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Amanda Bynes Arrested for DUI; Drugged Driving Alleged

Troubled actress Amanda Bynes is facing fresh DUI charges after running a red light in front of a California Highway Patrol officer this weekend.

The actress was driving alone in her 2013 Mercedes SUV at 3:30 AM Sunday morning when she allegedly ran the red light and stopped in the middle of the intersection, reports the New York Daily News. A CHP officer who observed the incident conducted a series of field sobriety tests on Bynes.

Spoiler alert: She didn't pass.

'The Good Wife': Good Law? - Season 6, Episode 2

After a strong start with last week's premiere, "The Good Wife" is following up with the Cary/Bishop arc and introduces Taye Diggs as this season's guest star.

While not nearly as legally dense as the previous episode, "Trust Issues" lays down some interesting breadcrumbs for what's to come -- for Alicia's political career, for Florrick/Agos, and for Cary's freedom.

Randy Jackson's Wife Files for Divorce: Report

Former "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson may soon be dealing with a judge of his own. Jackson's wife of 18 years Erika Jackson has filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences, reports TMZ.

In addition to custody of their remaining minor child, 17-year-old Jordan Jackson, Erika also reportedly wants spousal support.

How does a judge typically determine whether a spouse should be awarded alimony?

'The Situation' Indicted for Tax Fraud, Must Stay Sober

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino was indicted Wednesday for tax fraud, and said he wouldn't get drunk or high until his trial is over.

The former "Jersey Shore" cast member was indicted by a federal grand jury along with his brother for filing fraudulent tax returns on nearly $9 million in income. To add insult to injury, in order for Sorrentino to be released on bail, he had to promise the court he wouldn't drink or do drugs while released.

What's going on with The Situation's latest legal situation?

Keeping Up With Kris, Bruce Jenner's Divorce: 5 Things to Know

In case you haven't been keeping up with the Kardashians, the latest news from America's favorite celebrity family is the divorce of Kardashian family matriarch Kris Jenner from her husband Bruce Jenner.

The couple has agreed to a stipulated judgment of dissolution, which was filed in a Los Angeles court by Kris Jenner this week, reports Radar Online. The proposed judgment sets out the couple's agreed-to division of their substantial shared assets as well as their custody and support plans for Kylie Jenner, the only one of the couple's children who is still a minor.

What do you need to know about the Jenners' soon-to-be-official divorce? Here are five things to keep in mind:

Roc-A-Fella Co-Founder Damon Dash Sues Filmmaker Lee Daniels

Hip-hop mogul Damon Dash has filed a lawsuit against fellow entertainment industry titan Lee Daniels claiming breach of contract, defamation, and a host of other allegations.

The dispute between Dash, a Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder, and Daniels, whose directing credits include "Precious," "The Butler," and "The Paperboy," center around a $2 million investment that Dash made in Daniels' 2004 film "The Woodsman," reports The Hollywood Reporter. According to Dash's lawsuit, filed in New York, Daniels never repaid Dash, instead offering him an ownership stake in his upcoming projects, including "The Butler," which grossed over $176 million at the box office.

Now Dash is looking to collect what he claims he is contractually owed.

'The Good Wife': Good Law? - Season 6, Episode 1

"The Good Wife" is back, and so is our coverage. What does this new season have in store for our readers?

If the Sixth Season premiere, "The Line," is any indication, "The Good Wife" is going to start looking a lot more like "Law and Order" and less like "Scandal." Don't know what that means? Read our recap:

Joan Rivers' Estate Plan: $150M to Daughter, Grandson, Dogs

Under late comedian Joan Rivers' estate plan, the majority of her of $150 million fortune will reportedly pass to her daughter Melissa and grandson Cooper.

However, Rivers also made sure to include plans for her four dogs in her will, reports the New York Daily News. Though the $35 million New York City apartment Rivers lived in with her dogs is being sold by her daughter, Rivers' plan likely made sure that her longtime assistant Jocelyn Pickett -- who will act as the dogs' caretaker -- will have no trouble maintaining the dogs' upscale lifestyle.

Although your estate may be substantially smaller, how can you nevertheless ensure that your loved ones, and even your pets, are taken care of after you're deceased?

James Cameron Wins Dismissal of 'Avatar' Art Infringment Lawsuit

A U.S. District Court Judge in New York dismissed a lawsuit against director James Cameron by an artist who claimed that aspects of Cameron's movie "Avatar" were based on his artwork.

Artist William Roger Dean -- the artist behind the iconic logo and many of the album covers of the rock band Yes -- had claimed in his suit that the depictions of the planet Pandora in "Avatar," including some of its alien flora and fauna, improperly infringed on his copyrighted artwork, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

What did a federal judge have to say about Dean's copyright claims?

Shia LaBeouf Gets Restraining Order Against Female Trespasser

Actor Shia LaBeouf has been in and out of court a lot lately, but this time it was to get a restraining order against someone else who was allegedly behaving badly.

Graciela Nahle, 31, was ordered to stay 100 yards away from the "Transformers" star, although it's unclear if she'll choose to obey it. According to TMZ, Nahle thinks that LaBeouf is "Albert Einstein" and wants to "blow up the world," so her judgment might be a bit off-kilter.

What else should LaBeouf fans know about the restraining order?

Robin Thicke Deposition: High, Drunk for 'Blurred Lines' Session

Newly released deposition testimony by singer Robin Thicke in the ongoing lawsuit over his hit song "Blurred Lines" seems to show the singer distancing himself from the writing and recording of the controversial song.

In the deposition, Thicke credits producer Pharrell Williams with having written the majority of the song before Thicke even showed up, contrary to previous public statements by Thicke about the song's origin, reports the Los Angeles Times. Furthermore, Thicke explains on the record, "I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio."

