Mike Postle, the poker player at the center of cheating allegations in relation to livestreamed cash games at Stones Gambling Hall, might have to look for another legal team to represent him in his multimillion defamation lawsuit against those who accused him of wrongdoing.
Lowe & Lowe Associates recently launched a motion to drop him as a client. The paperwork was filed by Steven T. Lowe with the Sacramento Superior Court on December 8.
The document was shared on Twitter by noted gaming attorney Mac VerStandig, who represented dozens of plaintiffs in the initial lawsuit against Postle, Stones, and tournament director Justin Kuraitis.
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The case was eventually dismissed by a US district court judge back in August, with some of the plaintiffs subsequently agreeing to a settlement with both Stones and Kuraitis.
Less than two months after the case was dropped, Postle filed a $330 million lawsuit for what he claimed was sustained damages to his reputation and poker career which came as a result of the allegations. Among prominent names listed as defendants were Phil Galfond, Daniel Negreanu, Haralabos Voulgaris, and Joey Ingram. Postle also targeted whistleblower Veronica Brill.
Ruling Due on Jan 14
Now, Postle’s lawyer is seeking to discontinue representing him in the defamation case because of his alleged failure to comply with their written agreement. Lowe also stated in the filing that they’re no longer communicating with Postle. The motion will come before presiding California Superior Court judge Richard K. Sueyoshi, who is due to give a ruling on the filing on January 14, 2021.
Should the judge approve Lowe’s motion, Postle could get a new lawyer, or represent himself as a pro se litigant, or the American poker pro could decide to discard the lawsuit altogether. In the meantime, proceedings in the case are expected to be put on hold until a resolution is found regarding Postle’s representation.
Lowe’s motion is believed to have been prompted by a lack of payment by Postle, considering the size of the defamation lawsuit.
The cheating allegations involving Postle came to light in September 2019, following a Twitter expose by Brill, who previously worked as commentator for Stones. The cash games player was accused of cheating by means of electronic communication, as allegedly shown by his frequent use of a mobile phone in the middle of the games. Postle allegedly carried out the practice with the help of an inside accomplice.
After taking a lot of flak in the poker community, the court ruled in favor of Postle.