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Consumer Law

Extortion vs. Settlement Negotiations

The criminal complaint filed against Michael Avenatti is an interesting reminder that the line between extortion and settlement negotiations is a thin one. In a federal court complaint filed in the Southern District of New York, the government accuses Avenatti of extortion by threatening to publicly release, through a press conference and otherwise, damaging information about the misconduct of Nike employees unless Nike made multimillion-dollar payments to Avenatti and a significant payment to his client. According to the complaint, he demanded that the monies be paid quickly, and announced a press conference on his Twitter feed at which time he …

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