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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?

Imagine a time when a person could exist having never heard of The Beatles. In 1972, when Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) attempted to deport John Lennon, he hired an immigration attorney that would change the world. Amazingly, his attorney had never heard of him and had no idea that he was about to transform government policy.

To fight the decision to deport Lennon, they not only sought to stop it entirely, but at the very least were trying to delay the proceedings so that Yoko Ono could continue her custody battle (which was taking place in the US), and search for her child, who was abducted by the father (not Lennon). What was achieved went well beyond that, and exposed a secret government program.

Musical artist Ludacris has been battling over custody of his three-year-old daughter with baby mama Tamika Fuller since early 2015. The battle has been anything but cordial. This week, however, the battle went from nasty to interesting with the judge's most recent ruling in favor of Ludacris.

The judge presiding over the custody battle ruled that Ludacris, who was awarded full custody last year, has final say over what pictures of their daughter that Fuller can post on social media. Basically, if Ludacris sees a picture of their daughter on social media that was posted by Fuller, he can force her to take it down if he doesn't approve. This ruling is rather unique, especially considering it was issued in favor of a man named Ludacris!

In June of 2014, Harrison Ford, playing the role of Han Solo while filming 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' had his leg crushed by the hydraulic door of the Millennium Falcon on set. Last week, the UK's Health and Safety Executive's charges for workplace safety violations against Disney's production company concluded with the production company receiving a $2 million fine. The fine comes after the production company had pleaded guilty to two of the four charges brought against them for workplace safety violations.

The crushed leg only set the filming schedule back a few weeks. For Ford though, at age 71, the experience left him pretty rattled (warning: link contains some NSFW language).

Both the mother and estranged husband of Jim Carrey's late ex-girlfriend, Cathriona White, have filed wrongful death lawsuits against the actor stemming from Ms. White's death. The mother's case was filed one month after the estranged husband filed suit.

Both cases against Mr. Carrey allege that the actor provided the drugs that Ms. White used to overdose in September 2015. Additionally, the cases allege that Mr. Carrey knowingly passed STDs to Ms. White, and engaged in a campaign of intimidation and threats to silence Ms. White so as to protect his career.

Renita Hill, one of the many women who came forward to allege that world famous comedian Bill Cosby drugged and raped her, appealed the dismissal of her defamation case against Cosby. Arguments were heard in the appeals court last week. Due to the statute of limitations for the alleged crime, Ms. Hill, like many others, was unable to have criminal charges pressed against Cosby. However, when Cosby, his wife and lawyers, made public statements about Ms. Hill's allegations, Ms. Hill struck back with a defamation lawsuit.

Ms. Hill's defamation lawsuit basically alleges that Cosby and his attorney made public statements falsely claiming that Ms. Hill lied about her allegations. While the statements in issue never explicitly state that Ms. Hill lied about her allegations against Cosby, the Cosby team's statements certainly imply such.