PokerStars has filed a motion to dismiss charges made against the company by the US government on Black Friday. The dismissal could help to advance the rumored takeover deal between Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars.
The entity of companies that make up PokerStars
has filed a motion to dismiss the charges brought against them by the US government on Black Friday, Pokerfuse
The motion asserts that the charges were made on insufficient grounds, and follow similar claims made by Full Tilt Poker co-founders Howard Lederer and Rafe Furst earlier this week.
The motions were soon after followed by another motion to dismiss from Chris "Jesus" Ferguson. Like PokerStars, the Full Tilt bosses claim that the US government has failed to prove that the company was deliberately defrauding its customers.
The motions further posit that Full Tilt Poker's activities did not qualify as the operation of an illegal gambling business, a major technical turning point in the ongoing case.
The developments in the case could serve a higher goal, as the U.S. government at the same time filed motions of its own to have two other cases against Full Tilt and PokerStars dismissed
One case is about a class action lawsuit against Full Tilt Poker by a group of former players, and the other is a lawsuit that claims that PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker were engaging in unfair business practices that skewed the market and hindered competitors.
The motion to dismiss from the U.S. government is rumored to have been presented in order to clear the companies so that the pending takeover deal can be completed.
However, there is still not any official word out on any possible advances in the deal from neither PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker or the U.S. Department of Justice.