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Urgent request, plea, or entreaty; enticing, asking. The criminal offense of urging someone to commit an unlawful act.

The term solicitation is used in a variety of legal contexts. A person who asks someone to commit an illegal act has committed the criminal act of solicitation. An employee who agrees in an employment contract not to solicit business after leaving her employer and then mails a letter to customers asking for business may be sued by the former employer for violating the non-solicitation clause of the contract. The letter constitutes a solicitation. However, if the person had placed a newspaper advertisement, this would not have been a solicitation because a solicitation must be addressed to a particular individual.

Many solicitations in everyday life appear to be legal. For example, a telemarketer who tries to sell a legitimate product by calling potential customers is making a solicitation. It may or may not be legal, however, depending on the laws of the states where the telemarketer and the caller reside. If either of the states requires that telemarketers register with the state government, then the legality of the solicitation will depend on whether the telemarketer met this registration requirement. Failure to register may make the telemarketing company liable for civil fines or criminal penalties.

Solicitation laws and regulations govern specific types of organizations and economic activities. For example, charitable organizations must register with state agencies before legally soliciting money. The federal Securities and Exchange Commission has rigid rules concerning the solicitation of shareholders for votes involving changes in corporate structure or leadership.

Criminal solicitation commonly involves crimes such as prostitution and drug dealing, though politicians have been convicted for solicitation of a bribe. The crime of solicitation is completed if one person intentionally entices, advises, incites, orders, or otherwise encourages another to commit a crime. The crime solicited need not actually be committed for solicitation to occur.

When law enforcement agencies seek to curtail prostitution, they use decoy operations. A person who offers to perform a sex act with an undercover officer for money can be arrested for solicitation of prostitution. Police decoys are also used to nab customers. When a person looking to pay for sex approaches a decoy officer and makes, by words or gestures, this request, the person can be arrested for solicitation of prostitution. Similar operations are used to reduce the sale of narcotics.


n. the crime of encouraging or inducing another to commit a crime or join in the commission of a crime. Solicitation may refer to a prostitute's (or her pimp's) offer of sexual pleasures for pay. (See: pander)


noun appeal for, appeal to, application, asking, asking earnestly, beseechment, calling for, clamor for, coaxing, entreatment, imploration, importunity, inducement, inquiry, making a reeuest, obtestation, petition, pleading, press, supplication, urging, writing for contributions
Associated concepts: criminal solicitation, peddlers and solicitors
See also: appeal, call, dun, entreaty, instigation, invitation, persuasion, request, seduction
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Since Wrigley, states have sought to narrow the definition of solicitation beyond the previously accepted standards.
The Solicitation Agent in connection with the consent solicitation is Banc of America Securities LLC.
EOP Operating Limited Partnership indicated that the tender offers and consent solicitations have been extended by one day in light of the expected adjournment to February 7, 2007 of the shareholders' meeting relating to the proposed mergers of Equity Office Properties Trust and EOP Operating Limited Partnership with affiliates of The Blackstone Group.
Terra Capital retained Citigroup Corporate and Investment Banking to serve as dealer manager for the tender offers and consent solicitations.
The tender offers and consent solicitations relating to the Notes are being made upon the terms and conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase and the related Consent and Letter of Transmittal, as heretofore amended and as amended hereby.
00 per $1,000 principal amount of the Internotes identified in the Offer to Purchase referred to below, in each case payable in respect of notes validly tendered and not validly withdrawn and as to which consents to the proposed amendments are delivered on or prior to the Consent Payment Deadline, subject to the terms and conditions of the tender offers and consent solicitations.
and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated to act as the lead Solicitation Agents for the consent solicitations, and they can be contacted at (877) 686-5059 (toll-free) ((212) 357-0775 (collect)) and (888) 654-8637 (toll-free) ((212) 449-4914 (collect)), respectively.
Questions regarding the consent solicitation may be directed to the Solicitation Agent, Wachovia Securities, Liability Management Group, at (704) 715-8341, or toll free at (866) 309-6316.
The consent solicitation for the Exchangeable Notes is only being made pursuant to the consent solicitation documents as amended hereby, including the Consent Solicitation Statement that is being distributed to Holders of Exchangeable Notes.
New York City time on January 9, 2007, the Expiration Date for the consent solicitation (as the same may be extended or earlier terminated by EOP Operating Limited Partnership, the "Expiration Date").
The tender offer and consent solicitation are being made pursuant to an Offer to Purchase and Consent Solicitation Statement, dated as of December 12, 2006 (which amends and restates the Offer to Purchase and Consent Solicitation Statement, dated as of November 16, 2006, which was previously distributed to holders of the Notes), and a related Consent and Letter of Transmittal, dated as of November 16, 2006.
New York City time, on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 (the "Expiration Time") the previously announced solicitation of consents from holders of its $225 million 7.