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By DANIEL STAPLES 

     BALTIMORE (CN) - With Adnan Syed's murder conviction under review thanks to the podcast "Serial," a woman who could have alibied him told the court Wednesday that no one called her to testify.

By BIANCA BRUNO 

     SAN DIEGO (CN) - A federal judge this week dismissed with leave to amend copyright claims to 24 songs brought by an original member of camp disco group Village People.

By NICHOLAS IOVINO 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Journey guitarist Neal Schon won't stop believing he got $290,000 by settling his discrimination lawsuit against San Francisco this week. 

     (CN) - The Third Circuit ruled that Trump Entertainment, owner of Atlantic City's bankrupt Taj Mahal casino, can break its deal with a union on its way to exiting Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

By CHARLY HIMMEL 

     CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CN) - A federal judge said that the young woman at the center of now-debunked Rolling Stone article on a gang rape at the University of Virginia must turn over her communications with the magazine as part of a pending defamation suit. 

By NICHOLAS IOVINO 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A class of Twitter users on Thursday voluntarily dismissed a lawsuit claiming the social media company eavesdropped on users' private messages.

By LORRAINE BAILEY 

     (CN) - Jimmy Flynt, brother of porn king Larry Flynt, cannot use the Flynt name to market adult entertainment products unless his first name is also prominently shown, the Sixth Circuit affirmed. 

By ERIK DE LA GARZA 

     DALLAS (CN) - Jay-Z's Roc Nation must face a lawsuit that it lured Dallas Cowboy Dez Bryant away from his contract with the marketing agency that helped build his "Throw up the X" brand, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. 

By CHRISTINE STUART 

     (CN) - AMC Entertainment Holdings agreed Tuesday to shed movie theaters in Connecticut and New Jersey to proceed with a $172 million acquisition of Starplex Cinemas. 

By ANDREW THOMPSON 

     PHILADELPHIA (CN) - A New Jersey Turnpike plaza operator didn't trample the constitutional rights of a strip club when it ordered the club's brochures removed from the plaza's displays, the Third Circuit ruled. 

By ROSE BOUBOUSHIAN 

     MINNEAPOLIS (CN) - A man who says he created the $46 million video game "Rust" can sue an English developer on claims it failed to give him credit and used his code for another game, a federal judge ruled.

By BARBARA LEONARD 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - California courts should have forced a would-be class to arbitrate their case over DirecTV's early termination fees. 

By JEFF D. GORMAN 

     (CN) - A Louisiana man whose divorce papers contained his son's pornographic drawing can sue the website that published it, a state appeals court ruled. 

By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN 

     (CN) - A Florida school district had the right to take down banners for a former porn star's tutoring business, the 11th Circuit ruled. 

By CHRISTINE STUART 

     (CN) - A Connecticut strip club lacked standing to challenge the City of Milford's requirements that sexually-oriented businesses publicly post the names of their owners and operators, the Second Circuit ruled. 

By KEVIN LESSMILLER 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The FBI did its due diligence in a search for records about a dead socialist writer, a federal judge ruled. 

By MIKE HEUER 

     LAS VEGAS (CN) - A federal judge dismissed Michael Jackson's estate and Dick Clark Productions from a patent lawsuit stemming from a Jackson hologram performance during the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. 

By MARIA DINZEO 

     SAN JOSE (CN) - Facebook is immune from claims that it discriminated against the Sikhs for Justice human rights group by blocking access to its Facebook page in India, a federal judge ruled. 

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Gawker's media empire has ginned up First Amendment battles around publishing celebrity sex tapes and outing private figures as gay, but it's now fighting to keep its own secrets from hitting the public docket. 

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     FRESNO, Calif. (CN) - California must reach a gaming compact with the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians for a Central California casino that state voters rejected last year, a federal judge ruled. 

By JON CHOWN 

     MONTEREY, Calif. (CN) - Renowned bronze sculptor Richard MacDonald sued his wife and her family for $18 million, claiming they defrauded and abused him and stole his money and art.

By ROSE BOUBOUSHIAN 

     (CN) - Cinema giant Regal Entertainment Group used its power as a near-monopoly to eliminate fair competitive access to commercial films, Landmark Theatres claims in a federal complaint.

