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Is there a civil action for extortion in California?

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I loaned some money to a person who had also loaned money to my son. He refused to pay me on his loan which he said went bad unless I forced my son to pay. Can I sue him in a civil court for extortion?

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  1. Extortion is a criminal offense, and applies to a different fact pattern, so no. Unless you son is/was a minor there is probably no right to his claiming an offset. You can sue in on the debt.

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  2. Depending upon the amounts in the money you loaned, I may suggest that you explore filing in small claims court. As noted by the previous attorney, absent any "offsets", the claim by your son is probably seperate from the claim by you against this third party. So, select an attorney of your choice, call him/her, and have that initial "comfort" conversation on how to best proceed with this matter.

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  3. Sue him on the money he owes you. Whatever your son owes him is separate from what he owes you. Get an attorney.

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