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Two years after his fatal crash, Paul Walker's daughter is suing Porsche, who manufactured the car Walker was a passenger in when he died. The lawsuit alleges that design defects in the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT led to her father's death.

Porsche has previously admitted to problems with the stability control in the Carrera GT, statements which could affect this case.

Rapper Fetty Wap Facing Fines, Possible Jail Time, for NJ Moto Violations

Rapper Fetty Wap was cited for three driving violations after he crashed his motorcycle into a car on Saturday in Paterson, New Jersey. "Wap is Gucci everybody thank you for your prayers," tweeted DJ Louie Styles, who was at the pop star's side in the hospital, where he was being treated for a broken leg.

Wap may be feeling Gucci, but Willie Maxwell -- the rapper's real name -- is facing fines and potentially jail time. He was cited for driving without a license, failure to carry insurance, and no registration, according to Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale.

Caitlyn Jenner's Name and Gender Legally Changed in California Court

William Bruce Jenner is a mere memory. Caitlyn Marie's time has officially come. A Los Angeles judge today approved the name and gender change for the former track star, now best known for her gender transformation and association with the Kardashian clan.

Jenner reportedly did not appear at the brief hearing, and there were no objections to the change. As of today, Caitlyn Marie Jenner can obtain a license, passport, and all official documents to reflect her new identity.

Sean Penn, Angered at Abuse References, Files $10M Defamation Suit

Sean Penn is not happy with the co-creator of the TV show Empire. But he's not throwing any punches, just launching legal attacks, Variety reports.

The actor filed a $10 million defamation suit against Lee Daniels, co-creator of the Fox television series Empire. Penn's complaint is that Daniels mentioned his name when discussing the legal troubles of the show's actor, Terrence Howard, who has been repeatedly accused of physically abusing women and has reportedly admitted as much.

Cosby Complains in Court: Insurer Threatens His Defamation Defense

Bill Cosby thought he had it covered -- his homeowners' insurance promised to take care of costs arising from personal injury, including "defamation, libel, or slander." But now that he faces accusations from women around the country that he defamed them by denying their accusations of sexual misconduct, the comedian is also under fire from his insurer.

Last week Cosby asked a Massachusetts federal judge to dismiss AIG Property Casualty Company's claims for declaratory relief. The insurer wants the court to decide that it is not responsible for coverage in defamation cases which arise from sexual misconduct based on an exception in Cosby's policy. AIG has sued its famous client on two coasts.

Back in those halcyon days of 2011, when Insane Clown Posse was riding high off their idiot savant "Miracles" music video and their Detroit Music Award for Distinguished Achievement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation saw fit to add the rap duo's fans to its National Gang Threat Assessment. Being lumped in with the likes of the Bloods, Crips, and Aryan Brotherhood angered self-described Juggalos and ICP sued the FBI.

Last year, a federal judge tossed their suit, saying the gang member designation, alone, was not a violation of Juggalos rights. But Shaggy 2 Dope, Violent J, and their unlikely friends the ACLU appealed, and now the case has been reinstated.

Taylor Swift Sued by the DJ Fired for Alleged Backstage Grope

A Denver country music DJ fired for allegedly groping Taylor Swift during a photo session in 2013 is suing the pop super star, saying her false accusations cost him his job on the radio. David Mueller, better known to local radio listeners as Jackson, denies Swift's claim that he lifted her skirt and grabbed her butt backstage while she was taking a picture with his girlfriend.

Mueller's lawsuit alleges that Swift has him confused with one of his co-workers, who actually did grab her and boast about it to Mueller when the two men met up at the concert. Regardless, Swift's complaints got Mueller kicked out of the concert and were passed on to the radio station 98.50 KYGO where he worked. Mueller was fired and banned from Taylor Swift concerts for life.

New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton apologized to former tennis star James Blake after Blake was body-slammed to the ground in a case of mistaken identity. Undercover officers were allegedly investigating a credit card fraud ring and tackled Blake as he exited the Hyatt hotel in Manhattan on Wednesday.

The officer who took down Blake has reportedly been reassigned to desk duty and Bratton acknowledged, "The use of force is such that I'm comfortable that it's in the best interest of the department to place the officer on modified assignment."