Prime Social files first lawsuit after May raid on poker club


REPORTING LIVE IN SOUTHWEST
HOUSTON, PHIL ARCHER, KPRC HOUSTON, PHIL ARCHER, KPRC
CHANNEL 2 NEWS. CHANNEL 2 NEWS.
>>NEW TONIGHT, HOUSTON’S MOST>>NEW TONIGHT, HOUSTON’S MOST
POPULAR POKER CLUB PRIME SOCIAL, POPULAR POKER CLUB PRIME SOCIAL,
HAS FILED A LAWSUIT THAT STEMS HAS FILED A LAWSUIT THAT STEMS
FROM THE MAY RAID ON THAT CLUB. FROM THE MAY RAID ON THAT CLUB.
>>PRIME SOCIAL IS SUING HOUSTON>>PRIME SOCIAL IS SUING HOUSTON
LAW FIRM JONES WALKER, WHICH LAW FIRM JONES WALKER, WHICH
THEY HAD HIRED AS EXPERTS IN THEY HAD HIRED AS EXPERTS IN
GAMING LAW. GAMING LAW.
OUR BILL BARAJAS JOINS US LIVE OUR BILL BARAJAS JOINS US LIVE
IN SOUTHWEST HOUSTON WITH IN SOUTHWEST HOUSTON WITH
DETAILS OF THIS LAWSUIT. DETAILS OF THIS LAWSUIT.
BILL? BILL?
>>Reporter: THE LAWSUIT SAYS>>Reporter: THE LAWSUIT SAYS
THEY ARE SEEKING OVER A MILLION THEY ARE SEEKING OVER A MILLION
DOLLARS AND WHAT THEY ARE DOLLARS AND WHAT THEY ARE
CALLING GROSS NEGLIGENCE. CALLING GROSS NEGLIGENCE.
THIS IS THE FIRST OF WHAT COULD THIS IS THE FIRST OF WHAT COULD
BE MANY LAWSUITS STEMMING FROM BE MANY LAWSUITS STEMMING FROM
THE MAY RAID ON THE POKER CLUB. THE MAY RAID ON THE POKER CLUB.
>>IT’S AGAINST JONES WALKER,>>IT’S AGAINST JONES WALKER,
WHICH HAVE THE LAW FIRM THAT WHICH HAVE THE LAW FIRM THAT
PRIME SOCIAL HIRED TO HELP THEM PRIME SOCIAL HIRED TO HELP THEM
GET AN ORDINANCE PASSED TO GET AN ORDINANCE PASSED TO
ELIMINATE ANY CONFUSION ABOUT ELIMINATE ANY CONFUSION ABOUT
WHAT THE LAW WAS. WHAT THE LAW WAS.
>>Reporter: A CONSULTANT FOR>>Reporter: A CONSULTANT FOR
PRIME SOCIAL SAYS THE POKER CLUB PRIME SOCIAL SAYS THE POKER CLUB
HIRED THEM BASED ON THEIR HIRED THEM BASED ON THEIR
REPRESENTATION AS EXPERTS IN REPRESENTATION AS EXPERTS IN
GAMING LAW. GAMING LAW.
THE LAWSUIT ALSO CLAIMS THE FIRM THE LAWSUIT ALSO CLAIMS THE FIRM
LED THEM TO BELIEVE THEY WERE LED THEM TO BELIEVE THEY WERE
WORKING WITH CITY OFFICIALS ON A WORKING WITH CITY OFFICIALS ON A
NEW ORDINANCE FOR PRIVATE POKER NEW ORDINANCE FOR PRIVATE POKER
CLUBS. CLUBS.
>>THE LAWYER FROM THAT FIRM WAS>>THE LAWYER FROM THAT FIRM WAS
THE FIRST PERSON THAT SAID, HEY, THE FIRST PERSON THAT SAID, HEY,
I CAN GET THIS DONE FOR YOU. I CAN GET THIS DONE FOR YOU.
AND THEN YOU NEED TO HAVE OUR AND THEN YOU NEED TO HAVE OUR
INVESTIGATOR, YOU NEED TO PAY INVESTIGATOR, YOU NEED TO PAY
OUR INVESTIGATOR. OUR INVESTIGATOR.
THEY PAID 250,000, PLUS MORE, TO THEY PAID 250,000, PLUS MORE, TO
THAT INVESTIGATOR. THAT INVESTIGATOR.
AS PART OF THAT SAME GROUP OF AS PART OF THAT SAME GROUP OF
PEOPLE, THERE WAS THE SENIOR PEOPLE, THERE WAS THE SENIOR
ADVISOR FROM THE D.A.’S OFFICE, ADVISOR FROM THE D.A.’S OFFICE,
THE ONE WHO GOT FIRED WHEN KIM THE ONE WHO GOT FIRED WHEN KIM
OGG DISMISSED IT. OGG DISMISSED IT.
>>ONCE THEY STOPPED PAYING,>>ONCE THEY STOPPED PAYING,
THEY WERE RETALIATED AGAINST. THEY WERE RETALIATED AGAINST.
BOTH PRIME SOCIAL AND POST OAK BOTH PRIME SOCIAL AND POST OAK
POKE BE CLUB WERE CLOSED. POKE BE CLUB WERE CLOSED.
AUTHORITIES SEIZED EQUIPMENTS AUTHORITIES SEIZED EQUIPMENTS
AND MONEY. AND MONEY.
THEY WERE CHARGED WITH MONEY THEY WERE CHARGED WITH MONEY
LAUNDERING, THOSE CHARGE WERE LAUNDERING, THOSE CHARGE WERE
LATER DROPPED BY THE D.A.’S LATER DROPPED BY THE D.A.’S
OFFICE. OFFICE.
>>THE DAMAGE DONE TO PRIME>>THE DAMAGE DONE TO PRIME
SOCIAL, IT’S FINANCES. SOCIAL, IT’S FINANCES.
AND TO ITS EMPLOYEES. AND TO ITS EMPLOYEES.
MORE THAN 140 PEOPLE LOST THEIR MORE THAN 140 PEOPLE LOST THEIR
JOBS THE DAY OF THAT RAID. JOBS THE DAY OF THAT RAID.
PEOPLE SPENT TENS OF THOUSANDS PEOPLE SPENT TENS OF THOUSANDS
OF DOLLARS TO FIGHT FALSE OF DOLLARS TO FIGHT FALSE
CHARGES. CHARGES.
>>THE PRIME SOCIAL CLUB IS>>THE PRIME SOCIAL CLUB IS
SCHEDULED TO REOPEN TOMORROW. SCHEDULED TO REOPEN TOMORROW.
WE’RE OUTSIDE THE DOORS ON THE WE’RE OUTSIDE THE DOORS ON THE
SIDE. SIDE.
THEY ARE DOING SOME WORK, THEY ARE DOING SOME WORK,
GETTING READY FOR THE REOPENING. GETTING READY FOR THE REOPENING.
AS FOR THE LAWSUIT, NO COURT AS FOR THE LAWSUIT, NO COURT
DATE HAD BEEN SET YET, WE ALSO DATE HAD BEEN SET YET, WE ALSO
REACHED OUT TO JONES WALKER FOR REACHED OUT TO JONES WALKER FOR
COMMENT. COMMENT.
BUT HAVE NOT HEARD BACK AS OF BUT HAVE NOT HEARD BACK AS OF
NEWS TIME TODAY. NEWS TIME TODAY.
LIVE ON THE SOUTHWEST SIDE, BILL

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