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What brought down the biggest and greatest rock band of all time? It wasn't Yoko Ono, despite what you might have heard. It may have been litigation however, as the Beatles were dogged by a series of lawsuits and legal missteps virtually from the band's founding.

That's Stan Soocher's take on it, at least. Soocher, an entertainment attorney, recently published "Baby You're a Rich Man: Suing the Beatles for Fun and Profit," which was excerpted in the May issue of the ABA Journal. The Beatles' early legal troubles meant that the band "found themselves on the losing side of battles over nearly every aspect of their business," Soocher writes. And those ill-fated battles stretched on long after the band had split.

Here's a story to pull at your heart strings. A North Carolina judge recently made headlines after he sent a Special Forces veteran to jail for parole violations -- then joined him in the cell to serve the full sentence alongside him.

Joseph Serna did three combat tours in Afghanistan before returning home with post-traumatic stress disorder. Soon after his return, he was charged with a DWI and found himself in District Court Judge Lou Olivera's court. When Judge Olivera, himself a veteran of the Gulf War, later sentenced Serna for parole violations, he worried that a night alone in a cell would trigger the soldier's PTSD, so he arranged to serve the sentence with him.

The world lost another great performer today when Prince died at the age of 57. Prince was a master of pop music, whose infectious, prodigious creations brought him dozens of top hits, from "When Doves Cry," to "Little Red Corvette," to the highly-underrated "Batdance." Prince was also a cultural force, creating a public persona almost as influential as his music.

But, while much of the media today will focus on Prince's contributions to music and culture, we lawyers are reminded of another major facet of Prince's history: his very long, very public, and very frequent contractual disputes with his record labels and sometimes even his fans.

When Netflix's 'Making a Murderer' took over pop culture this winter, Dean Strang was one of the few lawyers featured who ended up looking not awful. Indeed, Strang, the defense attorney fighting on behalf of accused (falsely?) killer Steven Avery, became a bit of a cult hero, to lawyers and the public alike.

Now, the soft-spoken but strong-willed attorney is getting his own reality T.V. show, focused on exposing failings in the criminal justice system, Deadline reports. Strang fans, get ready for 'Dean Strang: Road to Justice.'

When the Panama Papers were released this week, promising to expose “politicians, criminals, and the rogue industry that hides their cash,” let’s say we weren’t surprised to see FIFA’s name pop up. FIFA, the world’s governing body for soccer, has long faced accusations of endemic corruption. FIFA’s past “President for Life,” Sepp Blatter, only recently fell from grace and is now facing criminal charges for mismanagement and misappropriation.

But it’s not just the familiar FIFA names that are being accused of corruption. In a most ironic twist, FIFA’s ethics lawyer is now facing a corruption investigation over links revealed by the Panama Papers.

Georgetown Scaliagate Heats up With Defamation Action

Just when we thought the email 'Scaliagate' scandal at Georgetown University's Law Center was dying down, in fact, things have started to heat up.

It appears that GULC's Prof. Gary Peller has filed a Notice of Grievance against Dean Treanor for what are allegedly retaliatory and defamatory statements related to Justice Scalia's passing last month.

Things are looking up for the seven women who are suing Bill Cosby for defamation. Yesterday, Judge Anita Brody, of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, ruled that the women can have access to Andrea Constand's case file.

Constand, like the women here, had accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault. In 2006, she entered into a confidential settlement agreement with Cosby. It's files related to that agreement, including information on other accusations against the comedian, that Cosby's accusers will now have access to.

Let's take a look at this clever legal maneuvering.

It's been a bumpy, bumpy ride through this season on How to Get Away With Murder, but we're glad we went along for it. (The 'twincest' neologism alone made it worthwhile.) And now we're done.

Last night's episode marked the end of the season, but it didn't exactly feel like closure. Here's your spoiler-filled lawyer's guide to the How to Get Away With Murder season two finale.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley's college editorials are coming back to haunt her. Bradley, who was appointed by Governor Scott Walker last year, has always been considered a conservative. But her student op-eds show what form her college-aged conservatism took: full-on, hardcore homophobia. Bradley's writings will make your drunk, Trump-loving uncle look like a master of good taste.

College students and future lawyers, this is why you don't put your crazy rantings down in writing.

Defense Attorney Injured in Fight With Investigator

Orange County defense attorney James Crawford suffered contusions on his face and a very obvious black eye after getting involved with a physical tussle with the local district attorney's investigator. It appears that the investigator confronted Crawford and physically battered him. The investigator's attorney told local newspapers that Mr. Crawford's account of the incident didn't capture both sides of the story. "There are two sides of every story and that is certainly true here," he said.

The incident highlights the growing tension within the Orange County legal system that has been building up since 2015.