Extortion

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Extortion

An illegal act in which one coerces another into providing money or something else of value. For example, one may extort money from a business by threat of force. Extortion historically has been common in organized crime.
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1979) (fearing that the tort would produce fraudulent, extortionary litigation; clarifying that rejection of the tort did not diminish "other remedies for interference with familial relationships" which made acceptance of the action "unnecessary as well as undesirable"); Edwards v.
The family's extortionary style of landlordism, known as rack-renting, brings ruin to the tenants, while the family's wastefulness brings ruin upon themselves; both groups are then exploited by a rapacious (and Catholic) middle class.
This type of legislation requires that many public agencies raise their own financing, typically through extortionary fees and inspections.
Jackson, engaging in true extortionary tactics; or, more poignantly,
Many of the extortionary groups are separatist-extremist organizations, supported indirectly by Pakistan and by corrupt Assam officials who receive kickbacks.
The imputation of being a sodomite came to be regarded as a deleterious slur upon manly reputation, so that mere extortionary threats to make this accusation could be successful even without any apparent objective grounds for concern by the man accused.
Unlike the carter and the widow, the summoner alienates himself from theologically efficacious language and the possibility of repentance while investing himself completely in his extortionary goal.
If paper was expensive, the cost of gut strings was simply extortionary.