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Cam, you might want to ask a lawyer about the terms "misuse of process" "Abuse of process" and "extortion".
In my limited understanding of these issues, if a lawyer for a fictitious company were to, say, threaten to place lawsuits against another company (which enjoyed certain legal status as a publisher) for the perhaps express purpose of extorting certain actions that might affect a lawsuit....
I've heard that lawyers can be disbarred for such actions, depending on the specifics and the courts who hear of them. Disbarred, fined, jailed, and sometimes when their clients have consented to and encouraged the actions, the clients get spanked with the big whip too.
Of course, this is all just what some uneducated unrelated hypothesizing bystander might have gleaned or misunderstood from the internet.