Wednesday, August 17, 2016 10:20 AM PT
By NICK CAHILL 

     SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) - A former porn actor who is suing a lawmaker and porn stars for submitting what he says are false arguments against a November ballot measure to require condoms in adult films accepted a judge's tentative ruling.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The copyright claims against Jimmy Page and Robert Plant over "Stairway to Heaven" were not meritless or made in bad faith, a federal judge ruled, rejecting a music publishers' bid for $800,000 in attorney fees and costs.

By NICK RUMMELL 

     TRENTON, N.J. (CN) - New Jersey cannot allow sports betting at racetracks or Atlantic City casinos without violating longstanding federal law, the Third Circuit ruled. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - NBA star Derrick Rose must face a civil trial against a woman who accuses him of drugging and gang-raping her with two friends, a federal judge ruled. 

By DON DEBENEDICTIS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A federal judge reversed himself to give Lion's Gate Entertainment another chance to prove TD Ameritrade improperly used an iconic line from "Dirty Dancing" - "Nobody puts Baby in a corner" - in advertising. 

By JEFF D. GORMAN 

     (CN) - Frank Sinatra Jr. did not enter into a common-law marriage with his ex-wife of 15 years, a Texas appeals court ruled, cutting the woman off from Sinatra's estate.

By BIANCA BRUNO 

     SAN DIEGO (CN) - On the eve of trial, DJ Steve Aoki settled claims filed by a woman who says he broke her neck during a stunt performance when he jumped 20 feet from a stage and landed in an inflatable raft, knocking her unconscious. But the trial against the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, where the event was held, continued with opening statements.

By NICK DIVITO 

     CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CN) - A federal judge ruled Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio must testify in a $25 million federal case filed by a Long Island man claiming "The Wolf of Wall Street" mocked him and his toupee. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     PASADENA, Calif. (CN) - An online streaming platform that wants to offer network television content to its subscribers returned to the Ninth Circuit to square off against broadcasters that say the service infringes their copyrights.

By RYAN BORCHERS 

     PASADENA, Calif. (CN) - The Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that a former porn star can sue a tabloid publisher for defamation over a story she says falsely implied that she was HIV-positive. 

By ZACH HUFFMAN 

     BOSTON (CN) - Author Patricia Cornwell will get another day in court against her former managers after the First Circuit granted her a new trial for her claims of financial mismanagement. 

By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN 

     (CN) - The Eighth Circuit vacated a $1.8 million defamation and unjust enrichment award against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle, who claimed he knocked down Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in a bar fight. 

By JEFF D. GORMAN 

     (CN) - Rapper Kanye West and music producer Damon Dash did not violate a Latin band's trademark when they made a movie called "Loisaidas," a federal judge ruled. 

By JEFF D. GORMAN 

     (CN) - A Baltimore strip club should not lose its liquor license because an employee solicited sex from an undercover police officer, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruled. 

By NICK RUMMELL 

     PHILADELPHIA (CN) - Federal recordkeeping measures to ensure porn stars are of legal age are unconstitutional because they allow impromptu warrantless searches, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled June 8. 

By NICK RUMMELL 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Ed Sheeran's hit love ballad "Thinking Out Loud" is a bit too close to the classic R&B tune "Let's Get It On," claims the family of the latter song's co-writer.

By DON DEBENEDICTIS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Jeffrey Gottlieb sued the Los Angeles Times and editor-publisher Davan Maharaj, claiming they effectively demoted him and forced him to quit due to "intolerable working conditions," age discrimination and its refusal to give him his share of prize money.

By MIKE HEUER 

     LAS VEGAS (CN) - A professional poker player known as the Flying Dutchman sued PokerStars on Tuesday in Las Vegas, claiming the "big fish" in online poker swiped his International Poker Rules.

By NICK DIVITO 

     BROOKLYN (CN) - Hip Hop artist Troy Ave sued the organizers of a concert at Irving Plaza for letting gun- toting fans into the venue -- a lapse in judgment that led to his shooting injuries and the death of one of his bodyguards.

By MIKE HEUER 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Ozzy Osbourne's former hairstylist and mistress sued his daughter Kelly on Wednesday, claiming she "slut-shamed, bullied and harassed" her and falsely accused her of elder abuse. Michelle Pugh says she and Ozzy Osbourne started a professional and platonic relationship when she became his hairstylist in September 2011.

By MIKE HEUER 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - DirecTV defrauds small businesses by selling them residential, rather than business, satellite TV, then threatening to prosecute them for theft of service, to extort an unconscionable "settlement" from them, a beauty salon owner says in a RICO class action.

By DON DEBENEDICTIS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The parents of "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin, who was crushed in his driveway by his Jeep Grand Cherokee, sued the automaker Tuesday, blaming the car's poorly designed gear selector for their son's death. The wrongful death suit by Victor and Irina Yelchin against FCA [Fiat Chrysler America] and others claims the electronic gearshift system in many of the auto giant's cars is difficult to put into park and can appear to be in park when it is in neutral.

