan by launching its own legal action, apparently aimed at persuading her to put up or shut up in her allegations that she owns one percent of the business.
Gowan has claimed in two previous court actions that an oral agreement entitled her to a percentage of the company's profits after she left the site's pro team. Now Full Tilt is going to court to resolve the issue by requiring her to declare that she does not have a one percent ownership in the company as she has previously claimed, and to justify that claim.
The poker company is not seeking monetary damages other than court costs and legal fees, and there has been speculation that the move is a legal tactic to preempt Gowan's current litigation against the company, due for hearing early in February. The Pokerati information portal reports that its Nevada lawyers assess the action as a legitimate attempt to get a court ruling without the necessity of a full and expensive trial.
Gowan goes to court again on February 1, for the third time, where she hopes that the court will decide if her Third-Amended Complaint can proceed.