Full Tilt Poker attorney in the pending class action lawsuit, Jeff Ifrah, has asked the court for permission to step down, citing “an unreasonable financial burden on the law firm.”
In a motion filed with the court on August 31, A. Jeff Ifrah, David B. Deitch, and Ifrah’s law firm, Ifrah PLLC, have asked to be relieved as attorneys for the defense. Ifrah has been acting as attorney for Tiltware, LLC; Vantage, Ltd.; Filco, Ltd.; Pocket Kings Ltd.; Pocket Kings Consulting Ltd.; Howard Lederer; Chris Ferguson; Jennifer Harman-Traniello; Erick Lindgren; Erik Seidel; Andrew Bloch; Mike Matusow; and Allen Cunningham in the class action suit.1 In his motion, Mr. Ifrah cites that continuing representation, facing numerous new and renewed motions by the plaintiffs, based on information from his clients, would create “unreasonable difficulty to carry out his employment effectively and would result on an unreasonable financial burden on the law firm.”
The suit, filed in late June, is brought by four American Full Tilt Poker players on behalf of themselves and those similarly situated in the class, to recover US players funds stranded on Full Tilt since Black Friday. The suit alleges numerous RICO violations and requests damages for US players that were harmed by the alleged illegal activity of Full Tilt and those involved. Crucially, the suit names many alleged owners of the poker site and allows for the addition of more owners as they are discovered. In doing so, the suit attempts to pierce the corporate veil in order to lay blame on the owners of the poker site for the poker site’s actions and to recover damages from them as a result.
Jeff Ifrah could not be reached for comment.
Full Tilt Poker’s money woes are not new to the poker-playing public. Their license was suspended by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission on June 29th, and they have been searching for investors to help them dig out from under for the last few months without success. Subject: Poker is working to learn more detailed information about Full Tilt’s financial situation, and we hope to have a feature article published shortly on the topic.
- Ray Bitar has no listed lawyers in the public documents and has not filed an answer to the complaint. Ifrah represents Bitar in other cases. It is not clear whether he ever represented Bitar in this case and, if so, if he will continue to. Some other defendants have not filed an answer to the complaint and do not have lawyers as well, including Nelson Burtnick, Gus Hansen, Patrik Antonius. Some of the defendants chose different representation, including John Juanda. ↩