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While the rest of the country is covered in snow, the sun is shining in the Golden State, and legal controversies and news are going at a non-stop pace. There's a lot to talk about, here are some highlights.

Justice Joyce Kennard Retiring

Justice Joyce Kennard, Associate Justice on the California Supreme Court announced that she will retire, effective April 5, 2014, giving Governor Jerry Brown a second chance to fill a seat on the California Supreme Court, reports The Sacramento Bee. The longest-serving justice, aged 72, is seen as "one of the more liberal" Justices, "often siding with the underdog," and "one of the court's most vocal members during oral arguments," reports the Los Angeles Times.

Yes kids, there is no Santa Claus. And Rick Ross, despite his various boasts, is not actually "Rick Ross." Nor is he "Larry Hoover," "Big Meech," or any other real-life drug dealers whom he emulates in his quest to push more platinum albums.

Hate the player, not the game. Just don't sue the player for misappropriation of your identity, even if his entire career is based off of your real-life exploits.

Ladies and gentlemen: we introduce you to William Leonard Roberts II, a prison guard turned rapper. Knowing, of course, that police, corrections officers, and any other positions of authority would not translate well into an industry dominated by much-exaggerated feats of criminality, he adopted the moniker, persona, and beard of a man who could not easily object -- an imprisoned 80s drug kingpin who once sold millions of dollars worth of cocaine per day, the real Rick Ross.

Anyone else greatly annoyed by the flood of LinkedIn email that arrives in their inboxes daily?

While most of us just ignore the messages, or feed them to our spam filters, four plaintiffs in California took things one step further and filed a class-action lawsuit, alleging not that they received too many messages, but that the company's email practices included sending too many messages on their behalf, and without their knowledge.

In short, they claim that the company hijacked their email accounts in order to harvest contact information and spam their contacts with LinkedIn invitations and endorsements.

Trader Joes has gone international, though not by choice, and they claim, not legally. The grocery chain's is suing their most valuable, yet most despised customer, Michael Hallatt, for trademark infringement, unfair competition, false endorsement and false designation of origin, after he purchased hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of the store's goods and sold them at his own location in Canada, the aptly-titled Pirate Joe's (now changed to _irate Joe's).

Hallatt claims that he's not making significant money off the arrangement, though it might be fair to question that assertion in light of the fact that he has gone as far as California to purchase his wares and has even dressed in drag to avoid detection. Trader Joe's products are good, but not that good.

Questionable bookkeeping or not, we're even more skeptical about TJ's federal claims.

Will Trademark Ruling Haunt Winchester Mystery House?

It's unusual to find a case that combines both haunted houses and a trademark lawsuit. Whether frightful or delightful, we stumbled across such a case today.

In 1862, Sarah "Belle of New Haven" Pardee married William Wirt Winchester, of the famous Winchester repeating rifle family. The couple was the toast of New England society. In 1866, their infant daughter died, and Sarah fell into a deep depression. After William died in 1881, Sarah supposedly spoke with a medium who claimed that the Winchester family was being haunted by the victims of Winchester rifles.

Apple Samsung Verdict: Apple Wins $1.05 Billion

After only three days of jury deliberations, the "epic" battle between Apple and Samsung over phone and tablet designs is decided.

Apple is the big winner.

Judge Koh to Apple Attorney: You Must be Smoking Crack

Forget about Marissa Mayer. Judge Lucy Koh is the most powerful woman in Silicon Valley right now.

Mayer may be feeding the masses at Yahoo! teriyaki chicken paninis, but Judge Koh force-fed Apple counsel a slice of humble pie this week in the Apple Samsung trial.

Jury Returns Mixed Verdict in Google, Oracle Lawsuit

The jury is back in the Google-Oracle copyright lawsuit, but the litigants may be headed for a mistrial.

After two years of litigation, a federal jury announced a verdict Monday in the Google-Oracle intellectual property battle. The jury found that Google infringed on some of Oracle's Java copyrights when developing its Android software, but jurors were unable to decide whether Google was protected under the fair-use doctrine, The Associated Press reports.

Will Website Run Hot N Cold in Katy Perry Pic Copyright Lawsuit?

Mavrix Photo, the Florida-based paparazzi machine that never shies away from a lawsuit, is once again suing in a California federal court over misappropriated celebrity snaps. Last week, Mavrix launched a $3 million copyright infringement lawsuit against another celebrity gossip website.

Mavrix claims that "reproduced, publicly distributed and publicly displayed copyright-protected [Katy Perry] photographs belonging to Mavrix on numerous occasions" in or around August 2011.

According to the complaint, (brief thanks to Courthouse News Service), celebrity gossip and photos are among "the most valued Internet commodities" to generate web traffic, and drives significant advertising revenue through such images.

Kim Kardashian Sues Old Navy in Right of Publicity Claim

Kim Kardashian, Old Navy; two names you might never have thought to find in the same sentence, until now. Ms. Kardashian filed a right of publicity lawsuit against Old Navy and its parent company, Gap, Inc., in Los Angeles federal court last week in response to the Old Navy advertisement that featured a Kim Kardashian look-alike.

The Kardashian lawsuit claims that Old Navy's advertising campaign was "purposefully designed and intended to confuse, to cause mistake, and to deceive the public" into believing the reality TV diva was appearing in the commercials, reports The Los Angeles Times. Damages in the suit are estimated between $15 million and $20 million, a surprising amount given that it would equal 23 to 30 percent of the $65 million that the Kardashian family collectively earned in 2010.