Friday, November 21, 2014 7:46 AM PT
By ADAM KLASFELD 

     (CN) - The husband of a former Bollywood starlet appears on a blockbuster indictment that busts a globe-hopping narcotics ring whose exploits allegedly came to an end after U.S. informants embedded in a Kenyan crime family. 

By ROBERT KAHN 

     (CN) - Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group said Thursday that they agreed to settle a dispute about online sales, apparently ending, for a few years anyway, a struggle that caught worldwide attention.

By MIKE HEUER 

     LAS VEGAS (CN) - Kickbacks from strip clubs are a way of life for Las Vegas cab drivers - they even have a website to tell them how much the clubs are paying - and Uncle Sam takes a cut.

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 ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Scoffing at the idea that Paramount pulled a fast one on high-powered insurers and hedge funds that invested in a slate of films that flopped a decade ago, a federal judge had three pointed words.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The First Amendment protects the National Geographic Channel from a legal battle between a documentary producer and actor David Hasselhoff over two films about the Berlin Wall, a judge ruled.

By WILLIAM DOTINGA 

     PASADENA, Calif. (CN) - A federal judge made the right move in dismissing Stan Lee Media's claims that comic book legend Stan Lee infringed on intellectual property rights by licensing characters Lee created, a panel for the 9th Circuit ruled. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Manuel Noriega's lawsuit against "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" publisher Activision was dismissed Monday, when a judge ruled that the video game is a protected under free speech rights. 

By TIM HULL 

     (CN) - Duke Ellington's grandson failed to show EMI broke a 50-year-old contract by diluting his share of the legendary composer's royalties, New York's highest court ruled. 

By JEFF D. GORMAN 

     (CN) - Led Zeppelin failed obtain dismissal of a songwriter's federal action alleging that "Stairway to Heaven" rips off Randy California's "Taurus." 

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.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - R&B singer Keyshia Cole attacked Birdman's personal assistant in a jealous rage that injured her hands, face and mouth, the assistant claims in a $1 million lawsuit.

By MEGAN GALLEGOS 

     DENVER (CN) - TV personality Nancy Grace defamed a man by claiming he left "a textbook serial killer's calling card" at a woman's home, though he was nowhere near the place, the man claims in court.

By ARVIN TEMKAR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Marvel asked a federal judge to subpoena Google regarding the leak of the film "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Family members in a long battle over John Steinbeck's works filed competing lawsuits over stage rights to "Of Mice and Men" and movie adaptations of "The Grapes of Wrath" and "East of Eden."

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - An intellectual property firm asked a judge to rule on a legal dispute between Jimi Hendrix's stepsister and a former bassist for Earth, Wind and Fire over ownership of Hendrix's Black Widow acoustic guitar.

By LISA COSTON 

     SAVANNAH, Ga. (CN) - "Howard's End" director James Ivory says in a federal lawsuit that a former associate made off with nearly $1 million Merchant Ivory Productions should have received from the sale of a Parisian apartment and office.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - An extra who played the "spindly porter" in James Cameron's "Titanic" has dropped his remaining claims against the director's Lightstorm Entertainment.

By NICK DIVITO 

     BROOKLYN, N.Y. (CN) - As Tom Cruise took on careless reporting, Radar Online doubled down by lying about his former bodyguard, a federal complaint alleges.

By NICK MCCANN 

     (CN) - CBS says producer Three Lions Entertainment owes it nearly $2.5 million for airing the program "Fashion Rocks" in September.

By ARVIN TEMKAR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A shooting game mobile app is a "slavish" copy of a rival's game, except for changing the prey from deer to people, the maker of "Deer Hunter" claims in court.

By NICK DIVITO 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Bravo is screwing two creators of "Real Housewives" out of royalties for the hit series and its spinoffs, a lawsuit in New York County Supreme Court alleges.

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Since he published the only firsthand account on the Osama bin Laden raid two years ago, Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette has been trailed by controversy and federal agents, and the warrior blames his publisher's lawyers for the aggravation.

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - In a city where landmarks routinely shutter to make room for condominiums, an septuagenarian art dealer who discovered Jean-Michel Basquiat and other giants has another gripe about development run amok.

By JAMIE ROSS 

     PHOENIX (CN) - "Poolhall Junkies" director Mars Callahan and his business partner threatened to shoot the CEO of an online distribution company in the head after they were fired for looting corporate funds, the company claims in court.

By DAN MCCUE 

     (CN) - The proposed $375 million merger of leading cinema advertisers will eliminate important competition, a Monday federal lawsuit by the Justice Department alleges.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The movie "American Hustle" defamed science writer Paul Brodeur by falsely attributing pseudoscience to him in a scene, the former New Yorker staff writer claims in court.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Citing Casey Kasem's children's belief that their mother may have been "involved" in his death, MetLife asked a judge to decide who gets his $2 million life insurance policy.

By MIKE HEUER 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - FilmOn.com, a video content streamer, claims in court that online ad tracker DoubleVerify cost it "millions of dollars" by defaming it as a copyright violator and "adult content" distributor.

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 

     Here's a spooky/scary mystery for TV executives: Where did all my viewers go? Bernstein Research's Todd Juenger thinks he knows: Reed Hastings has them. Read more from Re/Code.

From RE/CODE 

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

From ARS TECHNICA 

     Fundraiser for Anonabox far exceeded expectations, but raised security questions. Read more from Ars Technica.

From BLOOMBERG 

     Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, said he's buying shares of Netflix because the online-streaming service will probably be acquired. Read more from Bloomberg.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist cultural critic who has become a target of harassment by gamers, canceled a public speech scheduled for Wednesday after the college holding the event received threats of violence. Read more from The New York Times.

By GHANA WEB 

     Ghanaian actor Van Vicker has revealed he will sue the website responsible for a recent false publication about him. Read more from Ghana Web.

From REUTERS 

     Universal Studios said on Monday it had sealed an agreement to open a $3.3 billion theme park in Beijing, the culmination of a 13-year effort to enter China's fast-growing entertainment market. Read more from Reuters.

From BLOOMBERG 

     Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox Inc. and Apollo Global Management finalized an agreement to create a TV-production venture, combining the makers of "The Biggest Loser" and "Big Brother." Read more from Bloomberg.