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This month, Lil Wayne's bus driver filed suit against Peewee Roscoe, Young Thug, Birdman, as well as Cash Money Records and Young Money Records, alleging that all are liable for the emotional distress and other damages he suffered as a result of the attack on Lil Wayne's buses in April 2015. The suit alleges that there was a criminal conspiracy, as well as numerous other claims giving rise to civil liability.

In 2015, Lil Wayne's tour buses were attacked outside of Atlanta, Georgia by Peewee Roscoe, who plead guilty last year and is currently serving a 20 year sentence. Rappers Young Thug and Birdman were also implicated in the shooting, but not charged. The bus driver's suit stems from Roscoe's shooting into the two different buses that were carrying Lil Wayne and 11 others, including driver Alvin Lewis.

On Monday, Kanye West suffered what is being called a psychotic break. He had to be handcuffed to the paramedic's gurney at his personal trainer's home, then he was taken to a mental health facility for evaluation, treatment, and time to calm down. While the reason for the break is currently unknown, sources are speculating that it may relate to a common ailment many people experience: grief. West lost his mother during the month of November in 2007. Since then, every month of November has reminded him of that pain and loss.

While all of the above is rather strange, West is known for being a workaholic, and routinely binge-works for nearly 48 hours straight. His doctor explained that West was suffering from sleep depravation and dehydration. During the episode, West allegedly attacked a staff member at his personal trainer's residence/gym. West's doctor, who feared that West would attack an officer, or resist arrest, if police were called, placed him under a 5150 psychiatric hold and requested medical assistance.

Since last year, Sofia Vergara has been facing a rather difficult battle over the custody of two embryos that she and her ex, Nick Loeb, had created while undergoing IVF. Although the couple's agreement states that the embryos cannot be used without both parties' consent, Loeb is fighting in court to win the right to implant the embryos in a surrogate.

Vergara has opposed Loeb, and has refused to allow him to use the embryos. Recently, the case has taken an aggressive turn. After Vergara's attorneys learned that on two previous occasions, Loeb had impregnated women who aborted the pregnancies, the attorneys demanded Loeb disclose who those women were. The appeals court just confirmed that Loeb must reveal the women's identities.

The Jiggaman may be wondering what is going on after getting sued by the now deceased artist known as Prince. This week, Prince's companies filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Jay-Z's company Roc Nation, for allegedly streaming Prince's music on the Tidal streaming service without permission.

While Prince's companies concede that Tidal has authorization to stream one of Prince's albums, the suit is focused on the streaming of several songs not on the one album, as well as the unauthorized use of Prince's images. Perhaps the Roc Nation thought they'd be able to get away with a little copyright infringement after Prince's death this past April, or perhaps there's more to it.

Donald Trump, the businessman, was a litigious fellow. And Donald Trump, president-elect, will bring some of those lawsuits with him into the Oval Office. Some estimates put the number of outstanding legal cases against Trump at 75, and the soon-be-president is due in court to respond to a civil lawsuit in California before he's even sworn in.

Not all of these lawsuits have a chance of winning, so which are the most important? And which of Trump's many pending legal actions may cause him the biggest headache once he's in office?

Last week, it was erroneously reported by several media outlets that a child custody settlement had been reached between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in their divorce case. However, last Friday, Pitt filed papers with the court that clearly indicate that the divorce and child custody battle is still on.

The announcement of their marriage, and then their divorce, each have caused a media frenzy as the couple has been one of the most popular celebrity couples of all time. The erroneous report claimed that Brad had agreed to let Angelina have primary custody, and to only have visitation rights for himself. For those that thought this sounded off, you were right.

Earlier this year, the Hulkster himself won a large jury verdict against Gawker Media for publishing a secret sex tape showing the WrestleMania star having sex. However, the $140 million verdict essentially became uncollectable when the newsgroup filed for bankruptcy.

This week, news broke that the Hulkamaniac settled the $140 million jury verdict for a mere $31 million. Why Mr. Hogan was willing to settle for less requires some explanation.

Sources are reporting that Justin Bieber has settled the assault lawsuit against him and his bodyguard stemming from the January 2014 assault of photographer Manual Munoz in a Subway restaurant. Recently, Bieber was ordered by the judge in the case to appear for a deposition or face arrest. It appears that rather than sit for the deposition, Bieber settled the case to make the judge's order moot.

While the details of the settlement are confidential, it doesn't take much to recognize that Bieber and his body guard were on the losing end of it. Bieber, who would have had to face a deposition if the case did not settle before the end of the month, likely settled as a prudent business decision. Currently, the pop star is on a world tour, and suspending the tour would likely cost more money than settling the lawsuit.

In April, Jim Marchese was arrested for domestic violence after an incident with his wife Amber on a Virgin American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to New York. Both Marcheses, famous for their roles on Real Housewives of New Jersey, vehemently denied the charges at the time, with Jim threatening a $100 million lawsuit for "this disgusting, hurtful defamatory act which cause the police to take such extreme action resulting in horrible rumors about the happily married couple that hurt them both personally and professionally."

That threat has become a reality, as the couple have sued the airline for false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, and defamation stemming from the criminal charges. So what happened that might put Virgin at fault?

If there was a game show category for 'laws that probably, most definitely, won't be enforced against Justin Timberlake,' the pop star's illegal polling place selfie would likely be a clue. On Tuesday, Timberlake broke Tennessee election law when he took a selfie in his polling place. Timberlake, who traveled from Los Angeles to Memphis, Tennessee in order to vote in person, luckily is not being investigated or charged.

While some might think that there is a double standard at play for celebrities, well, you might be right, but not enforcing polling place selfie laws is seemingly the new normal. There was one in Michigan recently struck down and it didn't involve celebrities. The law in Michigan prohibited voters from photographing their ballots and sharing their photographs on social media. The challenger cited First Amendment protections and the court agreed.