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One day after PokerTrillion announced the First Hall Civil Court in Malta had authorized a seizure of Boss Media's servers, Boss Media released a statement saying PokerTrillion's legal action was "without merit." It also said that all player funds would not be affected by "current proceedings" because they are "held separately under the control of the Malta Lotteries and Gaming Authority and cannot be seized by any court."
The statement came on the heels of PokerTrillion's claim that Judge Gino Camilleri had ruled that the Boss Media servers can no longer be used for any commercial activity on Sept. 18 and that Boss Media would not be allowed to appeal the court's decision any further. Maltese officials have not yet responded to Casino City's request to see the court documents.
PokerTrillion.com CEO Andy Pyrah says Camilleri's decision "will in effect bring down Boss Media's operation in their licensed jurisdiction of Malta" as well as "any partner still on the Boss Poker Network."
Boss Media did not deny that its servers have been seized in its statement, and said that it is exploring various legal options regarding its Maltese assets and that it has the requisite assets in place to ensure that its business will continue to operate "with the highest standards."
"In the extremely unlikely event that any Malta operations would be affected, Boss Media have high-performance back-up systems in place to ensure continued service to all our customers and their players," the statement said. Boss Media's International Poker Network (IPN) is the seventh-largest online poker network, according to PokerScout.com, a Web site devoted tracking online poker traffic. The site's data shows that IPN ranks fifth among networks and sites that don't accept U.S. players.
PokerTrillion launched as a rake back site on Boss' IPN network in January of 2007. The site left the IPN network for Everleaf Gaming Network this past April, and the parting wasn't amicable.
According to Boss, the site "was terminated because of rake back violations." For its part, PokerTrillion filed a €45 million lawsuit against Boss Media for "fraudulent and potential criminal activities."
And as far as Boss is concerned, everything about this lawsuit is just sour grapes. "Poker Trillion's recent comments are a reckless attempt to support a legal action that is without merit and initiated as retribution for their dismissal from the Boss Media network…They have since then repeatedly tried to disrupt the Boss Media business through the dissemination of groundless rumors." Boss Media explained that in April 2008 Poker Trillion alleged in a press release a claim that among other things, Boss Media player funds were frozen.
"The allegations were false but typical of the type of tactics employed by Poker Trillion," Boss Media said in its statement.
But in PokerTrillion's statement announcing the ruling, Pyrah added that, "It should also be noted that despite appeals from Boss Media, we've been successful in every one of our applications that we've filed with the courts in Malta and this includes having our initial garnishee order increased from €5million to €20million earlier this month.
"This in turn means that there is now a €20million freezing order on all Boss Media's assets within this jurisdiction, and in accordance with European law we will be applying for this to be executed all over Europe."