Attorneys told a judge that a settlement was reached in a lawsuit filed by a talent agency against CBS and Big Ticket Television Inc., in which the plaintiff alleged it was not consulted before a spinoff show of “Judge Judy” was launched.
The lawyers informed Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rupert Byrdsong of the resolution during a status conference Wednesday. No terms were divulged.
Plaintiff Rebel Entertainment Partners Inc. sued in March 2016, originally alleging that Judge Judy Sheindlin’s $45 million salary was unreasonable and that payments to the plaintiffs stopped in 2010 although the show had grossed $1.7 billion since the 1996 premiere.
The lawsuit stated that Sheindlin’s contract with CBS was renewed in 2013 and then extended in 2015, and that her salary was “grossly inconsistent with customary practice in the television industry.”
The lawsuit also alleged that CBS was required to discuss a packaging fee with Rebel regarding any “Judge Judy” spinoffs, but did not do so before the launch of her other syndicated show, “Hot Bench.”
In April 2018, Judge Joanne O’Donnell dismissed the part of Rebel’s case dealing with Sheindlin’s salary, but said the case could go to trial on the dispute over “Hot Bench.” That part of the lawsuit and some audit issues were left in the case when a settlement was reached, plaintiff’s attorney Bryan Freedman said.
CBS attorneys maintained in their court papers that “Hot Bench” was not a spinoff of “Judge Judy.”
Sheindlin was not a defendant in the case.
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