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Randy Quaid Felony Case Dropped

The felony case against Randy Quaid has been dropped after the actor was jailed for a few hours for missing a series of court appearances.

Randy Quaid and wife Evi showed up two weeks late to court to answer to their charges. The couple was jailed briefly and then released after posting $100,000 bail each, Reuters reports.

Michael Jackson Estate Wins Preliminary Injunction

Based on a preliminary injunction, the Michael Jackson estate has won an initial legal battle to stop to a group from using the name of Jackson's charitable group, one of his causes, or any of his likeness and trademarks. 

U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee granted a preliminary injunction ordering the current Heal the World Foundation to stop using trademarks that belong to the Jackson estate, the Associated Press reports.

Steven Seagal Sexual Harassment Lawsuit on Hold

The sexual harassment lawsuit against action film star Steven Seagal is not moving forward just yet. His attorney, Marty Singer, has filed a motion to compel arbitration, which means the next hearing in the matter has been postponed until May 27, according to E! Online.

Sandra Bullock Files for Divorce from Jesse James

Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock has filed divorce papers to permanently split from husband Jesse James. She plans to start a new life as a single mother, after the pair adopted a 3½-month-old baby boy.

Bullock filed divorce papers from her husband of five years, Jesse James, following a cheating scandal, the Associated Press reports. James and Bullock adopted a baby boy from New Orleans back in January. The couple planned to keep the news of their adopted son, Louis Bardo Bullock, under wraps until after the Oscars.

Legal Settlement Reached over Billy Joel Music Royalties

A legal settlement has been reached over Billy Joel music royalties, ending a lawsuit filed by his former drummer.

Grammy Award-winning Billy Joel was accused of conning his longtime drummer out of royalties, Reuters reports.

Jon Withdraws Legal Motion Challenging Kate for Primary Custody

After filing a legal motion challenging his ex-wife Kate Gosselin, Jon Gosselin has dropped his primary custody lawsuit.

On his Twitter account Jon Gosselin said he plans to settle the primary custody suit with Kate Gosselin and her attorneys privately, myfoxphilly.com reports.

Hacked Off: Palin Testifies in Email Hacking Trial

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin took the stand on April 23 to testify in the trial of 22 year-old David Kernell, accused of hacking into her email account during the 2008 presidential campaign. Palin testified the former college student's alleged email hacking caused a huge disruption in the campaign and caused her difficulties in communicating with staff and family.

Justice Delayed: Polanski Updates

Yesterday was a productive day for the 2nd District California Court of Appeals. In addition to whatever civilian cases the court in all its wisdom addressed, the on-going Hollywood court saga of Roman Polanski saw more action than Jerry Bruckheimer's last outing. In a strictly legal manner, of course.

Hulk Hogan Files Insurance Malpractice Complaint

Former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan holds his insurance company partly responsible for failing to upgrade his coverage policy and filed an insurance malpractice complaint against the company.

Hogan, a retired professional wrestler whose real name is Terry Bollea, filed a lawsuit Wells Fargo Southeast for not providing him with an umbrella policy which would have better protected his teenage son in a car wreck, the Tampa Bay Tribune reports.

Breach of Contract Lawsuit: Judge Sides with No Doubt

Grammy award winning rock band No Doubt has won the first round of an ongoing of lawsuit against Activision game giant over right-of-publicity and a breach of contract lawsuit.

A judge has sided with No Doubt in the rock band's claim that it did not give permission to the game giant for the band members' likenesses to be used in songs other than their own in the Activision game "Band Hero," the Los Angeles Times reports.

Sexual Assault Charges Against David Copperfield Dropped

Former Miss Washington USA pageant runner-up Lacey Carroll has dropped her sexual assault charges against David Copperfield.

She withdrew her lawsuit against David Copperfield alleging he sexually assaulted her on his private island.

Dixie Chick Gets Some Scratch: Judge Orders Singer's Costs Paid

This isn't the first time Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines has gotten into hot water for airing her opinions. But this time, an Arkansas judge backed her up. District Court Judge Brian S. Miller has ordered the plaintiff in a defamation suit against the singer to pay the court costs accrued from defending the suit he dismissed in December of 2009.

Rapper Jay Z Sues over 40/40 Club Name

Hip Hop Mogul Jay-Z has filed a lawsuit against Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, claiming he stole the name of his 40/40 Club chain sports bar lounges.

Jay-Z filed a lawsuit $5 million accusing Ortiz of naming his club in the Dominican Republic after his celebrity 40/40 club in New York. The lawsuit claims the night club Ortiz opened in the Dominican Republic infringes on Jay's 40/40 club concept, MTV reports.

Notorious B.I.G. Wrongful Death Lawsuit Dismissed

After nearly a decade since the complaint was originally lodged, the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of the late rapper Notorious B.I.G. was dismissed.

