Anyone who has watched the TV show ‘Judge Judy’ has seen many cases involving strange and unusual money disputes. At the conclusion of the show, Judge Judy (Judith Sheindlin) can forget about the case(s) and move on to the next episode. However, it is not that easy when instead of being the judge in a case, you are now the defendant. Sheindlin may find this out herself, as the judge on TV is now named as a defendant in a bizarre lawsuit that involves a set of valuable china plates said to be worth $500,000.
Divorce cases can be like a flip of a coin. Heads can be equivalent to both sides can come to an agreement that is fair and settled quickly. Tails can unfortunately become the opposite where one side feels the other is being unreasonable with no end in sight of a mutual agreement.
In bitter divorce cases, individuals may get drawn in and become part of the case whether the reason is just. Sheindlin has found herself caught up in such a divorce case between Randy Douthit, the producer of ‘Judge Judy,’ and his estranged wife, Patric Jones.
According to Jones, Douthit allegedly sold Sheindlin a set of Christofle china and flatware without her consent for $50,000.
Jones is claiming in the divorce that the china was shared, community property and that the plates are valued at over ten times that amount worth $514,421.14!
According to TMZ, she is requesting Judge Judy either to return the flatware and china or pay her the large six-figure amount. Jones also is seeking punitive damages and claims that the sale was part of a plan her ex-husband came up with and conspired with the TV judge so she would be left out from the sale of the community property. Jones feels that Sheindlin should have known that the sale required the written consent of both spouses’ being that she is an actual Family Law judge.
Judge Judy spoke with TMZ and said, “I have not seen any complaint by the former Mrs. Douthit. However, I don’t owe this lady a cent. And if this 50-year-old woman would spend her time more productively at trying to find a job, instead of abusing the judicial system with frivolous lawsuits, we would all be a lot better off.”
For 16 years, the ‘Judge Judy’ show has been on the air and that Sheindlin has been reported to make $45 million a year, mostly revenue from the show’s syndication.
Speaking with the Associated Press, she told them “I don’t mind getting my hands dirty, and I don’t mind getting to the truth of a situation and saying, ‘you’re right, you’re wrong, next case. If I wasn’t right most of the time, we wouldn’t be having this conversation today.”
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