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Rob Kardashian Accused of Robbery Over Shirtless Photos

Rob Kardashian is accused of robbery by a photographer who claims the reality-TV personality stole a memory card from her camera.

The reason apparently being that the photographer had snapped some unflattering pictures of Kardashian, who packed on weight after breaking up with girlfriend Rita Ora last year, reports The Huffington Post.

While Rob Kardashian has made it public that he plans to drop 40 pounds, he apparently isn't too pleased about his progress thus far.

Judge Judy's son is being accused of interfering in a child rape case.

Adam Levy, Judge Judith Sheindlin's son and a district attorney in Putnam County, New York, has some strange ties to the alleged child rapist, reports United Press International.

The suspect, Alexander Hossu, was charged with raping a 12-year-old girl and had been living in Levy's home as his live-in personal trainer. Along with facing two counts of first-degree rape, Hossu, who's from Romania, is also accused of immigration violations by staying past his visa expiration date.

Gucci Mane Wanted for Assault on Soldier at Club

Rapper Gucci Mane is wanted by Atlanta police for the alleged assault of a soldier at a night club.

Police say Gucci Mane, whose real name is Radric Davis, smashed a champagne bottle over the unidentified soldier's head after the soldier asked for a picture at a club called Harlem Nights, reports ABC News.

The soldier said he was in the club's VIP area when he tried to strike up a conversation with Gucci Mane. He claims that the rapper struck him in the head with a champagne bottle, causing severe lacerations. The soldier had been celebrating his birthday at the club, and had just returned to Georgia after a deployment to Afghanistan last year.

This week's episode of "The Good Wife" gave viewers a good look at a key issue in legal ethics: the attorney-client privilege. But did Hollywood's depiction live up to reality?

Recap: 'Death of a Client'

The main storyline revolved around a rich (and, as Alicia described him, "very litigious") client who is shot and killed in broad daylight. Police ask for Alicia's help in finding her client's killer -- a request that takes on added urgency when police tell Alicia they have reason to believe the killer may be coming after her next.

Alicia's friend and prosecutor Laura Hellinger (played by Amanda Peet) tries to persuade Alicia to give up some information that may be helpful to the investigation by saying, "You know attorney-client privilege may be waived if the attorney's life is in danger."

But is that true?

Former 'Teen Mom' Star Farrah Abraham Gets DUI

Former "Teen Mom" star Farrah Abraham was arrested for a DUI earlier this week in Nebraska.

The 21-year-old MTV reality star was pulled over in Omaha just after 1 a.m. Monday, reports TMZ. Apparently, Abraham made a wide turn and almost struck a police cruiser.

When Abraham was given a breath test at the scene, she initially bit down on the tube "and didn't provide a sufficient sample," sources told TMZ. But after three attempts, she successfully registered a 0.147% blood alcohol level -- just shy of the state's threshold for enhanced DUI penalties.

Dr. Oz Sued Over 'Rice Footsie' Remedy That Led to Burns

Dr. Oz is being sued for allegedly giving bad advice on his hit television show.

The popular doctor told viewers about a "knapsack heated rice footsie," a home remedy which he claimed could help cure insomnia, reports the New York Daily News.

But after trying the insomnia cure, a New Jersey man is putting his foot down. He claims in a lawsuit that the "heated rice footsie," as recommended by Dr. Oz, caused grotesque burns on his feet.

Lindsay Lohan Plea Deal: 90 Days in Rehab for Car Crash, Lies

There's finally some closure to Lindsay Lohan's latest legal drama.

Lohan has agreed to spend 90 days in a drug rehab facility, according to CNN. This comes after Lohan agreed to a plea deal to settle her criminal charges.

The Los Angeles judge hearing the case even gave Lohan some candid advice: "Don't drive."

'Good Wife,' Good Law: Car Accidents and Medical Marijuana

This week, "The Good Wife" delved into a car crash and also dealt with issues surrounding medical marijuana laws. Count on CBS to turn an ordinary car accident case into a whodunit-style mystery.

Recap: 'Invitation to an Inquest'

In the latest episode of "The Good Wife," Alicia gets contacted by a friend, Janie, whose late husband Roger Ludwig once sat on the bench. The judicial widow is now haggling with the insurance company, playing tug-of-war.

It's the usual tug-of-war that insurance carriers pay after a car accident. They come back and tell you that the accident was your fault and that they refuse to pay up.

'Price Is Right' Model's Pregnancy Lawsuit Verdict Overturned

A Los Angeles judge has ordered a new trial for the "Price is Right" pregnancy lawsuit that resulted in a $7.7 million jury award for model Brandi Cochran.

Last November, Cochran won the multimillion-dollar payout in a discrimination lawsuit she brought against the producers of the show, FremantleMedia North America and The Price Is Right Productions. Cochran claimed that she was discriminated against because she was pregnant, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

However, a judge found that the jury had received bad jury instructions and ordered a new trial.

