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Court Tentatively Rejects Reese Witherspoon's Trademark Claim

Reese Witherspoon is suing a dozen companies she says are using her name in violation of trademark law. She is not the first celebrity to claim her name as intellectual property but a court considering one of the actress's cases is not convinced yet, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Skye Associates, who Witherspoon sued in Los Angeles Superior Court, moved judge Gerald Rosenberg to dismiss the case. In a tentative opinion issued before the hearing on the motion yesterday, the court rejected Witherspoon's trademark claims, writing, "Plaintiff's name is not a protectable slogan."

It's the Planned Parenthood sting video episode, and everyone is losing their minds. Louis Canning is trying to poach Lucca Quinn. Alicia and Lucca are trying to poach Canning's clients. Grace is poaching Lockhart, Agos and Lee clients while Diane is zealously advocating for a pro-life organization. Jason Crouse is investigating everyone for everybody and Eli is moving in on billionaire Courtney Page.

It's dogs and cats, living together -- mass hysteria. Here's what you need to know from last night's episode, entitled "Restraint."

Season 11 (ELEVEN!!) of 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' aired this week, and for the past eight years TV's new First Family has been keeping its legal department busy. They've sued for defamation, been sued for false advertising, and been 'swatted', and that's all without getting to the divorces.

So what kind of legal shenanigans can we expect from Kris, Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, Kendall, and Kylie, (and Kanye!) this season? Let's take a look:

'The new me ... just doesn't care.' No kidding, Alicia. Mrs. Florrick was not messing around this episode. Gone was the 'Excuse me' Alicia, cautiously trying to navigate her varying roles as mom, attorney, wife-of-a-candidate, and candidate herself. Replaced by 'Watch it' Alicia in charge of her firm, her family, and her life.

We may end up remembering this episode as the one where Mrs. Florrick went from being a passenger to directing traffic. Here's what you need to know from last night's episode, entitled "Driven."

Lyrical Court Tells Taylor Swift to Shake It Off

Judges are writers, among other roles. Some write logically and others lyrically but few can do what Judge Gail Standish managed in her latest opinion dismissing a lawsuit against Taylor Swift. She wrote it using the pop diva's lyrics.

The US District Court judge from California put Swift's words to work, dismissing the case against her filed by musician Jesse Braham, the Daily Mail reports. Standish concluded, "At least for now, Defendants have shaken off this lawsuit."

Playboy Settles Suit With Model Hit With Golf Club

Playboy Enterprises has reportedly settled a lawsuit with a model who got whacked in the behind with a golf club during a California event in 2014 for an undisclosed amount, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Elizabeth Dickson sued Playboy and radio host Kevin Klein for assault and battery, demanding more than $500,000.

Dickson sued last year, arguing that she did not consent to being hit at the Playboy Golf Finals. She did, however, agree to let the radio DJ tee up the ball on her behind. Klein missed the ball and hit Dickson instead, leaving a serious welt and, she claims, causing tens of thousands in medical damages.

Alba's Honest Company Moves to Dismiss Claims of Its Dishonesty

Jessica Alba's Honest Company says the plaintiff calling their products unnatural is a liar. Alba's attorneys have asked that the court dismiss his class action lawsuit, according to the Daily Mail.

Jonathan Rubin filed the lawsuit in September on behalf of all consumers of Honest Company products who were duped by company's claims that their goods are natural. Rubin provided studies from environmental groups that showed some products were actually potentially hazardous. If Rubin's claims are correct, that would make Ms. Alba and her company look less than honest.

Fibbing on a résumé. Distorting a past conflict. Political prevarications! We've all been known to be less than truthful at times in our lives, and we hope those little white lies don't turn into black marks on our reputations.

Which lies get told, which get revealed, and which are left to simmer can be a matter of luck so who got lucky this week? Here's what you need to know from last night's episode, entitled "Lies."

Every now and then, a legal drama has to take a break from the courtroom and show how often legal battles are fought behind the scenes, without a judge and jury around. And if there are backroom deals or any backs that need stabbed on this particular legal drama, you know Eli Gold is probably involved.

Both Alicia's new firm and her old one were trying to settle differences out-of-court this week, so here's what you need to know from last night's episode, entitled "Payback."

Straight Outta Compton Film Is Full of Lies, Lawsuit Claims

You probably don't know this guy by name but he is suing for defamation, saying his good name is being slammed. The former manager of rap group NWA, Jerry Heller, is suing the producers of the film Straight Outta Compton for their portrayal of him.

Heller denies much of what happened in the movie and says that the screenplay is based on work he wrote years earlier. He alleges that filmmakers failed to seek his consent for use of his work and image, didn't compensate him, and tarnished his reputation. Besides the defamation claims, Heller is alleging misappropriation of likeness, tortious interference, breach of a settlement agreement and copyright infringement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.