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'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit: Robin Thicke Has 'Marvin Gaye Fixation'

Responding to a lawsuit by "Blurred Lines" singer Robin Thicke, Marvin Gaye's family is suing Thicke for allegedly stealing two of the deceased singer's songs.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Gaye family's suit asserts that Robin Thicke has a "Marvin Gaye fixation" that extends to more songs in the pop star's repertoire.

How will Thicke and the Gayes' suits shake out?

Camille Grammer Gets TRO After Alleged Boyfriend Assault

Camille Grammer was granted a temporary restraining order against her boyfriend Dimitri Charalambopoulos after he allegedly assaulted her in a Houston hotel room.

But what will a temporary restraining order get the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star?

Chris Brown's D.C. Assault Charge Reduced to Misdemeanor

Assault charges against Chris Brown and his bodyguard in connection to a fight in Washington D.C. over the weekend have been reduced. Rapper and entertainer Brown, was held alongside his bodyguard for 36 hours in a Washington jail but then released without bail on Monday afternoon, CNN reports.

The alleged fight, according to a police incident report, occurred when Isaac Parker, 20, tried to hop into a photo which Brown and a female fan were posing for. The singer then apparently exclaimed, "I'm not down with that gay s--t," and "I feel like boxing," before allegedly punching Parker in the face. Brown's bodyguard jumped in as well, throwing a punch at Parker before pulling Brown with him onto the tour bus.

What were Brown's initial charges, and why are they now reduced? What does this mean for his other cases and probation?

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

The gloves are officially off at "The Good Wife." In this week's aptly titled episode, "Hitting the Fan," Lockhart & Gardner and the brand spankin' new Florrick, Agos & Associates go toe-to-toe over top clients. It was brutal, it was vindictive, and it was sinfully enjoyable to watch. But was the depiction of a clientele tug-of-war legally accurate?

Here's what happened this week when you-know-what finally hit the fan:

Clint Eastwood's Wife Dina Files for Divorce

Dina Eastwood has filed for divorce. The papers were filed Tuesday in Monterey County, California, by the soon-to-be ex-wife of Clint Eastwood, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The Eastwoods have been married since 1996, and after almost two decades of being together, Dina, 48, had filed for a legal separation in September. That was around the same time that Clint, 83, was photographed with a new girlfriend.

But Dina's legal separation filing was quickly withdrawn, and now divorce papers have been filed. What does this all mean for the couple's future?

Pauly D's Baby Girl Creates a Legal Situation

"Jersey Shore" alum Pauly D's baby has put him in a legal situation that may change his daily "GTL" routine to gym, tan,... litigation.

According to TMZ, Pauly D's daughter is the result of his relationship with a woman identified as "Amanda." Both parents have reportedly filed court documents over custody of the baby.

Will Pauly D be able to fist pump his way into custody of his baby girl?

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Engaged

KimYe is officially engaged. Last night, entertainer Kanye West, 36, rented out San Francisco's AT&T park just for the occasion and popped the question to reality-TV starlet Kim Kardashian, 33, in front of many of their friends and family, ABC's "Good Morning America" reports.

Kardashian, who is recently had a baby with West (named "North West"), is certainly no stranger to the spotlight.

But once the media attention fades on the couple's nuptial plans, should they get a prenup? If so, what should it include?

'Judge Judy' Producers Sue Over YouTube Takedown Request

The production company behind "Judge Judy" is filing a lawsuit against a YouTube user for allegedly posting unauthorized videos of the reality court show.

No, Judge Judy will not be hearing the case, so put your gavel-shaped popcorn away.

Since Oprah's departure, Judge Judy has been the reigning queen of daytime television, boasting an estimated 9 million viewers a day. So it's no surprise that the show's creators want to keep a tight grip on the show's material.

'The Good Wife': Good Law? - Season 5, Episode 4

It's about time that "The Good Wife" took on a good ol' fashioned sexual harassment case. This week's episode puts Lockhart & Gardner in the middle of a random paralegal's "frivolous" lawsuit against just about all of its employees.

Here's a blow-by-blow of this season's fourth installment, "Outside the Bubble":

Master P's Wife Files for Divorce, Wants Custody of Kids

Master P and soon-to-be ex-wife Sonya Miller are reportedly parting ways. After 24 years of marriage, Miller has allegedly filed divorce papers, TMZ reports.

The rapper and his wife, who were just shy of their silver anniversary, currently have four minor children together and also are the parents of famous adult son, Romeo. Miller is asking for spousal support and also wants full custody of all their minor children.

What does this mean for the rap mogul and Miller? Here's a general overview: 

Harry Belafonte Sues MLK's Heirs Over Auction Items

Harry Belafonte filed a lawsuit in federal court against Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s estate after it prevented him from auctioning off three MLK documents at Sotheby's in 2008. Belafonte was trying to raise money for charity.

Belafonte is suing Dr. King's estate to seek unspecified damages and a court declaration that he is the rightful owner.

