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The Primetime Emmy Awards are set for Monday (bonus points if you watched the Creative Arts Emmys), and FindLaw has picked our favorite legal TV shows that have been nominated.

Some of the nominees really put a fine point on what it must be like to be a sexy, confident, and independent attorney (no, Lifetime didn't green-light my made-for-TV movie), while others expose the gaping holes in the legal system between politicians, law enforcement, and inmates.

So check out our Top 5 "Legal Emmy" nominees for 2014 -- and then vote for your favorite, below:

It appears that podcaster Adam Carolla has seized victory from the jaws of the patent troll... or at least a favorable settlement.

As part of the settlement, both the patent troll and Carolla (along with his business partners) agreed to drop claims against each other over use of U.S. Patent No. 8,112,504, describing a "system for disseminating media content representing episodes in a serialized sequence." According to Courthouse News Service, Carolla had raised more than $475,000 for the Save Our Podcasts Legal Defense Fund, which funded Carolla and his podcast entities' legal defense from a patent infringement claim.

As the dust settles on Carolla's bout with the patent troll, what have we learned?

Oil giant ExxonMobil won a small victory in a Texas federal court this week. A judge allowed its trademark dilution claims to proceed against the FXX network over the "XX" design in their logos.

Both ExxonMobil and the FXX network (owned by Fox) feature stylized interlocking Xs in their logos; Exxon is claiming under Texas state law that FXX is watering down the commercial impact of its logo. The Hollywood Reporter notes that FXX already owns the standard trademark to "FXX," claiming this bars any trademark dilution claims against the network.

The federal judge sided with Exxon and allowed the suit to proceed, but why?

The jury summons was sent to a "Lawrence Tureaud." But many of those waiting outside a Chicago courthouse to report for jury duty last week recognized the man as Mr. T, star of television's "The A-Team" and the movie "Rocky III."

Tureaud, 62, wasn't wearing any of his trademark gold chains, reports the Daily Herald, but he was still in Mr. T form as he waited to see if he was selected as a juror. "I pity the criminals today," Tureaud said, adding: "I've got to set an example. I understand my responsibility."

Although Mr. T wasn't selected as a juror, why should you follow his example and show up for jury duty?

Director Terry Gilliam is being sued over a mural in his new movie "Zero Theorem" that street artists claim he lifted from a real-life mural in Argentina.

In a suit filed in federal court in Illinois on Wednesday, a group of street artists (two from Argentina and one from Canada) claim that Gilliam's newest film infringes on a copyright they hold on the "Castillo" mural in Buenos Aires, Argentina's capital. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the plaintiffs claim that a mural covering the protagonist's living quarters in "Zero Theorem" is a rip-off of their well known work.

Can you copyright a mural, and if so, did Terry Gilliam infringe on it?

Actor and comedian Chris Kattan was sentenced to three years probation, a $500 fine, restitution, and drug and alcohol classes after being convicted of driving under the influence.

The actor, best known for his stint on "Saturday Night Live," was involved in a crash earlier this year on a Los Angeles freeway when his Mercedes Benz collided with a parked vehicle, reports TMZ. At the time, Kattan was taking the prescription sleep drug Ambien.

How do prescription drug DUI charges work?

The world was saddened by the loss of Robin Williams to suicide on Monday, but the trusts he set up may continue to provide for his family after his passing.

The "Dead Poets Society" actor and renowned comedian is survived by his wife, two ex-spouses, and three adult children, ages 22 to 31. Forbes reports that Williams was worth close to $50 million at the time of his death, but this may not include the money he set aside in trust.

Here are three things Robin Williams fans should know about his trusts:

Perennially troubled pop star Justin Bieber has agreed to a plea deal following a DUI arrest in Florida earlier this year, according to local news reports in Miami.

Under the terms of the deal, Bieber is set to plead guilty to careless driving and resisting arrest, attend an anger management course, and make a $50,000 charitable donation, reports the Miami Herald. In return, the state will drop the DUI charges against Bieber.

What led to the charges against the Biebs, and why is Bieber likely to be well-versed in anger management techniques by the end of this year?

MMA fighter "War Machine" is on the run from the Las Vegas police after allegedly beating girlfriend/porn star Christy Mack to a pulp.

The mixed martial artist, also known as Jonathan Koppenhaver, faces seven arrest warrants after the alleged attack that sent Mack to the hospital Friday. TMZ reports that Mack has 18 broken bones in her face and a ruptured spleen.

What serious charges does War Machine face as he tries to run from the law?

The Federal Communications Commission is investigating complaints about the "Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour" concert special aired by NBC last month.

The FCC has so far reported receiving four complaints about the special, which featured a toned-down version of the controversial singer's typical stage show, reports Rolling Stone. The show nonetheless included enough sexual and drug-related imagery to draw complaints from viewers that the show violated the Commission's indecency guidelines.

What got viewers so steamed and what are the FCC's rules regarding indecent programming?