Player claims Fantasy Jungle failed to payout football winnings

Kelly Holleran Aug. 17, 2009, 6:31am

A St. Clair County man has filed suit against a fantasy football Web site and its owners, alleging he was not paid thousands of dollars after he won his league.

Jared Danielson claims he paid $5,600 to participate in the 2008-2009 fantasy football season through Fantasy Jungle, a Web site.

According to the complaint filed Aug. 12 in St. Clair County Circuit Court, Danielson received an e-mail on Dec. 10, 2008, from owner Mike Williams stating he had won a cash prize. Danielson had the option to either cash out the prize or to let the Web site withhold his money for future contests, the suit states.

After deciding to cash out, Danielson sent a completed W9 tax form to Fantasy Jungle on Dec. 23 and e-mailed Williams to confirm the payout of $4,500 and to provide Williams a mailing address, the complaint says.

Danielson claims he received a return e-mail from Williams on Jan. 3 that said a check for his winnings would be sent out in February.

However, Danielson has still not received any money, according to the complaint.

He claims Fantasy Jungle and Mike and Scott Williams breached their agreement with him by failing to pay out winnings.

"Defendant knew, or should have known, that they were not going to be able to pay winnings at the end of the season," the complaint says.

In the five-count suit, Danielson is seeking unspecified damages, plus attorney's fees, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Lloyd M. Cueto of the Law Office of Lloyd M. Cueto in Belleville will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-423.

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