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According to a recently released report on Gaming Intelligence, Groupe Bernard Tapie has hired the same lawyer who negotiated the Party Poker/DoJ and Neteller/DoJ settlements.
In 2009, PartyPoker agreed to pay a $105 million fine to settle with American authorities over the site’s breach of the UIGEA in a deal brokered by the very same lawyer which is now representing the Tapies.
In July of 2007, Neteller instead agreed to pay $136 million to the United States to settle their legal situation. The US government kept $60 million that they had already seized, plus Neteller had to make further payments of $40 million and $36 million.
The agreement between Full Tilt Poker and Groupe Bernard Tapie is reportedly subject to “several conditions”, and the biggest condition is a favourable resolution with the United States Department of Justice.
Tapies have said earlier, that there is still “a long way to go” before all ends meet, but they hope that the site can reopen by January 2012.
Source: Gaming Intelligence, Poker-King.com
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