Whistleblower Veronica Brill Not Among 60 Players Who Accept Settlement in Postlegate Scandal

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Whistleblower Veronica Brill Not Among 60 Players Who Accept Settlement in Postlegate Scandal
13 Sep

The $multimillion lawsuit central to the Postlegate cheating scandal has this week seen 60 of the 88 plaintiffs accepting a settlement – but whistleblower Veronica Brill is not among them, and lawyer Mac Verstandig is off the case.

The long-running saga erupted after Brill outed Mike Postle for cheating in a live-streamed cash game at the Stones Gambling Hall in Sacramento.

Postle, Stones and their poker manager Justin Kuraitis were all named as defendants in a $30million lawsuit launched by Verstandig on behalf of 88 plaintiffs.

However, the case against Postle was dismissed a few months ago, the news coming as a huge shock to Brill and almost everybody else…

That still left Stones’ owners Kings Casino LLC (which has no connection to Leon Tsoukernik’s Kings Casino in Rozvadov) as well as Kuraitis to face possible amended claims.

For 60 of the plaintiffs, and the lawyer behind the civil suit, enough is apparently enough. This week Judge William B. Shubb, of the Eastern District of California, filed notice in the case:

"First, in the above-captioned case, Defendants King’s Casino and Kuraitis have settled with the Plaintiffs set forth in Exhibit A. The Settlement Agreement has been executed by the settling parties."

There is no word on what that settlement might be worth financially, but it is expected to fall far short of the estimated $¼million in illicit earnings they claim Postle took from them.

What happens next, if anything, is unclear. Mac Verstandig stepped away from the case on September 11th.

Shubb’s filing explains:

“Third, Plaintiffs’ counsel have advised the non-settling Plaintiffs that they will seek to withdraw as counsel. No non-settling Plaintiff has indicated an objection to withdrawal by Plaintiffs’ counsel, although a number have simply been non-responsive to counsels’ entreaties.”

The remaining 28 plaintiffs, including Brill, could theoretically object to Verstandig stepping down. Finding new representation to resurrect the lawsuit may prove difficult given the recent dismissals in California and Nevada.

Nevada saw a separate lawsuit launched by Marle Cordeiro, against Postle only, but as we reported last month, it was dismissed when US District Court of Nevada judge James C. Mahan cited lack of jurisdiction.

None of the plaintiffs or defendants have as yet publicly commented on the latest lawsuit situation.

Our extensive coverage of the Postlegate scandal can be viewed below for those wishing to brush up on the entire case:

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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more


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