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A recent decision out of the Federal Central District Court of California in the Spinal Tap v. Vivendi lawsuit is making headlines as the case will be allowed to continue. The "band" is alleging that Vivendi failed to pay them royalties on the film and merchandising to the tune of over $400 million. From the mid-eighties to the mid-2000s, the band received less than $200 in royalties and merchandising combined, total; which is a complete and utter shock given the immense popularity of the movie and soundtrack, and merch.

Unfortunately for the band, their claim of fraud has been dismissed, along with three of the four members of the band. Only Christopher Guest (a.k.a. Nigel Tufnel) remains as a plaintiff in the lawsuit for now, as the other three sued under their business enterprises rather than as individuals. Federal judge Dolly Gee will allow the band to amend their lawsuit so that the other band members can get back on board as individuals, and will even allow the band to try to make their fraud claim again as well.

The coal baron defamation case against HBO and John Oliver over a segment that aired on the comedy news show continues to be actively litigated. This time though, HBO is asking the court to decline hearing the case in Virginia, despite a federal court order sending the case to state court.

HBO's request makes arguments under the constitution and the state's long-arm statute. Long-arm statutes are basically laws that govern when a state court can cause a party in another state to be hailed into their court. If successful, the coal baron may need to refile his case in HBO's home state, or where the show is located, potentially, back in federal court.

Perhaps anyone signing on to work on a Tom Cruise film might expect it would be a 'high-risk, action-packed motion picture.' But a new lawsuit claims the star and producers of American Made took the film's flying sequences too far, alleging "the demands of filming in Colombia, together with Cruise's and director Doug Liman's enthusiasm for multiple takes of lavish flying sequences, added hours to every filming day and added days to the schedule."

That lawsuit was filed by the estates of two pilots that were killed in a crash during the filming, a crash the suit claims could've been avoided.

Celebrities don't always make the best restaurateurs; just ask Eva Longoria or Flavor Flav. But you'd at least hope that they'd pay their employees properly and pass on the tips those employees earned.

But nine current and former employees at Jessica Biel's Au Fudge restaurant in Los Angeles are suing the actress and five other partners in the business, alleging they were denied gratuities and rest breaks. And they're asking for at least a million bucks.

That might be you in the pic, but do you have the right to post it? That's the gist of a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by photographer Peter Cepeda against model Gigi Hadid. Cepeda is claiming he has exclusive rights to a photo Hadid posted on her Instagram and Twitter accounts last summer.

The shot required "great technical skill and careful timing" according to Cepeda's complaint, but he wasn't credited with the pic and "numerous prominent, commercial, online publications copied and posted the Copyrighted Photograph, crediting Hadid or Instagram." So whose photo is it?

The Brangelina divorce has been a hot topic for a full year at this point, and the roller coaster of emotions has come through loud and clear in the media and court filings. Despite the couple's wealth and power (or maybe in spite of it), they still have not finalized the process.

However, recently, it was discovered that Brad Pitt's attorneys are planning to file a motion with the court to hopefully speed things along. A Life and Style Magazine exclusive report claims that Brad is ready to move on with his life, and just wants to get the divorce part, at least, done and over with. Does the law allow him to do so?