Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:21 PM PT
By MATT REYNOLDS 

     PASADENA, Calif. (CN) - The full 9th Circuit Court on Tuesday considered whether to dismantle a law that allows artists to collect resale royalties from pieces sold by Sotheby's, Christies and eBay.

By ARVIN TEMKAR 

     OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) - It's now up to a jury to decide whether Apple created a music-player monopoly that allowed the company to overcharge iPod buyers by $350 million.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     PASADENA, Calif. (CN) - "Innocence of Muslims," the movie trailer that depicted Muhammad as a child molester and womanizer, was back in court Monday as the 9th Circuit considered if an actress who appeared in the movie holds a copyright interest in her performance.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Six Flags' claim that internal documents sought by environmentalists are protected by attorney-client privilege did not pass muster with a magistrate judge Tuesday, in a case alleging pollution of the Santa Clara River. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Bill Cosby on Thursday responded to claims that he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl 40 years ago, claiming that the woman sued him this week only after making an "outrageous" six-figure demand.

By ARVIN TEMKAR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A class action lawsuit accusing Sony Computer Entertainment of embellishing how good the graphics are in its "Killzone: Shadow Fall" videogame will proceed, a federal judge ruled. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     PASADENA, Calif. (CN) - Porn star Kayden Kross on Monday lost her bid to overturn a Los Angeles County law requiring actors to wear condoms, when the 9th Circuit ruled that the law does not violate her constitutional rights. 

By JEFF D. GORMAN 

     (CN) - "Run This Town," Jay-Z's 2009 collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West, did not violate copyright with its alleged sampling of the word "oh," a Federal Court judge in Manhattan ruled.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

      LOS ANGELES (CN) - An actress who claims she was forced to perform in sexually explicit scenes in Cinemax's "Femme Fatales" was sanctioned by a state court judge Wednesday for making a "frivolous" claim that her free speech rights were violated. 

By DAVID LEE 

     TYLER, Texas (CN) - Video game giant Electronic Arts must pay over $4.86 million for infringing on a computer security firm's anti-software piracy patent, a federal jury concluded.

By JUNE WILLIAMS 

     SEATTLE (CN) - In a victory for the Federal Trade Commission, a federal judge refused to dismiss a suit against Amazon over children's unauthorized mobile app charges. 

By MIKE HEUER 

     LAS VEGAS (CN) - The new owners of the former Hilton Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas need not pay a $1.5 million commission to the daughter of the late man who brokered the deal, a federal judge ruled. 

By JEFF D. GORMAN 

     (CN) - A Louisiana man who was arrested on a reality show co-produced by Jennifer Lopez and Al Roker can advance his claims of assault and defamation, a state appeals court ruled. 

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - The former owner Rasputin, a now-shuttered banquet hall in Brighton Beach, faces nine years of prison food for conning cash-strapped debtors, a federal judge ruled.

By CAMERON LANGFORD 

     HOUSTON (CN) - A former Army cadet who claims he was roughed up by singer Patti LaBelle's entourage will not get another chance to prove they assaulted him, a federal judge ruled. 

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - On their way to trial in a minimum-wage dispute, Rick's Cabaret strippers will have $10.8 million in their G-strings before their trial even starts, thanks to a Friday ruling that endorses their expert witness and their view on "Dance Dollars." 

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Decades-old contracts will keep Run DMC's now-indigent lyricist in hot water over his lawsuit for royalties, a federal judge ruled. 

By ROSE BOUBOUSHIAN 

     (CN) - An investor in the film "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" must arbitrate his $85 million fraud case against film financier David Bergstein, a federal judge ruled. 

By ERIK DE LA GARZA 

     NEW ORLEANS (CN) - World Wrestling Entertainment can seize counterfeit merchandise sold outside live wrestling events, the 5th Circuit ruled. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Anna Nicole Smith's former attorney Howard K. Stern faces a new trial on charges of causing the reality show star's overdose, the California Supreme Court ruled. 

By BARBARA LEONARD 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The Supreme Court declined Monday to pen a chapter in the lapsed copyright protection for Sir Author Conan Doyle's famous detective character Sherlock Holmes. 

By DIONNE CORDELL-WHITNEY 

     MINNEAPOLIS (CN) - Flush with a $1.8 million defamation verdict against the writer of "American Sniper," former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura has now taken aim at HarperCollins Publishers.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A model sued Hustler Magazine and poker player Dan Bilzerian on Tuesday, claiming she was injured when Bilzerian threw her off a roof during a photo shoot.

