A U.S. judge on January 6 rejected the bid of celebrity millionaire lawyer Michael Avenatti to dismiss two of the three counts in an indictment accusing him of trying to extort Nike Inc by threatening to reveal its alleged improper payments to college basketball recruits.

Avenatti allegedly engaged in wrongful conduct by threatening Nike with economic and reputational harm unless it paid him millions of dollars. U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe in Manhattan said it is premature to dismiss as vague the two counts, alleging extortion and transmitting interstate communications with intent to extort.

US court declines relief for millionaire American lawyer for allegedly threatening Nike Inc

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