Poker Players Accept Settlement

Four commuters who were arrested for playing poker on a train have agreed to drop their $4 million lawsuit against MetroNorth in return for a cash settlement, their attorney said Friday.

Lawyer Michael Cornman and the railroad said details of the settlement were confidential. The settlement must be approved by a federal judge, said Metro-North spokeswoman Donna Evans.

The four men were arrested Sept. 29 on a gambling charge by a Metro-North police officer. They were fingerprinted, handcuffed and placed in a holding cell. Prosecutors later dropped charges, and the four filed a lawsuit.

One of the four, lawyer Alvin Goldstein, said he had played cards on the train for 28 years without a problem.

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