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Lederer and Two Others Settle Black Friday Charges With US Government

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Former Full Tilt Poker executive Howard Lederer has settled the civil charges against him stemming from online poker’s Black Friday.

Lederer admitted no wrongdoing in connection with the settlement. The total amount involved in the settlement is unknown. PokerFuse has some of the highlights.

Two other defendants – Mas Inc and Ultra Safe Pay –  settled simultaneously under similar circumstances.

Court documents detailing the settlement terms

Only Ferguson Remains in US v. PokerStars, et al.

The remaining defendant in this case, Chris Ferguson, has yet to settle. The DoJ memo enclosed with today’s filings offered some information on the status of his case:

The Government is also in settlement discussions with the remaining defendant/claimant, Christopher Ferguson. In the meantime, however, counsel for Ferguson has informed the Government that, in light of Lederer’ s settlement and withdraw of his motion, Ferguson requests that his memorandum in support of Lederer’s motion now be treated as a separate and independent motion to dismiss the complaint. The Government consents to this request, and counsel for Ferguson has consented to permitting the Government additional time to respond to the motion, particularly in light of the ongoing settlement negotiations.

Accordingly, the Government and defendant/claimant Ferguson jointly request that (a) Ferguson’s memorandum in support of Lederer’s motion to dismiss (D.E. 286) be treated as a separate motion to dismiss on behalf of Ferguson; and (b) the Government will have until January 28, 2013 to respond to the motion, and Ferguson will have until February 18, 2013 to file any reply.

Ray Bitar Case Separate

Former Full Tilt Poker head Ray Bitar is facing separate criminal and civil charges that have yet to be resolved.

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