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Pamela Anderson has reached a divorce settlement with Rick Salomon. Hopefully, for the last time.

The couple has been married twice, once in 2008, and again in 2014. Their first marriage was annulled for fraud after only two months together. Salomon and Anderson must be gluttons for punishment because they tried again in January, 2014. Anderson filed for divorce only four months later, but dropped the divorce after they reconciled. The reconciliation didn't last as she filed for divorce in California in February of this year, and he filled for annulment in Nevada.

It's hard working with celebrities. They're such divas!

Anthony Bozza, no stranger to writing for celebrities, has had enough. He recently sued Courtney Love in federal court for failing to pay him for writing a 123,375-word manuscript. He claims he wrote a memoir for Love that she never published. Love, supposedly, didn't like how the book portrayed her and told Bozza that she is trying to fix the book.

He has already been paid $100,000, but wants an additional $200,000 plus interest and potential royalties for the book, tentatively titled "Girl With the Most Cake."

Don't mess with a visitation order and an angry mama.

Darius McCrary, of Family Matters fame, recently took his son on a father-son Spring Break Trip and stayed too long. The son's mother, Elizabeth Alanoly, filed an emergency motion with the court after McCrary didn't return his son on time per the visitation order. When McCrary returned he was smacked with a bench warrant for his arrest. McCrary reportedly had to post a $15,000 bond to get the warrant cleared.

Just last month, McCrary was arrested for being behind on child support payments and was reported to have been ordered to pay $5,500.

RD is back with another legal issue to tackle. Kalinda and Cary fall over themselves to testify against Lemond Bishop. After her downfall, Alicia is returning to the firm, or is she?

Here's what you need to know from last night's episode, entitled "The Deconstruction":

OK, you might want to settle in because this is a little complicated. It's a story about childhood friends and childhood pets. And when one childhood friend steals the other's pet.

Only the one childhood friend is Mila Kunis. And the pet is a chicken named Doggie. And the other is a budding music star with a new video. And this all happened 25 years ago in Ukraine. And yes, of course, a childhood friend is suing Mila Kunis for stealing her pet chicken Doggie.

It's like an alternate universe episode of Maury. Sherri Shepherd ... You ARE the mother!

Comedian and actress, Sherri Shepherd has lost her maternity battle with soon to be ex-husband Lamar Sally. Reportedly, Shepherd and Sally paid a surrogate $30,000 to carry a child created using Sally's sperm and a donor egg. Sometime before the baby was born, the couple split and Shepherd wanted nothing to do with the baby.

She claims to have no connection to the baby whatsoever, but a judge has ruled otherwise. Shepherd is legally the mother of Lamar Jr., born last August.

Damon Dash lost custody of his children, and he wasn't even there to hear the judgment.

Like a few other famous fathers, former Jay-Z manager, Damon Dash, was in a bitter custody battle with ex-wife Rachel Roy. Both wanted sole legal and physical custody of their two daughters. According to reports, Dash accused Roy of driving drunk and threatening him with a knife. Roy reportedly accused Dash of smoking weed around the kids. However, unlike many fathers, Dash failed to show up to his court date.

Unsurprisingly, the judge granted Roy sole custody of the children and a three year restraining order against Dash. Dash only got supervised visitation.

In a real life Catch Me If You Can scheme, an impersonator claimed to be Oprah Winfrey's nephew to get perks and a job.

Oprah's Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) is suing alleged impersonator Justin Jackson and a co-conspirator in federal court. Also suing Jackson are Scott Garner, an OWN employee, and Reggie Love, former personal aide to President Barrack Obama.

Last March, Disney was sued by Kelley Wilson for copyright infringement. She claims that the trailer for Frozen copied her short film The Snowman.

As the judge notes, both the trailer and the short film are about a snowman who loses his nose on a frozen pond. The snowman must battle an animal who also wants the carrot nose. The animal wins the carrot nose but eventually returns it to the snowman.

Disney previously tried to have the case dismissed, but was rejected by the judge. A second attempt to get the lawsuit thrown out, in the form of a motion for summary judgment, has also been rejected.

