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Is it legal for private citizens to “impound” e-scooters?

This recent article from The Verge claims that two men in San Diego have create a repo company that impounds e-scooters from companies like Lime, Bird, Lyft, Uber and Razor. However as far as I can ...
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Withholding information about a problem as extortion - computer security research

Over at Security.StackExchange, a discussion broke out over the use of the term "extortion" in a situation where an anonymous security professional sent an email to a business to say that they found a ...
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Threatening to discontinue a service for a client

Say someone advertises for their website and says "Its 100% free to sign up" then have them check a checkbox acknowledging that the owner of the site can cancel the service for any reason when they ...
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Employer withholds last paycheck in Virginia

I signed my exit interview form that stated I gave back my property that I had from the company during my employ and that I was receiving my last paycheck. The employer only put the check number on my ...
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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 it illegal to ask a company for money in exchange for information on a bug in their software?

Let's assume that I have a found a bug in a company's website/software which – if exploited – bypasses their paywall and allows me to use their website/software without any payments. I then inform ...
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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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Stormy Daniels Extortion?

How is the president Trumps payment to Stormy Daniels to keep quiet not extortion? Are you allowed to pay someone to keep quiet? How is that different that for getting paid from a company to keep ...
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Copyright, privacy rights

I made the mistake of buying an essay online, due to having surgery and no time to write it. Now the website is trying to get more money from me threatening to call the university and the Board to ...
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Is it extortion if someone says they're going to compete with someone in business?

Say someone mows lawns for a lawn care company they tell the owner they feel like they deserve a raise and if they don't get one they will quit and start their own competing lawn care company. Is that ...
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Is it legal to pay a ransom?

While kidnapping and extortion are illegal, is it legal to pay such criminals for the release of the person or thing being held? Are there particular circumstances of the payer or payee that make it ...
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Intimidation by other jurors?

What recourse do I have if, as a juror, I am intimidated with threats of physical violence or other misfortunes by other jurors to reach a conclusion they want? If the answer is to talk to the judge, ...
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Large company intellectual property theft

Say a company stole intellectual property from an employee(accept this as fact pretend he understands the contracts he signed and that this was infact his IP) . This employee is now concerned since ...
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Extortion Hangup

I need some clarification on extortion for general curiosity. If a customer is aware of a crime and hires a lawyer to go to the company to request money in exchange for not reporting them to the ...
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Could the former publisher of the LA Times have been charged with extortion for using a damaging audio recording against his former employer?

Story here: https://www.npr.org/2018/12/12/675961765/tribune-tronc-and-beyond-a-slur-a-secret-payout-and-a-looming-sale In summary, after being fired from the LAT, Davan Maharaj threatened to sue ...
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If a Politician uses an Organized Crime Syndicate to extort a Business, is the Politician guilty of the same crime as the Syndicate?

In the United States, let's say you have: A generic POLITICIAN of any type A generic ORGANIZED CRIME SYNDICATE of any type A generic BUSINESS of any type If an ORGANIZED CRIME SYNDICATE pressures a ...
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Paying ransom to ransomware extortion - could communities be sued for collaboration with criminals?

There have been some recent ransomware attacks against communities (cities), especially in Florida, as reported e.g. by threatpost, and others. The malware has often lead to serious damages and/or ...