Monday July 23, 2011 : POKERSTARS’ MOTION FOR DISMISSAL ON U.S. CIVIL CHARGES BLOCKED (Update)
 
Claims that Pokerstars founder is a fugitive from justice and therefore has no standing
 
Among the flurry of legal motions seeking the dismissal of the US government's civil case against Black Friday defendants last week  was one by Pokerstars; the riposte by the Department of Justice makes for interesting reading…and does little to suggest the relationship between the warring entities is cordial.
 
In their response, the US authorities opposed the motion for dismissal by pointing out that Pokerstars founder Isai Scheinberg has been indicted on serious criminal charges and has not presented himself on US soil, therefore becoming vulnerable to the doctrine of fugitive disentitlement, a legal move which effectively denies Pokerstars standing in the court on grounds that Scheinberg is not present to defend the company's motion.
 
US government attorneys argued that Judge Leonard Sand should stop the Pokerstars motion for dismissal in its tracks, and the judge's ruling is being watched with interest by industry observers.