Tuesday, September 02, 2014 8:45 AM PT
By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Singer-songwriter CeeLo Green accepted a plea deal Friday, accepting a charge that he gave Ecstasy to a 33-year-old woman in 2012.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - R&B singer Ray J pleaded no-contest to trespass after being charged with refusing to leave a Beverly Hills bar after allegedly groping a woman.

By JONNY BONNER 

     SALT LAKE CITY (CN) - A federal judge issued a final ruling in the "Sister Wives" challenge of Utah's bigamy law, awarding the polygamous Brown family costs and fees. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     (CN) - The former teen actor who accused "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sexual assault dropped his lawsuit in Hawaii Federal Court. 

By DAVE TARTRE 

     (CN) - Oracle failed on Friday to have the 9th Circuit reinstate $1 billion of a $1.3 billion jury award, the largest judgment ever in a copyright case.

By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN 

     (CN) - Ex-Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar, who wrote in his autobiography that a former Playboy bunny lied about having his baby to extort him for money, must face libel charges, the 8th Circuit ruled. 

By ERIK DE LA GARZA 

     NEW ORLEANS (CN) - The royalties of 1970s funk band the Ohio Players remain in limbo after improper asset distribution in bankruptcy court, the 5th Circuit ruled. 

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - A former studio assistant to Jasper Johns pleaded guilty to stealing 22 works by the artist's Connecticut studio that sold for $6.5 million, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. 

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - The biographical film depicting the life of "Deep Throat" star Linda Lovelace "clearly constitutes a transformative use" of the taboo-busting skin flick it depicts, a federal judge ruled.

By MEGAN GALLEGOS 

     DENVER (CN) - The theater where accused mass murderer James Holmes is accused of killing a dozen people during a Batman movie must face premises liability claims for the shooting, a federal judge ruled. 

By IULIA FILIP 

     ORLANDO, Fla. (CN) - A plan by Lionel Richie's former bandmate for a Commodores revival poses no immediate threat to the holder of the original group's trademarks, a federal judge ruled.

By KEVIN LESSMILLER 

     MARSHALL, Texas (CN) - Patent-infringement claims against Wal-Mart's Vudu streaming service will move forward, a federal judge ruled. 

By DAVID LEE 

     MARSHALL, Texas (CN) - Comedy podcaster Adam Carolla has settled heated patent claims that a Texas company brought over its digital playlist technology.

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Gawker must face a class action lawsuit from its former unpaid interns until an appellate court sorts out whether another media company's similar practices violated U.S. labor law in a different case, a federal judge ruled. 

By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN 

     CHICAGO (CN) - Clean Slate, a fictional hacking program featured in "The Dark Knight Rises," does not infringe on a trademark for a similarly named real-world computer security program, the 7th Circuit ruled. 

By NICK DIVITO 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Major League Baseball's and the National Hockey League's antitrust exemptions do not extend to TV broadcast rights, a federal judge ruled, refusing to dismiss a class action from fans who say broadcasters' anticompetitive rules prevent them from watching, or force them to pay more, to watch "out-of-market" games. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Websites sharing a high-quality pirate copy of Lions Gate's upcoming action movie "Expendables 3" must stop doing so, a federal judge ruled. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A federal judge vacated an order that found an Egyptian man's copyright infringement claims against Jay-Z's "Big Pimpin'" are barred under a legal doctrine used to dismiss unreasonably delayed lawsuits. 

By MEGAN GALLEGOS 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A federal judge ruled Disney must face claims that its trailer for the animated movie "Frozen" infringed the copyright of another movie. 

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A pilot who claims he had an affair with actor John Travolta can fight the validity of a confidentiality agreement in order to write a kiss-and-tell book, a California appeals court ruled Tuesday. 

By NICK MCCANN 

     (CN) - The TV show "Fatal Attraction" defamed a man by depicting him as a murderer even though the show's producers knew he wasn't the killer, the man claims in a federal lawsuit in Maryland.

By MIKE HEUER 

     LAS VEGAS (CN) - Comedian Kenneth "KD" Brown was shot to death protecting customers of Bally's Hotel and Casino from an enraged gunman, his family claims in a lawsuit against the casino.

By NICK MCCANN 

     (CN) - A security guard working at a KISS concert fell after the band "foolishly" sprayed the stage with water and confetti, the guard says in a lawsuit.

