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'The Good Wife': Good Law? - Season 5, Episode 1

"The Good Wife" came marching into its fifth season on Sunday with a fast-paced episode that covered death row appeals, employee privacy, and law firm politics.

To kick off this new season, here's our legal breakdown of "Everything is Ending":

Alanis Morissette Sued by Ex-Nanny Over Wages, Breaks

Alanis Morissette is being sued by her former nanny. Morissette, 39, and her husband Mario Treadway had hired Bianca Cambeiro to take care of their son, Ever, three to four days a week back in August 2011, People reports.

Cambeiro alleges in court documents, according to People, that the singer and her husband never paid her overtime, nor did they allow her to take breaks during 12-hour shifts. The former nanny now seeks no less than $100,000.

What does this mean? Is the former Grammy winner in trouble?

'Sextortion' Photos of Miss Teen USA Lead to Arrest

The FBI made an arrest in a recent "sextortion" case involving photos of Miss Teen USA. The man arrested, Jared James Abrahams, 19, has allegedly also hacked into other victims' webcams and online accounts, the unsealed charges report, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Cassidy Wolf, who was Miss California Teen USA before she won the Miss Teen USA pageant in August, allegedly received an anonymous email from a person who claimed he had taken nude pictures of her via the webcam on her computer. That person then tried to extort her -- ensuring her that, in exchange for the photos not being made public, she had to send more nude photos.

What kind of charges might Abrahams face?

Sesame Street's 'Gordon' Ordered to Pay Palimony

For one "Sesame Street" actor, the letter P is for palimony. A New Jersey judge ordered Roscoe Orman, best known to kiddies as "Gordon," to continue paying palimony to the mother of his four children.

But what is palimony and what makes this ruling such a landmark decision?

Bill de Blasio, NYC Mayoral Candidate, Has Changed Name Twice

Bill de Blasio has changed his name...twice. The NYC mayoral candidate was born as Warren Wilhelm Jr. in 1961, but while in college, he petitioned a Manhattan judge to change his name formally to Warren de Blasio-Wilhelm, according to the New York Daily News. In 2001, the former Warren de Blasio-Wilhelm petitioned a New York judge once again to change his name, this time to Bill de Blasio.

The Democratic candidate de Blasio has attributed the transformation of his name, twice, to the result of a personal journey wherein he developed a connection and identification with his mother's side of the family -- the de Blasios.

Is changing one's name really that easy? What did de Blasio have to go through? Here's a general overview:

Kanye West Claims Self-Defense in LAX Assault Lawsuit

Kanye West is claiming he acted in self defense when he allegedly assaulted a paparazzo at Los Angeles International Airport.

Daniel Ramos, the paparazzo who is alleging assault, battery, and interference with his civil rights, filed a lawsuit against the rapper over the incident and is being represented by famed civil rights attorney Gloria Allred.

So what does Kanye need to prove under a self defense theory?

Jon Gosselin Fires 'Warning Shot' at Photographer: Is That Legal?

Jon Gosselin has allegedly fired a warning shot at a female photographer. Last Friday, an unnamed photographer, in an attempt to snap photos of Gosselin, supposedly followed him to his cabin. Doing so caused her to trail off onto dirt roads from the main roads, which she had assumed was still public property, reports TMZ.

It turns out, Gosselin had a differing opinion about the land. In an effort to warn her for trespassing onto what he claimed was his property, Gosselin pulled a gun out and fired a shot.

"I am licensed to carry a concealed handgun, which I withdrew and used to fire a warning shot AWAY from the paparazza," Gosselin claimed, according to TMZ. "It is well within my rights under Pennsylvania law when someone is trespassing on private property." Is it, though?

Insane Clown Posse Sued Over Alleged Harassment

The Detroit-based rap duo Insane Clown Posse has been sued by their former publicist and lawyer who is alleging she was sexually harassed and asked to perform illegal acts.

Andrea Pellegrini, 32, claims she was wrongfully terminated after reporting the alleged abuse to higher-ups at ICP's record label, Psychopathic Records.

The alleged abuse entails dildos, vaginal devices, and illegal automatic firearms...

Harper Lee Settles 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Lawsuit Over Royalties

Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" lawsuit met an early conclusion. The lawsuit was dismissed after the author reached a settlement with Samuel L. Pinkus, the son-in-law of her former literary agent, who she claimed swindled her out of royalties generated by the iconic novel.

Her agent allegedly took advantage of her age and mental infirmities.

Fake Lawyer for 'Real Housewives' Stars Arrested in N.J.

A fake lawyer for the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars was arrested last week. Mark J. McGuire, 53, had allegedly told the police that he was an attorney representing Jacqueline and Christopher Laurita, The Record reports. McGuire spent almost an hour with the Lauritas as they were questioned by the police in April.

