Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Frivolous Lawsuit or Justified Legal Action: You Make the Call

As you are probably well aware by now, the world of online poker is a seriously large business. While making profits off of the game of poker was something that was controlled by Las Vegas and other brick & mortar casinos for many decades, the Internet has completely changed the landscape of the poker industry. Thanks to the growth and popularity of online poker, large businesses have been built on properties that only exist in the realm of cyberspace.

As with any industry where there is a lot of money to be made (and a lot of money to be lost), deals are made on a regular basis that can change a company's (or individual's) future forever. While many of these deals successfully go through and turn out for the best, this is not the case one hundred percent of the time. A recently filed piece of legal action shows what can happen when two parties are attempting to make a deal with each other, but end up not seeing eye to eye on the issue.

The piece of legal action in question was filed by Cycalona Gowen, who is better known within the poker community as Clonie Gowen. Clonie is a professional poker player, and until recently, she was working for Full Tilt Poker (which is a large online poker website). Although she had been working for Full Tilt Poker since it launched in 2004, the legal action filed by Gowen claims that she was recently told that she would not only no longer be working with the website, but that her name and image would be removed from all existing promotional materials.

The part of this legal action that gets interesting is how much money Gowen is seeking. According to the legal action she filed, Gowen is seeking a whooping forty million dollars in damages. In the legal action that she filed against Full Tilt Poker, she alleged the following against the company: Breach of Contract, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Breach of the Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing, Unjust Enrichment and Fraud.

Although her lawsuit contains some pretty heavy allegations, the other interesting part of her story is that she never signed a written contract, and all of her claims are based on an oral agreement from 2004.