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Last week, it was reported that the lawsuit filed by Tomi Lahren against TheBlaze and Glen Beck has settled. While there is no disclosure as to any dollar figures, or whether there was even a payout at all, Lahren did walk away with something rather significant: her Facebook profile page which was allegedly being held hostage by TheBlaze.

Lahren had filed suit as a result of being removed from Beck's program. Although she was still being paid under her contract, the lawsuit claimed that she had been wrongfully terminated for expressing views contrary to Beck and TheBlaze's opinion. Specifically, Lahren expressed a pro-choice stance on abortion which was premised upon not being a hypocrite when it came to favoring less government regulation.

Celebrity chef Jose Andres has finally been able to settle the 2015 lawsuit filed against him by President Donald Trump's business organization. Andres was sued for withdrawing his plans to put a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. after President Trump made controversial, pejorative statements about Mexicans and other immigrants while on the campaign trail. After being served with the $10 million lawsuit for breach of contract, Andres fired back with an $8 million countersuit. Both Trump's case and Andres' case are now over.

Andres was not alone in pulling out of Trump's hotel over the derogatory statements calling Mexican immigrants "rapists" and "killers," and over anti-immigrant policies the Trump campaign was rallying behind. Another celebrity restaurateur, Geoffrey Zakarian, also abandoned plans for the same reason as Andres, and was also sued by Trump's business organization. The case against Zakarian also settled shortly after Andres' settlement.

Did you read the news today? Well, last week anyway ... Sean Lennon, son of the Beatles frontman, was unable to get the parents of actress Marisa Tomei, who happen to be Lennon's NYC nextdoor neighbors, to see it his way, but nevertheless they were able to work it out. For nearly two years, the famous neighbors were fighting it out in court over whether Lennon should have to remove a massive 60 foot tall tree on his property that was literally destroying the Tomei's home with its roots.

Despite Lennon's insistence on just letting the tree be, he has dropped his appeal and finally agreed to comply with the September 2016 court order requiring him to remove the offending tree. Additionally, as part of the confidential settlement, Lennon will likely be paying a portion of the $14 million the Tomeis were seeking for the damage already done by the tree.

The Olsen twins have come a long long way since their rise to child celebrity status. Although the twin sisters don't garner nearly the same amount of attention as they once did as Michelle Tanner, a recent lawsuit against the twins' fashion empire has put them center stage, but not in a good way.

Fortunately for the Olsens, the nightmare of bad press should be coming to a close very soon as they have recently settled the class action claims against them over allegations of illegal unpaid internships. Unpaid interns sued nearly two years ago, alleging they were misclassified as interns and should have been paid based on the work performed. The Olsens have denied the claims, and the settlement contains no admission of liability, but everyone knows what the littlest Tanner would say if she heard "no admission of liability." Her TV sister's famous words: "How rude!"

Earlier this year, the Hulkster himself won a large jury verdict against Gawker Media for publishing a secret sex tape showing the WrestleMania star having sex. However, the $140 million verdict essentially became uncollectable when the newsgroup filed for bankruptcy.

This week, news broke that the Hulkamaniac settled the $140 million jury verdict for a mere $31 million. Why Mr. Hogan was willing to settle for less requires some explanation.

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 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.

Music Guild Settles Antitrust Allegations With DOJ, Pays $1.75M

You probably don't know the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), but your favorite songwriters may be members of the organization. This week, ASCAP entered into a settlement agreement with the Department of Justice, paying $1.75 million to resolve allegations that it was involved in anti-competitive practices.

The organization did not admit guilt, but it has promised to reform its ways. ASCAP was accused of signing exclusive contracts that interfered with the individual members' ability to directly license their songs in violation of a previous court order.

Joan Rivers Wrongful Death Suit Settled for Bitter Truth, Plus Some

Joan Rivers wanted to talk about things, honestly. She was a funny lady who used her biting humor to rise to the top of American comedy and stay there for decades, amusing generations. Then Rivers died of a sore throat, in a manner of speaking, due to the negligence of her doctors.

Now, reports the New York Daily News, her daughter Melissa has settled a wrongful death suit with the New York clinic where she was treated. The amount of money recovered in the settlement is undisclosed but the doctors did admit guilt, which is rare and interesting. Even after she's gone, Rivers lets no one get away unscathed by her taste for the truth.