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Lawyers for Britney Spears' conservatorship filed papers in federal court, asking the court to reject the bid to remove the case from the California Court system.

According to TMZ, lawyers claim Britney is in no position to hire a lawyer for the federal case because she's not allowed to, per the conservatorship.

Attorney Jon Eardley, who filed the papers in federal court in an attempt to get the conservatorship nixed, claims Britney hired him. It reeks of Sam Lutfi.

Lawyers for the conservators want Eardley to identify everyone with whom he worked to get the federal case filed. Like, say, Sam Lutfi, for instance!?

The Britney Spears legal drama gets weirder by the day.

Britney Spears' father, Jamie Spears, has control of her estate. As conservator, he can regulate her medical and financial decisions, even control who she sees.

The conservators also want Eardley to pay their legal fees, claiming the federal filing is frivolous, baseless and a waste of everyone's time.

In response, a federal judge issued a tentative ruling that the move to make a federal case out of Britney Spears' situation is ridiculous.

Judge Philip Gutierrez has set a deadline of February 29 for her so-called lawyer, Eardley, to explain why on Earth the federal court has any business at all getting involved in Britney Spears' mental affairs.

The court said it seems as if the Feds have no jurisdiction, and unless Jon Eardley can convince the judge otherwise, the case will go back to State court on February 29. We will keep you posted on the latest.

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What will it take for Britney Spears to regain custody or at least some visitation rights with her two sons? That we can't say for sure at this time.

But the pop star's tentative reconciliation with her father, Jamie Spears, is a big step in the right direction, says Kevin Federline's lawyer.

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Mark Vincent Kaplan was full of praise for Jamie Spears, who has emerged as a controversial, but positive force in Britney's life recently.

"Jamie Spears' presence is an extreme positive," Kaplan said, adding that Jamie's presence could make it possible "to develop a visitation plan that enables [Sean Preston and Jayden James] to have a mother in their lives."

While Britney's visitation with Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, was discussed at Tuesday's custody hearing, there were no official changes.

Spears has not seen her sons since the January 3 standoff with police at her home. K-Fed has full custody of the boys pending further notice.

Mark Vincent Kaplan represents Kevin Federline, but he - along with K-Fed and everyone else involved - has his eye on reuniting Britney with Jayden James.

Still, Kaplan said of the future point in which Britney can share the kids again, "[Jamie] brings that day closer. Absolutely."

Jamie Spears' role as conservator - overseeing Britney's medical treatment and estimated $100 million fortune - has attracted its share of criticism.

Britney Spears herself is seeking legal remedies to regain control, says attorney Jon Eardley, who believes Jamie's conservatorship is a "violation of [the singer's] civil rights" and has challenged it in federal court.

We speculate that Sam Lutfi - ostracized by the Spears clan after it was alleged that he drugged Britney - is behind Jon Eardley's filing.

Mark Vincent Kaplan, for his part, sees Jamie's control as a "huge step."

"From the ground up," Kaplan said. "[Jamie] is stabilizing the situation, removing people that may not have had Britney's best interests at heart."

Does that mean Britney Spears could see her kids soon?

"We all want this as soon as possible," said Kaplan. "That's Kevin's desire - to have his kids visiting their mother. That's everyone's goal."

The FedEx man has indicated that he wants Britney to regain at least some custody or visitation, even as she receives treatment for bipolar disorder.

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Even with the legal controversy surrounding her estate, Britney Spears had a nice President's Day weekend, with a Saturday night spent in the company of her father and her assistant, Brett, inside her Beverly Hills home.

Dad Jamie Spears, who is legally her conservator, and in charge of Britney Spears' security, medical decisions and her finances, accompanied her to dinner out the next night, meeting up with friends at Citrus at Social Hollywood.

Outside the restaurant, a celebrity news photographer asked the recovering pop star, who appeared tired but pleasant, how she was doing.

"Good," Britney replied gently.

