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Halle Berry Sues Ex Over Daughter's Hair

Actress Halle Berry took her ex to court Monday, alleging that he had straightened and highlighted their 6-year-old daughter's hair, making her appear more white.

Berry and former boyfriend Gabriel Aubry have joint custody of daughter Nahla. But according to TMZ, Berry sent her lawyers to court to request a judge forbid Aubry from altering the girl's naturally curly hair.

Ultimately, the judge ruled that neither Berry nor Aubry could change the girl's hair from its natural color, in the latest court battle between these former lovebirds-turned-litigants.

'Steve Harvey Show' Slapped With $42.3M Music Theft Lawsuit

"The Steve Harvey Show" has been slapped with a $42.3 million lawsuit over allegations that the program stole music owned by the We 3 Kings.

The music publishing company claims that the self-titled show of comedian Steve Harvey used its unlicensed music without its permission and without paying We 3 Kings a dime, reports The Jasmine Brand. We 3 Kings isn't just suing Steve Harvey's show and him personally, the company has also named every single broadcast group and station responsible for airing the allegedly infringing segments.

Does this music theft suit strike any legal chords?

'The Good Wife': Good Law? - Season 6, Episode 10

As the mid-season finale of The Good Wife, "The Trial," features both an actual trial -- Cary's criminal conspiracy trial -- as well as the continuing trials and tribulations of Alicia's political campaign.

In "The Trial," Alicia is confronted by a joke shared with her daughter Grace that threatens to derail her campaign for State's Attorney, forcing her to negotiate with a scheming teacher. At the same time, Cary and Diane also find themselves forced to the negotiating table with Assistant State Attorney Geneva Pine, who offers Cary six years in prison for a guilty plea in his criminal case.

Top 5 Legal Lies From 'HTGAWM' S1 E9 ('Kill Me, Kill Me, Kill Me')

So we finally found out #WhoKilledSam, and it was... Wes? "Kill Me, Kill Me, Kill Me" had its hand on the suspense tiller for this one, initially teasing that Michaela had somehow killed him by causing him to fall over the railing. And as you may have guessed, this "Winter Finale" of "How To Get Away With Murder" had very little to do with the law.

#HTGAWM in 140 Characters: More flashbacks & puzzle put together. Wes killed Sam with trophy. Kids threw Sam's pieces in dumpster. Annalise knows but seems OK with it.

Annalise ends by telling the Keating Five to tell the truth, but we all know she doesn't mean it. Check out these other legal lies from the show's bloody mid-season finale:

'Bachelor' Creator Charged in Neighbor Dispute Over Fake Dog Barks

As creator of reality television series "The Bachelor" and producer of horror movie "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," Mike Fleiss has a pretty solid track record.

Lately, however, Fleiss has apparently been focusing his efforts on a more personal project. Fleiss was charged with disturbing the peace this week after being involved in an ongoing dispute with his neighbors, reports TMZ. In true Hollywood style, Fleiss' neighbors are also celebrities: former "Baywatch" actor David Charvet and his wife Brooke Burke-Charvet, former host of "Dancing With the Stars."

What is Fleiss accused of doing to wreak havoc in his neighborhood?

'Dance Moms' Lawsuit: Defamation, Distress Don't Make the Cut

"Dance Moms" star Kelly Hyland had some of her legal claims cut by a judge in her suit against the show's co-star, Abby Lee Miller.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hyland and her two daughters' suit was trimmed of its defamation and infliction of emotional distress claims by a California state judge. The Hylands' suit alleged that Miller had implied that Hyland was "an unfit mother and an alcoholic" and that the two girls were traumatized by Abby's highly dramatic coaching style.

Why didn't a judge buy that these claims were legit?

Dropkick Murphys' Tour Bus Kills Pedestrian in Texas

A tour bus carrying the Boston punk band Dropkick Murphys hit and killed a pedestrian in Texas on Sunday.

The band was on the way to Dallas when the incident occurred just north of Austin, reports The Boston Globe. Although authorities had initially suspected the death may have been a suicide, police are now investigating the death of 23-year-old Dalton Clark as an "accident fatality." The driver of the bus has not been cited

This is just the latest bus accident, and subsequent lawsuit, to make headlines this year.

'The Good Wife': Good Law? - Season 6, Episode 9

"The Good Wife" is back on the campaign trail this week, with Alicia and her political handlers working on various ads to keep her in the running.

In "Sticky Content," both Alicia and Cary struggle with how to deal with information they find disturbing, but very little of it has to do with the law. So what legal threads did stick out in this episode?

Top 5 Legal Lies From 'HTGAWM' S1 E8 ('He Has a Wife')

We'll give this week's "How To Get Away With Murder" credit, almost all flashbacks were to new scenes, not bonfire stock footage. But things are brewing for Sam and just about every female character as the lies continue to unravel.

#HTGAWM in 140 Characters: Wes learns dead girl was preggers, client drugged during nanny's murder, dad + son sleeping w/ nanny, Frank has a gf, no prenup for Michaela

Sure Sam was lying (duh), but how much of this episode consisted of legal lies? Check out these five:

'Cake Boss' Star Arrested for DWI

The star of reality TV show "Cake Boss" was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated in Manhattan on Thursday morning.

