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DOJ Extends Filing Deadline in Civil Case

October 3, 2011 - 1:53 PM EDT
DOJ Extends Filing Deadline in Civil Case

According to court records, the deadline for filing claims or answers with respect to the Black Friday civil forfeiture action has now been extended from September 30th to October 31st. Documents show that such extensions have so far been stipulated for the various companies associated with Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, and Absolute Poker/Ultimate Bet respectively. Each of these poker sites had already been granted extensions from the original July 15th deadline to September 30th. However, the filing of the amended civil complaint on September 20th and the accompanying additional forfeiture requests have reset the clock. Subject: Poker believes that the clock for any possible claims or answers with respect to any of the newly named assets subject to forfeiture as part of this case will begin after official publication of the assets on the DOJ's website,...

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Bitar Files Claim Against Seizures

September 30, 2011 - 12:37 PM EDT
Bitar Files Claim Against Seizures

While the poker world was discussing the AGCC's decision to revoke Full Tilt Pokers licenses, Ray Bitar was filing his claim against some seized assets that occurred on Black Friday. Bitar, citing his legal and equitable ownership interests in some of the in rem defendants, made his claim, as required by Rule G of the Supplemental Rules for Admiralty or Maritime and Asset Forfeiture Claims. He has also claimed ownership of the domain names.[1. The FullTiltPoker.com domain...

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DOJ Moves to Seize FTP Board Members’ Funds

September 23, 2011 - 12:14 PM EDT
DOJ Moves to Seize FTP Board Members’ Funds

On September 19, Subject: Poker reported that the US Attorneys office for the Southern District of New York amended the civil complaint originally unsealed on Black Friday to include allegations against three additional board members of Full Tilt Poker, Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson, and Rafe Furst. Now, Subject: Poker has learned that warrants have been issued to seize the assets of these three men. The newly named civil defendants, Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson, and Rafe Furst,...

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French Investors Consider Purchasing FTP

September 21, 2011 - 9:34 PM EDT
French Investors Consider Purchasing FTP

Subject: Poker has learned that there is indeed a French investment group that is seriously considering purchasing Full Tilt Poker. In an exclusive interview with Jeff Ifrah, a lawyer associated with Full Tilt, Ifrah told Subject: Poker that French investors have, in fact, been working on a potential deal with FTP for weeks. Their first visit to Dublin was on August 24, eight days after the exclusivity period with a previous interested party had expired. Here is what...

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FTP – a Pro Se Future?

September 1, 2011 - 2:01 PM EDT
FTP – a Pro Se Future?

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.;...

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The Colorful Cast of Characters Part I: Ira Rubin

August 24, 2011 - 11:28 PM EDT
The Colorful Cast of Characters Part I: Ira Rubin

Who are the real people indicted by the DOJ on Black Friday? Subject: Poker asked this question and found some interesting answers. This is the first in a series giving readers some insight into the who's who of those in the DOJ's crosshairs. What's it like to be on the run from the law for years? Are you constantly looking over your shoulder to see who's following? Can you really always stay one step ahead or...

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