At dinner, "she seemed totally normal and level-headed, and everyone with her seemed calm," said a witness. "She was with a table of five people."

The low-key dinner out was a stark contrast to exactly a year ago, when a frenzied train wreck Spears went into a San Fernando Valley salon and shaved her head.

But that's neither here nor there.

After a pair of epic meltdowns early this year, her family seems to be doing all it can to get Britney the help she needs and protect her from bad influences.

And if they ever need some additional help, Heidi Klum has volunteered. So we're excited for the prospect of Britney finally getting well.

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The Commissioner in Britney Spears' conservatorship case has extended Jamie Spears' tenure as conservator until the next hearing, March 10.

The judge granted a request to have Britney's older brother, Bryan Spears, named as the trustee of his sister's trust. Bryan, 30, and attorney Ivan Taback have been granted the authority to serve as co-trustees.

That was to be expected, but this next part? Out of nowhere.

A New York lawyer has filed papers in Federal court, asking that Britney's conservatorship case be taken away from L.A. County Superior Court.

Attorney Jon Eardley claims Britney Spears' rights have been snatched away from her and she has been cut off from life as she knows it.

Eardley claims that "It is doubtful that Ms. Spears can receive equal protection and a fair trial or hearing in the custody proceedings because of the intense media scrutiny of what would normally be private aspects of a person's life."

Jon Eardley wants an injunction issued promptly in federal court, asking the judge for the power to protect Britney Spears in the custody case as well.

The documents say the "deprivation of her civil liberties by the conservator is so severe as to interfere with the effectiveness of the scheduled medications that are covered by the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act."

Legal experts say this last part is the attempt to get the Federal court to accept jurisdiction of the case, effectively giving Jamie Spears the boot.

It's not clear who Eardley is working for in filing this. Yet if you ask us, it seems quite likely that you-know-who is behind it.

Sam Lutfi and his PR spin doctor, Michael Sands, must have something to do with the filing. Britney's confidant and self-proclaimed manager is at odds with Jamie.

Attorney Jeryll Cohen, representing Jamie Spears, says they still haven't been able to formally serve Sam Lutfi with a restraining order against him - he somehow has avoided it despite partying in public places with Alli Sims and Perez Hilton.

Either way, we'd be surprised if he weren't behind this strange filing. We know Osama Lutfi well enough to know he doesn't give up power easily.

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A commissioner will consider extending Jamie Spears' temporary control over his daughter's estate in a hearing Thursday afternoon, amid signs that his approach is keeping Britney Spears both safe and out of trouble.

Britney's somewhat-estranged father has been overseeing her well-being and her enormous fortune since February 1, when L.A. Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz named him and attorney Andrew Wallet as co-conservators.

This temporarily gives them the right to control her finances, as well as hire bodyguards who protect Britney Spears and restrict her visitors.

So far, the co-conservators have done what they can to keep the pop star on a tight leash, forcing Britney to keep a (relatively) low profile - no pink wig, 4:30 a.m. Starbucks runs, twice weekly stays at the Four Seasons, etc.

Jamie Spears and Britney Spears have had a strained relationship for many years, but he seems to be genuinely trying to help his daughter get back on track.

Since taking over as co-conservator, Jamie has gotten a restraining order against Sam Lutfi, attempted to sack Britney's lawyers, and kept the star at home, save for some dance sessions and a shopping trip with mom Lynne.

While Britney Spears has been on her best behavior, sources say she's been texting friends from inside her house, complaining of boredom.

"She's getting proper medical care and has professional security. The chaos has been removed from the situation," says one insider, who anticipates that Goetz will prolong the temporary conservatorship at the hearing.

It is possible Spears could appear, but don't count on it. The 26-year-old will be represented by her court-appointed attorney, Samuel Ingham. Jamie Spears and Andrew Wallet will almost certainly be on hand today.

The hearing is set for 1:30 PST / 4:30 EST.

