The ex-wife of Phil Ivey, who emerged as the World Series of Poker (WSOP) champion eight times, has sued her ex-husband and two of his attorneys, accusing them of attempting to cheat her of her share of their community property.
Luciaetta Marie Ivey, Phil Ivey’s ex-wife, has hired a Florida-based lawyer to file a suit in the Nevada court against her ex-husband and his lawyers John Spilotro, who served as her own lawyer once, and David Chesnoff.
Gary Logan, the legal representative of Luciaetta Marie Ivey, alleges that Spilotro “failed to safeguard the financial interests of his client” and that Ivey and Chesnoff “engaged in a combination and conspiracy” when their divorce case was being heard, resulting in Luciaetta Marie Ivey being cheated of her share of their community property.
According to the lawsuit, Phil Ivey had reported “community income in excess of $8 million, yet Spilotro made no effort to trace these funds before allowing his client to enter into a disadvantageous marital settlement agreement” in 2008.
However, the Iveys are involved in a number of lawsuits, the above-mentioned being just one of them. According to a legal paper filed in the Nevada Supreme Court, a year after they were divorced, Luciaetta Ivey “became aware of the anomalies in how her divorce was handled” and wanted to re-open the case in June 2011.
The lawyers of the former Mrs. Ivey had made a move to disqualify William Gonzalez, the judge of the Clark Country Family Court, from the divorce case because contributions made by Phil Ivey and some others related to this case to his political campaign had greatly influenced his ruling. However, Jennifer Togliatti, the chief judge of the Clark County District Court, had denied this motion. Meanwhile Togliatti’s ruling has been challenged in the Nevada Supreme Court.
The former Mrs. Ivey’s lawyers have claimed in the Nevada Supreme Court that, when her plea for a divorce was being heard, Chesnoff had instructed her to hire Spilotro, who had received a fee of $10,000 from Phil Ivey. However, the lawsuit of Tuesday claims that “at the suggestion and direction of (Phil) Ivey and Chesnoff, plaintiff hired John Spilotro to represent her.”
According to paper’s filed by Chesnoff on Dec 9, “Mr. Ivey exercised a fundamental right in donating to a judicial campaign for a judge that he felt was qualified for the bench at a time when his case had long been closed.”