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Celebrity Justice

'He Said, She Said,' Starring Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

By Jordan Walker, J.D.

On April 11, the highly publicized defamation trial between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife, Amber Heard, kicked off in Fairfax County, Virginia. Depp has already taken the stand for hours of soft-spoken testimony. Heard is scheduled to testify sometime later during the six-week proceedings. Also on the star-studded potential witness list are James Franco, Paul Bettany, Ellen Barkin, and Elon Musk.

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Is Steve Harvey a Judge?

By Richard Dahl

The judges who host courtroom reality TV shows have usually been real judges. Last November, however, ABC stepped sideways when it announced that its new entry into the courtroom reality-TV field would be hosted by a funny and popular TV personality, Steve Harvey, who has no legal experience whatsoever.

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Does Twitter Have To Accept Musk's Hostile Takeover Offer?

By Steven Ellison, Esq.

In a surprising reversal, Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and largest shareholder of Twitter, abandoned his plan to join the social media company's board of directors and instead offered to buy the company outright and take it private. Dare we say it, the internet is all a-twitter. Some people are joyous; others are livid and horrified.

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The Top 10 Music Plagiarism Cases of All Time

By Richard Dahl

Popular English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who prevailed in a music plagiarism lawsuit on April 6, says enough is enough. There have been plenty of other musical "plagiarism" cases over the years. In light of Sheeran's win, it's a good time to take a walk down memory lane and look at some of the most interesting cases of all time.

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What Were You Thinking, Will Smith?

By Steven Ellison, Esq.

On March 27, the 94th Academy Awards made history in dramatic fashion. After Chris Rock joked about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hairstyle, Will Smith charged the stage and slapped Rock across the face in front of millions of viewers. While the incident didn’t prevent Smith from receiving the Best Actor nod for his role in “King Richard,” he theoretically could face other consequences under California law (the incident occurred in Los Angeles) and the American Academy of Motion Picture’s conduct code.

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Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' Is Hers

By Steven Ellison, Esq.

3.2 billion views. That's how many views Katy Perry's 2014 Billboard hit, "Dark Horse," has received to date on YouTube. And now it's fair to say it is, in fact, her hit. On March 10, Perry won her appeal of a long-running copyright infringement lawsuit, which means that she and her record label won't have to pay a $2.8 million jury award relating to “Dark Horse."

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