Contractor Can't Collect Over Extortion Plot: 10th Circ.

Law360, New York (January 23, 2012, 7:45 PM EST) -- The Tenth Circuit ruled Monday that SECSYS Inc. could not collect damages from two New Mexico state government officials who declined to accept the contractor's offer because it failed to fully meet the demands of their extortion scheme, which led to criminal charges.

In affirming the New Mexico federal court's dismissal of the suit, a three-judge panel rejected the contractor's “novel theory” that the extortion violated the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause, finding that state treasurer Robert Vigil and his deputy made the same demand on...
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