By JAMIE ROSS 

     PHOENIX (CN) - "Dazed and Confused" actor Jason London claims in court that bouncers at a Scottsdale nightclub beat the hell out of him - but not badly enough to stop him from roundly cursing police officers who took him to jail, according to a police report.

By ERIK DE LA GARZA 

     LITTLE ROCK (CN) - The director of an HBO documentary on Ann Richards sold the movie at a discount in exchange for a job with HBO, at investors' expense, one investor claims in court.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Former porn star Jay Grdina defrauded a business partner of his shares in a company that sells the hangover drink NOHO, his partners Todd Blatt and TCB Partnership claim in Federal Court.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A former filmmaker for Maker Studios claims in court that the network broke a promise to pay him part of his $90,000 salary in shares.

By NICK MCCANN 

     (CN) - Shaquille O'Neal, Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke and rapper Waka Flocka Flame mocked a man's skin condition on Instagram and Twitter, the man claims in an invasion of privacy and defamation lawsuit.

By NICK MCCANN 

     (CN) - A "Gilligan's Island" remake currently in development is a rip off of a 1999 screenplay called "Gilligan's Island: 7 Stranded Castaways from the Hood," the screenwriter claims in a lawsuit.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     (CN) - The creator of Bert the Farting Hippo claims in court that a Chinese company and CBS had the cojones to violate copyright by creating "slavish copies" of its exquisite farting quadruped.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Award-winning architect Zaha Hadid sued the New York Review of Books, claiming it libeled her in an article that said 1,000 workers had died building a stadium in Qatar that she designed for the 2022 World Cup. She claims that construction has not even begun yet.

By NICK MCCANN 

     (CN) - The TNT show "Cold Justice" defamed a man by portraying him as a prime suspect in the murder of his girlfriend, he claims in a Tennessee lawsuit.

By DAN MCCUE 

     (CN) - Hip-hop impresario James "Jas" Prince claims in court that Cash Money Records owes him millions of dollars in royalties for recordings by Drake (Aubrey Graham), whom Prince claims to have discovered.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - A contestant on "Dating Naked" claims in court that despite Viacom's promise that frontal and genital nudity would be blurred on the show, she was "shocked, horrified and outraged" to see that "her vagina and anus ... were fully exposed to all viewers" as she wrestled with her date.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - "Criminal Minds" actor Thomas Gibson dumped his longtime manager without paying him commissions, the manager claims in court.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Brooke Sheen made her "personal assistant" work as a drug mule and babysit her children while she got "wasted" and engaged in "multiple sex acts ... literally under the noses of her children," the actress's former employee claimed in court Wednesday.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A photographer sued Justin Bieber and his bodyguard Wednesday, claiming the bodyguard assaulted him at a beach in Hawaii late last year, on Bieber's orders.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - A former editor claims in court that People Magazine is "a discriminatory organization run entirely by white people who intentionally focus the magazine on stories involving white people and white celebrities."

By IULIA FILIP 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba makes billions of dollars by helping "an army of counterfeiters" sell fake products, Gucci, Balenciaga, Yves St. Laurent and others claim in Federal Court.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The company behind Zooey Deschanel's comedy film "Eulogy" breached a 7-year-old settlement agreement by failing to pay a German film financier more than $500,000, the German company claims in court.

By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN 

     CHICAGO (CN) - A Canadian reality TV show producer claims in court that the Oprah Winfrey Network's new show "Wingmen," about the owners of a food truck selling stuffed chicken wings, violates its trademark on a show about the founder of Canada's leading chicken wing franchise.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Former Brian Jonestown Massacre guitarist Jeffrey Davies needs to do more to persuade a federal court that the band violates copyrights on several songs, after a judge on Monday ruled in favor of front man Anton Newcombe. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A former television host on an Alki David chat show has sued his ex-boss in a lawsuit for assault and battery, claiming that a bodyguard choked him during an on-air stunt that went awry.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     SAN DIEGO (CN) - Two Hologram companies claim Twentieth Century Fox and Gracie Films violated patents to create a hologram of Homer Simpson for a "highly publicized panel discussion" with Homer's creator, Matt Groening, at this year's Comic-Con convention in San Diego.

By IZZY KAPNICK 


     PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (CN) - Executives from special effects powerhouse Digital Domain duped Gov. Charlie Crist and other Florida politicians into awarding the company a $20 million grant as it descended into bankruptcy, Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity claims in court.

