Former Full Tilt employee subpoenaed

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Sep 17, 2010 Posted in Poker Industry News | No Comments »

Poker players around the United States have likely let out a collective groan after rumors began to swirl through the poker media that the infamous US District Court for the Southern District of New York is at it again. This time they have subpoenaed former Full Tilt Poker employee, and poker pro, Jason ‘JDN’ Newitt.

Newitt was fired by Full Tilt Poker over certain embarrassing E-Mails, and has filed a wrongful dismissal suit against the world’s second largest online poker room. It’s unclear why Newitt was in New York at the Southern District Court, and whether it has to do with his case, or some other case.

Newitt’s case against Full Tilt Poker claims that not only was unfairly let go, but his distribution payments were unfairly ceased, and his ownership stake was taken over! The claims bear a strong resemblance to the failed case brought against Full Tilt poker by poker pro Clonie Gowen –that case was dismissed earlier this year, although Gowen does have the right to re-file in the future. We’ll have to see if Newitt’s testimony affects Gowen’s case.

The Southern district has been one of the fiercest fighters taking on the online poker industry, most notably seizing over $30 million of poker players’ funds, as they brought forth a case against online payment processors who were in violation of US laws.

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