Mike Postle Accused of Dodging Legal Service in Second Poker Cheating Case3 weeks ago
Alleged poker cheat Mike Postle is again accused of having dodged legal service, this time in the lawsuit filed in Nevada by “Stones Live!” participant Marle Cordeiro. Las Vegas attorney Maurice “Mac” VerStandig filed a motion on April 27 on behalf of Cordeiro, seeking sanctions against Postle for his failure to acknowledge or respond to summons in the civil case.
Postle’s alleged failure to comply with the legal summons mirrors the early court developments in the larger case involving Postle in California. That case involves 88 separate plaintiffs who have sued Postle, the parent company of Stones Gambling Hall, and Stones employee Justin Kuraitis. Cordeiro was eligible to join that complaint, but instead opted to file suit in Nevada, her home state, while alleging that she was “recruited” across state lines to play in a live-streamed cash game allegedly cheated by Postle.
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VerStandig is also the primary attorney in the larger California case, which seeks $10 million in damages from Postle and the other defendants, with a racketeering claim that could swell a possible judgment to $30 million.
This week’s motion in the Cordeiro case includes numerous details about several weeks of unsuccessful efforts to serve legal notice to Postle, who lives in greater Sacramento. The primary motion asking for sanctions against Postle includes an additional 15 appendices. Those appendices detail the history of the failed attempts by a Sacramento process server, plus a recap of the similar happenings in the California matter, which delayed the beginning of that other case by over two months.
The appendices also include e-mail exchanges between VerStandig and Postle’s mother, Rose Postle, who also lives in Sacramento. Rose Postle filed a revised defense statement on her son’s behalf in California, thus serving as an officer of the court. In the Cordeiro case, she agreed to notify her son of VerStandig’s attempt at contact, and thus of Cordeiro’s lawsuit. Mike Postle, according to the filings, ignored all those attempts.
The filing also includes a proposed court order approving four alternate modes of communication and legal service. Instead of using the US postal service or an in-person server, which Postle has evaded to date, VerStandig hopes the court will approve service via FedEx, two email addresses known to be actively used by Postle, and his account on Twitter (@Mike_Postle).
The motion for sanctions is likely to be addressed at the first scheduled hearing for the case, on June 1, 2020 in Las Vegas.
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