LOS ANGELES — An attorney for director Nick Cassavetes says there was nothing improper about a 2007 poker game that sparked a lawsuit over winnings by his client.

Attorney Ronald Richards said Wednesday he will either seek to resolve the nearly $73,000 claim against Cassavetes for a lower amount or fight the case.

Cassavetes is among several celebrities, including "Spider-Man" actor Tobey Maguire, who have been sued in Los Angeles bankruptcy court.

The legal actions claim the poker matches were played between 2006 and 2009, and that card players won hundreds of thousands of dollars from Bradley Ruderman, architect of a Ponzi scheme.

The lawsuits aim to recoup more than $4 million invested in the scheme.