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Stan Lee Finally Brings a Lawsuit Against Ex-Business Manager

In what sounds like it could be a made-for-t.v. drama, comic book icon Stan Lee is suing his former business manager for fraud and elder abuse. The allegations range from theft of millions of dollars, to funding a fake non-profit, to setting up a scheme to steal Lee's blood and use it as a merchandising item. Oddly, before filing this lawsuit, Lee had threatened to sue anyone who reported that he was being taken advantage of.

One of the limitations on free speech is defamation -- you can't simply make false and damaging statements about someone else. That said, just because information tends to damage a person's reputation doesn't make it defamation. The statement must also be false.

Additionally, the press are afforded some increased legal protections in the interest of reporting the news, and public figures are afforded fewer protections as they thrust themselves into the public eye and invite close scrutiny. Both factors could come into play in Steve Wynn's defamation against the Associated Press, with the casino mogul claiming the AP reported "false accusations of rape."

Bill O'Reilly's Settlement Terms Revealed

It's been a rough year for Bill O'Reilly. Last April, he was forced out of Fox News after more than 20 years with the network. At the center of the firing were investigations into allegations of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior by the long-time conservative anchor. It was revealed that O'Reilly had entered into numerous settlements with women who had accused him of inappropriate behavior. Now, despite O'Reilly's best legal efforts, a federal judge has ruled that those settlement terms can be revealed to the public.

The best ideas have a ring of familiarity to them. That's why the best films and television shows are packed with either present-day authenticity or nostalgic elements from the past. Then again, there's a difference between, "Hey that looks familiar," and "Hey that was my idea."

Most fans of the hit Netflix series "Stranger Things" marvel at the array of period-specific elements, from costumes to set design and beyond. Filmmaker Charlie Kessler, on the other hand, looked at "Stranger Things" and said, "Hey that was my idea."

Olivia De Havilland's Legal Feud With FX Network Heads to Appeals Court

Reputation is important to almost everyone, but it's especially important to celebrities. Often, a celebrity's reputation is remembered as much as his or her work. That's why when a celebrity feels that his or her reputation has been damaged by the conduct of another person or company, it's likely that the celebrity will file defamation or false light claim.

Olivia de Havilland is one such actress. She believes that Feud: Joan and Bette, a docudrama series on FX Networks, put certain words in her mouth without getting her permission. The California Court of Appeals recently heard arguments in the actress's false light claim against FX Networks.

Kanye West Ripped Off Clothing Designs, Lawsuit Claims

Laws protecting intellectual property are very important, especially to businesses. Copyrights and trademarks are often the lifeblood of a particular business as they can be very important for brand recognition. When it comes to fashion, patterns and even colors can be very important for brand recognition.

Take for example, the red soles of Christian Louboutin shoes. When people hear the phrase "red bottoms" chances are they immediately think of Louboutins. Which is why Christian Louboutin filed a lawsuit against Yves St. Laurent (YSL) when YSL also came out with shoes that had red soles.

Although a camouflage pattern may not bring one particular brand to mind, a company that has a copyright camouflage pattern will want to protect its designs. So, it's no surprise that Jordan Outdoor Enterprises has filed a lawsuit against Kanye West's company, Yeezy Apparel, for ripping off its camouflage patterns.

Taylor Swift Song Doesn't Violate Copyright

As an artist or inventor, it's important to be able to protect your work. And if you feel that someone has stolen your work, you want the credit and your share of the profits. That's why songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler filed a lawsuit against Taylor Swift. They claimed that some lyrics in her song "Shake It Off" were the result of copyright infringement. But, a California federal judge didn't agree with them and dismissed their copyright lawsuit against Swift.

IMDb Age Law Violates First Amendment, Court Rules

Celebrities are usually known for being sensitive about revealing their age. In fact, AB 1687 was passed in California to restrict the disclosure of actors' ages (if requested by an actor) on entertainment databases that required a subscription. However, a federal judge has ruled that the law violates the First Amendment.

Lawsuit Claims Harvey Weinstein Issued Death Threats to Employees

Another day, another lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein was one of the powerful figures in Hollywood up until being accused of sexual harassment and assault by several women. The latest lawsuit filed by the New York Attorney General is a result of a four month investigation.

This lawsuit has been filed against Weinstein, his brother, and the The Weinstein Company and alleges, among other things, that Weinstein issued death threats against employees and their families. This lawsuit adds to the list of lawsuits that have been filed against Weinstein, including a federal RICO lawsuit.

Jared Fogle Claims Judge Was Biased Because She Has Teenage Daughters

Jared Fogle, who became famous as the face of Subway's healthy sandwiches, is back in the news. And it's not for sandwiches. Back in 2015, it came to light that Fogle possessed child pornography and had a thing for minors.

Instead of going to trial, Fogle plead guilty to child porn and sex charges in return for a plea agreement where he was subject to anything between 5 years and 12.5 years in prison. The judge, however, sentenced Fogle to more than 15 years in prison for the crimes. Now, Fogle is claiming that the judge was biased because she has teenage daughters.