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Britney Spears Settles Lawsuit and Gets Aggressive With the Media

In what should be considered a lesson to everyone who thinks that legal relief can be had quickly, the 2008 case between Sam Lufti and Britney Spears and family just settled last week. In the lawsuit, Lufti claimed Spears' father actually struck him. Lufti also alleged that Spears' mother lied about him in her memoir.

Details of the settlement were not released by the court, and it is unlikely either party is free to release the actual numbers. After this action was initially dismissed by the lower court in 2012, Lufti appealed the dismissal and won. Had this settlement not occurred, trial was scheduled to begin next month.

Fox News's parent company has agreed to pay former anchor and Fox and Friends host Gretchen Carlson $20 million to settle her sexual harassment lawsuit against former CEO Roger Ailes. 21st Century Fox released a statement today acknowledging and apologizing "for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect and dignity that she and all of our colleagues deserve."

One odd part about the settlement is that Carlson hadn't named Fox News or 21st Century Fox in her lawsuit. And another is that Ailes, the man who resigned in the face of numerous allegations of harassment, allegedly won't contribute a dime to the settlement.

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. Former president George W. Bush. Fool-pitier Mr. T. All have fulfilled their civic obligation and reported for jury duty when called. But perhaps none are as famous as Taylor Swift.

But that didn't stop the worldwide pop star from reporting to Nashville's criminal courthouse this week for jury duty. And as quick as Taylor Swift, criminal jurist, appeared, she was gone again, dismissed over an overlap with her own legal case.

Bill Cosby has decided to drop a lawsuit he filed against Andrea Constand, who accused the actor and comedian of drugging and sexually assaulted her in 2004. Cosby had claimed that Constand breached a 2006 confidential settlement agreement by cooperating with law enforcement in Pennsylvania who were investigating Cosby last year.

Cosby was ultimately charged by the Montgomery County district attorney's office with sexual assault last December and his attorney said Cosby is dismissing the suit to "focus his efforts on defending himself against the claims that have been lodged against him." Along with those criminal charges, Cosby is facing nine civil lawsuits regarding sexual assault allegations.

Dr. Phil and Wife Demand $250M From National Enquirer for Defamation

Television psychologist Phil McGraw, better known as Dr. Phil, and his wife Robin McGraw, sued the National Enquirer for defamation this month. The couple claim, in a case filed in Palm Beach County, Florida, that the gossip rag has hurt them professionally, emotionally, and otherwise and are demanding $250 million in damages.

The National Enquirer, which is accustomed to getting sued, responded to the filing with yet another article insulting the television counseling couple, calling Dr. Phil a quack and defending all previously published articles as true. According to the Washington Post, the McGraws seem to be following in the footsteps of Hulk Hogan, who successfully sued Gawker in Florida over a sex tape publication, pushing the publisher to bankruptcy.

Is Rupert Murdoch About to Oust Fox News CEO Roger Ailes?

Earlier this month, former Fox News figure Gretchen Carlson sued the company and its CEO, Roger Ailes, for sexual harassment and wrongful termination. Now, reportedly, media mogul Rupert Murdoch is planning to oust Ailes from Fox after the Carlson lawsuit prompted similar harassment complaints from other women.

According to The Daily Beast, the harassment claims were the impetus for an investigation into Ailes' management style generally, which has apparently been found wanting. New York magazine reported today that Ailes will be offered a chance to resign or be fired.

TMZ Counters Jared Leto Copyright Claim to Taylor Swift Dis Vid

Have you ever said something rude about someone and wished it hadn’t been overheard? That is what happened to Jared Leto, actor and lead for the band Thirty Seconds to Mars.

The musician was caught on video listening to and critiquing Taylor Swift songs while in his home studio seeking inspiration last year. He liked some of what Swift did but ultimately dismissed her music with an expletive, a moment he later regretted when he learned it was recorded.

Are Hulk Hogan's Lawyers Playing Shady Games in Gawker Cases?

A Florida jury earlier this year awarded former pro-wrestler Hulk Hogan $140 million in compensatory and punitive damages in a case against Gawker. The media company had published a sex tape of Hogan sleeping with his ex-best friend's wife and the former wrestler successfully alleged an invasion of privacy.

For a moment it seemed like Hogan was almost a hero of sorts, at least to those who agreed with the Florida jury. Now, however, the former wrestler and his lawyers are starting to seem shady as they continue their legal wrangling. Law Newz writes, "Hogan's lawyers are pulling some pretty sketchy moves in the Gawker case."

50 Cent Enters $23 Million Bankruptcy Settlement

Many men may wish death on him, but fans of 50 Cent will be happy to hear that the hip-hop star has settled his bankruptcy case. It's good news for the rapper personally and those who appreciate his music, as we'll probably soon be hearing from him a whole lot.

Curtis Jackson, as the entertainer is known in court, has to come up with $390,000 a month to meet his obligations under the terms of the settlement, so expect to see him performing and promoting products to make the money. Jackson filed for bankruptcy in July of last year. Now, he is on a payment plan that would be too much pressure for a lesser man than 50 Cent.

Ex-Host Gretchen Carlson Sues Fox News CEO for Sexual Harassment

Gretchen Carlson seemed to have it all. She was crowned Miss America and went on to host television news shows, including "Fox and Friends" and her own program in recent years. But the former Fox News anchor this week revealed her years-long struggle in a lawsuit accusing Fox News CEO Roger Ailes of wrongful termination and sexual harassment.

Carlson was terminated late last month, although she announced on social media that she was on vacation. Politico reports that she now says, in a suit filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey, that Roger Ailes had been making sexually charged comments to her for years, both insinuated and explicit, indicating that she could use sex to improve her job standing.