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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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Instead, the Court adopted a standard accepting as protected activities those functions that serve no business function other than order solicitation and not those activities the business would have good reason to engage in whether or not the company had a sales force.
The consent solicitation is conditioned on the receipt of consents from holders of at least a majority in aggregate principal amount of the Notes and will expire at 5:00 p.
Equity Office and its trustees and officers and other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect to the proposed merger transactions.
This announcement is not a solicitation of consent with respect to any Notes.
The record date for the consent solicitation is the close of business, New York City time, on Friday, January 26, 2007.
NYSE:TRA), announced today that it had received, pursuant to its previously announced tender offers and consent solicitations for any and all of its outstanding 12 7/8% Senior Secured Notes due 2008 (CUSIP No.
CHICAGO -- Equity Office Properties Trust (NYSE:EOP) announced today that its subsidiary, EOP Operating Limited Partnership, has now received the requisite consents to adopt all of the proposed amendments that have been the subject of its consent solicitations and related cash tender offers in respect of its outstanding unsecured debt securities issued under its 1997 Indenture and its 2000 Indenture.
The total consideration offered in the tender offers and consent solicitations for the 1997 Indenture Notes and the 2000 Indenture Notes includes a consent payment of $50.
and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated to act as the lead Dealer Managers and Solicitation Agents for the tender offers and 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.
Pursuant to the terms of the Consent Solicitation Statement dated December 26, 2006 (the "Consent Solicitation Statement") relating to the consent solicitation for 4.
All other material terms of the consent solicitation remain unchanged.
The tender offers and consent solicitations relating to the Notes are made upon the terms and conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase and Consent Solicitation Statement dated December 26, 2006 (the "Offer to Purchase"), and the related Consent and Letter of Transmittal, as amended hereby.