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January 2014 Archives

'Two and a Half Men's' Jon Cryer Fights Child Support Modification

"Two and a Half Men's" Jon Cryer was victorious in opposing his ex-wife's petition to modify his child support payments from $8,000 to $88,000 a month.

Just like his character on the TV show, Cryer is divorced and paying child support. However, his ex apparently wasn't satisfied with the $8,000 monthly payment. Sarah Trigger argued that Cryer made $2 million a month, so he should up the ante on his payments, TMZ reports.

A California judge this week threw out Trigger's request, based on proof of Cryer's income and monthly expenses.

Justin Bieber Faces Drugged Driving, Canadian Assault Charges

Justin Bieber can't seem to catch a break. From police investigating his involvement in an egging incident in Los Angeles to getting arrested for drunken driving in Miami, it's like his legal troubles are part of some sad cross-country road trip set to "Party in the U.S.A."

Well, his legal troubles have officially gone global. Bieber's latest legal trouble entails an arrest for assault in Canada.

Here's an update on his reckless road trip:

Courtney Love Wins Twitter Libel Case

Courtney Love has prevailed in an alleged Twitter libel case, as a jury has determined that she didn't defame her former attorney on social media.

Love was sued by her former attorney, Rhonda Holmes, for posting a tweet that insinuated Holmes was "bought off" when she dropped Love as a client, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The jury, however, apparently didn't think that Holmes proved her case for alleged defamation.

So how did jurors reach the verdict?

Prince Sues 22 Alleged Bootleggers for $1M Each

If you're a bootlegger, Prince doesn't want your extra time and your [guitar riff] kiss, he wants your money.

Don't let the falsetto fool you. Prince has a reputation for vociferously protecting his intellectual property. Take it from the ruffles and palate for pepper, the man has a flair for the over-the-top, especially when exacting legal revenge.

In his latest legal move, Prince is suing 22 Internet users for $22 million over bootlegged videos of his live performances.

Guy Fieri's Lamborghini Thief, 19, Gets Life in Prison

Max Wade, the California teen who stole celebrity chef Guy Fieri's Lamborghini, has been sentenced to life in prison.

Wade, now 19, was 17 years old when he stole Fieri's yellow convertible from a San Francisco dealership in 2011. A year later in a drive-by shooting, he attempted to kill the boyfriend of a girl he liked.

The case is raising questions about how such a young man received a life sentence, and what his future will look like.

Justin Bieber's Charges: DUI, Resisting Arrest, Invalid License

The Biebs is at it again. Pop star Justin Bieber was charged with drunken driving, resisting arrest, and driving without a valid license after drag racing through a residential area in Miami Beach, Florida.

Bieber's entourage -- including his dad -- reportedly used their cars to block traffic on the road to create a drag strip for the 19-year-old singer. First alleged egg-tossing, now this. Sigh.

Here's a breakdown of why he Bieber charged with these crimes (or, as Bieber told police, "what the f--k this is about") and what prosecutors will need to prove:

Do Deputies Need a Warrant to Search Justin Bieber's Cell Phone?

Justin Bieber is still under scrutiny for the alleged egging of a neighbor's house. As part of their probe, investigators want to search his cell phone.

The Biebs gave Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies the cold shoulder when they raided his home on a search warrant last week, and now the authorities may need yet another warrant to get to the pop star's texts, reports TMZ.

Do the cops have a right to crack into that Bieber phone?

'Dance Moms' Assault Lawsuit: No Tweeting, Judge Orders

Even though reality stars have an affinity for tweeting, the judge in the "Dance Moms" lawsuit issued a 'no tweeting' order on Tuesday between "Dance Mom" Kelly Hyland and "Dance Coach" Abby Lee Miller.

Hyland is accused of assaulting and harassing Miller, the owner of the show's dance studio, because Miller allegedly failed to give Hyland's darling daughters the appropriate amount of attention, reports TMZ.

In harassment cases, it's not unusual for judges to grant a no contact order, or in this case, a no Tweeting order.

Courtney Love's 'Twibel' Case Goes to Trial

Never one to avoid controversy, Courtney Love has gone to trial in an alleged "Twibel" case. (That's "Twitter libel," in case you're wondering.)

Love's former attorney, Rhonda Holmes, is suing Love for suggesting on Twitter that Holmes was "bought off" when she refused to help Love in a legal battle over her late husband Kurt Cobain's estate, according to ABC News.

So how can "Twibel" be proven, and will Love and her "Celebrity Skin" prevail?

