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Taylor Swift Counterclaims in DJ Groping Case

In September, a former radio DJ sued Taylor Swift, claiming she cost him his job by falsely accusing him of a backstage groping. The pop star immediately fired back via publicist, saying she provided evidence. Now she has filed a counterclaim, affirming that the David Mueller did indeed lift Swift's skirt during a photo session at a pre-concert meet-and-greet, USA Today reports.

Greatest Hits: The Best of Celebrity Trademarks

Property can be an abstract notion and intellectual property is particularly difficult to value. Few of us would think to trademark the things we say or our children's names, and if we tried, it would not work. For the rich and famous, however, it can make sense to claim ownership over some seemingly silly stuff.

Celebrities have filed trademark applications for catchphrases, snippets, song lyrics, nicknames, and even given names. Some were approved. Here are some highlights of celebrity trademarks (or attempts to trademark) as reported by CNBC.

Third Time Was Not a Charm: Halle Berry Divorcing Olivier Martinez

Actress Halle Berry is divorcing her French husband, actor Olivier Martinez. The two met on a movie set in 2010 and married in 2013 while she was pregnant with their child. "It is with a heavy heart that we have come to the decision to divorce," the couple said in a joint statement to People.

According to the magazine, sources said that the relationship had run its course. The couple, however, appears to harbor no ill will and wishes each other well.

Celebs Put Star Power Behind Prison Reform

In this culture, when celebrities talk, people listen. That is why Russell Simmons and about 100 other stars are joining in a prison reform campaign. The goal is to cut the American prison population by half over the next ten years.

Comedian Amy Schumer, actor Ed Norton, and the author of Orange is the New Black, Piper Kerman, are all also on the list of popular figures joining in the fight for prison reform. Called #cut50, the campaign aims to shift the alarming statistics on American incarceration. With less than 5 percent of the world's population, the US has 25 percent -- or one quarter -- of the world's prisoners.

Alicia's bond court battles continue, but she may have found an exit strategy. And the fight for Peter's presidential campaign continues, but Ruth might be one step closer to beating Eli.

The sparks were flying in the courtroom and between Alicia and the sexiest investigator alive. Here's what you need to know from last night's episode, entitled "Taxed."

The latest installment in the Star Wars franchise hits theaters in December and the answer is no, we couldn't be any more excited. There's something in the George Lucas's universe for everyone* but many people feel like taking pieces of Star Wars without asking. And Lucas and his company Lucasfilm have been all too happy to sue over unauthorized use of images and names from the franchise.

Here are a few of the most notorious Star Wars lawsuits:

Cancel That: Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom Call Off Divorce

There is yet another twist in the story of Khloe Kardashian's divorce from Lamar Odom. It's not happening. The reality stars reportedly withdrew their dissolution of marriage documents from California courts this morning.

Last week many of us were surprised to discover that the couple was still married, as their split had been making headlines for more than a year. But after Odom collapsed at The Love Shack in Nevada and was rushed to the hospital last week, Khloe joined him and it became apparent that the two are technically still in a legal union. Which works out well, as they intend to remain married.

Match Made in Hell: The 10 Shortest Celebrity Marriages

Marriages made in heaven are rare. Most of them are made right here on earth, and often by couples less committed to the union than they claimed in their wedding vows. Death does not part many -- divorce does.

Nearly half of American marriages end in divorce, according to the American Psychological Association. Some of these unions barely start before the parting begins, lasting less than a week. Here are the ten shortest celebrity marriages in relatively recent history, listed in order from most brief to longest.

Did Chris Kyle Lie About Ex-Gov Jesse Ventura?

Jesse Ventura is known for many things -- wrestling, acting, and politics most notably. But concern for his reputation in the navy has been driving him to court lately. Ventura, a former Navy SEAL, last year successfully sued ex-SEAL and author Chris Kyle for an anecdote in his book American Sniper and Kyle's estate is appealing the judgment today.

Ventura says Kyle ruined his reputation with others in the elite military unit by writing lies in his book. Last year, the ex-wrestler won a $1.8 million judgment against Kyle's estate. Kyle's wife appealed and free speech is expected to be key to oral arguments that federal justices will hear today.

So, what if someone sells a drug that's similar to an illegal drug but not exactly the same? Is that illegal? But what if they were trying to create a safer drug ... does that matter? If you've ever wondered what the mens rea for selling an analog narcotic is, this was the episode for you.

