Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:28 PM PT
By NICK DIVITO 

     CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CN) - A federal judge ruled Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio must testify in a $25 million federal case filed by a Long Island man claiming "The Wolf of Wall Street" mocked him and his toupee. 

By JEFF D. GORMAN 

     (CN) - A Baltimore strip club should not lose its liquor license because an employee solicited sex from an undercover police officer, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruled. 

By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN 

     (CN) - The Eighth Circuit vacated a $1.8 million defamation and unjust enrichment award against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle, who claimed he knocked down Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in a bar fight. 

By NICK RUMMELL 

     PHILADELPHIA (CN) - Federal recordkeeping measures to ensure porn stars are of legal age are unconstitutional because they allow impromptu warrantless searches, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled June 8. 

By JONNY BONNER 

     SALT LAKE CITY (CN) - Masturbating for a paying audience is not illegal under Utah's prostitution law, a divided appeals court ruled, after judges wrangled over the state's definition of "with." 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A state court judge on Tuesday tentatively declined to reconsider a ruling that could allow pop star Katy Perry to purchase a convent for $15 million, in the face of letters that show the Vatican is still deciding the case.

By MIKE HEUER 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A Nevada property owner doesn't owe artists for burning and scrapping a school bus they converted into a ship, but the artists owe him attorney's fees, the Ninth Circuit ruled. 

By ALEX PICKETT 

     (CN) - A Florida judge denied Gawker's request for a new trial on Wednesday upholding a $140 million verdict against the gossip news website in the Hulk Hogan invasion of privacy case.

By KATHERINE PROCTOR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A federal judge partially certified a class who claim Facebook illegally mines private messages for advertising purposes, and instructed the class to revise its model for damages. 

By MIKE HEUER 

     LAS VEGAS (CN) - An undisclosed settlement has ended a federal copyright lawsuit over the Raiding the Rock Vault classic rock stage show at the Tropicana in Las Vegas.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Former CEO Dov Charney must testify about his supposed ties to a textile union organizing at American Apparel's Los Angeles warehouses, a federal judge ruled. 

By SABRINA CANFIELD 

     BATON ROUGE (CN) - Louisiana's attempt to make in-state booksellers and online publishers verify the age of every visitor to their Internet sites is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled. 

By MARIA DINZEO 

     OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) - Twitter must show why it should be allowed to disclose classified information on government surveillance, a federal judge ruled Monday.

By LISA KLEIN 

     CHICAGO (CN) - Actor and comedian Jim Belushi has taken a comedy club to court, claiming it refused to pay a settlement on a prior lawsuit.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The Foo Fighters sued its insurers Monday for not paying a single cent when the band had to cancel four European shows in the aftermath of last year's Paris terror attacks.

By DON DEBENEDICTIS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The "Bad Girls Club" reality show pits a divergent group of assertive, opinionated young women together and then waits for the fireworks. Viewers watch these "fierce alpha females" as they "tackle the clashing personalities of their other housemates," the Oxygen Network says on the show's website.

By DON DEBENEDICTIS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Singer and actress Cher sued an investment firm she claims defrauded her out of $1.3 million through dubious investments in failed sustainable-energy and clean-water startups.

By DON DEBENEDICTIS 

     SAN DIEGO (CN) - It's a lawsuit straight out of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." Four young women say they were cajoled into appearing in pornography by men who promised that the videos would never be posted on online or distributed in the United States.

By MATTHEW RENDA 

     VENTURA, Calif. (CN) - A Southern Californian used Stradivarius violins as the cornerstone of a ruse to defraud two men of millions of dollars, the investors claim in court.

By MIKE HEUER 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - "God's Not Dead" grossed $140 million for producer Pure Flix Entertainment, but it was based on a screenplay by two writers - one of them the son of the late Michael Landon - who say they deserve $100 million for it.

By AIMEE SACHS 

     (CN) - A Georgia real estate agent claims in court that she has been the object of unrelenting ridicule since Ellen DeGeneres made fun of her name on her popular talk show.

By JONNY BONNER 

     BISBEE, Ariz. (CN) - Johnny Depp's estranged wife Amber Heard sued comedian Doug Stanhope, claiming he defamed her by accusing her of blackmail and lying about the abuse she suffered at the hands of her famous husband.

By JON CHOWN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A retired NASA engineer claims he sold Universal Pictures the right to turn his memoir "Rocket Boys" into the movie "October Sky," but not into a stage play, and now Universal is threatening to sue him for making a play out of his own book.

