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Cardroom International’s (CI) legal attempts to grab a $30mm piece of the Black Friday settlement pie were rebuffed in Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday.
The Hon. Elizabeth White issued a tentative ruling dismissing CI’s California case (Cardroom International LLC v. Mark Scheinberg, et al).
CI can appeal White’s ruling. If you’re not familiar with CI’s claim, Haley Hintze penned a good overview at PokerFuse.
CI continues to wage a parallel battle in federal court connected to United States v PokerStars, et al.
The DoJ has been trying to secure a dismissal of CI’s claims for over year and continues to hold some $30mm of Black Friday funds in the event that CI prevails.
While the California ruling does not directly impact the federal case, DoJ attorneys have utilized past developments in the CA case as ammunition for their effort to dismiss CI’s federal claims.
Attorneys familiar with the case told me that they expect CI’s federal claim to be significantly damaged by today’s ruling.