Buddy Valastro was allegedly observed swerving through traffic in his yellow Chevrolet Corvette when he was stopped for suspected drunken driving, reports WNBC-TV. Police say that Valastro showed physical signs of intoxication and failed a subsequent breathalyzer test of his blood alcohol concentration.

Valastro's arrest isn't the first run-in with the law by a cast member of the TLC reality series.

Bravo Stole 'Real Housewives' From Us: $5M Lawsuit

"Real Housewives of Orange County" creator Scott Dunlop and Bravo are being sued over allegations that the long-running series was actually the brainchild of two people who were cut from the production.

Patrick Moses, a TV producer, and Kevin Kaufman, a personal friend of Dunlop, claim that Bravo and Dunlop conspired to cut the pair out of "Housewives," and they want $5 million in damages. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two filed suit in New York state court last Wednesday, claiming that Dunlop had agreed to split the "Housewives" money with them three ways.

Do these guys actually have a claim to "Real Housewives," or is their suit just more drama?

Nancy Grace Sued for Defamation Over 'Selfie Stalker' Story

HLN host Nancy Grace has been saddled with a defamation lawsuit for airing a "selfie stalker" story, even after police told her the allegations were false.

The man Grace accused of being the "selfie stalker," Benjamin Seibert, is suing for more than $100,000 in damages, claiming that Grace and others published false allegations about him. According to the New York Post, Seibert was accused of invading a woman's home and taking a selfie on her phone. The photo turned out to be Seibert's Facebook photo, but the damage was already done.

Does Grace have a prayer in defending herself against Seibert's defamation suit?

'The Good Wife': Good Law? - Season 6, Episode 8

While the title for this episode, "The Red Zone," is drawn from a specific reference, it also serves to illustrate the increasing tension generated as several of this season's major subplots move closer to resolution.

Things are looking particularly bleak for Cary, as he prepares for his upcoming trial. In the meantime, Alicia also finds herself taking a break from her campaign to represent a college girl who claims she was raped.

Top 5 Legal Lies From 'HTGAWM' S1 E7 ('He Deserved to Die')

Annalise and the Keating Five are back in this week's "How To Get Away With Murder" to handle a familiar case: Who murdered that college girl they found in the water tank? Here's a tweetable recap:

#HTGAWM in 140 Characters: Defending Goth girl, gag order, battle of the experts, dead girl exhumed + preggers, Oliver has a new bf (sorry Connor), and #WhoKilledSam.

Behind the drama, there were five lies that stuck out like legal sore thumbs in "HTGAWM's" seventh episode, "He Deserved to Die":

AC/DC Drummer Charged in Alleged Murder-for-Hire Plot

Phil Rudd, the drummer for legendary Australian rock band AC/DC, has been charged with attempting to "procure murder" in New Zealand.

Rudd was the drummer on many of the iconic rock band's biggest hits, including the somewhat fitting "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap." Details regarding Rudd's own alleged dirty deeds have yet to be revealed. But BBC News reports that Rudd is accused of plotting to hire a hit man to kill two men.

What does it mean to "procure murder" in New Zealand, and how does the alleged crime compare to U.S. law?

WWE Can Seize Bootleg Merchandise, 5th Circuit Rules

The WWE has clotheslined bootleggers in a recent appellate ruling which will allow the wrestling empire to seize counterfeit merchandise pursuant to federal trademark law.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that while it was unclear exactly which parties were hocking the knockoff wrestling merch, World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (WWE) could expect that non-WWE parties selling merchandise were likely counterfeiters. The Hollywood Reporter notes that the case isn't over just yet, as the issue has been remanded to the district court.

What were the WWE's claims, and how will they go about legally seizing bootleg merchandise?

'American Hustle' Producers Sued by Journalist; Defamation Alleged

A minor scene in last year's critically acclaimed film "American Hustle" has one science writer majorly upset.

Journalist Paul Brodeur claims that a scene in the movie that mentions him by name has harmed his reputation by tying him to a "scientifically unsupportable statement," reports ABC News. Brodeur has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the film's producers, including Columbia Pictures, alleging defamation.

What is the scene that led to the lawsuit, and what will Brodeur need to prove in order to succeed?

'The Good Wife': Good Law? - Season 6, Episode 7

We're back in the courtroom this week in "The Good Wife," as there are a few more plot twists with Cary's criminal case.

In "Message Discipline," Alicia struggles with how her words can come across with a new potential political opponent (David Hyde Pierce), while Kalinda and others try to unravel the strange circumstances surrounding Cary and a bunch of missing cocaine.

Lawsuit Accuses Led Zeppelin of Lifting 'Stairway to Heaven'

A lawsuit filed by the heirs of Randy Craig Wolfe -- also known as Randy California, guitarist for '60s rock band Spirit -- accuses Led Zeppelin of plagiarizing their mega-hit "Stairway to Heaven" from the relatively obscure Spirit song "Taurus."

The lawsuit, filed in a Pennsylvania federal court, alleges that Led Zeppelin illegally infringed on Wolfe's copyrighted work and unfairly failed to credit Wolfe as a songwriter on "Stairway." The lawsuit is just the latest in a string of lawsuits accusing Led Zeppelin of lifting material from other artists.

What's the backstory behind the family's lawsuit?