By TIM HULL 

     PHOENIX (CN) - Sunstroke and rattlesnakes are not the only dangers of the Arizona desert: there's always a chance you can get your foot caught in a ceiling fan while country dancing.

By TRACEY DALZELL WALSH 

     BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CN) - A writer claims in court that he helped the former drummer of the band Alabama write his autobiography, only to have the musician publish the tome without giving him any credit.

By JAMIE ROSS 

     PHOENIX (CN) - Former "Dual Survival" star Cody Lundin sued the Discovery Channel, claiming it portrayed him as incompetent and out of control when he feared for his life after his co-star Joe Teti threatened to "run [him] through" with a spear.

By CAMERON LANGFORD 

     BROWNSVILLE, Texas (CN) - Mexican pop star Gloria Trevi and her lawyer husband worked their Mexican "domestic servant" 120 hours a week at their Texas home and paid her less than minimum wage, the woman claims in Southern Texas Federal Court.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Alanis Morissette sued her former business manager for $15 million, claiming he stole millions from her bank accounts and then claimed she was funding illegal marijuana businesses in a failed bid to cover his tracks.

By JOSH RUSSELL 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - "Dazed and Confused" director Richard Linklater snubbed an early investor in the credits of his latest movie, the man claims in a federal action.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Actor-director Vincent Gallo sued Facebook for refusing to remove an imposter's Vincent.Gallo account, though he's told it the imposter is sending nude photos and sexual messages to women.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Three months after dropping her federal claims that Bill Cosby drugged and molested her at the Playboy Mansion, model Chloe Goins hit the comedian with a new lawsuit in which she also names Hugh Hefner.

By THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 

     According to an amended complaint, the 2013 film wanted to make heavy use of the anthem but couldn't thanks to a $100,000 price tag. Read more from The Hollywood Reporter.

From RECODE 

     Swift is one of dozens of musicians who have attached their names to an open letter to Congress calling on lawmakers to rewrite legislation used by YouTube and other big web platforms that they say "threaten[s] the continued viability of songwriters and record artists to survive." Read more from ReCode.

From THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 

     China is restricting TV shows that use formats from abroad such as "The Voice of China," which is based on a Dutch talent show, in a move it says is intended to lead to more innovation and original programming among Chinese TV channels. Read more from The Associated Press.

From TECHDIRT 

     A large Facebook fan group (with almost 400,000 subscribers) called "The Spoiling Dead Fans" has announced that it has received a DMCA notice from AMC Holdings stating that accurate plot predictions about the resolution of a major cliffhanger in "The Walking Dead" will infringe AMC's copyright. Read more from TechDirt.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     The screening at Newseum ended with the shouts "Shame" and "Lies" from the audience and a planned question-and-answer session turned into a heated exchange between supporters of the late whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky and the movie director, Andrei Nekrasov. Read more from The New York Times.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     During the trial, a low hum of speculation emerged within the legal community that Mr. Hogan's legal case, which dragged on for more than three years, might be funded by someone other than Mr. Hogan - and for reasons other than simply inflicting financial pain on Gawker. Read more from The New York Times.

From TECHCRUNCH 

     Partially confirming earlier reports, Twitter announced plans that will begin to distance it from its strict adherence to the rule that tweets can only contain 140 characters. Read more from TechCrunch.

From THE WALL STREET JOURNAL 

     Some podcast companies think there's another viable way for programs to generate revenue: paid subscriptions. Read more from The Wall Street Journal.

From MEDIA LIFE MAGAZINE 

     As cord shaving spikes, digital video providers eye new stream of revenue. Read more from Media Life Magazine.

From POLITICO 

     She is being replaced as CEO by veteran media executive Jordan Hoffner, who worked at NBC and Google before founding the investment firm TCP Advisors. Read more from Politico.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     Who needs "Game of Thrones" when you have the latest battle for control of Viacom and CBS? Read more from The New York Times.

From FUSION 

     In 1917, seven years after Twain's demise, reports emerged that he had dictated a new novel, via Ouija board, to a receptive medium. Read more from Fusion.

From DAILY MAIL 

     Most of us might consider that the colour black is, well, simply black. But not great artists. To them, the subject is far more nuanced. And there's one shade they all want to get their hands on - the blackest black in the world. That title is currently held by a paint called Vantablack, a pigment so dark that it absorbs 99.96 per cent of the light that hits it and is used on stealth jets. Read more from Daily Mail.

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