'Judge Judy' sues Connecticut lawyer for using her image in commercials

By Gina DiFalco,

Judge Judith Sheindlin, better known as Judge Judy, is suing a Hartford, Conn. lawyer for using her image in his advertisements without her permission.

The retired Family Court judge, who has had her own show for almost 20 years, is asking personal-injury lawyer John Haymond and his firm for $75,000 in damages.

According to Fox News, Sheindlin called the fact that Haymond used her image in commercials advertising his firm and falsely perpetuating she was endorsing it “outrageous” because he should “know better,” considering he’s a lawyer.

The commercials, which used footage from Judge Judy, aired during broadcasts of her show in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

The AP reports Haymond’s office said he was unable to make a comment about the lawsuit because he’s away on vacation.

Sheindlin said in a written statement that this is the first time she’s filed a lawsuit against anyone. She also said if she’s awarded any money through this lawsuit, it will go to her Honor Mentoring Program for college scholarships.

image: By Susan Roberts from Chicopee, U.S.A (Judge Judy & Painting) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons



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