Analysis

Strong-Arming Of Bezos May Go Beyond Atty Hardball

Law360 (February 8, 2019, 10:54 PM EST) -- An in-house lawyer at the National Enquirer and others playing hardball with Jeff Bezos, the world's richest man, may have crossed a legal line into blackmail by threatening to publish embarrassing photos of him while making a "request" that he back off the tabloid, experts said.

While tough negotiations are an expected part of an attorney's job, Bezos' published account of how a general counsel and others at the American Media Inc.-owned paper allegedly tried to blackmail him does appear to describe a violation of state and federal statutes, ethics and white collar specialists said.

The reason: The alleged trade involved...

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