11/18/2012 : WHICHEVER WAY HE TURNS LEDERER MEETS OPPOSITION
Motions to dismiss and petitions from fellow poker pros
Howard Lederer's legal counsel has filed a motion to dismiss the Black Friday $ 42.5 million civil complaint pending against him for a second time following additional allegations filed against the one-time Full Tilt Poker King-Pin.
Lederer's attorney asserted that charges detailed in the Second Amended Complaint (SAC) were "threadbare" and "lacked extensive factual support". He also said "the SAC is so structurally complex that it takes a cartographer to understand what is being alleged and against whom.”
In related news, Las Vegas poker pro Nick DiVella has embarked on a protest regarding Howard Lederer's presence in the Aria poker room, going so far as to drawing up a petition to be signed by fellow players of the same mindset. He hopes fellow poker players will refuse to fraternize with Lederer until US Players have been refunded.
The petition reads: "We believe the casino has a moral and ethical obligation to bar Howard Lederer from playing in the poker room and should Aria casino fail to take immediate action we, the poker playing community, will be forced to boycott the poker room.”
“He doesn’t deserve to play,” DiVella posted on Twitter. “Maybe this will be the start of a poker black list.”
The Aria casino is sitting on the fence saying they would prefer to stay uninvolved.