By MIKE HEUER 

     LAS VEGAS (CN) - A defunct Mafia museum claims an auction house sold dozens of articles once owned by Sam Giancana, though the museum owns them - having bought them from the late Chicago boss's daughter.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Actor Randy Quaid and his wife sued the State Department on Monday, demanding their passports back and claiming they are stranded in Canada without them.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences sued an heir of cinematographer Robert Surtees, claiming the right to buy Surtees' 1953 Oscar for $10, not the $40,500 for which it was offered on eBay.

By KARINA BROWN 

     (CN) - "New Girl" actress Zooey Deschanel overworked a show horse, riding him in dangerous conditions until he was lame, the horse owner claims in Los Angeles Superior Court.

By BARBARA LEONARD 

     SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (CN) - A former aspiring model who says Bill Cosby left two $100 bills on her coffee table after he drugged and assaulted her in the early 1970s filed a federal defamation complaint Wednesday.

By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN 

     CHICAGO (CN) - Years after he helped "Birthday Sex" top the charts, Jeremih's former manager has filed a $200,000 action for allegedly unpaid fees.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Poker player-actor Dan Bilzerian kicked a model in the face at a night club, the woman claimed Wednesday in a lawsuit.

By NICK DIVITO 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - The attorney behind Kesha's sexual-assault case has maliciously painted Dr. Luke as Lady Gaga's rapist, the super-producer claims in court.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The family of Latin superstar Jenni Rivera sued Learjet on Monday, claiming that mechanical failures on her private jet caused the crash that killed her.

By MIKE HEUER 

     RENO, Nev. (CN) - The surviving members of Creedence Clearwater Revival claim in court that co-founder John Fogerty violates the band's trademark and breached a court settlement by publishing critical remarks.

By MOLLY WILLMS 

     NEENAH, Wis. (CN) - Delusions of a "Sons of Anarchy"-style motorcycle gang led to the wrongful raid of a Wisconsin bike shop, a federal complaint alleges.

By BARBARA LEONARD 

     (CN) - The New Orleans baker whom "Beasts of the Southern Wild" propelled to stardom faces a demand for a restraining order from the cafe in Treme he opened.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A black-owned media company sued AT&T for $10 billion this week, claiming AT&T shut it out from co-defendant DirecTV, for racial reasons, after buying the satellite company for $67 billion.

By NICK MCCANN 

     (CN) - Hit rap producer DJ Mustard refused to co-credit his childhood friend for beats he worked on for popular songs like "Rack City" by Tyga, the friend says in a lawsuit.

By KEVIN LESSMILLER 

     RICHMOND (CN) - The widow of country music icon Jimmy Dean says she is free to revive a concert series despite threats from the former holders of its trademark.

By DENISE MCALLISTER 

     (CN) - Joseph Teti, a special forces veteran who stars in the Discovery Channel's "Dual Survival" show, sued his former commander and others for allegedly spreading lies about his military service on the Internet.

By BARBARA LEONARD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - The disappearance of an Edward Degas bronze dancer does not qualify for a $2 million insurance payout, Lloyd's of London claims in court.

By NICK DIVITO 

     BROOKLYN (CN) - The man credited with discovering the world's oldest subway tunnel sued National Geographic Society, alleging it claim-jumped his discovery while pursuing a documentary.

By NICK DIVITO 

     CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CN) - A Long Island man allegedly playing bootleg copies of Eagles concerts drew a federal complaint from front men Don Henley and Glenn Frey.

By DAN MCCUE 

     (CN) - American Idol finalist turned hit maker Chris Daughtry sued his former band mates in an effort to get a federal judge to declare he's the sole writer of songs he recorded before he was famous.

By BARBARA LEONARD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Jerry Lee Lewis cut a licensing company out of a deal with the producers of the Broadway musical "Million Dollar Quartet," a new complaint alleges.

By DAVID LEE 

     DALLAS (CN) - Steve Harvey is interfering with the sale of videos of raw and uncensored stand-up comedy from early in his career that embarrass him today, his former videographer claims in court.

By VICTORIA PRIESKOP 

     TIERRA AMARILLA, N.M. (CN) - A New Mexico woman claims artist Anne Taintor defamed her by using her high school graduation portrait on novelty items emblazoned with the phrase: "I'm going to be the most popular girl in rehab!"