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Britney Spears' law firm, Trope and Trope, has filed an ex parte motion to get the frick off of the case even faster than scheduled.

Right now, Trope and Trope's motion to withdraw as counsel is to be heard on March 10, but apparently Trope can't wait to get out.

Today, the firm will ask a Commissioner to hear its request early.

Trope and Trope filed the withdrawal motion one day after it was learned that the singer's former attorney, Laura Wasser, secretly paid a visit to Britney Spears at UCLA Medical Center last week.

What's more, Jamie Spears wants to replace Trope with Wasser.

Wasser has not commented publicly, but speculation is that the divorce guru want back on board because the case was nothing but grief. Not shocking.

As for Trope and Trope, the firm has been divided for a while over whether to keep representing Britney Spears. But they really want out now because:

  1. They're pissed that Britney likes Laura Wasser more.
  2. It's impossible to represent a client when you can't communicate with them, and Jamie Spears, who can control who his daughter sees as conservator of her estate, will not let Trope lawyers anywhere near Britney.

The hearing is set for today at 8:30 a.m PST (11:30 EST). Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, K-Fed's lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, has reportedly brought on uber-publicist Elliot Mintz to be his new media consultant.

Mintz replaces Michael Sands, who's now working for ... Sam Lutfi.

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In a declaration filed in the Britney Spears conservatorship case, a lawyer for the conservators - Britney's father, Jamie Spears, and his attorney, Andrew Wallet - accused Sam Lutfi of demanding money from poor Britney.

Attorney Jeryll Cohen wrote:

"During the phone conversation, Mr. [Howard] Grossman [Britney's business manager] told me that he had numerous e-mails from Osama (Sam) Lutfi in which Mr. Lutfi made various demands, including demands for money. Mr. Grossman told me he did not comply with Mr. Lutfi's demands."

Cohen and other lawyers on the side of Jamie Spears have formally asked the court commissioner to let the conservators fire Howard Grossman, in part because they say he refused to provide copies of Sam Lutfi's e-mails to them.

Sam Lutfi reportedly demanded cash from Britney Spears.

Lawyers for the conservators accuse Grossman of ignoring their rules.

One lawyer wrote in a declaration that she told Grossman "he was not permitted to give Britney Spears any money, credit cards or access to money or credit cards or to meet with her ... at the Beverly Hills Hotel or anywhere else."

The lawyer claims Grossman defied the order by meeting Britney at that very hotel last week. Cohen is pissed because Grossman also directed Beverly Hills Mercedes to deliver one of Britney Spears' cars to her fave hotel.

Without, of course, first getting the conservators' permission.

Cohen says Howard Grossman's lame excuse was that "he wanted to build her [Brit's] confidence in him." Enjoy the pink slip, Howard.

Sam Lutfi, who was hit with a restraining order barring him from contact with Britney, was seen partying over the weekend with Alli Sims.

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Britney Spears' divorce lawyers, the firm of Trope and Trope, filed papers requesting to be removed as counsel. A hearing is scheduled for March 10.

Britney's parents, Lynne and Jamie, were not fans. Trope and Trope bad a good relationship with Sam Lutfi, so that's a big reason why.

Could this be the first step in the process to re-retain Laura Wasser, Britney's former attorney who quit, and who Jamie reportedly wants back?

We'll have to stay tuned, but TMZ reports that one of the things that went down in Thursday's hearing involving Britney's conversatorship is that the commissioner granted the conservators the power to fire her manager.

That being Howard Grossman.

Court documents show that Commissioner Reva Goetz ordered Grossman to turn over "all documents, records and assets relating to Britney Spears."

Jamie Spears, with his attorney Andrew Wallet, is the legal conservator of Britney and her estate. While she is receiving treatment for her mental problems, Jamie may regulate her legal, business and medical decisions.

Firing Howard Grossman apparently is first on his to-do list.