From LOS ANGELES TIMES 

     In a last-minute compromise reached Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown said he would approve legislation that would more than triple the annual tax credits available for movies and TV shows produced in California. Read more from Los Angeles Times.

From ARS TECHNICA 

     Lawyers trying to get the Supreme Court to reverse a four-year prison term handed to a Pennsylvania man who published violent rap-style Facebook rants told the high court that his client was charged, in part, for referencing an Eminem song. Read more from Ars Technica.

From THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 

     The makers of the "Grand Theft Auto" video games say Lindsay Lohan sued to get attention when she asserted the games' latest installment features a character based on her. Read more from The Associated Press.

From THE NEXT WEB 

     Netflix has made no secret of its opposition to the proposed Comcast-Time Warner merger, previously calling it 'anti-competitive'. Now, the streaming giant has officially lodged its concerns with the Federal Communications Commission, submitting a 'Petition to Deny' document as it looks to lend its weight to blocking the deal. Read more from The Next Web.

From THE WALL STREET JOURNAL 

     Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has agreed to invest in the fast-growing ephmereal message service Snapchat Inc. at a valuation of close to $10 billion, people with knowledge of the matter say. Read more from The Wall Street Journal.

From LOS ANGELES TIMES 

     Former rap impresario Marion "Suge" Knight, founder of Death Row Records, and two others were shot early Sunday inside a packed West Hollywood nightclub at a pre-awards party hosted by singer Chris Brown. Read more from Los Angeles Times.

From RECODE 

     You Tube has already explained why it is launching a music subscription service. And now we know why YouTube thinks you might pay for its music subscription service: It will have stuff you can't get from other music subscription services. Read more from re/code.

From RECODE 

     Hulu, redux: The music labels that own Vevo, the music video site, aren't going to sell the property, after all. The decision to yank the site off the market, first reported by the New York Post, mirrors the yes-we'll-sell-no-we-won't moves made by Hulu and its joint venture partners. Read more from re/code.

From AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW 

     Village Roadshow boss Graham Burke has rejected a suggestion from Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull that entertainment companies should sue illegal downloaders to curb internet piracy. Read more at the Australian Financial Review.

From DEADLINE 

     With little more than three weeks left in the legislative session, Kevin De Leon is demanding big changes to efforts to expand California's $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program. Read more from Deadline.

From TV NEWS CHECK 

     Local TV broadcasters have shifted into high gear with digital advertising efforts, driving an estimated all-time high of nearly $3 billion in new ad revenue for stations this year, according to new research commissioned by the Television Bureau of Advertising. Read more from TV News Check.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     DreamWorks Animation shares fell 9 percent in after-hours trading on Tuesday after the studio revealed an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and reported continued quarterly losses and higher film production costs. Read more from The New York Times.

From BBC 

     The Lords Home Affairs EU Sub-Committee also said it was wrong to give search engines such as Google the job of deciding what should be removed. Read more from BBC.

From BLOOMBERG 

     Amazon.com Inc. said its dispute with Hachette Book Group is part of an initiative to lower digital-book prices and boost income for authors. Read more from Bloomberg.

From GIGAOM 

     Flickr announced Tuesday that it too is expanding into the image licensing game, allowing photographers who upload their images to sell them through a newly-created Flickr Marketplace. Read more from Gigaom.

From THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 

     In what might be yet another sign that Marvel should begin to fret that the U.S. Supreme Court could review a massive superhero rights dispute, the respected attorney Tom Goldstein is now co-representing Jack Kirby's family members. Read more from The Hollywood Reporter.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     People can complete all sorts of tasks with a smartphone now - order tickets, check the weather or call a taxi. With the Pirate Bay's new website, people will also be able to easily steal copyrighted content on their mobile phones. Read more from The New York Times.

From BLOOMBERG 

     Amazon.com Inc. began accepting pre-orders of Warner Bros. DVDs as the companies moved closer to resolving a dispute over pricing, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Read more from Bloomberg.

From THE WASHINGTON POST 

     Under a new chief executive, Gary Knell, and his newly appointed editor in chief, Susan Goldberg, the Society and its flagship publication are picking up the pace, speeding the Society's transformation into a 21st-century media organization. Read more from The Washington Post.