If not, at least we had some cooking show fun with Alicia's mother and got to watch Ruth and Eli continue to lock horns over Peter's presidential campaign. Here's what you need to know from last night's episode, entitled "Cooked."

Khloe Kardashian Making Medical Decisions for Lamar Odom in Coma

Khloe Kardashian is making medical decisions for her husband, Lamar Odom, while he's in a coma. This is news because those of us who have been Keeping Up With the Kardashians -- and even those who were not -- all thought they were divorced.

Lamar Odom was rushed to a hospital in Nevada this week, having collapsed in a brothel after spending $75,000 in a weekend at The Love Ranch. Khloe rushed to his side, where he lies in a medically-induced coma. She is making decisions for her husband because it turns out that the two are technically not divorced.

Sure, you appeared on a reality TV show or on the pages of Playboy magazine, but that doesn't mean that any old strip club can slap your topless photo on one of their ads. That's what over a dozen Playmates and professional models (and one Real Housewives of Miami star) are alleging in two lawsuits filed in federal court in New York.

The plaintiffs are alleging that the strip clubs used their images to give the false impression they either endorsed or worked at the establishments, and they're seeking money damages and an injunction against the clubs from using their likenesses in the future.

Randy Quaid Arrested as Fugitive, CA Extradition Expected

After five years of evading authorities in California, actor Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi, are being held in jail in Vermont on $500,000 bail each. Neither has posted bail.

The Quaids fled the U.S. after being charged with felony vandalism, among other charges. The property at issue was once their own -- the couple was reportedly squatting in the guest house on land that previously belonged to them. They did not hang around to resolve the case.

5 Deaths Caused by Celebrity Car Accidents

The rich and famous are just like us. They too make mistakes. But do they face the same consequences for their actions as other folks?

Decide for yourself. Take a look at this list of deaths caused by celebrity driving accidents and the accompanying punishments, if any, below. Keep in mind that in some cases where criminal charges were not filed, stars still faced civil lawsuits for victims' wrongful deaths (yes, that includes Caitlyn Jenner).

As the Machiavellian political machinations keep turning on Peter's presidential campaign, Alicia is assembling quite the team for her nascent law firm. Could Cary be the next to flee Diane and David Lee, poaching a bunch of young associates in the process?

Here's what you need to know from last night's episode, entitled "Innocents."

Beyonce, Jay-Z, Kanye Sue T-Shirt Label ElevenParis

When the 99 percent were occupying Wall Street, one-percenter Jay-Z tried to make a buck with t-shirts that read, "Occupy All Streets." People were not happy about it and he stopped promptly. Now he is unhappy about a French company making money off his image and is suing for trademark infringement, among other things.

Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kanye, Rihanna, and Pharrell are all in on it. All five filed suit together against ElevenParis, which has printed and sold goods with the artists' images. According to the filing, "Defendants have willfully traded upon the goodwill and notoriety of Plaintiffs, arguably some of the most famous musical artists and entrepreneurs in the world."

Celebrity Divorces Force Stars to Sell Property Cheap and Fast

So you want to buy the bittersweet memories of your favorite celebrity couple? No problem.

Although you might think that a celebrity split would be good for a realtor's business, it turns out that is not quite right. "We've noticed a number of celebrity homes linger on the market and even get their price slashed or sell below asking price," writes Lisa Davis of realtor.com.

Last night's episode was the premiere of what promises to be an epic seventh season.

Here's what you need to know from last night's episode, entitled "Bond."

What a sixth season! Alicia was the State's Attorney, and then she wasn't. Cary was headed to jail, and then he wasn't. Diane was out, and now she's back in. And now Kalinda is on the run?

The seventh season of "The Good Wife" kicks off this Sunday, so here's what we're looking forward to when the firm of Florrick Agos & Lockhart returns:

Actor Brian Green Seeks Spousal Support From Megan Fox in Divorce

Megan Fox and Brian Green are set to split after a five-year marriage. Now Green, the ex-husband-to-be, is seeking spousal support.

Fox reportedly filed for divorce in August, citing "irreconcilable differences." There was no response from Green until this week. They reportedly continue to live under one roof while caring for their two kids and the split seems as amicable as these things can be. Green is also seeking joint custody.