Lawyers acting for Doug Polk and his partners have attempted to silence PLO coach Fernando “JNandez87” Habegger, despite Polk’s Upswing Poker crew having already lost one lawsuit costing them over $150,000.
Are you really going to try to enforce the contract that Upswing was already proven to be in breach of?
You can’t spin your way out of this one.
You can’t silence the truth. pic.twitter.com/WMVMT8pADq
— JNandez (@JNandezPoker) April 26, 2023
Lawyers for Polk have claimed that Habegger is still bound by a confidentiality clause, even after Polk repeatedly took to social media to harangue the Swiss PLO expert during their falling out.
Washing Dirty Laundry in Public
Doug Polk and Habegger have been embroiled in a public battle of words since the latter left Polk’s Upswing Poker in 2018, unhappy with what he was being paid for his coaching work among other issues.
That departure led Polk to launch a social media campaign against Habegger, stating publicly: “JNandez plans to steal our customers and use that to begin his own site,” and claiming that Habegger had failed to pay an old woman who had knitted scarves with the JNandez logo.
It appears Jscamdez has bounced on paying an elderly lady for 100 hours of knitting scarves with his logo on it
You cant make this stuff uphttps://t.co/TBFdUqvLeu
— Doug Polk (@DougPolkVids) July 20, 2018
This was followed by a lawsuit claiming Habegger had breached his contract, with Charlie Carrel recently divulging details of the case.
It’s time to tell the tale of an angry keyboard warrior @DougPolkVids and his arch nemesis, the courts of justice.
The word allegedly is behind all of this, just in case Douglas’ litigious side comes out again.
And the long form conversation offer is still open. pic.twitter.com/dNRSTuidnX
— Charlie Carrel (@Charlie_Carrel) April 18, 2023
Habegger’s counterclaim for defamation was thrown out by the judge, but he was awarded him contract damages of $17,000, $110k+ attorney’s fees, and $12k in litigation costs – a win in anyone’s book.
As the opening tweet shops, lawyers acting for Polk and his partners at Upswing weren’t happy at this public fightback, which included Habegger appearing on Matt Berkey’s Only Friends podcast.
Spinning Lies and Gaslighting
Habegger was far from ready to be quiet about the long-running situation, explaining in no uncertain terms that he’d won the lawsuit…
– My contract counterclaim was granted. You breached the agreement by deciding to withhold my owed payment.
– I never said you stole. When did you note you owed me 17k instead of 1,3k?
– I stated everything else correctly, stop trying to gaslight people or spin lies.
— Jnandez (@JnandezPoker) April 27, 2023
Poker Twitter certainly seemed to be siding with Habegger, a selection of tweets below:
- “Give it up, @DougPolkVids. The court of public opinion matters too and you just gotta take the L just like Coinflex.”
- “Doug is truly at the bottom of his range. Disgusting.”
- “Doug is really torchin’ the hell out is brand! It’s like watching a slowmo train wreck.”
Will happily not be supporting @LodgePokerClub any further.
Stop trying to censor people. You screwed over Jnandez and lost in court. Get over it. You can’t strong arm your way into good graces this time.
— Ianbtc371 (@ianbtc371) April 26, 2023
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