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Trial Date Set in Tobey Maguire Poker Lawsuit

Spider-Man Star Being Sued for $300K in Poker Winnings


Tobey MaguireLate last week Radar Online reported that the trial date for a lawsuit stemming from Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire’s participation in a high-stakes celebrity poker game has been set for the week of Jan. 30, 2012.

In June, allegations came forth that Brad Ruderman, a man currently serving time in a Texas jail after being convicted of two counts of wire fraud and two counts of investment adviser fraud, lost about $25 million of investor money in the high-stakes poker games that also featured Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Nick Cassavetes, Gabe Kaplan, and Rick Salomon.

The lawsuit seeks to reclaim $311,200 in losses from Maguire, who is the only player named in the lawsuit thanks to a series of recovered bank transfers. According to RadarOnline, Howard Ehrenberg, the court appointed trustee for the investors of the defunct hedge fund, claims that Maguire “had no legally enforceable contractual right to receive payment, and had no right to enforce the winnings in state or federal court.” Furthermore, Maguire is “not entitled to receive the transfers from the debtor, which transfers were compromised of improperly diverted investor funds.”

Maguire has filed a response, arguing that he shouldn’t have to return the money because the games were legal. He is seeking dismissal and for his legal fees to be covered by the plaintiff.