The wildly profitable court series “Judge Judy” is headed to court, with the sale of rights to the show’s library sparking a lawsuit against Big Ticket Television, CBS and Judge Judy Sheindlin, The Hollywood Reporter’s THR, Esq., reports.
Kaye Switzer and the Sandi Spreckman Trust are suing, alleging that they should have received at least $4.75 million when Sheindlin sold the series library back to the network last year, the story reports.
“Switzer and Spreckman approached Sheindlin in the mid-90s and pitched the then-family court judge the idea of taking her career to television,” THR reports. “The producers left the series shortly after the ink was dry on the deal, and Spreckman died in 2009. According to a complaint filed Monday in L.A. County Superior Court, they were each promised compensation for the life of the series even if they weren’t contracted to continue producing it.”