September 8, 2010 - Is accused of sexual harassment and sued by her former bodyguard, Fernando Flores.
January 11, 2011 - Spears's single, "Hold It Against Me," is released and debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
March 29, 2011 - New album, "Femme Fatale," is released.
March 30, 2011 - A $10 million lawsuit is filed by Brand Sense Partners against Spears and her father for breach of contract relating to a perfume deal between Spears and the Elizabeth Arden company.
February 2012 - Spears settles out of court the lawsuit filed by Brand Sense Partners for breach of contract.
February 3, 2009 - Sam Lutfi, Spears's former manager, sues Spears and her parents for defamation and breach of contract in Los Angeles Superior Court.
March 2012 - Spears settles out of court the sexual harassment suit filed by former bodyguard Fernando Flores.
May 15, 2012 - "The X Factor USA" announces that Spears, along with Demi Lovato, will join Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid on "The X Factor" judging panel.
November 1, 2012 - A Los Angeles Superior Court judge dismisses a defamation and breach of contract lawsuit against Spears and her parents brought by Sam Lutfi, Spears's former manager.
January 11, 2013 - Announces that she will not be returning as a judge to "The X Factor."