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Why is threatening to sue not considered extortion?

I'm reading about extortion and it says: Most states define extortion as the gaining of property or money by almost any kind of force or threat of [...], harm to reputation, or unfavorable ...
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Is the National Enquirer guilty of the crime of blackmail?

According to this Guardian article, the National Enquirer has written to Jeff Bezos threatening to publish nude pictures of Bezos unless he stops his investigation into how the Enquirer obtained some ...
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Is it enforceable contract to withdraw private prosecution charges for payment?

Say Rob commits a crime against Bob. Frustrated that the police won't do anything, Bob follows the private prosecution path and files a charging document against Rob. Rob, seeing that things are ...
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How to mention a possibility of litigation/prosecution without accidentally making a “demand with menaces”, in English criminal law?

In English Law, extortion and blackmail are described under section 21 Theft Act 1968, as an "unwarranted demand with menaces", There's criteria and definitions, but they don't seem to matter much ...
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What legal protections does one have against being blackmailed for sex?

Suppose a woman, Alice, contacts a man, Bob, about the possibility of his being a sperm donor for her. They reach an agreement for him to provide sperm without sexual intercourse. Bob then demands ...
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Did CNN blackmail a private citizen?

Recently CNN went after the Reddit user who created a GIF (animated image) of President Trump smashing a WWE fighter with CNN's logo superimposed on the WWE fighter's head making it look like Trump ...
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When does an offer become criminal blackmail?

Suppose Person A has a photograph of another Person B violating a law. If A demands money from B in exchange for not revealing the photo, then A is guilty of blackmail. But what if A offers to ...