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Checkmate: Burberry Sues Rapper Burberry Perry for Trademark Dilution

Do you know the Burberry checks in fashion? How about the rapper Burberry Perry? Well, the British makers of fine plaid products are suing the Atlanta-based rapper for using their branded checks in association with his personal brand, and in the process the internationally renowned designers are creating press for the not-that-well-known musician.

Maybe Burberry Perry was just taking a page from the Gucci Mane book even if Burberry would have been the really clever choice for Perry Moise's adopted moniker. In any case, Moise of Atlanta, Georgia is being sued by Burberry Group for trademark dilution.

Dr. Phil and Wife Demand $250M From National Enquirer for Defamation

Television psychologist Phil McGraw, better known as Dr. Phil, and his wife Robin McGraw, sued the National Enquirer for defamation this month. The couple claim, in a case filed in Palm Beach County, Florida, that the gossip rag has hurt them professionally, emotionally, and otherwise and are demanding $250 million in damages.

The National Enquirer, which is accustomed to getting sued, responded to the filing with yet another article insulting the television counseling couple, calling Dr. Phil a quack and defending all previously published articles as true. According to the Washington Post, the McGraws seem to be following in the footsteps of Hulk Hogan, who successfully sued Gawker in Florida over a sex tape publication, pushing the publisher to bankruptcy.

Musicians Kanye West and Taylor Swift have a strange relationship, which is swiftly getting more bizarre. Kanye long ago insulted Swift when she received her first Grammy award and recently released a song, called "Famous," claiming he made her famous.

This week Kanye West's wife, Kim Kardashian West, released footage to her Snapchat of a phone call that Kanye made seeking approval for the song from Swift. She responded on Instagram, saying West was not explicit about the line. But the social media firestorm is not the real issue here, as People reports. The issue is recording a conversation without the knowledge of one party on the line, which is a crime in California.

Is Rupert Murdoch About to Oust Fox News CEO Roger Ailes?

Earlier this month, former Fox News figure Gretchen Carlson sued the company and its CEO, Roger Ailes, for sexual harassment and wrongful termination. Now, reportedly, media mogul Rupert Murdoch is planning to oust Ailes from Fox after the Carlson lawsuit prompted similar harassment complaints from other women.

According to The Daily Beast, the harassment claims were the impetus for an investigation into Ailes' management style generally, which has apparently been found wanting. New York magazine reported today that Ailes will be offered a chance to resign or be fired.

TMZ Counters Jared Leto Copyright Claim to Taylor Swift Dis Vid

Have you ever said something rude about someone and wished it hadn’t been overheard? That is what happened to Jared Leto, actor and lead for the band Thirty Seconds to Mars.

The musician was caught on video listening to and critiquing Taylor Swift songs while in his home studio seeking inspiration last year. He liked some of what Swift did but ultimately dismissed her music with an expletive, a moment he later regretted when he learned it was recorded.

Are Hulk Hogan's Lawyers Playing Shady Games in Gawker Cases?

A Florida jury earlier this year awarded former pro-wrestler Hulk Hogan $140 million in compensatory and punitive damages in a case against Gawker. The media company had published a sex tape of Hogan sleeping with his ex-best friend's wife and the former wrestler successfully alleged an invasion of privacy.

For a moment it seemed like Hogan was almost a hero of sorts, at least to those who agreed with the Florida jury. Now, however, the former wrestler and his lawyers are starting to seem shady as they continue their legal wrangling. Law Newz writes, "Hogan's lawyers are pulling some pretty sketchy moves in the Gawker case."

50 Cent Enters $23 Million Bankruptcy Settlement

Many men may wish death on him, but fans of 50 Cent will be happy to hear that the hip-hop star has settled his bankruptcy case. It's good news for the rapper personally and those who appreciate his music, as we'll probably soon be hearing from him a whole lot.

Curtis Jackson, as the entertainer is known in court, has to come up with $390,000 a month to meet his obligations under the terms of the settlement, so expect to see him performing and promoting products to make the money. Jackson filed for bankruptcy in July of last year. Now, he is on a payment plan that would be too much pressure for a lesser man than 50 Cent.

An Unhappy Ending: Epilogue to 'Eat, Pray, Love' Is Divorce

Elizabeth Gilbert, writer of the bestselling book Eat, Pray, Love, wrote a sad note to fans on social media last week. Her love story with the man in that book has reached its conclusion, and the epilogue is now being written in the form of a divorce.

Gilbert said she felt forced to share the intimate detail because this is what made her famous. Eat, Pray, Love is the account of a divorced woman traveling the world in search of meaning. It was made into a hit movie starring Julia Roberts and Gilbert became the guru of bourgeois spirituality and simple secrets. Just eat, pray, love ... and move on.

Ex-Host Gretchen Carlson Sues Fox News CEO for Sexual Harassment

Gretchen Carlson seemed to have it all. She was crowned Miss America and went on to host television news shows, including "Fox and Friends" and her own program in recent years. But the former Fox News anchor this week revealed her years-long struggle in a lawsuit accusing Fox News CEO Roger Ailes of wrongful termination and sexual harassment.

Carlson was terminated late last month, although she announced on social media that she was on vacation. Politico reports that she now says, in a suit filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey, that Roger Ailes had been making sexually charged comments to her for years, both insinuated and explicit, indicating that she could use sex to improve her job standing.

Top Celebrities Choose Surrogacy to Become Parents, Should You?

For people who cannot have their own children or are having difficulties doing so, surrogacy is an option. Many celebrities, including Nicole Kidman, Jimmy Fallon, and Robert DeNiro have employed surrogate mothers to carry and bear their children and surrogacy is increasingly gaining acceptance as a method of addressing infertility and obstacles to conception.

But finding, choosing, and using a surrogate mother can be complicated. Given the very emotional nature of this kind of deal, it's important that the contract be drafted by an expert who understands what is at stake and can protect the parties' interests.