Although the firing hasn't gone down yet, it wasn't hard to see coming as Grossman has a cozy relationship with Sam Lutfi - something we all know makes Britney Spears' family (and us, for that matter) extremely uncomfortable.

After hearing startling testimony from Lynne Spears that Sam Lutfi drugged and abused Britney, a restraining order was issued against him. However, the seedy confidant has yet to be formally served with the legal papers.

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Hey, if you've got blood-sucking leeches like Sam Lutfi trying to control your daughter's money and mind, Adnan Ghalib must seem downright normal.

After her release from UCLA and its psychiatric ward, Britney Spears spent her first night at home with her mom, dad and Adnan.

Word has it that it was civil and everyone got along nicely.

"From what I was told, everything was very civilized," a source close to Adnan Ghalib, a celebrity photographer, told People.

After Spears' unexpected release from UCLA Wednesday, "Britney called Adnan to meet her at the Beverly Hills Hotel. He had been talking with [parents] Lynne and Jamie Spears for the past few days," says the source.

Britney and Adnan had a meeting with lawyer Adam Streisand, who announced Thursday that he is off the case. The pair then met up with Jamie and Lynne.

Adnan Ghalib also confirmed in a posting on his celebrity photo agency's website (FinalPixx.com) that he had been in contact with her parents.

"As the day unraveled, they have all agreed to get Britney safely back to her home so she can get the medical care and love that she deserves," says a posting on FinalPixx.com about Spears and Ghalib.

"After spending most of the evening with The Spears [family] ... Adnan left and went back home at 2:30 a.m. to give the family some alone time."

Adnan Ghalib, who began seeing Britney in December, is married to AzLynn Berry, but has been separated for a year and was just served with divorce papers.

Lynne Spears left her daughter's home just after midnight Thursday, while Jamie Spears remained there through Thursday morning.

The folks were reportedly frustrated by Britney's early release and their lack of ability to enforce the court-ordered conservatorship that lets them control her medical treatment, as well as her legal and financial decisions.

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Time for your morning Britney Spears news update - legal style.

Jamie Spears' attorney and Britney Spears' co-conservator, Andrew Wallet, met for a closed-door session. Discussing what? We're not sure.

A court spokesperson said everything about yesterday's matter is sealed, and he could not disclose even why they were even in court.

We had speculated that Jamie was seeking help from the court in enforcing his legal control over Britney, who he feels was released too soon from UCLA.

Meanwhile, Laura Wasser, Brit's former attorney, paid a visit to the UCLA psych ward last Tuesday and it looks like she may be retained again.

Laura Wasser represented Britney Spears in her divorce from Kevin Federline, but ended up quitting the case. Several accounts say this was because Britney wouldn't listen to her. But now, Jamie and Lynne Spears want her back.

Laura Wasser, Britney Spears' former lawyer, may be retained by Jamie Spears, who hates that Britney's current legal team is so tight with Osama "Sam" Lutfi.

Britney's parents, particularly Jamie (who is still her co-conservator) want to axe Trope and Trope as Britney's legal counsel, in part because they have been chummy with the family's nemesis, Brit's BFF Sam Lutfi.

According to witnesses at UCLA, Britney "lit up" when she saw Wasser. But there's a hitch - Britney can't fight the conservatorship, which gives Jamie control of her estate as she is treated for bipolar disorder.

As of Tuesday, she was fine letting Jamie call the shots, but it looks like that's changed. If Britney accepts the conservatorship and Jamie is at the reins, Laura Wasser could be back in the Britney Spears business.

Meanwhile, Sam Lutfi has not been served with the restraining order sought and obtained by Britney Spears' parents - yet.

If he comes in contact with her, it technically wouldn't violate the order issued against him - since he hasn't officially been given notice.

It's a technicality, yes, but Sam Lutfi could (and likely will) argue that he doesn't know about the thing since he hasn't even seen it.

Shady.

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