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Tom Brady's Legal Hail Mary: QB Files for Rehearing on Deflategate

Quarterback Tom Brady wants to play ball. He's filing for rehearing of an appeals court decision reinstating his four-game suspension over claims he deflated a ball during an important game for the New England Patriots in January 2015. This scandal is known as "Deflategate."

Now Brady has filed for rehearing in federal court, a legal long shot. But Brady's lawyers argue that he's doing this for the team, not just NFL players but all unionized workers like him. They say, according to USA Today, that the appeals court decision last month harms all union workers and management by allowing labor arbitrators to "go rogue."

Alba Silent on Suit Targeting Honest Co Organic Baby Food

Jessica Alba was perhaps setting herself up for trouble when she called her business the Honest Company. The company makes a range of products touted as clean and pure -- honest, as it were -- but it has repeatedly been the target of complaints and lawsuits from consumers. Most recently the actress faced questions about Honest Company's organic baby food, the subject of another suit while on a panel at a conference.

Alba was inspired to start the company after her baby's birth made her conscious of chemicals in household products, and Honest has made a big name, very fast, based no doubt on the actress's great success. But it is the company transparent? Is it honest?

Ciara and Future's Custody Battle Resolved

Future and Ciara are celebrities, so naturally they are involved in lawsuits. The couple is public about their spats, airing grievances on social media that then spawn more lawsuits. But this week joint custody was awarded to the two, reports The BoomBox, despite mom's efforts to obtain sole custody of their young son.

A defamation suit Ciara filed against Future, based on his insulting tweets and demanding $15 million, has yet to be resolved. He says she's not famous enough to be defamed, a somewhat outrageous legal and factual claim about his ex made even as she sues him for his outrageous statements.

Music Guild Settles Antitrust Allegations With DOJ, Pays $1.75M

You probably don't know the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), but your favorite songwriters may be members of the organization. This week, ASCAP entered into a settlement agreement with the Department of Justice, paying $1.75 million to resolve allegations that it was involved in anti-competitive practices.

The organization did not admit guilt, but it has promised to reform its ways. ASCAP was accused of signing exclusive contracts that interfered with the individual members' ability to directly license their songs in violation of a previous court order.

Property of the Rich and Famous: Taylor Swift's $25M Mansion

So you want to be Taylor Swift and you wish you could live her life. Well, you probably can't but you can peek at how the young superstar is living by taking a tour of her $25 million mansion.

She shared her home and her thoughts with Vogue and now we all know that she advises getting a good lawyer and that she considers herself "a national lightning-rod for slut shaming." Also, she has a fancy Scrabble board and spatulas with her initials on them, among tons of other junk. Swift may be a pop visionary and an intellectual property hawk angling to own "1989" but her sense of design is very 1942, which is the year her mansion was built.

Joan Rivers Wrongful Death Suit Settled for Bitter Truth, Plus Some

Joan Rivers wanted to talk about things, honestly. She was a funny lady who used her biting humor to rise to the top of American comedy and stay there for decades, amusing generations. Then Rivers died of a sore throat, in a manner of speaking, due to the negligence of her doctors.

Now, reports the New York Daily News, her daughter Melissa has settled a wrongful death suit with the New York clinic where she was treated. The amount of money recovered in the settlement is undisclosed but the doctors did admit guilt, which is rare and interesting. Even after she's gone, Rivers lets no one get away unscathed by her taste for the truth.

Authorities Consider Criminal Case Against Prince's 911 Caller

The man who made the 911 call reporting Prince's death could face criminal prosecution. But the story is convoluted and it is not clear yet that Andrew Kornfeld will be charged for his call or any other involvement in the pop star's death.

A thicket of intersecting and conflicting laws and the specifics surrounding the singer's demise have to be untangled first. Let's take a look at what's known about this complicated story and the many interesting issues it raises.

Pop Star Inspires Law: Minnesota Considers PRINCE Act

Minnesota produces corn mostly and one pop star particularly, a giant who was also tiny, the deceased artist known as Prince. Since the musician died on April 21 last month, there has been much discussion of the man and the myth, even in legislative circles.

This week, a Republican lawmaker from Prince's home state of Minnesota proposed a bill to guard against exploitation of a voice, name, signature, and image of a person for at least 50 years after their death, according to The Hollywood Reporter . The bill is called the PRINCE Act, and it stands for Personal Rights In Names Can Endure.

Memory Lane Trending: Arsenio Hall Sues Sinead O'Connor

Prince's recent death has created a weird media sensation. It's like the eighties all over again as forgotten stars reappear to reminisce about the dead and remind us of their existence. For example, last week singer Sinead O'Connor and comedian Arsenio Hall made headlines, likely for the first time in decades.

O'Connor accused Hall of being Prince's drug supplier in a Facebook post, reports ABC News, and he sued her for $5 million for defamation. It's a blast from the past, only most of the drama is happening online. Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It was probably too much to expect the final episode of "The Good Wife" to wrap everything up with a nice little bow — it was never a show that liked things clean and simple and was self-aware without being self-congratulatory, so a celebratory victory lap in episode 156 was never in the cards.

Still, that final “shot,” so to speak? Not even the most cynical fan could’ve expected the show to end like that. And that doesn’t even address the loose ends in Peter’s Trial of the Century. Here’s a look at the legal angles of last night’s series finale, “End.”