Gowen lawsuit tilts again

Clonie Gowen

Clonie Gowen's $40 million lawsuit against Full Tilt Poker has been dismissed again.

The lawsuit, filed Nov. 14, 2008, sought $40 million in damages from Full Tilt Poker, Tiltware, a series of related companies, Tiltware CEO Raymond Bitar and a group of Team Full Tilt players, claiming, among other things, breach of contract.

Gowen alleged that in 2004 she was offered a 1% stake in the site in exchange for her services as a celebrity endorser, but never received compensation.

She was dropped from the Team Full Tilt roster just days before the suit was filed.

Federal Judge Robert Jones granted a motion to dismiss the case back in April of this year, but the lawsuit was not thrown out in its entirety.

Gowen was given leave to amend the complaint to include just Full Tilt Poker, Tiltware, the related companies, Bitar and Howard Lederer as defendants and appeal the decision to dismiss the case.

However, in a decision released this week, Judge Jones both denied Gowen's appeal and granted Full Tilt's latest motion to dismiss the newly amended complaint.

Although, it appears the suit is not dead yet.

Judge Jones has granted Gowen leave to amend the complaint a third time to include only Tiltware.

Gowen and her lawyers have 15 days from the Oct. 14 decision date to file the amended complaint.

A former Oklahoma teen beauty queen, Gowen has over $1.6 million in career tournament earnings.

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