Joseph Corlett titled his essay "Hot for Teacher," sparking a legal battle whose ending this week can also be described in lyrics from that Van Halen classic: Class dismissed.
When he was a student at Oakland University in Michigan, the 57-year-old Corlett handed in a writing assignment declaring his attraction to the instructor of the course. The Associated Press reports that the essay described his teacher as "tall, blonde, stacked" and compared her to Ginger from Gilligan's Island.
Oakland University suspended Corlett in 2012, on the ground the work was inappropriate. Corlett sued, claiming First Amendment protection. The university's counsel moved to dismiss, and the judge agreed. — Richard Binder
Stick to the catwalk, not the Walk of Fame. A department store in Dorsten, Germany, lost a ruling in a case alleging its interior décor — a Hollywood sign on the wall and a floor decorated with more than a dozen stars — infringed on the iconic trademarks. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which licenses the trademarks through Global Icons, had filed the suit against Mensing and its store designer. On June 19, a regional court in Bochum, Germany, found in favor of the chamber. The chamber said it was the first time it had to sue to protect them. — Amanda Bronstad
No An Ohio judge ordered a woman to spend the next five Christmases in jail as part of her sentence for issuing state ID cards and driver's licenses to immigrants who entered the country illegally. — Associated Press