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Months after Joan Rivers' tragic death following a medical procedure, her daughter Melissa has filed a lawsuit against Yorkville Endoscopy Center, the New York clinic where Joan was having a routine procedure performed to remove a growth on her vocal cords.

During the procedure, Joan Rivers stopped breathing for a few minutes, which is long enough to permanently damage the brain. She died about a week later, after Melissa made the decision to take her off life support.

Eighties rocker Rick Springfield has prevailed in a personal injury lawsuit brought by a woman who claimed she was injured after being struck by the singer's butt.

The trial that ended last week in New York was the second trial to be held in the case, The Associated Press reports. The lawsuit against Springfield -- known for his 1981 hit "Jessie's Girl" as well as a recurring role on television soap opera "General Hospital" -- was originally filed in 2007, but the first trial in the case ended in a mistrial in 2013.

What were the facts behind this peculiar case?

"The Good Wife" returns for the second half of the show's sixth season with "Hail Mary," which as the title suggests, involves some last-second heroics in an attempt to save Cary from his impending imprisonment.

December's midseason finale left off with Cary accepting a plea bargain, agreeing to plead guilty to conspiracy in exchange for a four-year prison sentence. "Hail Mary" picks up with Cary being advised by a prison consultant on how to survive the next four years inside.

TV personality Maury Povich is being sued by a convicted rapist who saw his daughter on the "Maury Povich Show."

Alan B. Griffin, who is currently incarcerated in Florida for sexual battery and second-degree attempted murder, claims that seeing his daughter exploited on "Maury" led him to suicidal thoughts and a whole year of psychiatric counseling. TMZ reports that this all went down more than four years ago when Griffin's wife and 7-year-old daughter appeared on TV, and Griffin was the topic of discussion.

Does this prison inmate have a case against Maury?

Celebrities: They're just like us! They break the law, they sue each other!

By virtue of their excessive wealth and often even more excessive lifestyles, celebrities rarely fail to generate interesting legal headlines. Likewise the entertainment industry as a whole: There's almost never a shortage of lawsuits, legal intrigue, or brewing scandal when movies, music, and television are involved.

So what were 2014's hottest celeb-related legal stories? Here are this year's 10 most popular stories from FindLaw's Celebrity Justice blog:

ICM Partners have settled a lawsuit brought by two former interns, putting to rest claims in federal court that the interns performed the jobs of paid employees.

The two interns claimed that they were unpaid, but didn't actually receive any educational instruction while they were with ICM. Their claims are similar to various other unpaid intern suits in the entertainment industry, and Deadline reports that the ex-interns' attorneys handled claims against Fox Searchlight and NBCUniversal as well.

So how did this suit settle before Christmas?

Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer has prevailed in the wrongful termination lawsuit she filed against a company that ended her endorsement deal over a disputed Twitter hashtag.

Spencer was granted a default judgment against Sensa Products in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The judge ordered Sensa, a now-defunct maker of weight loss products, to pay $940,000 in damages to Spencer, who won an Oscar in 2012 for her role as Minny in the film "The Help."

What led to Spencer's latest win, this time in a court of law?

Dolly Parton may be closer to a "Hard Candy Christmas" after dealing with a recent injury suit over Dollywood.

Tedi and Derryl Brown had a not-so-great time at the Tennessee-based, Parton-themed amusement park, especially after Tedi fell from a ride suffering broken bones and brain damage. TMZ reports that the couple is suing the park for $475,000 in damages.

Is something rotten in Dollywood?

A retired U.S. Navy officer and former Secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking a constructive trust over profits made by the Edward Snowden documentary "Citizenfour."

The suit by Horace Edwards names Snowden, "Citizenfour" director Laura Poitras, and The Weinstein Company, among others, as defendants, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The lawsuit seeks to establish the constructive trust "on behalf of the American people" in order to "redress unjust enrichment" from the defendants' alleged misuse of classified government information.

What does a constructive trust do and how would it work in this case?

The terrorists have won. At least according to the Internet hordes decrying Sony's move to drop the release of "The Interview" on Christmas Day.

It certainly didn't help that theater chains across the country were refusing to show the comedic tale about a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, but there may also have been a legal motive. As The New York Times reports, lawsuits filed after the theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado, may have set the stage for Sony's decision.

Could Sony be hedging its legal bets by cancelling "The Interview?"