Mon, 04/07/2008 - 15:33 - Lawyer Suing Atlantic City Casinos

Arelia Margarita Taveras was once a successful lawyer and TV commentator, and would frequent Atlantic City casinos as a form of relaxation. She quickly became a respected regular at the casinos, getting the high-roller treatment, including limousine rides, and permission to bring her dog to the blackjack tables.

Her gambling grew uncontrollable, and she began to spend days at a time sat at the tables, at one point, she says, she was not eating or sleeping, and would brush her teeth with disposable wipes so she would not have to leave the tables.

Arelia Margarita Taveras is a family lawyer, and was the author of 'The Gangsta Girls' Guide to Child Support'. Her gambling losses apparently led to her losing her law practice, her apartment, and her parents' home. She also owes the IRS $58,000, and was disbarred in June after dipping into her clients' escrow accounts to fund her gambling habit.

Her losses total nearly $1 million, and she is now filing a racketeering lawsuit for $20 milllion against six Atlantic City casinos, and one Las Vegas casino, claiming that they had a duty of care to her, and should have noticed her compulsive gambling problem and cut her off.