Why is the singer now admitting he played a relatively minor role in the authoring of his biggest hit?

'Django Unchained' Actress Handcuffed by LAPD for ... PDA?

"Django Unchained" Actress Daniele Watts was detained and handcuffed by the LAPD, apparently for showing affection in public.

Watts and her boyfriend Brian James Lucas (also known as celebrity chef Cheffy Be*Live) claim that police detained the couple on Thursday because they suspected the pair to be a prostitute and her client, CNN reports. For its part, the LAPD explains that officers were responding to a complaint that a couple matching their descriptions were "involved in a sexual act inside a Mercedes with the vehicle door open."

So what caused the "Django Unchained" actress to be detained?

Grammy Winner Lynn Anderson Arrested For DUI After Crash

Grammy-winning country singer Lynn Anderson was arrested Friday in Nashville and charged with DUI following an early morning crash.

Police say that Anderson, who won a Grammy in 1970 for the song "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden," admitted to drinking alcohol and taking prescription medication before the crash, reports Nashville's WSMV-TV.

Unfortunately for Anderson, this isn't her first time facing DUI charges.

James Cameron Can't Tell Elementary School Workers to Shut Up

Director James Cameron ran into legal trouble when trying to enforce a code of silence at his private elementary school in Calabasas, California.

The MUSE School, started by Cameron and his wife Suzy in 2006, was founded on the philosophy that "young people should have rights, as well as a voice and a choice in their educations." Apparently this didn't apply to MUSE School workers, who according to The Hollywood Reporter were forced to sign a confidentiality agreement barring them from discussing compensation, the kids who attended the school, or even their employer.

An administrative law judge ruled Monday that this practice was illegal.

Shaq Looks to Attack Crime as Officer O'Neal

Miami has had its fair share of famous fictional law enforcement officers, like Don Johnson as Sonny Crockett in "Miami Vice" and David Caruso as Horatio Caine on "CSI: Miami"

But Miami's latest primetime lawman is all too real. Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal is looking to launch a new career as a reserve police officer in the Miami suburb of Doral, reports the Miami Herald. The 7-foot-1 former center for the Miami Heat applied for the position last week, meeting with the police chief and posing for pictures with members of the City Council.

If he passes the application process and tests required for the position, will Shaq actually be a real police officer?

'My Five Wives' Dad Declares Bankruptcy, Saves Wedding Ring

The dad from TLC's "My Five Wives" has dug himself out of more than $300,000 debt by declaring bankruptcy -- and he even got to keep his wedding ring.

Brady Williams may still have five wives, but he's divorced himself from some $318,000 in debt. According to TMZ, the father of dozens had listed his $50 wedding ring and $3.61 in savings (yes, three dollars and sixty-one cents) as the paltry assets he still retained, and it looks like he'll be keeping the ring.

How did Williams clear himself of debt, and what about his five wives?

Director Brett Ratner Sued Over Alleged House Party Injury

A woman has filed a lawsuit against "Hercules" director Brett Ratner, claiming that after she was injured during a party at the director's house, Ratner refused to call 911.

Lauryn Flynn is a 42-year-old stylist who attended a party at Ratner's home celebrating the release of "Hercules" earlier this year, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Flynn claims she was injured when a glass table broke, cutting her Achilles tendon.

Flynn claims that instead of someone calling 911, however, she was transported to the hospital in a somewhat less-expedient fashion.

Joan Rivers' Death: 3 Legal Facts About Life Support

The death of comedian Joan Rivers may provide an unwelcome, but much-needed warning to many that medical emergencies can strike at any time. This can leave family members and medical personnel to make difficult decisions regarding end-of-life care.

Rivers, 81, suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest while undergoing surgery last week. She was rushed to the hospital and placed on life support. But after more than a week, her daughter Melissa made the decision to remove her mother from life support, reports the New York Daily News.

While it may be difficult or unpleasant to discuss, what factors may affect the decision to remove someone from life support? Here are three legal facts that can come into play:

War Machine Pleads Not Guilty to 32 Charges After Alleged Assault

Appearing in Las Vegas court on Wednesday, MMA fighter War Machine pleaded not guilty to all 32 charges against him, including kidnapping and assault.

War Machine, whose birth name is Jonathan Koppenhaver, was captured by law enforcement in Ventura County, California, in mid-August after several days on the lam. Koppenhaver is accused of attacking former girlfriend Christine Mackinday (aka "Christy Mack") several times over the last 15 months, reports Las Vegas' KVVU-TV. The most recent attack landed Mack in the hospital with "severe facial injuries as well as knocked-out teeth."

Is War Machine down for the count in this legal bout?

Kiss Sued by Security Guard Over Confetti-Related Slip-and-Fall

The rock band Kiss is being sued by a security guard who claims he slipped and fell when the band's crew sprayed water and confetti on the stage in a "foolish and reckless manner."

Timothy Funk was working security at a Kiss concert in Noblesville, Indiana, in 2012 when the accident occurred, reports Ultimate Classic Rock. Funk claims the combination of water and confetti that accumulated on the stage during the band's closing song created a "slippery, waxy, and glassy" surface causing Funk to fall and injure himself.

What will Funk need to show in court to succeed in his case?

iCloud Hack Leads to Hundreds of Leaked Celeb Nudes

An alleged hack of Apple's iCloud storage service has led to the leak of nude and sexually explicit images of some of the entertainment world's biggest names.

The images, posted by an anonymous user on forum website 4chan, feature Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton, among dozens of others, reports Newsweek.

What are some of the possible legal ramifications of these leaked photos?