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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Case Brief: Sign Here Petitions LLC v. Chavez

A recent decision by the Arizona Court of Appeals stated that the superior court “must act as gatekeeper protecting the right to free speech from meritless litigation to avoid a chilling effect on free expression.” In Sign Here Petitions LLC … Continue reading

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What are the Communications Decency Act’s Limits?

Like fake news stories, fake consumer reviews mislead trusting readers, decrease market competition, and devalue the businesses and individuals the fake reviews attack. You’ve heard the Russian proverb President Ronald Reagan popularized: trust but verify. When it comes to consumer … Continue reading

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