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The Internal Revenue Service filed $6.4 million tax lien against Robert De Niro in response to the actor's 2013 1040 filing.

The lien, filed three months ago, alleges the 71-year-old actor owes $6,410,449.20 to the IRS -- a sum possibly connected to his substantial real estate investments in New York City.

What happened on "How To Get Away With Murder" this week? Detective Lahey is in jail, thanks to some scheming by Annalise and Frank. As Wes delves deeper into the mystery of Rudy Walters, it's becoming clear that Lila's murder isn't so clear-cut after all.

In addition, the arrival of Annalise's mother opens up some old wounds and lets us know where Annalise gets her vengeful streak.

#HTGAWM in 140 Characters: Bonnie's in the big chair this week. Rudy isn't so crazy after all. Has Rebecca been playing us this whole time? Don't mess with Mama.

Well, that didn't take long: Sam's body turned up in the landfill, and now Hannah is on a quest to get everyone to think Annalise killed him (which they do). The investigation puts everyone a little on edge.

In the meantime, the gang has to defend a client who's accused of hiding drugs in a shipping container. Let's just say you shouldn't learn your Fourth Amendment law from this episode.

#HTGAWM Recap in 140 Characters: Everyone's getting a search warrant. And having a breakdown. (What happened to Rudy?) You can always frame Lahey! Annalise needs her mama.

What happened this week on "How To Get Away With Murder"? For starters, Annalise's sister-in-law comes to town and starts asking some difficult questions about Sam -- like where he is and why Annalise isn't out looking for him.

That's bad enough, but this week's client results in the biggest lawyer ethical mistake the show has made so far. That's right: Prosecutors hiding the ball and Annalise being an accessory after the fact to Sam's murder are nothing compared to this.

Before we get to the legal lies in this episode, here's your #HTGAWM Recap in 140 Characters: Sam's sister is snooping around. Just lie to her a lot. Christmas break was awful. Then we broke the ethics rules, but no one seems to care.

After going on Winter Break for two months, ABC's "How To Get Away With Murder" is back. The gang had to deal with the aftermath of #WhoKilledSam and figure out how to stop the trial of "Goth Girl" Rebecca before it started.

The episode ends with Annalise giving her class (remember them?) a hypothetical about exonerating accomplices to a murder. (Yes, that's a little close to home.) So what did the show get wrong about the law this time? First, here's a tweetable recap:

#HTGAWM in 140 Characters: Can the gang stop Rebecca's trial and lie about Sam's disappearance at the same time? Yes they can, with Annalise pulling the strings.

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: