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"I like things simple." Sorry, Jason Crouse, but it's The Good Wife's complicated world, and you're just living in it. And that complicated world includes everyone investigating everybody, and everyone trying to manage and use what they learn against everybody else.

Lockhart, Agos & Lee are investigating Chumhum. Alicia and Lucca are investigating Chumhum's employees. Eli is investigating Jason and Alicia's relationship (as well as Alicia's political chances) and Ruth Eastman is investigating Jason himself. All while Jason himself is investigating Alicia, apparently. Here's what everyone found out in last night's episode, entitled "Discovery."

Court Tentatively Rejects Reese Witherspoon's Trademark Claim

Reese Witherspoon is suing a dozen companies she says are using her name in violation of trademark law. She is not the first celebrity to claim her name as intellectual property but a court considering one of the actress's cases is not convinced yet, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Skye Associates, who Witherspoon sued in Los Angeles Superior Court, moved judge Gerald Rosenberg to dismiss the case. In a tentative opinion issued before the hearing on the motion yesterday, the court rejected Witherspoon's trademark claims, writing, "Plaintiff's name is not a protectable slogan."

LAX Airport Plans Private Terminal for Celebrities to Prevent Injuries

Luxury living gets a new refinement with the announcement that LAX is opening a special terminal for celebrities, VIPs, and anyone else with cash to spare. Tired of the throngs of fans who swarm them as they travel stars like Reese Witherspoon petitioned the Los Angeles airport for this private terminal, The Wall Street Journal reported last week.

The airport approved the move to prevent injuries, ostensibly. The new private terminal will be managed by a security agency used by many stars. But the owner says that only ten percent of private travelers will be celebrities.

It's the Planned Parenthood sting video episode, and everyone is losing their minds. Louis Canning is trying to poach Lucca Quinn. Alicia and Lucca are trying to poach Canning's clients. Grace is poaching Lockhart, Agos and Lee clients while Diane is zealously advocating for a pro-life organization. Jason Crouse is investigating everyone for everybody and Eli is moving in on billionaire Courtney Page.

It's dogs and cats, living together -- mass hysteria. Here's what you need to know from last night's episode, entitled "Restraint."

Charlie Sheen's TV Love Interest Jenny McCarthy Worries About HIV

Charlie Sheen's announcement that he is HIV-positive is cause for concern, according to his former Two and a Half Men co-star, Jenny McCarthy. She played his love interest on the television sitcom and complained on her SiriusXM radio show today that Sheen failed to make the necessary disclosures, USA Today reported.

Sheen's manager responded to the allegations in a statement to People magazine, saying that the actor contracted HIV long after he was on the show. But McCarthy is not the only woman who has complained already that Sheen failed in his obligation to disclose his disease, and it seems likely there will be more to come.

Subway Pitchman Sentenced to 15.6 Years of Prison Sandwiches

Jared Fogle is looking at another 15 years of eating sandwiches ... but not from Subway. He'll be in prison for possessing child pornography and having sex with two minors.

The former Subway spokesman who made a name for himself by getting skinny eating sandwiches pled his criminal case up to a judge today. She denied the proposed plea deal -- a much shorter prison sentence offered by prosecutors -- and gave him a more severe punishment, TMZ reports. Fogle will be on probation for the rest of his life after he is released from prison.

Rihanna Announces 'Marihanna' Marijuana Brand

Every week there seems to be another celebrity announcing a new canna-biz. The latest is pop goddess Rihanna, whose love of weed has apparently been long-documented on her Instagram account, reports Pop Crush.

She allegedly announced the forthcoming "Marihanna" brand marijuana at the High Times Cannabis Cup in Negril, Jamaica. But neither Rihanna, nor her people, have confirmed the reports since then.

Season 11 (ELEVEN!!) of 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' aired this week, and for the past eight years TV's new First Family has been keeping its legal department busy. They've sued for defamation, been sued for false advertising, and been 'swatted', and that's all without getting to the divorces.

So what kind of legal shenanigans can we expect from Kris, Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, Kendall, and Kylie, (and Kanye!) this season? Let's take a look:

Charlie Sheen Is HIV Positive, Raising Questions About Disclosure Laws

Actor Charlie Sheen revealed that he is HIV-positive after spending more than $10 million to keep the disease a secret, he told the Today Show's Matt Lauer. He said that his diagnosis was a turning point in his life and that he had only trusted the secret to a few people before today, according to the show's website.

Sheen told Lauer that he has known about his diagnosis for four years but spoke out to break free from the prison of extortion. But the revelations raise interesting questions about the legal obligations surrounding sexually transmitted diseases. There are places where failure to disclose lands people in prison.

'The new me ... just doesn't care.' No kidding, Alicia. Mrs. Florrick was not messing around this episode. Gone was the 'Excuse me' Alicia, cautiously trying to navigate her varying roles as mom, attorney, wife-of-a-candidate, and candidate herself. Replaced by 'Watch it' Alicia in charge of her firm, her family, and her life.