20 Celebs, Politicians' Private Info 'Hacked' by Website

More than 20 celebrities and public figures, including First Lady Michelle Obama, have had their private information exposed on a mysterious website believed to be run by hackers. FBI and Secret Service agents are investigating.

Others targeted by the celebrity hackers include Jay Z, Britney Spears, Tiger Woods, and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, reports The Associated Press.

The website lists the celebrities' private information such as Social Security numbers, credit reports, addresses, and phone numbers. In addition, the website taunts some of its victims and features some unflattering photos.

Judge Judy Sued Over $500K Worth of China, Silverware

The tables have turned, and Judge Judy now finds herself being sued over fine china and silverware.

The popular TV judge apparently got a good bargain. However, the previous owner (or perhaps co-owner) of the china and flatware -- worth more than half a million dollars -- claims Judge Judy basically stole it from her when she purchased the goods for a fraction of their value, writes TMZ.

Strangely, this battle over fine china stems from a divorce dispute.

Boy, 12, Admits to Ashton Kutcher 'Swatting' Prank

A 12-year-old boy has admitted to an Ashton Kutcher "swatting" prank.

The child, whose name was withheld due to his age, stated in court that he made a false police report last year that armed criminals had taken over Kutcher's home and had shot people, reports Reuters.

This call prompted authorities to send a heavily armed response team to Kutcher's Hollywood home, creating a dangerous situation for the innocent victims inside the home.

'Good Wife,' Good Law: Concerns Over Co-Counsel

The latest episode of "The Good Wife," entitled "Runnin' With the Devil," was a solid one.

For starters, someone actually addressed the elephant in the room -- i.e., that the lawyers at Lockhart Garner are impeccably well-dressed for lawyers.

And we met a new character: Charles Lester, played by the lovable Wallace Shawn (he played the geeky teacher in the 1990s movie "Clueless," according to IMDb).

Michael Jordan's Marriage License Good for 60 Days

Looks like Michael Jordan is going to get married again, probably sometime in the next 60 days.

The six-time NBA champion and current owner of the Charlotte Bobcats appeared at a courthouse in Palm Beach County, Florida, to apply for a marriage license, reports The Associated Press.

Jordan is engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Cuban model Yvette Prieto. If the pair tie the knot, it will be Jordan's second marriage. He was married to Juanita Vanoy for 17 years, and they have three children together.

Demi Moore Files Divorce Papers in Ashton Kutcher Split

It's been more than a year since Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher broke up, but it looks like one of our favorite cougars is only just now filing her own divorce papers.

The couple separated in November 2011 but they didn't make any moves to officially divorce for over a year. Then in December 2012, Kutcher filed for divorce.

The couple has been trying to negotiate a confidential settlement, and Moore was reportedly waiting until it was decided before filing her response to Kutcher's divorce petition. But now it looks like the discussions have stalled, as Moore's filing indicates she may be ready to go to trial.

There's a new twist in TV sportscaster Erin Andrews' lawsuit against Marriott hotels, filed after a stalker secretly filmed her through a peephole.

In a court filing this week, Andrews claims the hotel chain is trying to embarrass and harass her by seeking access to her employment and medical records, reports Reuters.

Andrews is not sure how these pieces of information are relevant to her claim, and is asking the Los Angeles Superior Court to quash Marriott's subpoena.

Whitney Houston FBI File Reveals Crazy Fans, Extortion Attempt

The Federal Bureau of Investigation had a file on Whitney Houston, reports Reuters. Why? Apparently, there were some crazy incidents surrounding her life and her super-stardom.

Three specific episodes were covered in the FBI's files. Two of those incidents involved crazy fans and one involved possible extortion, according to the Los Angeles Times.

'Good Wife,' Good Law: 'Going for the Gold'

Thankfully football and awards season is over so we can get back to watching "The Good Wife" every week. But legally speaking, how did the show do in its depiction of the law?

The recap: This week the attorneys of Lockhart & Gardner dealt with a lawsuit involving none other than Eli Gold. Turns out the Department of Justice hasn't just been harassing Eli; the feds want to charge him with conspiracy.

There was also tension from Alicia and Will's kiss in the last episode, Josh Perotti's failed attempts to woo Elsbeth, and Alicia's struggle to "be nice" in her new role as partner. Plus, did Peter ask Alicia on a date? And what was going on with that civil lawsuit?

'Girls Gone Wild' Gone Bankrupt: Lawsuits Lead to Chapter 11

The company that creates the "Girls Gone Wild" videos has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The move was apparently taken to shield the company, GGW Brands, from claims against the company including casino debts and multimillion-dollar jury awards, reports USA Today.

A spokesperson at the company said the bankruptcy filing will not affect the company's normal operations. So fans of the "Girls Gone Wild" videos and magazines won't have to worry about missing out on what drunken college women are doing on spring break, at clubs, and in hotel rooms.