U.S. TV personality Sherri Shepherd will maintain physical custody of her nine-year-old son after winning a court battle on Monday (21Jul14). Since April (14), the former The View co-host had been locked in a legal tussle with her ex-husband Jeff Tarpley, who sought full custody of their son Jeffrey by claiming Shepherd was too busy to look after him properly.
On Monday, a judge at Los Angeles Superior Court ruled against Tarpley's request, adding that "there has not been a material change in circumstances," to warrant altering custody arrangements, according to documents obtained by People.com.
Shepherd celebrated on Twitter.com, writing, "God is good! Victory!!! The prayers of the righteous availeth (sic) much!!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your prayers! #tearfulmama (sic)."
However, her legal troubles are not over. Her battle with estranged husband Lamar Sally over their unborn baby, which is being carried by a surrogate, is still unresolved. Shepherd filed for divorce from Sally in May (14).
Oscar winner Octavia Spencer's legal battle with a top weightloss company is set to hit court. The Help star is suing bosses at Sensa for allegedly failing to pay her in full for an endorsement deal.
She claims she received a termination notice a year ago (Jul14) from Sensa chiefs who took issue with tweets she failed to pre-approve as part of the agreement, but Spencer insists she did more than expected for the diet company.
Sensa bosses fired back by alleging that it was Spencer who made an anticipatory breach of her endorsement contract.
Last week (17Jul14), Los Angeles Superior Judge Michael Stern denied Sensa's motion for summary judgment at a hearing, and ruled Spencer had presented enough evidence to try the case.
Her attorney, Bryan Freedman, says, "Ms. Spencer looks forward to presenting the true facts at trial."
The daughter of late U.S. broadcaster and voice actor Casey Kasem has been granted permission to keep her father's body in a Washington morgue after requesting an autopsy to determine his exact cause of death. The TV and radio legend passed away on 15 June (14) at the age of 82, after a battle with Parkinson's disease.
His final days were marred by a bitter family feud over his medical care, and his daughter Kerri attempted to end the rift with her stepmother, Kasem's widow Jean, following his death by allowing his body to be released into her care.
However, earlier this week (ends18Jul14), Kerri's representative revealed her dad's remains had yet to be claimed, a month after his passing, and on Wednesday (16Jul14) her lawyer filed a request seeking an autopsy.
She also asked for a temporary restraining order against Jean to prevent her from removing the body and having it cremated before the coroner's examination.
The restraining order application was approved by Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper, and a hearing for the autopsy request was set for 25 July (14).
Troubled actor Columbus Short was arrested for public drunkenness during the U.S. Independence Day celebrations on Friday (04Jul14).
The former Scandal star was partying at a bar in Dallas, Texas when he got into a dispute with staff over his tab, according to TMZ.com. Two off-duty cops intervened to break up the scuffle but when Short allegedly began screaming at them, he was arrested for public intoxication.
A source tells the website, "He was like a dog with a bone who wouldn't let it go."
Earlier this year (14), Short was arrested over a bar brawl in Los Angeles, and he has been held by police twice over domestic disputes with his estranged wife Tanee.
She has since obtained a restraining order against the actor.
Easy Rider star Peter Fonda has dismissed a lawsuit against fashion company Dolce & Gabbana and retailer Nordstrom over copyright on his image. Fonda filed papers in Los Angeles Superior Court a year ago (Jul13), alleging he had suffered injuries "to his peace, happiness, feelings, goodwill, reputation, image" when fashion bosses used his image on Easy Rider T-shirts without his permission.
The dispute was cut short last week (25Jun14) when Fonda's attorney requested the lawsuit be dismissed without prejudice, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Oscars bosses have launched a lawsuit over the sale of a gold statuette awarded to legendary art director Joseph C. Wright in the 1940s. Officials at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences filed documents at Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday (01Jul14) against Wright's heirs and the owners of an auction house where the Oscar was allegedly sold.
It is claimed staff at Briarbrook Auctions sold the award in June (14) for $79,200 (£46,588), breaking a ban on selling an Oscar without first offering the Academy the chance to buy it back for $10 (£5.90).
Wright, who died in 1985, won two Academy Awards for Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration in 1943 for his work on This Above All and My Gal Sal, but it is not known which of the awards is at the centre of the lawsuit.
Academy bosses are demanding more than $79,200 in damages and the right to buy the Oscar for $10.
Former Scandal star Columbus Short is facing a lawsuit from the man who accused him of assault in March (14).
The actor was charged with felony aggravated battery for his alleged involvement in a bar fight in Los Angeles after he was accused of punching a fellow patron in the face. Short, who quit the hit TV drama amid his legal woes, pleaded not guilty to the allegations in court in May (14) and is currently free on bail.
However, he is now being sued by the alleged victim, named as Felton Hyche III, who claims in the lawsuit that he was hospitalised and treated for a number of broken bones in his face, according to TMZ.com.
Actress Poppy Montgomery has been sued by her former agents amid claims she owes them thousands of dollars in commission. Bosses at the United Talent Agency have filed suit against the former Without A Trace star for allegedly failing to pay them 10 per cent of her earnings.
In the documents, filed at Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday (23Jun14), lawyers for the agency claim Montgomery entered into an oral agreement to hand over the amount in 2010, before the company allegedly negotiated her lucrative contract on TV drama Unforgettable, which debuted in September, 2011.
In the lawsuit, the agents claim they have not been paid any commission since then. Montgomery is believed to earn between $90,000 (£56,000) and $97,340 (£60,000) per episode of the show, which is currently in its third season.
They are seeking in excess of $248, 222 (£155,000), plus legal costs.
Actor Kevin Sorbo is facing legal action from a Russian publicist amid allegations he failed to pay her for work she carried out last year (13). Sophie Bardo claims she had been working for the original TV Hercules since 2009, but their professional relationship turned sour after she organised a promotional trip to Russia for him in December (13).
In legal papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday (16Jun14), she reveals she helped set up meetings, interviews and public appearances for Sorbo to boost his image in the country and encourage Russian investors to use their funds to support his TV shows and movie projects.
However, Bardo alleges the 55-year-old actor has since refused to compensate her for her efforts - and now she is taking him to court for breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation and fraud.
She is seeking unspecified damages.
Representatives for Sorbo have yet to comment on the allegations.
Tracy Morgan's condition has been upgraded to "fair" by doctors following his horrific car crash on 7 June (14).
The former 30 Rock star was left in a critical condition along with his assistant Jeff Millea and fellow comedian Ardie Fuqua after the accident in New Jersey. Comic writer James 'Jimmy Mack' McNair was killed when a truck collided with the group's limo-bus.
Morgan was taken to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where he has been receiving treatment for injuries including a broken leg, a broken nose and several broken ribs, and a little over a week after the incident, his condition has stabilised.
A statement from his spokesperson reads: "Happy to pass along that Tracy has been upgraded to fair condition, which is a great improvement. His personality is certainly starting to come back as well. "Also, Jeff Millea's family shared that he has been upgraded to fair condition as well."
Truck driver Kevin Roper has been charged with one count of death by auto and four of assault by auto, and pleaded not guilty during an appearance at Middlesex County Superior Court in New Jersey last week (ends15Jun14).