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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.

After years of litigation and decades of uncertainty, popular role playing franchise Dungeons & Dragons is finally coming to the silver screen. (No, we didn't forget about that 2000 disaster -- we're choosing to ignore it.)

Warner Brothers has announced it has the rights and a script for a D&D movie, which will take place in one of the game's most popular settings, Forgotten Realms. The announcement comes after a year of legal wrangling over a variety of issues, one being how to define a movie sequel.

The Walt Disney Company has agreed to pay $250,000 as part of a settlement over alleged water pollution from its studios in Burbank, California.

The settlement ends six years of litigation involving the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency.

NBCUniversal OKs $6.4M Settlement With Unpaid Interns

NBCUniversal has agreed to settle claims brought by former interns who claimed they were required to work without pay on shows such as "Saturday Night Live" in violation of labor laws.

If approved, the $6.4 million settlement will pay the lead plaintiff, former "Saturday Night Live" intern Monet Eliastam, $10,000, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Thousands of other former NBC interns covered by the settlement will be paid an estimated $505 if they decide to opt for the settlement instead of pursuing their own claims against the company.

What led up to the settlement?

Adam Carolla Settles Podcast Patent Troll Case

It appears that podcaster Adam Carolla has seized victory from the jaws of the patent troll... or at least a favorable settlement.

As part of the settlement, both the patent troll and Carolla (along with his business partners) agreed to drop claims against each other over use of U.S. Patent No. 8,112,504, describing a "system for disseminating media content representing episodes in a serialized sequence." According to Courthouse News Service, Carolla had raised more than $475,000 for the Save Our Podcasts Legal Defense Fund, which funded Carolla and his podcast entities' legal defense from a patent infringement claim.

As the dust settles on Carolla's bout with the patent troll, what have we learned?

Harper Lee, Ala. Museum Settle 'Mockingbird' Infringement Suit

Harper Lee, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," has agreed to settle her lawsuit against an Alabama museum that she accused of infringing on her trademark by selling "Mockingbird"-themed merchandise without a license.

According to Reuters, the two sides reached an undisclosed agreement to end the lawsuit, with both parties agreeing to pay their own legal fees.

What had Lee's feathers so ruffled?

Nat'l Enquirer Settles Philip Seymour Hoffman 'Gay Lover' Suit

A settlement has been reached in The National Enquirer lawsuit over an article alleging Philip Seymour Hoffman and a friend were gay lovers.

As a result of the settlement, David Bar Katz, Hoffman's friend who found Hoffman dead, withdrew his suit against the tabloid, The New York Times reports.

According to Katz, the suit was never about the accusations of being gay, "the issue was lying about the drugs, that I would betray my friend by telling confidences."

Courtney Love's 'Twibel' Case Goes to Trial

Never one to avoid controversy, Courtney Love has gone to trial in an alleged "Twibel" case. (That's "Twitter libel," in case you're wondering.)

Love's former attorney, Rhonda Holmes, is suing Love for suggesting on Twitter that Holmes was "bought off" when she refused to help Love in a legal battle over her late husband Kurt Cobain's estate, according to ABC News.

So how can "Twibel" be proven, and will Love and her "Celebrity Skin" prevail?

Honey Boo Boo Family's Crash Was Sugar Bear's Fault, Cops Say

"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" fans can breathe easy knowing that the reality-TV starlet and her family are in good spirits after a car crash. But now it seems Sugar Bear could be the one responsible for the traffic boo-boo -- not the other driver, as first reported.

Police in Milledgeville, Georgia, have concluded that Sugar Bear, the family's patriarch, made an unsafe left turn when the family's SUV collided with a pickup truck on January 6, reports TMZ.

Although Sugar Bear won't face any criminal charges for his apparent driving blunder, the family's insurance company will have to handle this civil matter.