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Two more lawsuits were added to the court dockets this week in the United States, as the Commonwealth of Kentucky and company Cardroom International filed complaints in court.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky's Secretary for Justice and Public Safety J. Michael Brown has submitted a claim for the domain names of PokerStars.com, AbsolutePoker.com, FullTiltPoker.com and UltimateBet.com. Kentucky is also seeking cash for the sale of the domain names.
Kentucky's claim is posted online for interested parties to read at: http://docs.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/new-york/nysdce/1:2...
In other legal news, a software development company named Cardroom International has filed a $30 million lawsuit as it feels it has been blocked from licensing its software to companies due to the events of Black Friday. Cardroom International is seeking funds from five of the bank accounts that have been linked to the Full Tilt indictments by the U.S. government.
A Cardroom International statement reads:
"Cardroom sought to license its software to major media companies for use on their sports-related sites. Between them, the PokerStars defendants and the Full Tilt defendants entered into agreements whereby they provided such play (for) money services to ESPN/ABC, Fox and NBC.
"At a meeting with one of the aforementioned networks, the CEO of Cardroom was informed that adoption of his system faced the barrier of the purchase of airtime on the network by PokerStars companies, as the PokerStars companies were tying continued purchase of airtime to use of their software and system on the network's website.
"Within weeks of meeting with this network, the network announced a deal with PokerStars. The bulk of the money utilized by the PokerStars defendants to purchase time for poker television programs came from funds illegally obtained from United States poker players.
"Though Full Tilt did not directly interfere in the potential transaction between Cardroom and the network, it was due to the joint conspiracy of the PokerStars defendants and the Full Tilt defendants alleged below that both companies achieved their dominant position in on-line poker."