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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.

Warner Brothers, the makers of the 2016 comedy War Dogs, have been hauled into a Florida federal court by the very person the film is based on. The subject of the film, Efraim Diveroli, is a convicted arms dealer who is currently incarcerated. Diveroli is asserting that the film was advertised as being a true story, his true story, and does not actually accurately depict the true story.

While the case is still relatively new, Diveroli has cleared the first hurdle in bringing his claim and survived a motion to dismiss. At this stage, if Warner does not settle, they will actually have to respond to the factual allegations in court (though that could take years to play out). Diveroli is seeking to hold Warner liable for his financial losses, as well as for misleading the public.

The FTC recently announced that it issued over 90 letters to Instagram and social media 'influencers' and celebrities to remind them about the legal requirement to clearly disclose paid-for social media posts.

The announcement explains that many social media influencers use unclear hashtags or comments, such as #sp, #sponsored, or "Thanks [brandname]," in an attempt to meet the FTC disclosure requirements. However, as the FTC explains, these phrases are not clear, nor conspicuous, enough. Additionally, the agency pointed out that the clear and conspicuous guideline is violated when a user has to click or touch an image or link in order to see the disclosure.

This past weekend, the first ever Fyre Festival, a luxury getaway music festival in the Bahamas, turned out to be more like a disaster relief drill than luxury music experience. Thousands of concert goers, who all paid thousands of dollars to be there, were essentially deceived and needlessly put in harm's way. Rather than luxurious accommodations, attendees found FEMA disaster relief tents. Rather than gourmet food, bread with sliced cheese was poorly rationed out alongside relatively plain salad. Rather than plentiful top billing headlining artists entertaining the crowds, the entire festival was cancelled the morning it was set to start.

As a result of the failures of the Fyre Festival organizers (specifically Ja Rule and Billy McFarland, who co-founded the festival), a class action lawsuit has already been filed in a California federal court. The lead plaintiff spent $2,000 to attend the concert, and like thousands of others was not notified of the cancellation until he arrived.

A recent class action lawsuit filed against Fox News and top level current and former employees alleges race discrimination was widespread behind the scenes.Plaintiffs' attorneys released a statement lampooning Fox News' parent company, 21st Century Fox, stating that based on the facts of the case, they are more like "18th Century Fox."

While this may sound like an extreme position, the complaint includes allegations that Roger Ailes denied security clearance to non-whites to be on the same floor as his office, and had a wall constructed in his office to keep out minorities. Other allegations include countless racially insensitive statements, several denials of opportunity due to race discrimination, as well as retaliation claims for opposing racism.

By just about any metric, Drake is one of the biggest rappers in the game. One of those metrics would be money, and Drake was in the top five of Forbes list of highest paid hip hop artists in 2016. But the label that claims to have signed Drake back in 2008 also claims it hasn't seen the profits from one of the most profitable acts in the business.

Aspire Music Group sued Cash Money Records in a Manhattan, New York court, claiming breach of contract, breach of good faith and fair dealing, and tortious interference over alleged unpaid profits and copyright royalties under the recording agreement between the two. So how much are we talking about, and where is all the money?

Tomi Lahren, the young conservative pundit hired by Glen Beck's TheBlaze, has filed a lawsuit after being effectively terminated by the show. Although Lahren is still being paid pursuant to her contract, she has been removed from the conservative political talk show. Lahren is alleging that her removal was due to her pro-choice stance, while TheBlaze denies that allegation and denies that Lahren has even been terminated.

Lahren's wrongful termination lawsuit alleges that after her appearance on The View, where she stated that being against abortion rights and against government regulation of individual rights is hypocritical, she was indefinitely suspended. The show issued a statement expressing confusion over how they can be sued for wrongful termination while Lahren was still technically employed and being paid.

The Warhol Foundation has filed a lawsuit against a photographer claiming that a 1984 piece by Andy Warhol infringes upon her copyright. The work of art in question is the Prince Series, which includes several different paintings of the musician Prince. The photographer claims that her 1981 publicity photo of Prince was used to make unauthorized derivative works.

The photographer, after the death of Prince last year, contacted the foundation to demand payment of damages for an alleged copyright infringement. However, the foundation believes that the claim is frivolous and nothing more than a shakedown. Rather than continue to waste time and money negotiating, the foundation has sought the help of the court in settling the dispute.

Hoverboards, those inaccurately named and infinitely injurious contraptions, remain a thing. But one hoverboard company is claiming that their product could be more of a thing, if only Jennifer Lopez had properly promoted the brand on Instagram and Twitter.

Sidekick Group Corp says it gave J.Lo over $50,000 worth of merchandise to use in a concert series, in return for promotion on social media, and is now contending that one tweet didn't fulfill that obligation.