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It's one of the oldest tenets of common law: He who streams son's birth live on social media forfeits any subsequent copyright claims to such video. Maybe not, but we can't be so sure that U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan didn't rely on that exact principle when he dismissed Kali Kanongataa's copyright lawsuit against ABC and Yahoo after media companies aired segments of his Facebook Live stream of his son's birth.

Kaplan did not include his reasoning in his written order dismissing the case, so we're left to speculate. And we're guessing the judge either accepted the "fair use" argument or the "dude you posted it on Facebook" argument.

People say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but according to one Sacramento woman, her picture is apparently worth $2.2 billion. In her recently filed lawsuit against Chipotle, she is seeking the $2.2 billion due to the burrito behemoth's use of an unauthorized photograph of her on in-store displays.

The lawsuit alleges that the woman was photographed while eating alone in a practically empty Chipotle restaurant in 2006. However, the woman did not file her case until more than two years after she discovered her photo was hanging in a Chipotle's restaurant in December 2014, which could present a statute of limitations problem.

Working at a company like Google must be one heck of an experience. Unfortunately for Googlers and the rest of us, the tech giant prohibits its employees from sharing their experiences, either aloud or in novelized form.

A recent lawsuit claims Google employees are barred from writing "a novel about someone working at a tech company in Silicon Valley," without the company signing off on the final draft. So don't look for the definitive insider's view of the internet company on the New York Times best-seller list any time soon.

One New York City attorney has had enough of his neighbor's Christmas display and has filed a lawsuit. While some might think he is going overboard, the display includes speakers that play Christmas music from 7 a.m. to midnight, daily. The plaintiff has grown rather tired of hearing the same songs over and over again.

While there is no shortage of neighbors that enjoy the display, the man who filed the lawsuit lives right across the street. The attorney, Nick Wilder, who is representing himself, is seeking an injunction to force his neighbor, socialite Lisa Maria Falcone, to turn off the music.

In the quiet town of Webster, Massachusetts, a small claims case is causing some squawking. A resident who lives on Webster Lake is seeking to hold a local woman liable for feeding the seagulls that frequent the lake. The man claims that the seagulls, after being fed, poop all over his dock and boat. 

As a result of the seagull feces, he is suing for $2,000 in order to replace his boat seating as well as to clean up his dock. Though some might think it is unfair to hold the bird feeding lady liable, the city issued a cease and desist to her specifically demanding that she stop feeding the seagulls, yet she persisted. 

There are the things you go to Krispy Kreme for: frosting, fat, comfort, calories, and icing. Fresh fruit, on the other hand, is normally not among the donut chain's top selling points. Still, there are selections like Glazed Raspberry Filled, the Glazed Blueberry Cake, and the Maple Iced Glazed sitting right there on the menu, so perhaps you could excuse Jason Saidian for thinking those raspberries, blueberries, and, uh, maples would be real, and not just flavoring and food coloring.

When Saidian found out he'd been duped by the most trusted name in the school fundraising game, he did what any other disgruntled donut customer would do. He filed a $5 million lawsuit against the company.

A struggling freelance model filed a lawsuit seeking an exorbitant amount of money over a scratch that occurred during a haircut. The NYC hair stylist, Martino Cartier, gave the model a haircut as part of a public demonstration. The model claims that Cartier made a mistake and scratched her neck because he was rushing, and the scratch has now become a scar.

Despite the fact that a Facebook post from the model talks about how much she loves the haircut, the model is seeking $5 million. The model claims that the scratch has created a scar, and has caused her pain, shock, and mental anguish. Cartier, who is known for providing free celebrity-style wigs to children and women with cancer through the Wigs and Wishes non-profit that he founded, has not commented on the lawsuit.

In the recently filed civil suit in New Mexico against Roosevelt County Sheriff Marlin Parker, the town of Elida's mayor, Durward Dixon, alleges the sheriff challenged him to a fist fight in the middle of the road. Dixon and Parker are at odds over Parker's alleged interference with the Elida police department's enforcement of law and order.

The lawsuit specifically claims that Sheriff Parker returned a dog to its owner after Elida police had taken the dog away for killing chickens. The sheriff returned the dog because he asserted that chickens are not livestock. When Dixon attempted to speak with the county sheriff, Parker refused to discuss the matter on a couple occasions, and on one occasion, according to Dixon, challenged him to a fist fight in the road.

In the weird legal news department, last week an Australian lawyer made headlines as he won his lawsuit against Domino's Pizza over a few pizzas, and a refund, that never showed up. In addition to the nearly $40 worth of food for which he was seeking a refund, he received an additional $1,100 for his legal costs in bringing the action.

While $1,200 is a far cry from the $9,000 he was seeking for embarrassment, it was certainly enough to grab headlines and make Domino's take note.

When most people think of the Better Business Bureau, they think of consumer protection. After all, the BBB has a handy Scam Tracker to root out shady businesses and sales tactics. But the BBB might be most famous for its business rating system, where it provides grades for local shops and national chains based, ostensibly, on the level of customer service and amount of customer complaints.

Or perhaps infamous is the proper term there, after the BBB was nabbed in a pay-for-play scheme, handing out A's to stores that paid annual membership fees and F's to those that didn't. One of those high grades, an A-, went to a dummy company calling itself Hamas after the Palestinian nationalist group designated by many governments as a terrorist organization. Meanwhile, Leif's Auto Collision Centers -- "far and away the largest auto collision repair provider in Oregon and potentially the largest in the country" -- got an F. And now Leif's is suing the BBB to get its revenge and reputation back.