July 11th - Updated with links to all motions.
As PokerFuse reported, on July 9th an array of individuals and companies facing civil charges related to Black Friday - including Howard Lederer, Rafe Furst, and PokerStars - filed motions to dismiss said charges.
At the same time, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara filed several motions to strike outstanding lawsuits against Full Tilt Poker.
While analysis of these motions is beyond the scope of the article, we can provide interested readers with complete, full-text copies (PDF) of the motions as filed on July 9, 2012.
The crux of Lederer's defense, as reported by PokerFuse, is twofold. One, Lederer wasn't involved in defrauding players. Two, the federal laws invoked in the indictment regarding operation of a gambling business do not apply to Full Tilt Poker.
This looks to be shaping up as an extensive battle that could have significant implications if it all goes to trial. However, given the stakes involved on all sides, one suspects that all parties are, to use a bit of poker parlance, each representing the absolute top of their range in an attempt to gain as much leverage as possible before heading into out-of-court settlement talks.