Using Civil RICO Statutes to Sue for Internet Extortion

Prospective clients regularly contact our firm asking for our help with the following scenario, one we categorize as extortion by threat of Internet defamation. A former customer, client, girlfriend, boyfriend, family member, spouse, independent contractor, employee, business partner, or business competitor … Continue reading

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Case Brief: Galper v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.

A recent decision from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals brings hope and options to victims of identity theft. There are many stories of identity theft nightmares and the unfortunate reality is many victims of identity theft never discover who … Continue reading

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How Prevalent Is Sexual Misconduct on College Campuses?

It is commonly reported that one in five women is sexually assaulted in college. That statistic has been widely publicized but also widely criticized. As increasing awareness is raised about the problems of sexual assault in on college campus, more … Continue reading

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Defamed in Colorado? 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Defamation Lawyer

In 2012, I published a popular Avvo.com Legal Guide titled “Defamed in Colorado?” that was based on Colorado’s defamation law at the time. Since then, Colorado’s defamation law has evolved. I’ve consulted with hundreds of prospective Colorado defamation clients. I’ve … Continue reading

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Colorado Statutory Identity Theft and Fraud Lawsuits

  C.R.S. § 13-21-122, a Colorado statute, authorizes people or businesses harmed by criminal offenses involving the use of personal identifying information, such as identity theft, check counterfeiting, forgery, bank fraud, or insurance fraud, to sue the people or businesses who harmed … Continue reading

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FTC Brings Charges Against Company’s Non-Disparagement Clause

Roca Labs, a Florida-based company that sells a weight loss product it describes as an “alternative to gastric bypass surgery,” has come under fire by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) for its use of a non-disparagement clause. The FTC filed … Continue reading

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Jury Instructions for Arizona’s False Light Invasion of Privacy Claims

In 1989, the Arizona Supreme Court expressly held that Arizona recognizes the version of the false light invasion of privacy tort described in the Restatement (Second) of Torts § 652E (1977). See Godbehere v. Phoenix Newspapers, 162 Ariz. 335, 783 … Continue reading

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Colorado’s Harassment Law Expanded to Protect People on Social Media

On June 21, 2015, the Internet news hit “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” highlighted the phenomenon of cyber harassment. The program detailed the use of anonymous, and sometimes not-so anonymous, threats and campaigns of obscenities to both men and … Continue reading

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Title IX Violations at Colleges and Universities

  More than 120 Colleges and Universities are Under Investigation for Possible Violations of Title IX. Title IX Applies to Almost Every College and University in the U.S. Title IX is a law of equity that prohibits sex and gender … Continue reading

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Title IX, Faculty Members, and Academic Freedom

Title IX (of the Education Amendments Act of 1972) is a federal equity law that prohibits sex and gender based discrimination in educational institutions of higher education. Since most colleges and universities participate in the federal student aid programs, they … Continue reading

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