By KEVIN KOENINGER 

     DETROIT (CN) - A monopoly on prison MP3 players allows SanDisk to charge double for its devices and forces inmates to unlock their music once they're released, according to a class action complaint.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     BOISE (CN) - A movie theater sued the Idaho State Police in Federal Court this week for trying to revoke its liquor license for showing the R-rated movie "50 Shades of Grey."

By NICK RUMMELL 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Victoria's Secret calls their push-up bras "the world's best," but a New Jersey designer claims in a federal lawsuit that the product is also a clear violation of patent laws.

By JAMIE ROSS 

     PHOENIX (CN) - An auto auction company allowed rock star Alice Cooper to misrepresent that he owned a 1970 Oldsmobile and auction it off with a forged title, the car's owner claims in court.

By LISA KLEIN 

     CHICAGO (CN) - The same people at mugshots.com are also behind unpublisharrest.com, forcing former arrestees to pay up if they want any hope of rejoining society, a class claims in court.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Scientists and a patent attorney sued the Morgan Creek film studio and its billionaire CEO, claiming they swiped "groundbreaking" technology that converts methane into hydrogen gas.

By EVA FEDDERLY 

     SAVANNAH, Ga. (CN) - A Georgia cheerleading coach became so enraged at an Atlanta competition that she grabbed a member of her team by the throat, choking the teen with such force she left fingernail marks behind, the girl's mother claims in court.

By MIKE HEUER 

     LAS VEGAS (CN) - Record producer David Kershenbaum is threatening to shut down two Las Vegas shows which removed him as director for "lewd" and "unlawful" behavior unless they pay him $1 million, Rock Vault Tours claims in court.

By NICK DIVITO 

     (CN) - A man pretended to be the son of fashion maven Diane von Furstenberg to land a posh penthouse in SoHo, then buggered out on rent, landlords say in two separate lawsuits seeking to evict him.

By DIONNE CORDELL-WHITNEY 

     MINNEAPOLIS (CN) - County and town fairs across Minnesota laid out thousands of dollars to a no-show carnival company, the state attorney general claims in court.

By NICK DIVITO 

           BROOKLYN, N.Y. (CN) - To feign street cred for her breakout video "Hideway," singer Kiesza wriggled her hips against a backdrop of misappropriated graffiti, an artist says in a federal complaint.

By JOSH RUSSELL 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Qatari royalty plan to seize a Picasso bust being exhibited by New York's Museum of Modern Art, the Gagosian Gallery claims in a federal complaint.

By ZACH HUFFMAN 

     SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (CN) - Countersuing the women accusing him of sexually assaulting them, Bill Cosby says their defamation has cost him deals with NBC and Netflix.

By MIKE HEUER 

     LAS VEGAS (CN) - Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil helped defrauded investors in the ill-fated Las Vegas Outlaws Arena Football League franchise, which folded in August, an investment group claims in court.

By NICK RUMMELL 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - The former fashion director of Maxim magazine lied when he told the New York Post that his boss leered at Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio during a nude photo shoot, Maxim claims in court.

By MIKE HEUER 

     LAS VEGAS (CN) - Wine experts are embroiled in a defamation lawsuit, in which the chairman of The Wine Institute of Las Vegas claims a San Francisco consultant accused him of being a "criminal [who] should be in jail with his cohorts."

By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN 

     (CN) - Classifieds website Backpage.com says a federal law outlawing sex trafficking ads unfairly targets ad publishers for misuse of their services and has a chilling effect on free speech.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) - The "despicable misconduct" of selling unauthorized Grumpy Cat roasted coffee has given the famously sullen kitty and her owners "something to be grumpy about," Grumpy Cat claims in court.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Lloyd's of London sued Canadian rock band Nickelback and its lead singer Chad Kroeger, fighting a $13 million claim for 65 canceled concerts, saying Kroeger did not disclose a pre-existing problem with his vocal cords.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Jared Leto says TMZ was "legally and morally wrong" to post a video in which he disrespects pop idol Taylor Swift, and he sued the gossip website for copyright infringement.

By LACIE LOUWAGIE 

     HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (CN) - An art collector claims in court that a dealer rolled him for $421,000 for bogus artifacts that supposedly belonged to Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Red Cloud and other Native American heroes.