Honey Boo Boo Family's Crash Was Sugar Bear's Fault, Cops Say

"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" fans can breathe easy knowing that the reality-TV starlet and her family are in good spirits after a car crash. But now it seems Sugar Bear could be the one responsible for the traffic boo-boo -- not the other driver, as first reported.

Police in Milledgeville, Georgia, have concluded that Sugar Bear, the family's patriarch, made an unsafe left turn when the family's SUV collided with a pickup truck on January 6, reports TMZ.

Although Sugar Bear won't face any criminal charges for his apparent driving blunder, the family's insurance company will have to handle this civil matter.

Justin Bieber's House Searched Over Egg-Tossing; Lil Za Arrested

Police obtained a warrant to search Justin Bieber's house for evidence related to the egg toss smelled heard 'round the world.

The "Confident" singer is suspected of egging his neighbor's home, causing thousands of dollars in property damage.

It's basically an egg hunt, except it's not for Easter, it's for felony vandalism.

Kanye West's Coinye Problem: Whom to Sue?

While Kanye West has no problems with dropping a beat, he's reportedly having issues dropping a lawsuit on the people behind the virtual currency formerly known as Coinye West.

West has filed for an injunction in an effort to shut down the website now simply known as "Coinye" -- a virtual currency that Kanye claims infringes on his trademarks and reputation, reports TMZ.

The problem for West at this stage is that he apparently doesn't know the identities of the Coinye coders or founders.

'The Good Wife': Good Law? - Season 5, Episode 12

It's been a while since "The Good Wife" tackled a thorny criminal issue, but this week's "We, The Juries" gave us a double dose of just how complicated co-defendant trials can be.

Here's a breakdown of how the combined forces of Florrick & Agos and Lockhart & Gardner muddle through this week's episode:

'I Love New York' Contestant's Murder Conviction Overturned

Jamal Trulove -- a former contestant on VH1's "I Love New York" -- had his murder conviction overturned based on a prosecutor's poor decisions in closing arguments.

A California Court of Appeal overturned Trulove's conviction when it found that a prosecutor wrongfully suggested that the reality star's crew threatened to retaliate against a key witness, reports Bay City News.

Trulove may have lucked out because overturned criminal convictions are as rare as a reality star having a long term acting career.

Insane Clown Posse's FBI Lawsuit Asserts Constitutional Violations

The Insane Clown Posse teamed up with the ACLU to sue the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice, claiming the two agencies violated the free speech rights of Juggalos -- what Insane Clown Posse fans are called -- by classifying them as gang members.

What kind of relief is the hip hop duo seeking?

Honey Boo Boo, Family Hurt in Car Crash

Poor Honey Boo Boo -- the reality star and her family were hurt in a car crash when their SUV collided with a pickup truck.

The family sustained some injuries, like severe chest bruises, back contusions, and neck sprains. However, Mama June said this was the first time any of them were in a car accident, reports CNN.

So even if you're like Honey Boo Boo and come from an unconventional family, there are several practical steps you should take after a car accident, especially if it's your first.

Jodie Sweetin Pays IRS $53K in Back Taxes

Jodie Sweetin, otherwise known as Stephanie Tanner from "Full House," rang in the new year by paying off all of the taxes she owed to the IRS. She's done Uncle Sam (and probably Uncle Jesse and Uncle Joey) proud.

Maybe we're seeing wholesome remnants of our favorite middle child?

'The Good Wife': Good Law? - Season 5, Episode 11

"The Good Wife" is always game for a fun copyright case. This week, Florrick & Agos took aim at "Glee" and represented a band's bad cover song. But was their use of law music to our ears?

Here's a rundown of this week's copyright battle in "Goliath and David":

Johnny Depp Settles Robin Eckert's 'Butt Exposure' Lawsuit

Johnny Depp settled the lawsuit brought against him by Robin Eckert.

Eckert claimed in her lawsuit that Depp's bodyguard dragged her across the VIP section of an Iggy Pop concert, causing her pants to slip down and exposing her "buttocks" to the crowd, reports TMZ.

Although the case settled, Eckert has faced some legal challenges up to this point.

Tommy Lee Beats Lawsuit Over Roller Coaster Drums

Tommy Lee prevailed in a lawsuit over his roller coaster drums.

Lee was sued by Howard Scott King back in September 2012 for allegedly stealing King's idea and design for a drum-roller coaster set that flips Lee upside down during concerts, reports TMZ.

While Lee may not be a "Saint of Los Angeles," he isn't guilty of misappropriating trade secrets.