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Sony Pictures has been hit with multiple lawsuits related to the massive data breach recently suffered by the company.

On Monday, the company was sued by two former employees who claimed that they had personal information such as Social Security numbers and salary history made public as a result of the hack of Sony's computer networks last month, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Two more former Sony employees filed suit on Tuesday, seeking recovery for damages caused by the leak of their private information. Both lawsuits seek class action status for all those similarly affected by the data breach.

What does the latest lawsuit allege that Sony did wrong?

Notorious filmmaker Roman Polanski might come back to the United States, if his attorneys are successful in getting his decades-old sex abuse case dropped.

In case you missed it, Roman Polanski was charged in 1977 of raping a 13-year-old during a photo shoot. CBS Los Angeles reports that Polanski had agreed to plead guilty to one count of statutory rape, but he fled the country the night before his sentencing in 1978.

Polanski has been living in Europe ever since, but will this new legal move allow him to come back?

A federal court judge ruled on Friday that comedian Tracy Morgan can move forward with a lawsuit against retailer Walmart for injuries Morgan suffered in a fatal crash earlier this year.

The ruling came after Kevin Roper -- the driver of the Walmart truck that slammed into Morgan's tour bus on the New Jersey turnpike -- had filed a motion asking the court to delay Morgan's lawsuit, reports the Associated Press.

Roper is not named as a defendant in Morgan's lawsuit. However, he had argued that the lawsuit may affect his criminal case stemming from the crash.

Some call it typecasting. Some call it being a bit player. Dimitri Diatchenko calls it a career.

He's not a household name, but you've probably seen him on television or in a movie, or heard his voice in a video game. Diatchenko is the guy they call when they need a Boris, Yuri, or Olag -- the "big muscular Russian gangster" archetype.

His credits include "2 Broke Girls," "How I Met Your Mother," "Sons of Anarchy," and on the silver screen, "G.I. Jane" and that "Indiana Jones" sequel that we'd rather not remember. His most recent role, however, is a little less prestigious: According to police, he re-enacted a scene from the 1987 film "Fatal Attraction" by skinning and eating his ex-lover's pet rabbit, reports The New York Daily News.

Champion boxer Floyd Mayweather allegedly heard rapper Earl Hayes shooting his wife Stephanie Moseley and himself while on a FaceTime call on his phone.

TMZ reports that Mayweather confirmed these details to Los Angeles police officers in an interview Wednesday, though the murder/suicide had occurred Monday morning. Mayweather told the LAPD that Hayes called him that morning "trying to say goodbye," but it's unclear whether Mayweather ever reached out to police.

After witnessing (or at least hearing) a murder/suicide, did Mayweather have to call the cops?

A lawsuit that accused rapper Jay-Z of unlawfully sampling a single syllable from an obscure funk record was dismissed in federal court on Monday.

The lawsuit was filed by record company TufAmerica, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The company holds the copyright for the 1969 recording of "Hook and Sling - Part I" by Eddie Bo. In its lawsuit, TufAmerica alleges that Jay-Z had unlawfully sampled an instance of Eddie Bo saying "Oh" from "Hook and Sling - Part I" 42 times in the background of the rapper's 2009 Grammy-winning single "Run This Town," which also featured Kanye West and Rihanna.

What did the judge have to say about the lawsuit?

Ohio model Nicole Forni is suing after her lingerie photos were sold, allegedly without her consent, and wound up being used for a variety of pornographic products.

Forni, 23, signed up for an admittedly racy lingerie shoot with photographer Joshua Resnick, but only on the promise that the titillating pics not be used in an "adult-oriented, pornographic, or obscene manner." The New York Post reports that Forni was shocked to find her picture on the cover of erotica e-books and "other adult-photo companies'" websites.

Forni can't wrench her photo back from the gaping maw of the Internet, so what is she hoping to gain?

"Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice has filed a $5 million lawsuit against her former attorney alleging malpractice.

The lawsuit comes after Giudice was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for bankruptcy fraud, reports the New York Daily News. The prison sentence was part of a plea deal with prosecutors. Giudice later claimed she didn't understand the plea deal meant she would have to go to prison.

What's behind the latest twist in this ongoing celebrity legal drama?

Comedian Bill Cosby has responded to a lawsuit filed against him earlier this week that alleged he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1974.

Calling the allegations "patently false," Cosby filed his response to the lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, reports the Los Angeles Times. In addition to challenging the factual basis of the allegations made in the lawsuit, Cosby also claims that the lawsuit should be barred by the statute of limitations.

What's the story behind the lawsuit and Cosby's response? Here are five things you should know:

Mama June of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" allegedly received death threats on her Facebook page by a man who faces felony charges as a result.

Andrew Kurt Summers turned himself to McIntyre, Georgia, police on Monday after officers obtained a warrant for his arrest, TMZ reports. June (legally June Thompson) claims that Summers threatened to "shoot both her and Pumpkin" (the nickname for June's 14-year-old daughter Lauryn Thompson.)

When Facebook death threats and reality TV collide, what's the legal result?