We may end up remembering this episode as the one where Mrs. Florrick went from being a passenger to directing traffic. Here's what you need to know from last night's episode, entitled "Driven."

Lyrical Court Tells Taylor Swift to Shake It Off

Judges are writers, among other roles. Some write logically and others lyrically but few can do what Judge Gail Standish managed in her latest opinion dismissing a lawsuit against Taylor Swift. She wrote it using the pop diva's lyrics.

The US District Court judge from California put Swift's words to work, dismissing the case against her filed by musician Jesse Braham, the Daily Mail reports. Standish concluded, "At least for now, Defendants have shaken off this lawsuit."

Playboy Settles Suit With Model Hit With Golf Club

Playboy Enterprises has reportedly settled a lawsuit with a model who got whacked in the behind with a golf club during a California event in 2014 for an undisclosed amount, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Elizabeth Dickson sued Playboy and radio host Kevin Klein for assault and battery, demanding more than $500,000.

Dickson sued last year, arguing that she did not consent to being hit at the Playboy Golf Finals. She did, however, agree to let the radio DJ tee up the ball on her behind. Klein missed the ball and hit Dickson instead, leaving a serious welt and, she claims, causing tens of thousands in medical damages.

Alba's Honest Company Moves to Dismiss Claims of Its Dishonesty

Jessica Alba's Honest Company says the plaintiff calling their products unnatural is a liar. Alba's attorneys have asked that the court dismiss his class action lawsuit, according to the Daily Mail.

Jonathan Rubin filed the lawsuit in September on behalf of all consumers of Honest Company products who were duped by company's claims that their goods are natural. Rubin provided studies from environmental groups that showed some products were actually potentially hazardous. If Rubin's claims are correct, that would make Ms. Alba and her company look less than honest.

Snoop Dogg Launches Canna-biz Leafs by Snoop

Given his penchant for verse about weed, it should come as no surprise that Snoop Dogg is getting into the canna-biz again. Leafs by Snoop -- spoofing Beats by Dre -- launched in Colorado this week, reports The New York Daily News.

But this is not the rapper's first investment in the business of legal weed. Marijuana is a big money maker and is already a legal recreational drug in Colorado. Snoop Dogg is getting involved in everything from cannabis candy and concentrates to delivery. Earlier this year, he announced his association with Eaze, the so-called Uber of medical marijuana delivery.

Fibbing on a résumé. Distorting a past conflict. Political prevarications! We've all been known to be less than truthful at times in our lives, and we hope those little white lies don't turn into black marks on our reputations.

Which lies get told, which get revealed, and which are left to simmer can be a matter of luck so who got lucky this week? Here's what you need to know from last night's episode, entitled "Lies."

Justin Bieber Graffiti Inspires Sarcastic Threats of Legislation

When Bieber tweets, politicians listen. Or rather, they listen and make jokes on Twitter that other people take seriously.

A Boston City Councilor this week had to explain that he does not actually intend to try to pass legislation preventing Justin Bieber-inspired graffiti, according to the Associated Press, as reported by US News and World Report .

Bieber asked artists inspired by his music to paint murals like the one on a Boston pizza shop, an image that he tweeted to fans. Councilor Matt O'Malley then joked that he would have to work on legislation to prevent such works. But he did not mean it.

B-List Celebrities Could Make Big Money on Ohio Marijuana Initiative

Ohio is voting on a bizarre ballot initiative today that could change legal pot cultivation. That is, if Ohioans approve legalization of marijuana at all.

If legalization does pass, then state voters will face the question of whether they want their weed from farms financed by small-time celebrities. The proposal is "a synergy of B-list celebrity and entrepreneurial democracy in a culturally conservative state," according to The Washington Post.

Every now and then, a legal drama has to take a break from the courtroom and show how often legal battles are fought behind the scenes, without a judge and jury around. And if there are backroom deals or any backs that need stabbed on this particular legal drama, you know Eli Gold is probably involved.

Both Alicia's new firm and her old one were trying to settle differences out-of-court this week, so here's what you need to know from last night's episode, entitled "Payback."

Straight Outta Compton Film Is Full of Lies, Lawsuit Claims

You probably don't know this guy by name but he is suing for defamation, saying his good name is being slammed. The former manager of rap group NWA, Jerry Heller, is suing the producers of the film Straight Outta Compton for their portrayal of him.

Heller denies much of what happened in the movie and says that the screenplay is based on work he wrote years earlier. He alleges that filmmakers failed to seek his consent for use of his work and image, didn't compensate him, and tarnished his reputation. Besides the defamation claims, Heller is alleging misappropriation of likeness, tortious interference, breach of a settlement agreement and copyright infringement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.