By JON CHOWN 

     ANACAPA, Calif. (CA) - Seventy-four thousand dollars is too stiff a credit-card bill for a few visits to a strip club, a man claims in a lawsuit against Spearmint Rhino, which calls itself a "gentlemen's club."

By MIKE HEUER 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Twentieth Century Fox used Hollywood accounting to deprive "Bones" TV show executive producer Barry Josephson and the writer of the book on which the show is based of tens of millions in shared profits, they claim in court.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Former Sony VP Amy Heller has been unable to find a job since the infamous Sony hack disclosed that the company falsely accused her of stealing a $90 computer mouse, she says in state court.

By ROBERT KAHN 

           SAN ANTONIO (CN) - Using multiple names, a particularly nasty dating service took thousands of dollars from Texans and threatens them with "financial ruin and criminal prosecution" if they complain, the Texas attorney general claims in court.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     Playboy is shedding NC-17-rated fare and revamping itself for the digital age, when racy images are as easy to find as Wi-Fi. Read more from The New York Times

From CNN 

     Challenging perceptions of rampant cord-cutting, Comcast is clawing back some cable customers. Read more from CNN.

From VENTURE BEAT 

     YouTube, eager to capture cord cutters with original content since 2011, is about to debut one show and three movies exclusive to the company's Red subscription service and Google Play. Read more from Venture Beat.

From LOS ANGELES TIMES 

     A panel of federal judges has ordered Pandora Media Inc. and other Internet radio stations to pay higher royalties for sound recordings in a ruling that could have broad ramifications for the music industry. Read more from Los Angeles Times.

From THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 

     As the FCC issues a proposal that could shake up television, a new coalition comprised of Hollywood studios and cable and satellite operators promises a fight. Read more from The Hollywood Reporter.

From DAILY NEWS 

     Reports indicate that Manhattan federal prosecutor Preet Bharara will try to subpoena actor Sean Penn's cellphone in an investigation into his interview with Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Read more from the Daily News.

From BBC NEWS 

     A convicted software pirate has been handed an unusual punishment. The man, named only as Jakub F, was told he would be spared having to pay hefty damages as long as a film denouncing piracy he was made to produce got 200,000 views. Read more from BBC News.

From TECHCRUNCH 

     YouTube's plans to convert a portion of its user base to a subscription-based, ad-free service known as YouTube Red appears to be gaining traction. Read more from TechCrunch.

From TECHDIRT 

     As you may have heard, last week actor Charlie Sheen announced that he is HIV positive, which got lots of news coverage. Related to that, In Touch magazine produced the non disclosure agreement (NDA) that it claims "Charlie Sheen had his sexual partners sign when they came to his house." Read more from TechDirt.

From THE GUARDIAN 

     Fanny Hill is among titles removed from censors' blacklist that has shrunk from 257 publications to 17. Read more from The Guardian.

From TECHDIRT 

     The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals is preparing for an en banc hearing on whether there is a privacy interest inherent in mugshots, or whether they are simply public records that can be obtained with an FOIA request. Read more from TechDirt.

From ARS TECHNICA 

     The UK's 2014 private copying exception, which allowed you to make personal copies of your own music, including format-shifted versions, has now been definitively withdrawn. As a result, it is once more illegal to make personal backups of your own music, videos or e-books, rip CDs and DVDs to standalone digital files, or upload your music to the cloud. Read more from Ars Technica.

From REUTERS 

     Austrian student Max Schrems's attempt to bring a class-action lawsuit against Facebook over its privacy policies will head to Austria's Supreme Court to determine whether such collective legal action is allowed. Read more from Reuters.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     Female executives and filmmakers are ready to run studios and direct blockbuster pictures. What will it take to dismantle the pervasive sexism that keeps them from doing it? Read more from The New York Times.

From THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 

     A slew of deceased (or otherwise retired) writers - from Stieg Larsson to Robert Ludlum - are digging up major profits with posthumous releases and movie adaptations of their "latest work." Read more from The Hollywood Reporter.

From RE/CODE 

     Virtual reality is here for the masses, just in time for the holidays. Samsung's Gear VR headset started shipping Friday, the first major consumer virtual reality device to hit the public. Read more from Re/Code.

From ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION 

     Imagine if public figures were given veto power over creative works that depicted or referenced them. Our ability to make art that is inspired by, or comments on, the real world would be sharply limited. Read more from Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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