Judith Sheindlin has decided not to move forward with her $ 22 million counterpart in her long-running profit battle.
The 78-year-old, also known as Judge Judy, told me Deadline that she made her decision because her own network should be a defendant.
“I’ve been doing business with CBS for 20 years,” said the Brooklyn resident. “I’m not going to sue them if they’re not the culprit.”
Dropped: Judith Sheindlin has decided not to move forward with her $ 22 million counterpart in her long-running profit battle
Judy is in a legal battle with Rebel Entertainment Partners and Richard Lawrence, the talent agent who negotiated the original packaging for her show.
Mr. Lawrence is to blame in this fiasco of a packaging deal that earned him $ 22,000,000. CBS inherited this deal, ” she told Deadline this week.
“Sometimes justice is lost in the legal bastard’s weeds. This is one of those times. Sad, ”she added, explaining why she dropped the counterpart.
Rebel is Richard’s successor in Interest and says they are entitled to 5% of the profits from the sale of the $ 95 million Judge Judy catalog to CBS in 2017.
‘CBS inherited this deal’: the 78-year-old, aka Judge Judy, told Deadline she made her decision because her own network should be a defendant
In early August last year, they filed a $ 5 million breach of contract complaint over that sale, which occurred while disgraced mogul Les Moonves was the head of CBS.
Judy bought the catalog from CBS in 2015 – and in their complaint last August, her detractors said Les had “ seriously underestimated ” what the show was worth.
They claimed that Les found out that Judy was trying to make a profit by reselling the catalog and so he bought it in 2017 so as not to be humiliated by his mistake.
When she found out last August that she was being charged for breach of contract, Judy said Deadline“If Mr. Lawrence can put forward a contract signed by me and Mr. Lawrence on the same page, at any point in history from the beginning of time, I’ll roast that contract, smear it with cream cheese, and eat it on national television.”
‘I’ve been doing business with CBS for 20 years’: Brooklyn resident said, ‘I’m not suing them if they’re not the culprit’
She went on to file a counterattack for $ 22 million, accusing her opponents of unjust enrichment and unlawful and unfair business practices.
Last month, however, she took a major blow when a judge threw out her counterclaims, giving her “ 30 days’ leave to amend. ”
Last Friday, she told Deadline, “We are refusing to file an amended complaint as Mr. Lawrence has insisted that I join Big Ticket (CBS) as a defendant.”
Judy, who has been on her syndicated show since 1996, added, “The court has refused to rule that CBS is not a necessary party.”
Fierce: Her opponents in the legal battle are entitled to 5% of the profits from the $ 95 million sale of the Judge Judy catalog to CBS in 2017
Meanwhile, attorney Bryan Freedman, who works for Richard and Rebel, claimed Friday, “ Judy has maliciously prosecuted this case. She knew all too well that her claims could not be substantiated even before the court ruled against her. ‘
He argued, “It is time she ran away from her deluded, implausible, unscrupulous, deceptive and baseless lawsuit against Richard Lawrence.”
The legal battle has been going on since 2016, and at one point an issue was created with Judy’s $ 47 million salary, which her opponents claimed was so ‘exorbitant’ that the show was losing money.
Throwback: Last August, they filed a $ 5 million breach of contract complaint over that sale, which occurred while disgraced mogul Les Moonves (pictured) was head of CBS
Judy told ABC news: ‘The fact that Richard Lawrence is complaining about my salary is actually hilarious’ and scoffed that his complaint was ‘real chutzpah’.
She claimed, “I met Mr. Lawrence two hours ago about 21 years ago. Neither I nor anyone involved in the day-to-day production of my program has heard from him in twenty years. No card, no gift, no flower, no congratulations.
Still, he somehow received more than $ 17,000,000 from my program. My rudimentary math translates that into $ 8,500,000 an hour for Mr. Lawrence. Not a bad payday. ‘
Judge Judy is wrapping up when her ViacomCBS contract expires this year and she will then start a show called Judy Justice for Amazon’s IMDb TV.
End of the road: Judge Judy is wrapping up when her ViacomCBS contract expires this year and she will then start a show called Judy Justice for Amazon’s IMDb TV