Threatening to Publish a Bad Review Unless You’re Paid Money Can Be a Criminal Act of Extortion that Gets You Sued in Colorado

Section 18-3-207, Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) is titled “Criminal extortion–aggravated extortion.” This statute criminalizes threats to harm another’s reputation under some circumstances. People who are tempted to make such threats, to pressure others into paying them money, should avoid doing … Continue reading

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Defamation and #MeToo Part III: Kesha

A case that pre-dated the mainstream #MeToo headlines in 2017 was back in the headlines last month. Popular singer/songwriter Kesha, whose hit ballad Praying became one of the anthems of the #MeToo movement, has been involved in a series of … Continue reading

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Defamation and the #metoo movement (Part II)

This fall marks two years since the #metoo hashtag went viral, sparking a broader movement and national conversation on sexual harassment and assault. This summer, we noted that with the rise in sexual harassment and misconduct claims also came a … Continue reading

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A Title IX Class Action Lawsuit Trend

Over the past few weeks, students who claim they were wrongfully accused or investigated for sexual misconduct have brought class action lawsuits on behalf of themselves and students in similar situations. The lawsuits are part of a trend challenging the … Continue reading

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Update: Sarah Palin v. New York Times

A federal appeals court decided Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against The New York Times can move forward. Although the decision came out of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, the lawsuit’s roots stretch back to 2011 in … Continue reading

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Sandmann Defamation Case against Washington Post Dismissed

Approximately five months after it was filed, a $250 million defamation suit against the Washington Post was dismissed. The opinion and order dismissing the case are available online. The plaintiff, Nicholas Sandmann, was part of a group of high school … Continue reading

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How to get the most out of your legal consultation

Some prospective clients call us when their privacy rights were violated or their reputations are under attack. Although every person’s or business’s circumstances are different, it’s common for prospective clients to be under a great deal of stress and to … Continue reading

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Update on Sandy Hook Father’s Defamation Lawsuits

Recently, there were major developments in defamation lawsuits brought by family members of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting. Leonard Pozner is the father of a six-year-old student, Noah, who died in the massacre. Mr. Pozner filed … Continue reading

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Defamation and the #metoo movement

For the past two years, the #metoo and #TimesUp movements have seen increased media coverage of allegations of harassment and abuses of power. The rise in public allegations of serious misconduct comes with a rise in defamation suits against the … Continue reading

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Ways Colorado Lawyers May Respond Ethically and Publically to Negative Online Client Reviews

As more consumers post reviews of businesses online, more businesses are engaging reviewers and using the reviews as a form of business marketing. It is more common than ever to see business owners directly respond to reviewers, thanking reviewers for … Continue reading

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