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National Enquirer (sleazy tabloid) tries to extort Jeff Bezos

https://medium.com/@jeffreypbezos/n o-thank-you-mr-pecker-146 whatnext02/07/19
yea i really don't want to see Jeff Bezos's dick. He should doublefriedchicken02/07/19
Josh Barro points out that AMI lawyers, likely apoplectic ri whatnext02/07/19
Apoplectic at who? They're the ones who did this. therewillbeblood02/13/19
Haha i misread the emails when it came out and thought it wa whatnext02/13/19
I must say Jeff writes very well. You can see the Princeton commode02/07/19
I thought "Mr. Pecker's apoplexy" was a nicely turned phrase wutwutwut02/08/19
Fugly dude with his new rode hard girlfriend What a shame t trijocker02/08/19
He is Dr. Evil and she is the epitome of a roastie. plumber02/08/19
Perhaps; regrettably, blackmail and extortion are still felo toooldtocare02/08/19
*bart Scott voice* Can’t wait https://twitter.com/jbarr whatnext02/13/19
AMI's response is that they were "in good faith negotiations onehell02/13/19
whatnext (Feb 7, 2019 - 6:08 pm)

https://medium.com/@jeffreypbezos/no-thank-you-mr-pecker-146e3922310f

Wowza

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doublefriedchicken (Feb 7, 2019 - 6:18 pm)

yea i really don't want to see Jeff Bezos's dick. He should pay up or something to stop this.

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whatnext (Feb 7, 2019 - 6:21 pm)

Josh Barro points out that AMI lawyers, likely apoplectic right now, will advise AMI not to publish any of those pics after Bezos' post.

Did this go through legal? I can't believe a lawyer would give the go ahead for a scheme like this one.

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therewillbeblood (Feb 13, 2019 - 11:16 am)

Apoplectic at who? They're the ones who did this.

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whatnext (Feb 13, 2019 - 12:58 pm)

Haha i misread the emails when it came out and thought it was something the dumb execs ginned up without consulting an attorney.

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commode (Feb 7, 2019 - 6:04 pm)

I must say Jeff writes very well. You can see the Princeton shine through!

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wutwutwut (Feb 8, 2019 - 8:21 am)

I thought "Mr. Pecker's apoplexy" was a nicely turned phrase.

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trijocker (Feb 8, 2019 - 8:33 am)

Fugly dude with his new rode hard girlfriend
What a shame those two angels are being persecuted.
Who would want to bother such a nice couple?

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plumber (Feb 8, 2019 - 9:03 am)

He is Dr. Evil and she is the epitome of a roastie.

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toooldtocare (Feb 8, 2019 - 9:21 am)

Perhaps; regrettably, blackmail and extortion are still felonies in all US jurisdictions.

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whatnext (Feb 13, 2019 - 9:43 am)

*bart Scott voice* Can’t wait

https://twitter.com/jbarro/status/1095694273075388416

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onehell (Feb 13, 2019 - 1:32 pm)

AMI's response is that they were "in good faith negotiations to resolve all matters with him."

In other words, their defense is Rule 408/settlement privilege. It's an interesting case for a law school class. All settlement discussions involve an element of "do X or else Y" but when X is not related to Y, is that where you cross the line into extortion? If so, why?

The easy line is when you threaten to report criminal conduct, or commit criminal conduct, just to get a leg up in a civil matter. That you clearly cannot do. But if you have a good faith argument that you have a legal right to report on some story, but are willing to waive that right in exchange for a retraction of some other story your opponent published, how is that extortionate?

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