The wrongful death lawsuit filed in federal court by Voletta Wallace blamed the city of Los Angeles and the LAPD officers for her son's death (whose real name was Christopher Wallace) was gunned down in March of 1997, after attending an after party during the Soul Train Awards in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Wanted Fugitives: Randy Quaid and Wife Skip Out on Court Again

Randy Quaid and his wife were no shows again. They are wanted fugitives for failing to appear in court.

The couple skipped out on a court appearance in Santa Barbara and is wanted by authorities, the Associated Press reports.

Michael Jackson Case: No Plea Bargain for Dr. Conrad Murray

There will be no plea bargain in the involuntary manslaughter case against Michael Jackson's doctor.

In the complicated Michael Jackson case, Dr. Conrad Murray has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for the King of Pop's death.

Jackson Doctor Restricted from Administering Propofol

Dr. Conrad Murray's medical license has been restricted from administering the drug Propofol in California and Texas.

The doctor, already been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the King of Pop's death, will not be able to use or administer propofol -- the same drug authorities say was responsible for killing Michael Jackson, the Associated Press reports.

Ex Employee Sues Steven Seagal for Sexual Harassment

An ex employee has filed a $1 million sexual harassment lawsuit against action film star Steven Seagal.

Kayden Nguyen, 23, is suing the Steven Seagal for sexual harassment and human trafficking and claims she was treated as a "sex toy," CBS News reports.

Jon Files Legal Motion to Challenge Kate for Primary Custody

Jon and Kate Gosselin may have divorced each other but they have eight kids between them and will be headed to a court hearing over a legal motion to challenging primary custody.

The two stars of the hit reality show "Jon & Kate Plus 8" are due in court in Pennsylvania on May 25 for a hearing on Jon's legal motion for full custody of their twins and sextuplets, the Associated Press reports.

Celebrity Photographer Annie Leibovitz Sued for Unpaid Bills

Financial problems for Annie Leibovitz continue to mount as the celebrity photographer is now being sued for unpaid bills. 

Brunswick Capital Partners LP, a Manhattan-based investment firm, has brought a lawsuit against Leibovitz for failing to pay fees owed to them for arranging her recent financing agreement with another firm, Colony Capital LLC, Business Week reports.

The Thread is Cut: Shareholder Suit Against Stan Lee Dismissed

On March 31, New York U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty dismissed a suit by shareholders in Stan Lee Media, Inc. against Lee and Marvel Entertainment, Inc. The nearly decade-old suit stemmed from claims of harm to shareholders when the rights to comic heroes such as Spider Man, the Incredible Hulk and the Fantastic Four were transferred by Lee to Marvel in 1998. Marvel was purchased by the Disney Corporation in December of 2009, and Stan Lee filed for bankruptcy in 2001. The suit sought $750 million dollars in damages.

Suge Knight Sues Kanye West and the Shore Club

The long-time feud between East and West Coast rap figures has been stirred up again. Hip-hop mogul Marion "Suge" Knight is suing Grammy Award-winning rapper Kanye West and the Shore Club in Miami.

Knight, founder of Death Row Records has filed against Miami's trendy Shore Club and West for failing to provide security necessary to keep out people with weapons, the Associated Press reports.

Gangsta's Paradise Rapper Coolio Wanted on Bench Warrant

The Gangsta's Paradise hitmaker Coolio is now a fugitive rapper wanted on a bench warrant for missing a court date.

The rapper Coolio, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., failed show up to court for a legally mandated progress report, MTV reports.

OJ Simpson Trial Acquittal Suit on Display at the Newseum

A lawsuit over the tan Armani suit O.J. Simpson wore in 1995 on day he was acquitted of murder has ended. The O.J. Simpson trial acquittal suit will now be on display at the Newseum in Washington D.C.

Mike Gilbert, Simpson's former manager and Fred Goldman, the father of the man Simpson was charged with killing in 1994 have been involved in 13-year legal battle until a California judge ruled that Simpson's "acquittal suit" could be donated to a museum, the Associated Press reports.

Jackson Doctor Pleads with Judge to Continue Practicing Medicine

Dr. Conrad Murray says he desperately needs to continue practicing medicine and filed legal papers pleading with the judge.

According to court papers, the Jackson doctor is "hanging on by a thread" and needs to keep his medical license in order to pay for his defense, the Associated Press reports.

Guns N' Roses Front Man Sued for Unpaid Fees

Guns N' Roses front man Axl Rose is facing a $1.8 million lawsuit in unpaid fees.

The breach of contract lawsuit brought by Front Line Management, claims the rocker owes commission from recent performances across Asia, Canada and South America, the Associated Press reports.

Polanski IV: This Time It's the Appeal

And ... we're back. M. Roman Polanski, or at least his counsel, is back in the legal headlines for another episode of his 30 years and counting battle with the justice system. This time, it is the Los Angeles prosecutors' turn in the spotlight as late on March 30 they filed their reply to papers from Polanski's attorneys. At issue for this moment, is whether the Los Angeles appeals court should sentence Polanski while he remains in Switzerland.