By DON DEBENEDICTIS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A seasoned doll creator about to start trial against Hasbro for allegedly stealing her ideas for new versions of My Little Pony and other toys filed an additional lawsuit against the company Tuesday, repeating and expanding her claims.

By ROSE BOUBOUSHIAN 

     CHICAGO (CN) - Louisiana televangelist Jimmy Swaggart's church owes $1.65 million for illegally terminating a broadcasting contract, an Illinois-based media company claims in Federal Court.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Members of the 1980s R&B group New Edition say a contract with management company Benchmark Entertainment should be declared void because Benchmark isn't a licensed talent agency in California.

By TIM RYAN 

     CLEVELAND (CN) - While the delegates at the Republication National Convention this week danced and sang along with a raucous medley of classic rock hits, the organizers of the genre's greatest festival say the feeling isn't mutual. 

By JULIE BAKER-DENNIS 

     FRESNO, Calif. (CN) - An indignant customer claims in a class action that DirecTV illegally took $666 from his bank account after he canceled its service.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Smokey Robinson's former talent manager has sued the legendary songwriter for 10 percent commission of his earnings from touring and recording since they signed a contract 2012.

By JULIE ST. LOUIS 

     HONOLULU (CN) - Former Maui County Film Commissioner Harry Donenfeld claims he was fired "as a political favor" to Hollywood film producer Ryan Kavanaugh, a major financial backer of Mayor Alan Arakawa and his charities.

By DON DEBENEDICTIS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The "Bad Girls Club" reality show pits a divergent group of assertive, opinionated young women together and then waits for the fireworks. Viewers watch these "fierce alpha females" as they "tackle the clashing personalities of their other housemates," the Oxygen Network says on the show's website.

By MIKE HEUER 

     LAS VEGAS (CN) - Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil faces a federal lawsuit and criminal charges from an alleged April 4 assault of a mother at the entrance to a Las Vegas casino.

By NICK DIVITO 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Denied commissions on brokering deals, LL Cool J's daughter claims in court that her realtor boss gave her the ax when she sought payment.

By JOSH RUSSELL 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - A German actress and new-age guru suffered spinal injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder after an untrained horse tossed her during a movie rehearsal, she claims in court.

By THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 

     According to an amended complaint, the 2013 film wanted to make heavy use of the anthem but couldn't thanks to a $100,000 price tag. Read more from The Hollywood Reporter.

From RECODE 

     Swift is one of dozens of musicians who have attached their names to an open letter to Congress calling on lawmakers to rewrite legislation used by YouTube and other big web platforms that they say "threaten[s] the continued viability of songwriters and record artists to survive." Read more from ReCode.

From THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 

     China is restricting TV shows that use formats from abroad such as "The Voice of China," which is based on a Dutch talent show, in a move it says is intended to lead to more innovation and original programming among Chinese TV channels. Read more from The Associated Press.

From TECHDIRT 

     A large Facebook fan group (with almost 400,000 subscribers) called "The Spoiling Dead Fans" has announced that it has received a DMCA notice from AMC Holdings stating that accurate plot predictions about the resolution of a major cliffhanger in "The Walking Dead" will infringe AMC's copyright. Read more from TechDirt.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     The screening at Newseum ended with the shouts "Shame" and "Lies" from the audience and a planned question-and-answer session turned into a heated exchange between supporters of the late whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky and the movie director, Andrei Nekrasov. Read more from The New York Times.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     During the trial, a low hum of speculation emerged within the legal community that Mr. Hogan's legal case, which dragged on for more than three years, might be funded by someone other than Mr. Hogan - and for reasons other than simply inflicting financial pain on Gawker. Read more from The New York Times.

From TECHCRUNCH 

     Partially confirming earlier reports, Twitter announced plans that will begin to distance it from its strict adherence to the rule that tweets can only contain 140 characters. Read more from TechCrunch.

From THE WALL STREET JOURNAL 

     Some podcast companies think there's another viable way for programs to generate revenue: paid subscriptions. Read more from The Wall Street Journal.

From MEDIA LIFE MAGAZINE 

     As cord shaving spikes, digital video providers eye new stream of revenue. Read more from Media Life Magazine.

From POLITICO 

     She is being replaced as CEO by veteran media executive Jordan Hoffner, who worked at NBC and Google before founding the investment firm TCP Advisors. Read more from Politico.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     Who needs "Game of Thrones" when you have the latest battle for control of Viacom and CBS? Read more from The New York Times.

From FUSION 

     In 1917, seven years after Twain's demise, reports emerged that he had dictated a new novel, via Ouija board, to a receptive medium. Read more from Fusion.

From DAILY MAIL 

     Most of us might consider that the colour black is, well, simply black. But not great artists. To them, the subject is far more nuanced. And there's one shade they all want to get their hands on - the blackest black in the world. That title is currently held by a paint called Vantablack, a pigment so dark that it absorbs 99.96 per cent of the light that hits it and is used on stealth jets. Read more from Daily Mail.

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