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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Bluemoon Drops Suit Against Bodog, FSN

Yesterday, on Monday, August 7, Bluemoon Entertainment dropped its ongoing lawsuit against Bodog and Fox Sports Net, ending one of the most interesting poker-legal battles of the year. Bluemoon's press release, which took one last shot at Bodog, cited the defendant's "offshore status and business practices" as primary causes for the dropping of the suit, conceding that is "very unlikely that Bluemoon could collect any potential judgment in the U.S."

The release continued by summarizing some of the obvious points in the matter and mentioned previously reported items as well, including the short and acrimonious May 3rd meeting where Bodog reps were reported to have vowed to keep their assets beyond U.S. reach. That this case's result was predictable doesn't change the fact that Bodog hasn't done the greater poker world any good in this or other matters. It's a matter of short-term gains, from the Bodog view, even if that means cutting off one's nose to spite the face.

As Bluemoon spokesperson Grace Williams said, "This case should serve as a wake-up call to U.S. companies considering doing business with such firms." And, this writer adds, to serve as additional fodder for legislators seeking proof of the predatory nature of certain "offshore" sites.

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