Poker pro Clonie Gowen's $40 million lawsuit against former sponsor Full Tilt Poker has finally come to a close. Gowen's lawsuit, filed on November 14th, 2008, sought $40 million in damages from Full Tilt Poker, Tiltware, a series of related organizations, Tiltware Chief Executive Officer Raymond Bitar and a group of Team Full Tilt players, claiming violation of contract and others.
Gowen alleged in 2004 that she was promised a one percent share in the site in exchange for her endorsement but never received any form of compensation. Concluding that her claim of a deal with the online site lacked any detail and that she was never offered a legal collaboration with Full Tilt Poker because she was never held responsible for the online poker site's losses before becoming profitable, US District Court Judge Robert Jones dismissed the lawsuit for a 3rd and final time on February 12th, 2010.
Judge Jones said that nowhere in the lawsuit does the Plaintiff allege, consistent with a usual partnership, that the deal made her liable for one percent of Full Tilt Poker's losses before it became profitable. Judge Jones added that therefore, it is not possible that a general or limited collaboration was offered to Gowen.
Judge Jones approved a motion to dismiss the lawsuit in April 2009 but the lawsuit was not dismissed out in its entirety. Gowen was given opportunity to amend the lawsuit to include just Full Tilt Poker, Tiltware, the related groups, Brian and Howard Lederer as defendants and appeal the decision to dismiss the lawsuit.
In a decision released in October 2009, Judge Jones both denied Clowie Gowen's appeal and granted the latest motion of Full Tilt poker to dismiss the newly modified complaint. However, the lawsuit was not dead yet. Judge Jones granted Clonie Gowen the chance to amend the lawsuit for a third time to include on Tiltware.
Lawyers for Gowen re-filed the lawsuit but the latest decision of Judge Jones put an end to the lawsuit. Gowen, who has more than $1.6 million in poker career tournament earnings, is currently participating in the ANZPT event in Adelaide, Australia As a PokerStars sponsored poker player.