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Top 10 Celebrity Justice Stories of 2013

Not a year goes by without thousands of celebrity legal troubles and travails, and 2013 was no exception.

While stars like Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, and Phil Robertson may have dominated celebrity news headlines, they didn't quite make the cut when it came to our most-viewed Celebrity Justice posts of 2013.

Running down our red carpet, here are the Top 10 celebrity legal situations we covered this past year:

Elementary, My Dear Writer: Sherlock Holmes Is Public Domain

One Sherlock Holmes enthusiast uncovered a great copyright mystery: Whether Sherlock Holmes is in the public domain. Central to the mystery is how evolving literary characters like Sherlock Holmes fit into our copyright laws.

The court applied the "elementary" tenets of public domain law to solve the mystery.

Disney's 'Frozen' Lawsuit Claims Trademark Infringement

Every holiday season, one major blockbuster movie gets embroiled in a trademark lawsuit. Last year, it was "The Hobbit." This year, it's "Frozen." Disney filed a trademark suit against Phase 4 Films, claiming its film "Frozen Land" was renamed to leach off the success of Disney's animated hit.

But can movie titles be trademarked?

'Game of Thrones' Queen's Divorce Requires Anti-Texting App

Actress Lena Headey, best known for playing the icy Queen Cersei on "Game of Thrones," has agreed to use an anti-texting app while driving... as long as her ex-husband does the same.

The recently divorced actress was worried that her former husband, Peter Loughran, would be texting or surfing the Internet while driving with their 3-year-old son, reports TMZ. That's why the anti-texting app requirement was added to her divorce settlement.

Can a divorce settlement include a "no-texting-and-driving" edict?

Phil Robertson Fan Sues A&E Over 'Duck Dynasty' Suspension

An Arizona attorney, who is also a Phil Robertson super-fan, is filing a lawsuit against A&E for "chilling his right to hate homosexuals," according to TMZ. The lawsuit is in response to the "Duck Dynasty" star's recent suspension by A&E for making homophobic remarks during an interview.

The lawyer, Chris Sevier, is the suit behind the suit. But people are rolling their eyes (and chuckling) at his claims for good reason.

'Sister Wives' Lawsuit: Utah Polygamy Ban Partly Struck Down

The "Sister Wives" lawsuit against Utah's polygamy ban has led a federal judge to partially strike down the law.

U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups threw out a section of the anti-polygamy law prohibiting "cohabitation," while keeping intact the ban on "bigamy."

Although the law wasn't struck down in its entirety, it seems "Sister Wives" star Kody Brown and his four wives now have something to celebrate during the holidays.

Adrienne Maloof's Christmas Party Busted by Cops, but Why?

Former "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Adrienne Maloof threw a Christmas party that was spreading so much yuletide cheer that it got shut down by Beverly Hills police.

But why the ho-ho po-pos bust her bash?

Could Shia LaBeouf Face Legal Action for 'HowardCantour.com'?

Shia LaBeouf's new film, "HowardCantour.com," is coming under fire for allegedly plagiarizing content from a graphic novel.

Graphic novelist Daniel Clowes is accusing LaBeouf of ripping work directly from his comic, entitled "Justin M. Damiano," for LaBeouf's short film, which was posted online Monday.

So what can LaBeouf do to "transform" his film in order to avoid legal action?

'The Birds' Star Tippi Hedren Sues Lawyer, Wins $1.5M

Actress Tippi Hedren, known best as the striking protagonist in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds," has won a $1.5 million award in a malpractice lawsuit against her Santa Barbara lawyer.

Believe it or not, the case involves a bird's nest (sort of).

Kelly Rowland's Skype Engagement Sets Internet Abuzz

Former "Destiny's Child" singer Kelly Rowland has confirmed that she got engaged over Skype to her boyfriend Tim Witherspoon.

During an interview on "The Queen Latifah Show," Rowland confirmed with Latifah that the giant diamond ring on her finger was indeed an engagement ring and that her now fiance had proposed while she was in Bulgaria, reports ABC News. Fans flocked to social media to express their support.

But now that Witherspoon "put a ring on it," what's next for the couple?

Jenelle Evans Arrested After Argument With Boyfriend

"Teen Mom 2" star Jenelle Evans was arrested and released Saturday after getting into a heated argument with boyfriend Nathan Griffith.

Neighbors called the police and soon after, Evans was brought out of her home in handcuffs and taken into custody in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

But why exactly did she get arrested for, and why was she released just an hour later?

'Hobbit' Producers Slapped With $75M Suit for Splitting Film

Miramax and the Weinstein brothers are drawing their legal swords in a $75 million lawsuit against New Line Cinema and Warner Bros, in a contract dispute over "The Hobbit" movies. The lawsuit centers on Warner Bros. and New Line executives' decision to split "The Hobbit" into a trilogy.

Sadly, the lawsuit isn't about drawing out the epic tale into a criminally boring pace. It is, as always, about money.

Mike Tyson Barred From U.K. for Rape Conviction

Mike Tyson's criminal past is catching up to him, as the former heavyweight champion was barred from entering Britain due to his prior rape conviction.

The 47-year-old former athlete was scheduled to arrive in the U.K. over the weekend to promote his autobiography, "Undisputed Truth," but a British immigration law passed in December 2012 blocked the notorious boxer from entering the country, reports The Guardian.

How does this British law mirror our own laws on felons entering the country?

Paul Walker Crash Scene Thieves Charged With Felonies

Two men who allegedly pilfered items from Paul Walker's crash scene have been charged with felony grand theft in addition to two misdemeanors.

But what exactly did the two thieves steal to warrant a grand theft charge?

Gay Ex-Waitress Under Fire For Alleged Tip Hoax

A gay waitress in New Jersey recently made national headlines for being denied a tip because of her sexual orientation. But now, it seems she actually may have perpetrated a tip hoax that spun out of control.

Dayna Morales' allegations initially brought an outpouring of sympathy and donations. But with news of the hoax, Morales has since lost her job and is now returning the donations. Is legal liability to follow?

'Real Housewives' Star Porsha Williams Is Finally Divorced

After a two-and-a-half years of drama, "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Porsha Williams has finalized her divorce with Kordell Stewart.

The reality TV housewife wrapped up her divorce in about eight months, leaving her plenty of time to allegedly stir up rumors about her now ex-husband's sexual orientation, reports TMZ.

What's next for Williams now that her divorce is done?

Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley Sued Over 'Remind Me'

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are getting sued by a Dallas songwriter who claims the country duo's 2011 platinum hit "Remind Me" was actually her creation. Now she's taking the singers, songwriters and Sony to court for $10 million.

But what will the songwriter need to prove in order to win her copyright case and secure monetary damages to the "tune" of millions?

'The Good Wife': Good Law? - Season 5, Episode 10

The holidays are here, and "The Good Wife" is celebrating with some good ol' fashioned legal issues over contested wills.

Prepare for some festive cheer -- and steely gazes -- as we dive into the early Christmas/on-time Hanukkah present that is "The Decision Tree."

Paul Walker's Death in Single-Car Crash Raises Legal Questions

Fans are grieving the untimely death of "Fast & Furious" actor Paul Walker. The 40-year-old star died in a fiery crash on Saturday. The actor, who was known for his philanthropic efforts, was en route to an event for his charity, Reach Out Worldwide, to help survivors of victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Sadly, the self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie ultimately succumbed to his need for speed.