By JAMIE HENNEMAN 

     OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) - California's prisons department is letting an 85-year-old resort patronized by Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable and others fall into ruin, the nonprofit Lake Norconian Club Foundation claims in court.

By MIKE HEUER 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The Goo Goo Dolls' longtime drummer claims the band wrongfully fired him as he took a tour break for the birth of his twins last year.

By KEVIN LESS MILLER 

     NASHVILLE (CN) - Country singer Tim McGraw and his daughter Gracie were sued for a car collision that occurred nearly a year ago.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Aided by two prominent law firms, the family of Betty Boop creator Max Fleischer filed meritless trademark lawsuits to scare off competitors, a Nevada company claims in court.

By JAMIE HENNAMEN 

     SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) - A man who claims he invested $20,000 in the "LMAO All-Star Comedy" show but never saw any of the profits when it sold to a third party has sued the show's creator in state court.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A writer-director who planned to release a Danny Trejo vigilante flick called "Vengeance" just two weeks before Robert Rodriguez's "Machete Kills," claims that Rodriguez's camp sabotaged a mobile application tie-in with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

From THE WASHINGTON POST 

     Investigators say a crippling cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment was probably the work of North Korea, in what would be the first known case of the reclusive nation using its growing hacking capability to cause major disruptions to a company in the United States. Read more from The Washington Post.

From WALL STREET JOURNAL 

     Apple deleted music that some iPod owners had downloaded from competing music services from 2007 to 2009 without telling users, attorneys for consumers told jurors in a class-action antitrust suit against Apple. Read more from Wall Street Journal.

From THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 

     An inside look at how both companies are spinning who is to blame for online video congestion. Read more from The Hollywood Reporter.

From DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD 

     Google has bought 12 acres in L.A.'s Playa Vista area, across the street from its YouTube Space LA operations, a $120 million purchase that suggests a significantly bigger Los Angeles presence for the Silicon Valley-based online giant and perhaps a stronger foray into entertainment. Read more from Deadline Hollywood.

From RE/CODE 

     Longtime Los Angeles entrepreneur Richard Rosenblatt is launching a startup called Whipclip in private beta today, striking a series of deals with big media companies and attracting a roster of entertainment and venture investors to back a mobile app that allows consumers to clip popular moments from television. Read more from Re/Code.

From THE VERGE 

     Barnes & Noble revealed the purchased in a document filed with the SEC, and it's not immediately clear why Microsoft is selling its stake. Read more from The Verge.

From SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH NETWORK 

     The Supreme Court's recent majority decision in American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo, where it takes a 'looks like a cable system' approach makes the public performance right almost incomprehensible. Read more from Social Science Research Network.

From BLOOMBERG 

     Onion Inc., owner of the satirical news site the Onion and the entertain- ment site the A.V. Club, has hired a financial adviser for a possible sale, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Read more from Bloomberg. 

From VARIETY 

     CBS alerted viewers that Dish Network could pluck out the Eye in certain markets, in the latest dispute to hit the pay-TV biz. Read more from Variety.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     "High Maintenance," a web series on Vimeo about the many customers of a Brooklyn marijuana dealer, has won a devoted following and plenty of critical acclaim. But will viewers pay to watch it? Read more from The New York Times.

From THE WALL STREET JOURNAL 

     Subscriber defections begin to hit satellite TV; price of bills cited. Read more from The Wall Street Journal.

From SEATTLE WEEKLY 

     Amid a boycott and bicoastal culture clash, Amazon has created a new model of publishing. Where does that leave authors? Read more from Seattle Weekly.

From THE WASHINGTON POST 

     President Obama on Monday called for the government to aggressively regulate Internet service providers such as Verizon and Comcast, treating broadband like a public utility as essential as water, phone service and electricity. Read more from The Washington Post.

From VARIETY 

     AMC Networks has turned "The Walking Dead" into a bullhorn for airing its grievance with DirecTV. The cabler sounded the alarm during Sunday's episode that its carriage agreement with the satcaster is due to expire at year's end - before the zombie drama's fifth season closer airs next year. Read more from Variety.

From DIGIDAY 

     Here's a surprise: The most popular news channel on YouTube is not CNN, The New York Times or Vice, but The Young Turks. Read more from Digiday. 

From RE/CODE 

     Universal Studios is the first advertiser to pay for ad space within Snapchat. Read more from Re/Code.