Former Area Resident Charged With Extortion

A Charlottesville lawyer who was born and raised in Lexington has been arrested after being named in a lawsuit alleging he extorted a company into a $200 million consulting fee.

Timothy Litzenberg, 37, was charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with interstate extortion Dec. 16. The complaint that was recently unsealed alleges Litzenberg tried to extort an unnamed chemical manufacturer.

Last year, Litzenberg was involved in the litigation against agribusiness corporation Monsanto regarding the herbicide Roundup, found to have been linked to cancer among users. The lawyer represented a former groundskeeper affected by the weed killer in a winning $289 million dollar settlement, which was later reduced to $78 million.

The complaint identifies Litzenberg’s alleged victims as “Company 1,” a privately owned chemical manufacturer, and “Company 2,” a corporation that acquired Company 1 in 2018. Litzenberg has been accused of transmission of interstate communications with intent to extort, conspiracy to commit transmission of interstate communications with intent to extort, attempted extortion and conspiracy to commit extortion.

Litzenberg’s attorneys could not be reached by the News-Gazette for comment.

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