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California Attorney Goes After Full Tilt

May 7, 2009 (CAP Newswire) — It seems that some people are eager to get their shots in at the online gambling industry before impending legislation to overturn the UIGEA can gain any traction in the U.S. Congress.

According to, Los Angeles-based attorney James B. Hicks has filed a lawsuit against Full Tilt Poker for "non-specific violations of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) and various statutes from the California Business and Professions Code.”
Hicks filed the action last week in the U.S. District Court’s Central District of California, Western Division. The action seeks injunctive relief and compensation for attorney’s fees — which, the article hints, may be the real motivation behind the seemingly baseless claim.
There doesn’t appear to be much to the case; Hicks claims to be a member of Full Tilt Poker but has not claimed to have played poker for money there. The foundation for the lawsuit seems to be simply that Full Tilt is an online poker site accessible to California residents via the Internet.
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