The Lauritas and another "Housewives" regular, Joe Gorga, face their own charges.

What are the legal issues that McGuire and the stars dealing with, exactly?

Suge Knight Arrested on Warrant After Traffic Stop

Death Row Records hip hop mogul Suge Knight was arrested in Los Angeles on an outstanding warrant following a traffic stop.

When Knight, whose real name is Marion, was pulled over for a traffic violation, officers determined there was a warrant out for his arrest on an unrelated matter and took him into custody.

Lady Gaga Sued By Ex-Assistant and BFF for Overtime Pay

Lady Gaga's former personal assistant -- as well as former roommate and BFF -- is suing the singer for unpaid overtime.

Jennifer O'Neill, a former roommate and friend of the singer, worked for Lady Gaga for over a year as her assistant -- but allegedly had to wait on her 24 hours a day without getting a dime of overtime.

A judge recently ruled that O'Neill's case can proceed to trial because it's possible that she's entitled to overtime compensation.

Jane Lynch's Soon-to-Be Ex Wants $1.1M in Spousal Support

Jane Lynch's soon-to-be-ex-wife, Lara Embry, wants $93,809 in spousal support from her -- per month, reports E! News. On top of this, Embry's lawyer threw in $100,000 for representation and an additional $45,000 in accountant's fees. These demands total up to more than a million a year.

According to court documents obtained by E!, Embry's filing does not mention mortgage, home maintenance, or utilities, but she did list monthly expenses that included:

  • entertainment,
  • gifts,
  • vacation,
  • clothes,
  • dining out,
  • education,
  • charitable contributions, and
  • childcare.
The Glee star and her almost-ex-spouse did not have any children together, but Embry, a therapist, does have an 11-year-old daughter.

How does spousal support work? Also, what about their assets?

'That's So Raven's' Orlando Brown Gets 180 Days in Jail

"That's So Raven's" Orlando Brown has moved on to "Not So Law-Abiding" and is headed for jail. Move over post-"Parent Trap" Lindsay Lohan, there's a new former Disney star set for primetime DUI drama.

Brown was arrested for drunk driving back in 2011 during a routine traffic stop. But as with most former Disney stars, Brown's DUI case couldn't seem to go smoothly.

What should have been a relatively minor misdemeanor drunk driving charge spiraled into a drawn-out lesson on how not to handle a DUI charge.

Jon and Kate Plus Lawsuit: Hacking, ID Theft Alleged

In the latest legal spat between TV's Jon and Kate, Kate Gosselin is suing her ex-husband Jon and his business partner, Robert Hoffman, reports US Magazine. Kate is alleging that Hoffman and Jon illegally got their hands on private information in order to publish a libelous book titled "Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled The World."

Kate claims that Jon had logged into her email account, which is password protected, gone through her cell phone, and even accessed her online banking records -- all without her consent. She also claims that he stole a hard drive that contained confidential information and that Hoffman had publicly bragged about being in possession of Kate's personal documents.

What type of legal retribution could Kate visit on these two alleged data thieves?

Did A$AP Rocky Really 'Assault' Fan at Concert?

Rapper A$AP Rocky has been charged with assault after allegedly smacking a female fan during a performance at the Made in America festival in Philadelphia over Labor Day weekend.

But did the rapper actually commit assault, or was the fan just a hater?

Octavia Spencer Sues Sensa Over Endorsement Gone Wrong

Octavia Spencer is suing weight loss company Sensa, alleging breach of contract and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing. "The Help" star, in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims that she had signed a contract to endorse Sensa's product under specific conditions, including her desire to promote a healthier lifestyle through losing a moderate, but not significant or unhealthy, amount of weight, reports TheWrap.com.

Spencer had fulfilled her side of the agreement by losing the contractually required amount of weight, 20 pounds. But, according to Sensa, Spencer had breached their agreement when she added the hashtag "#spon" (for "sponsored") at the end of her tweets, reports TheWrap.com. Spencer claims she added the hashtag to comply with the new FTC guidelines for online advertising. In turn, Sensa stopped making payments in July.

96-Year-Old Makes Bank Off 'Sweet Lorraine' Single

A 96-year-old songwriter behind the love ballad "Oh Sweet Lorraine" is striking auditory gold. Fred Stobaugh's chart-topping tearjerker is about his late wife of 75 years [insert your "aw!" here].

The song, performed by singer Jacob Colgan, has sold more than 100,000 copies on iTunes, which is more than Justin Timberlake and Miley Cyrus' newest singles, reports TMZ.

But how is the ol' romantic raking in the dough from the song?