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Sarah Palin, the former vice presidential nominee and politician, filed a defamation lawsuit against the New York Times this week in federal court. The case is over an editorial article that was published on June of this year which allegedly asserted that Palin incited the 2011 shooting that left congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords severely injured.

The original piece has since been edited. However, allegedly, Palin's crosshair's map was linked to the 2011 shooting in the opinion piece. The article discussed the state of American politics after the shooting of Representative Steve Scalise, on June 14, 2017, at a charity softball game practice.

While the exact amount of money Palin is seeking is not mentioned in the suit, she claims that her damages are minimally $75,000.

When John Oliver committed 24 minutes of last week's Last Week Tonight episode to the coal industry in general and Murray Energy Corporation CEO Robert E. Murray in particular, he knew he was courting a lawsuit. "I'm going to need to be careful here," Oliver began, "because when we contacted Murray Energy for this piece, they sent us a letter instructing us to 'cease and desist from any effort to defame, harass, or otherwise injure Mr. Murray or Murray Energy,' and telling us that 'failure to do so will result in immediate litigation.'"

Oliver also followed up his rant by addressing Murray personally, saying, "I know you're probably going to sue me over this. But, you know what? I stand by everything I said." So it's little surprise then, that Murray Energy sued HBO and Oliver for defamation over what they call a "false and malicious broadcast." Instead, the surprise will be if the suit ever makes it to trial.

Bill Cosby's first criminal trial on sexual assault charges ended last week in a mistrial. Cosby was not acquitted, but a "hopelessly deadlocked" jury could not reach a verdict. While speculation on why the jury couldn't come to consensus on Cosby's guilt ranged from pretrial rulings on evidence to jury instructions from the judge -- all while taking Cosby's fame and the litany of assault allegations into account -- many are wondering what happens next in the case.

Here's a look at some of those possibilities.

Producers Steve Stabler and Brad Krevoy thought they had first dibs on any sequel to the 1994 Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels classic Dumb and Dumber. Imagine their surprise when Dumb and Dumber To hit theaters in 2014 (not to mention the forgettable prequel, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd in 2003).

So Stabler and Krevoy did what any self-respecting, aggrieved movie producers would do: they lawyered up. The producers are suing New Line Cinema for $1 million for breach of contract.

While everyone knows the Tin Man from the 'Wizard of Oz' needed a heart, many will be surprised to learn that the Tin Man from Upstate New York needs a drunk driving lawyer. Unfortunately, information regarding the Tin Man's recent arrest is scant, so the upstate Tin Man may have already had a lawyer all along.

The actor that plays the iconic Tin Man character at the Yellow Brick Road Casino, in Chittenango, New York, Nicholas Sherman, 31, was arrested for DWI while still in full make-up. Fortunately, for those of us on the internet, we get to delight in his full makeup mugshot, and hopefully take away a couple valuable legal lessons.