Clonie Adds to Case Against Full Tilt (Update)
February 4, 2009 (InfoPowa News) — Pro poker player Clonie Gowen has responded in determined style to the attempt by Full Tilt Poker's legal team to have her litigation against the company and various individuals dismissed; last week she added two more defendants and seven causes of action in an amended complaint, along with further details of her claims, which amount to millions of dollars (see previous report).
Gowen claims that the defendants are in breach of an agreement with her through which she claims she is due one percent of Full Tilt's considerable profits as payment for her endorsement and involvement in the company as a "celebrity representative, promoter and spokesperson."
The defendants' accusation that her claim did not present sufficient detail has resulted in Gowen adding information concerning a 2004 telephone conversation with a senior Full Tilt exec. The poker pro's legal team has Gowen additionally sumitted claims for accounting, promissory estoppel, specific performance, declaratory relief, right of publicity, quantum meruit and negligent misrepresentation, together with a "minority oppression" claim — a breach of fiduciary action brought by a minority shareholder against the majority.
And Pocket Kings and Tiltproof have been added as defendants in her suit, adding these companies to Full Tile itself and an all-star list of poker players associated with Full Tilt, which includes Howard Lederer, Andy Bloch, Phil Ivey, Chris Ferguson, John Juanda, Phil Gordon, Erick Lindgren, Erik Seidel, Jennifer Harman, Mike Matusow, Allen Cunningham, Gus Hansen, and Patrik Antonius.
The legal process will now enter the discovery phase once the defendant's legal team has complied with a 30-day deadline to either respond to the new information or launch another motion for dismissal.