In a divorce, if you have kids, the court will usually grant one side primary custody and the other side visitation. In case of abortion, a woman's choice to abort or not usually trumps the man's choice. But, what happens to frozen embryos when neither side can agree?

Sophia Vergara has been sued by former fiance Nick Loeb for custody of two frozen embryos. When the couple split, Loeb wanted to keep the embryos frozen, while Vergara wants the embryos destroyed. The parties did not have any written agreement on what would happen in case of a split.

So, who wins? Who has control of embryos when a couple splits up?

The survivor of a hit-and-run allegedly perpetrated by Marion "Suge" Knight refused to implicate the hip-hop mogul in a pretrial hearing. Cle "Bone" Sloan was uncooperative with prosecutors' questions about the incident, saying, "I don't want it to get misconstrued that I told on this man," while pointing at Knight.

Sloan continued, "I'm no snitch. I will not be used to send Suge Knight to prison."

One minute you're on top, and the next you're on the bottom. Alicia barely even got a chance to get her new State's Attorney seat warm before allegations of voting fraud threatens her position. Meanwhile, Diane faces losing her law license for something she didn't even know about.

Here's what you need to know from last night's episode, entitled "Winning Ugly":

Don't mess with momma, especially a breastfeeding momma!

Alyssa Milano was not happy (see tweets!) after security officers at London's Heathrow Airport confiscated her breast milk because it did not comply with liquid regulations. Milano had 10 ounces of breast milk. While airport regulations do allow her to bring a reasonable amount of milk with her if she was traveling with her baby, Alyssa was not with her baby. Without the baby, Milano had to comply with the 100ml limit for liquids.

Breastfeeding has been a touchy subject in the past few years. Many mothers are demanding their rights to breastfeed or pump in public. Others argue that breastfeeding in public is indecent and should be relegated to dirty bathroom stalls or the home.

Headlines are proclaiming, "Prince Andrew sex abuse allegations thrown out!" Well, not exactly.

The headlines can be a bit misleading. Two women's allegations against Prince Andrew have been stricken from the record of a lawsuit because the judge ruled them irrelevant.

Two other women, Jane Doe No. 1 and Jane Doe No. 2 are suing the United States government. They claim that they were victims of Jeffrey Epstein, a friend of the Prince's. As such, they had a right to know about any plea agreements the government made with Jeffrey Epstein. Since the non-prosecution agreement was improperly concealed from them, they seek to negate the agreement between the Justice Department and Jeffrey Epstein.

HBO has been basking in the success of its non-fiction documentaries "The Jinx" and "Going Clear." However, an allegedly false report titled "Children of Industry" could cost HBO millions of dollars.

In 2008, HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel featured a report about child labor and the manufacturing of Mitre-branded soccer balls in India. The show claimed that children were paid five cents per hour to hand-stitch Mitre's soccer balls. Mitre Sports International claimed that the report was false, and footage was fabricated. According to Mitre, the children were paid by HBO producers to pretend to be child workers.

After the show aired, Mitre sued HBO for defamation. Five years later, the case will soon go to trial.

Religious freedom accommodations, falsifying metadata, and email privacy. This week's "The Good Wife" tried to cram too many issues into one episode.

Here's what you need to know from last night's episode, entitled "Loser Edit":

What do you do when someone you love refuses to get help for health, psychiatric, or addiction issues?

An upcoming episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians will focus on the Kardashian family's struggles to convince Rob Kardashian to get treatment for alleged drug abuse and depression. Despite their efforts to take Rob to several treatment facilities, he apparently refuses their help. In the show's preview, Khloe pleads with Rob to get help, but he seemingly rebuffs her exhortations.

This is a situation that many families can identify with. You may think that your loved one needs treatment, but legally, what can you do if he or she absolutely refuses?

Dave Chappelle must not be as funny as he thinks he is.

During a show in Santa Fe, a man from the audience threw a banana peel at Chappelle. Some reports say that the peel hit Chappelle, while others report that the peel missed.

Even though the attack was more insult than injury, should Chappelle seek some justice and sue?