Dr. Oz Wins in Lawsuit Over Rice Footsie Burns

After being sued earlier this year by a viewer, Dr. Oz has now prevailed. New York judge Saliann Scarpulla has rejected the lawsuit earlier this month, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

76-year-old viewer Frank Dietl was watching an episode of The Dr. Oz Show, in which doctor and TV-host Mehmet Oz was introducing a home remedy for cold feet and sleeplessness. The remedy involved microwaving uncooked rice in a pair of socks and then wearing them to bed. Dietl apparently tried this and suffered second and third-degree burns. Subsequently, he sued Dr. Oz, NBC, Sony Pictures Television, and Harpo Productions for those personal injuries.

What exactly did he allege, though? Also, why did the judge ultimately reject his claim(s)?

'The Good Wife': Good Law? - Season 5, Episode 3

This week, "The Good Wife" took a break from its attenuated NSA plotline to tackle a deeply emotional and controversial issue -- that of surrogacy and abortion. Add some nasty internal firm politics to the mix and voila, you've got 45 minutes of legal-tainment brimming with drama.

Here's a breakdown of the third episode from the new season, "A Precious Commodity":

Celebrity Divorce Lawyer Offers Lessons From Hollywood Break-ups

What can we learn from celebrity divorce lawyers? Family law attorney Laura Wasser, who's represented a number of stars' divorces -- from Britney Spears to Kim Kardashian to Ryan Reynolds -- has a few things to say, E! News reports.

Wasser's new book, "It Doesn't Have to Be That Way: How to Divorce Without Destroying Your Family or Bankrupting Yourself," is chock full of her knowledge obtained over the years of representing many a red carpet-walking A-lister.

But, celebrities are still civilians, and divorce, unfortunately, can happen to anyone. Here are some legal takeaway lessons from Wasser's book:

'The Office's' Craig Robinson Busted With Pot, Ecstasy

"The Office" star Craig Robinson was arrested in the Bahamas for possession of pot and ecstasy. The Bahamas may be known as a mainstay for laid-back partiers, but Robinson tested his good vibes luck a little too far when he tried to board a plane with half a gram of marijuana and 18 ecstasy pills.

Unfortunately for the comedic actor -- who was in the Bahamas for the comedy show -- he couldn't wriggle himself out of this jam with a smooth one-liner because getting arrested abroad is no joke.

Keeping Up With Kris, Bruce Jenner's Separation

Kris and Bruce Jenner have finally confirmed one big rumor regarding their relationship -- the couple has been separated for a year now. However, Kris Jenner claims, according to an interview with US magazine, that there is no animosity between the two, the Associated Press reports.

The "Keeping up with the Kardashians" couple had been together for 22 years, and now they are living apart. However, no divorce papers have been filed, nor is this even a legal separation.

While one question has been answered, many legal ones still remain. Here are some legal tidbits about the Jenners' separation that you may not know:

Real-Life Capt. Phillips Sued by Crew for Millions

Avast, me hearties! Captain Phillips' lawsuit is set to hit a theater courtroom this winter.

Richard Phillips -- whose 2009 ordeal with Somali pirates will be depicted in the upcoming film "Captain Phillips" with Tom Hanks -- is embroiled in a lawsuit brought by his former crew members who claim his negligence caused the crisis.

How's that for an anticlimactic plot twist? Aaarrrrgh!

'The Good Wife': Good Law? - Season 5, Episode 2

Worried about the government listening in on your every word or thought? This week's episode of "The Good Wife" is like a 45-minute ad for tin foil hats, although Lockhart & Gardner does its darnedest to fight the cartoonish boogeyman of NSA surveillance.

Here's a rundown of this season's second offering, "The Bit Bucket."

Lauryn Hill Released From Prison After 3 Month Sentence

Lauryn Hill was released from prison after serving a three-month sentence for tax evasion. On the eve of her release, she released a new song, "Consumerism."

The celebrity status of Hill's prison stint is actually pretty meta. As it turns out, the prison where Hill -- Inmate #64600-050 -- served time is the same prison in which "Orange Is the New Black" takes place.

Now that she's free to make a foray back into our "consumerist" society, what's in store for the ex-Fugees singer?

Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Verdict: AEG Not Liable

The long-awaited verdict for the Michael Jackson wrongful death lawsuit is out, and Jackson fans are understandably heartbroken. A Los Angeles jury, in a unanimous verdict, has cleared AEG of all liability, Reuters reports.

The former King of Pop's mother, Katherine, 83, and three of Jackson's children had sued concert promoter AEG Live over Jackson's death back in 2009 from an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol. Jackson was 50 when he died.

What was Jackson's family claiming in the lawsuit, exactly?

Tom Clancy Dies, Leaves Media Empire

Best-selling novelist Tom Clancy died on Tuesday in a Baltimore hospital at the age of 66.

Clancy's literary thrillers were successfully transformed into blockbuster Hollywood films, including "Patriot Games," "The Hunt for Red October" and "Clear and Present Danger."

It's unclear how the prolific author's estate might be handled.