CBS Hit With Multimillion-Dollar Lawsuit Over ‘Judge Judy’

Mar 14, 2016  •  Post A Comment

“A scathing multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed today against CBS has no-nonsense host Judy Scheindlin, her syndicated series [‘Judge Judy’] and its spinoff ‘Hot Bench’ in the legal spotlight,” Deadline.com reports.

“Seeking widespread unspecified damages, plaintiff Rebel Entertainment Partners claims that that it has been denied contractually obligated payments since 2010 from the net profits of the 19-season CBS Television-distributed ‘Judge Judy’ because it supposedly is ‘losing money,’ while paying Judge Judy herself up to $47 million a year,” the story reports.

The complaint filed today in Superior Court in Los Angeles alleges breach of contract and accuses CBS Studios, CBS Corp. and CBS TV Studios-owned Big Ticket Entertainment of what Deadline calls “shell-gaming.” The report quotes the legal filing saying the program reported net profits of $3,572,195 for the six months before Scheindlin’s raise, of which 5% ($178,609) was paid to Rebel, while profits for the six months after her raise were reported at “negative $3,195,217, of which 5% (negative $159,761) was allocated to Rebel.”

Rebel reportedly claims “Judge Judy” has grossed more than $1.7 billion since it launched in 1996.

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  1. Order in the court – Judge Judy indicted!

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