Judge Judy and ViacomCBS face a $5 million lawsuit over the $95 million sales of her reality shows’ catalog by Rebel Entertainment Partners. A judge has denied Judy’s argument that Rebel Entertainment Partners “has no standing to sue on this contract as a third-party beneficiary.” Rebel’s lawyer explains that the company is the “successor in interest to Judge Judy original packager, talent agent Richard Lawrence and his Abrams, Rubaloff & Lawrence firm.” 

Sheindlin expressed to Deadline, “Richard Lawrence has garnered 22 plus million dollars although I have seen him only once in an elevator since our program began 25 years ago.”

“In March, Judge Judy’s frivolous lawsuit against Rebel and Richard Lawrence was dismissed after the judge properly found that she lacked standing to sue,” the Freedman + Taitelman partner told Deadline. “Ironically, Judy then asserted that Rebel lacked standing to sue her. The Court has correctly rejected this meritless argument. CBS and Judy have intentionally ignored the rights of the profit participants that made their success possible. That behavior will not be tolerated.”

 

– Excerpt from an article for Deadline by Dominic Patten. Read the full article here.

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