Wednesday, May 20, 2015 10:50 AM PT
By AIMEE SACHS 

     ATLANTA (CN) - Pop star Usher is seeking protection against a woman he says has been stalking him for years.

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Italian master Duccio de Buoninsegna's depiction of "Madonna and Child" can be sold with a clear title now that U.S. prosecutors have resolved three decades of legal wrangling in five separate countries. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A judge ordered "Real Housewives" actress Kim Richards to pay more than $8,000 for an alleged pit bull attack. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     PASADENA, Calif. (CN) - In a victory for Google, an actress cannot claim authorship over her five-second appearance in the movie trailer "Innocence of Muslims," the full 9th Circuit ruled, reversing its panel's "dubious and unprecedented" ruling on copyright law. 

By DAN MCCUE 

     (CN) - A Maryland appeals court dealt Adnan Syed, the subject of the hit podcast "Serial," a significant victory Monday afternoon ruling the convicted murderer's case should be remanded to the Baltimore City Circuit Court for further proceedings. 

By KATHERINE PROCTOR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A federal judge improperly denied an artist the full amount of attorneys' fees she requested in a copyright battle, the 9th Circuit ruled Tuesday.

By MIKE HEUER 

     LAS VEGAS (CN) - A sculptor whose large creation honors the men who built the Hoover Dam will collect $2.2 million from the dam's café and its owner, a federal judge ordered. 

By KEVIN LESSMILLER 

     (CN) - A man who says he discovered recording artist Drake saw his case dismissed by a federal judge May 8, but he can try again. 

By JEFF D. GORMAN 

     (CN) - A New York appeals court shot down attempts by the cable network AMC to access certain records for its fight with the creator of "The Walking Dead." 

By KATHERINE PROCTOR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A federal judge refused to certify a class of video gamers who claim that the promos for Sega's "Aliens: Colonial Marines" misrepresented the game's quality. 

By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN 

     (CN) - The FCC cannot expedite the public disclosure of contracts and documents relevant to its review of the proposed AT&T-DirecTV merger, the D.C. Circuit ruled. 

By DEB HIPP 

     KANSAS CITY, Kan. (CN) - A Kansas man who sued the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to declare a documentary about Edward Snowden ineligible for an Oscar has voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit.

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Licensing terms favoring Pandora in the online music-streaming service's copyright fight with a musician's union should be upheld, the 2nd Circuit ruled Wednesday. 

By KATHERINE PROCTOR 

     PASADENA, Calif. (CN) - The full 9th Circuit struck down a clause of a California law Tuesday that let artists collect resale royalties from companies like Sotheby's, Christies and eBay. 

By ARVIN TEMKAR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A class action lawsuit accusing Sony Computer Entertainment of embellishing the quality of its "Killzone: Shadow Fall" videogame's graphics has been dismissed. 

By JULIE BAKER-DENNIS  

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Electronic Arts executives can't be held liable for expressing corporate confidence about the launch of Battlefield 4, a judge ruled Thursday, dismissing an investor class action. 

By KARINA BROWN 

     (CN) - The parents or guardians of showbiz kids must cover the fees banks charge to service the protected accounts of those minors, a California appeals court found.

By MARLENE KENNEDY 

     PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (CN) - A made-for-TV movie trading in the "newsworthiness" of a grisly murder did not violate the killer's rights to his name and image, a judge ruled. 

By LORRAINE BAILEY 

     (CN) - Because the band's name disparages Asians, the Federal Circuit denied trademark protection to the Asian-American front man for The Slants. 

By NICK DIVITO 

     (CN) - Obsessed with taking back American Apparel, ousted CEO Dov Charney has launched a "scorched earth campaign" against the hipster retailer, it claims in court.

By KARINA BROWN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora sued his ex-girlfriend, claiming she extorted and defamed him by giving police a fake telephone recording threatening to kill her.

By AIMEE SACHS 

     ATLANTA (CN) - A former employee of Tyler Perry Studios says in court he was sexually harassed by his supervisor and wrongfully fired.

By ARVIN TEMKAR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - San Francisco police illegally arrested four black men who were filming a rap video, the men claim in Federal Court.

By NICK RUMMELL 

     BALTIMORE - Sometimes it's not good to be the king. Reggaeton singer Don Omar slapped CBS Radio with a federal suit for using his name and image to promote a summer concert, despite canceling his appearance in the show.

By CHARLY HIMMEL 

     CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CN) - Rolling Stone and writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely defamed a University of Virginia dean by depicting her in the magazine's now-retracted "A Rape on Campus" story as indifferent to allegations of sexual assault, the educator claims in court.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Dov Charney is busy in court, adding to last week's lawsuit against an investment firm with a $20 million defamation claim against the clothing retailer he founded, American Apparel.

By CAMERON LANGFORD 

     WACO, Texas (CN) - The spirit of Mark Twain - a champion of copyright law - is haunting Hachette, which published a book about Twain's life with 40 pages plagiarized from two other books, a federal lawsuit claims.

By RYAN KOCIAN 

     AUSTIN, Texas (CN) - A man whose teenage daughter was injured at an Austin music festival when a man fleeing police drove his car into a crowd of people claims the incident was preventable.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A judge Thursday halted civil litigation in a dispute over Jon Favreau's movie "Chef" in light of a guilty plea in a $5 million federal wire fraud case.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - American Apparel founder Dov Charney has sued an investment firm for $30 million, claiming his termination from the clothing retailer's board was based on a bogus investigation and false claims.

By DAVE TARTRE 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Though it required STD testing for every straight-sex scene it filmed, Kink.com's lax precautions for gay actors contributed to the spread of HIV, an actor claims in court.

