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The battle between former 'The View' star Sherri Shepherd and ex-husband Lamar Sally over their child Lamar Jr., has been as acrimonious as it has been public. Shepherd first tried, without success, to disavow any legal responsibility for the boy, who was born via surrogate using a donor egg and Sally's sperm. She was also unsuccessful in her attempts to skirt paying child support.

Now, Shepherd is fighting tooth and nail against Sally's request for an increase in those child support payments, saying the California court in which the request for modification was filed lacks jurisdiction over the case.

The recently lawsuit filed by Michael Grossman and his life partner Michael Ludin against the Directors Guild of America (DGA) is taking on one of Hollywood's oldest organizations. The pair are claiming discrimination and suing the 80-year-old DGA after their health plan refused to pay for naturopathic care.

While the Affordable Care Act and other health insurance regulations provide that some alternative medicines and treatments should be covered by health insurance under certain scenarios, at this stage it is unclear whether the underlying treatment received by Ludin is something that is seen as a legit or quack-treatment.

Generally, naturopathic care encompasses quite a few different types of treatments, including semi-reputable treatments such as chiropractic or acupuncture. However, naturopathic care and treatment can also be dangerous, fraudulent, and downright foolish in its denial of actual scientific effectiveness, such as with vaccines, or other modern treatments, which some naturopaths claim are bad.

Hollywood lost a little of its luster in 2016, with the passing of stars from Alan Rickman to Alan Thicke. But it didn't lose any of its litigiousness, with plenty of A-listers involved in high-stakes lawsuits.

Here's a look at the biggest celebrity lawsuits of the last year:

Rick Ross has got to be feeling pretty smart after a California Federal Court officially ruled that he can use the word "Mastermind" for the title of the album he already released in 2014, and as his self appointed nickname. Another rapper, lesser known Raul Caiz, had trademarked the name years ago, but never achieved notoriety. When Caiz learned of Ross's newest album, he filed a $2 million trademark infringement lawsuit last year after his cease and desist letter went unanswered. Caiz claims to have used the name Mastermind over his 17 year music career and that Ross's use of the album name and nickname was likely to cause confusion.

In response to the lawsuit, Rick Ross filed a counterclaim seeking to have Caiz's trademark cancelled as being overly broad. Recently, the federal court judge dismissed Caiz's claims and granted Ross's request to cancel Caiz's trademark.

In a surprising turn of events, Sofia Vergara's embryos have filed suit against the Modern Family actress in the state of Louisiana. If it comes as a shock to you that an embryo can file suit, you are not alone. Lawyers across the country are all shocked. Even after looking into the legality of it, they find themselves in awe.

You see, in Louisiana, the great state that brings us Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras, since the 1980s, embryos have been considered persons for judicial purposes. Vergara's ex, Nick Loeb, is not a party to the Louisiana suit; instead a new player has entered the battle. James Charbonnet is the trustee of a trust fund set up in Louisiana with the purpose of providing for the health, education, maintenance, and support of the embryos.

This month, Lil Wayne's bus driver filed suit against Peewee Roscoe, Young Thug, Birdman, as well as Cash Money Records and Young Money Records, alleging that all are liable for the emotional distress and other damages he suffered as a result of the attack on Lil Wayne's buses in April 2015. The suit alleges that there was a criminal conspiracy, as well as numerous other claims giving rise to civil liability.

In 2015, Lil Wayne's tour buses were attacked outside of Atlanta, Georgia by Peewee Roscoe, who plead guilty last year and is currently serving a 20 year sentence. Rappers Young Thug and Birdman were also implicated in the shooting, but not charged. The bus driver's suit stems from Roscoe's shooting into the two different buses that were carrying Lil Wayne and 11 others, including driver Alvin Lewis.

Donald Trump, the businessman, was a litigious fellow. And Donald Trump, president-elect, will bring some of those lawsuits with him into the Oval Office. Some estimates put the number of outstanding legal cases against Trump at 75, and the soon-be-president is due in court to respond to a civil lawsuit in California before he's even sworn in.

Not all of these lawsuits have a chance of winning, so which are the most important? And which of Trump's many pending legal actions may cause him the biggest headache once he's in office?

Last week, it was erroneously reported by several media outlets that a child custody settlement had been reached between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in their divorce case. However, last Friday, Pitt filed papers with the court that clearly indicate that the divorce and child custody battle is still on.

The announcement of their marriage, and then their divorce, each have caused a media frenzy as the couple has been one of the most popular celebrity couples of all time. The erroneous report claimed that Brad had agreed to let Angelina have primary custody, and to only have visitation rights for himself. For those that thought this sounded off, you were right.

Sources are reporting that Justin Bieber has settled the assault lawsuit against him and his bodyguard stemming from the January 2014 assault of photographer Manual Munoz in a Subway restaurant. Recently, Bieber was ordered by the judge in the case to appear for a deposition or face arrest. It appears that rather than sit for the deposition, Bieber settled the case to make the judge's order moot.

While the details of the settlement are confidential, it doesn't take much to recognize that Bieber and his body guard were on the losing end of it. Bieber, who would have had to face a deposition if the case did not settle before the end of the month, likely settled as a prudent business decision. Currently, the pop star is on a world tour, and suspending the tour would likely cost more money than settling the lawsuit.

In April, Jim Marchese was arrested for domestic violence after an incident with his wife Amber on a Virgin American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to New York. Both Marcheses, famous for their roles on Real Housewives of New Jersey, vehemently denied the charges at the time, with Jim threatening a $100 million lawsuit for "this disgusting, hurtful defamatory act which cause the police to take such extreme action resulting in horrible rumors about the happily married couple that hurt them both personally and professionally."

That threat has become a reality, as the couple have sued the airline for false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, and defamation stemming from the criminal charges. So what happened that might put Virgin at fault?