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Sidebar: Sour grapes

It’s been a while since a Hollywood divorce drama has gone so bad it’s gone public. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s rift extends beyond divorce court as they fight each other over their once beloved wine label, Miraval.

Sidebar: Don’t call me (maybe)

Robocalls at 2 a.m. and 2 p.m. And nearly every hour in between. Neither legislatures nor courts seem to be able to conquer the problem, Do Not Call Registry notwithstanding. Maybe 49 attorneys general can end the scourge?

Sidebar: Give me a beat!

The courts have spoken: You can’t copyright a groove. But what about a rhythm? And what if that rhythm has spiraled into worldwide popularity with artists like Bad Bunny?

Sidebar: Greater Idaho dreamin’

Greater Idaho. The State of Jefferson. Birds of a feather flock together — and sometimes fly away. Or want to, anyway. Didn’t we fight a war over this?

Sidebar: For a fistful of dollars

Recent bank failures got you thinking about putting your money in a vault housed at a suite in a nondescript strip mall? Our dive into civil forfeiture laws may make you think again.

Sidebar: No laughing matter

What the legal system finds funny might not be what cracks your uncle up on Facebook. From social media posts to trademark spats and the impact of comic Lenny Bruce on the First Amendment, we bring you a dose of humor with some legal history.