By MIKE HEUER 

     LAS VEGAS (CN) - A would-be leap from the main stage of the 2013 Billboard Music Awards to a nearby catwalk landed award-winning singer and Latin superstar Miguel and Billboard Music Awards a personal injury lawsuit in Clark County.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The Associated Press licenses Marilyn Monroe photographs that belong to a collector without crediting him, costing him at least $1 million is lost profits, the collector claims in Federal Court.

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - On the cusp of the 70th anniversary of the Allies' victory, family of a German-Jewish couple who once owned an Edgar Degas painting filed a federal complaint against Christie's, accusing the auction house of misleading the public about the provenance of their Nazi-looted inheritance.

By CHRIS FRY 

     HACKENSACK, N.J. (CN) - Vincent Pastore, best known for his role as Big Pussy on "The Sopranos," didn't show up for a film project, a film director and former "Real Housewives of New Jersey" regular claims in court.

By REIN M. TERRADO  

     HONOLULU (CN) - An award-winning pro surfer claims film producers denied her a role in the 2011 faith-based biopic drama "Soul Surfer" not only because she is a lesbian, but also because they believed she starred in gay porn.

By KARINA BROWN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The owner of a West Hollywood mansion says Kendall Jenner trashed the place during her 19th birthday party, after promising the event would be a quiet dinner for 15.

By KARINA BROWN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Warner Bros., Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer used non-union musicians to make the music for "Interstellar," "Robocop" and "Carrie," the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada claims in Federal Court.

By RENI ANGUELOVA 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A Croatian star stole Basquiat's "Wine of Babylon" from her ex-husband when they broke up, the company claiming to own the painting says in Federal Court.

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - The Center for Investigative Reporting and Univision threw a confidential source to the wolves by failing to protect her identity before uploading its interview with a cartel hitman on YouTube, a federal complaint alleges.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Playboy filed a $7.6 million malpractice lawsuit claiming its attorneys negligently failed to settle an employee whistleblower case out of court.

By MIKE HEUER 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Online matchmaker Match.com illegally bills its California members and won't tell them how to cancel their subscriptions, a customer claims in a federal class action.

By NICK DIVITO 

     BROOKLYN (CN) - A company waged a "noise war" with a boom box to disrupt filming at a neighboring sound stage and gain leverage in lease negotiations, a New York City landlord claims in court.

From WIRED 

     Netflix's Stock Reached an all time high today forthe third day in a row. Shares peaked today at $628.50 a pop. And some analysts expect the price to keep climbing. Read more from Netflix.

From RE/CODE 

     Twitter announced a partnership with Google back in February that would surface Tweets in Google search results. Now that partnership is up and running. Read more from re/code.

From THE WALL STREET JOURNAL 

     In short, for all the flak Nielsen has caught from the television world as ratings decline across the industry lately, TV networks are buying more stuff from Nielsen than ever. Read more from The Wall Street Journal.

From BUZZFEED NEWS 

     The new service is cheaper than the competition, but offers limited downloads from the company's library of songs. Read more from BuzzFeed News.

From RE/CODE 

     Netflix says it wants to replace TV. But "TV" means "sports," and Netflix doesn't do sports. Read more from Re/Code.

From TECHCRUNCH 

     Hulu and AT&T announced an expanded deal designed to bring the video streaming service to AT&T's customers on both mobile devices and on the web. Read more from TechCrunch.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     Labor groups and the White House on Wednesday praised Facebook's plan to require its contractors to pay workers at least $15 an hour and offer paid time off. Read more from The New York Times.

From THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 

     Many watched the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight on Twitter's live-streaming app, but punishing this type of piracy will be very difficult. Read more from The Hollywood Reporter.

From ARS TECHNICA 

     Less than a week after music-streaming service Grooveshark shut down, the site has been wholly reconstituted, brought back to life by an individual "connected to the original Grooveshark," according to a BGR report. Read more from Ars Technica.

From NEW YORK POST 

     Hollywood producer Jon Peters is rumored to be the latest to kick the tires of Mort Zuckerman's beleaguered Daily News. Read more from the New York Post.

From LOS ANGELES TIMES 

     Netflix is urging the Federal Communication Commission to reject AT&T's $48.5-billion purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV unless revisions are made to protect online distributors. Read more from the Los Angeles Times.

From THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 

     Nemeses Richard Busch and Howard King have been running into each other since 2001. Read more from The Hollywood Reporter.

From THE GUARDIAN 

     Authors including Junot Díaz and Joyce Carol Oates sign letter protest PEN America's freedom of expression award for French magazine. Read more from The Guardian.

From TECHCRUNCH 

     Instagram announced the launch of a new official community on its service dedicated to music and musicians that will live under the handle @music - the first time the company has created a dedicated account devoted to a single subject, the Facebook-owned social network explained in a blog post. Read more from TechCrunch.

From THE NEW YORK POST 

     The 127-year-old magazine has more than 67 million followers and likes on Facebook and similar sites - nearly 20 million more than No. 2-ranked sports magazine ESPN, with 40.3 million, a new survey shows. Time came in third at 22.9 million. Read more from The New York Post.

From TECHDIRT 

     It's notable that one of the winners for investigative journalism went to Eric Lipton of the NY Times for a series of stories that he's done exposing the influence of lobbyists -- and that includes reporting using the leaked Sony emails to detail how the MPAA was trying to bring back SOPA via influencing various State Attorneys General. Read more from TechDirt.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     The subscription reading service Scribd announced that it would add more than 9,000 audiobooks from Penguin Random House Audio to its platform, increasing its audiobook catalog to more than 45,000 titles. Read more from The New York Times.