CAT Legal Defense Fund

During the pandemic, almost all competitive bridge has moved on-line.  Initially, it was believed that there was widespread cheating in many of these on-line tournaments.  As a result, at the request of the tournament, a group of top experts formed a committee known as the Credentials Advisory Team or CAT to advise, upon request, invitational tournaments who should and should not be invited to participate based upon the Conditions of Contest  It is now generally agreed that the compliance in these invitational tournaments has dramatically declined.

The CAT bases their advice on a review of hands and statistics which takes a significant amount of time, all of which is being done without compensation.  TheCat's motivation is simple, to improve and protect the integrity of the game.

Unfortunately, several players who were not invited have either commenced litigation or are threatening litigation against CAT and its members.

The purpose of this legal defense fund is to support the CAT and its members in defending themselves against litigation pertaining to the role that the CAT has played in protecting the integrity of bridge and also to seek legal advice to avoid future litigation.

The legal defense team will be administered by a treasurer, Marty Fleisher, and a Board of Directors.  Marty is both an attorney and well known and respected bridge player.  The Board will consist of other sponsors and top level players.  

The role of the treasurer and the Board will be to review requests for funds from the CAT and ensure that these requests are specifically related to legally defending the CAT and also to review the reasonableness of any professional fees incurred.


  • Martin Cantor
    • $95 
    • 3 yrs
  • Aitai Lo
    • $100 
    • 3 yrs
  • Ai-Tai Lo
    • $200 
    • 3 yrs
  • George Retek
    • $200 
    • 3 yrs
  • Winston Huang
    • $362 
    • 3 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Gary Donner
Cherry Point Landing, SC
Marty Fleisher

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