Whistleblower Veronica Brill Awarded $27,000 Against Mike Postle in Anti-SLAPP Lawsuit Judgement

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Whistleblower Veronica Brill Awarded $27,000 Against Mike Postle in Anti-SLAPP Lawsuit Judgement
19 Jun

This week it was Veronica Brill’s turn to be awarded financial recompense against Mike Postle, the whistleblower in the alleged cheating scandal granted $27,745 towards her legal costs in the long-running saga...

Postle did not appear for the latest episode in the courtroom drama that has already seen him hit with a $26,982 judgement in the Todd Witteles anti-SLAPP case.

Brill had also filed an anti-SLAPP lawsuit following Postle’s $330million defamation action against her, Witteles and ten others, including Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk.

When Postle voluntarily withdrew his lawsuit, he automatically lost the financial battle, as Brill’s lawyer Marc J. Randazza explained to CardsChat last month.

“California law is crystal clear on this. If you file a SLAPP [Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation] suit, and you try to cut and run after getting hit with an anti-SLAPP motion, you are deemed the losing party and have to pay the prevailing party’s fees. Now, he doesn’t even have a prayer of being the prevailing party.”

However, just as Witteles’ fees claim was whittled down from $43,314.50 to just under $27k, so too was Brill’s total costs claim deemed excessive.

Randazza had filed for $78,600 in legal expenses, but Presiding California Superior Court Judge Shama H. Mesiwala cut that extensively.

Judge Mesiwala allowed for the following:

  • 15 hours x $800/hour for Randazza’s work – $12,000
  • 25 hours x $450/hour for associate attorney work – $11,250
  • 20 hours x $175/hour for paralegal staffers work – $3,525

She also awarded $961.90 in court fee costs to Brill as defendant, who told CardsChat news’ Haley Hintze:

“I’m happy with the result and I’m glad that he has to pay at least something. It feels a little bit like he’s paying something back.”

The story is far from over as both Brill and Witteles will still have to enforce the collection of the money from Postle, whose no-show was perhaps unexpected given the 300+ page document he filed earlier this month.

Although he succeeded in having the amount he must pay reduced, it has been an overall horrendous month for the man accused of cheating a livestreamed cash game.

As well as the two financial hits, his ex-wife also appeared in public and revealed alleged details of Postle’s tawdry and sordid past that includes domestic violence, scams and casino arrests.

The interview with Veronica Brill also saw his ex-wife, Sabina Johnson, produce screenshots of text messages from her ex-husband that she claims is an attempt to use their daughter as leverage to prevent her from speaking out against him.

If you missed anything connected to the case over the past year, our extensive coverage of the Postlegate scandal can be viewed below:

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