Judge Judy has found herself in an unusual legal position for her: As a defendant.
The popular TV judge, whose full name is Judith Sheindlin, has been hit with a lawsuit by a pair of plaintiffs who claim that they’re owed millions from Sheindlin’s sale of the “Judge Judy” library to CBS Television Distribution.
The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday by Kaye Switzer and The Sandi Speckman Trust alleges that Switzer and Spreckman were “the original co-creators and producers of the show that came to be known as ‘Judge Judy'” and that, in 1995, Switzer and the since-deceased Speckman entered into a contract with producers Big Ticket Television, where Big Ticket would develop the pilot and the plaintiffs receiving both flat compensation and “continuing percentage-based compensation for their roles.”
The suit says that Sheindlin sold the “Judge Judy” library last year to CBS Television Distribution for an amount reportedly more than $95 million, and that the plaintiffs are due a share of the proceeds — a share that is “no less than” $4.75 million, according to the suit.
TheWrap has reached out to spokespeople for CBS and “Judge Judy” for comment on the suit.
The complaint alleges breach of contract, civil conspiracy and other counts.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.