Judge Judy has presided over her fair share of bizarre money disputes -- and now the TV star (a.k.a. Judith Sheindlin) has been named as a defendant in an odd lawsuit involving a set of china plates worth half a million dollars.
In the midst of a divorce, Judge Judy producer Randy Douthit allegedly sold Sheindlin, 70, a set of Christofle china and flatware for $50,000 without the consent of his estranged wife Patric Jones.
Claiming the china was shared, community property in the divorce -- and that the goods were worth a whopping $514,42.14 -- Jones is asking the TV judge to return the china and flatware or pay her the six-figure sum, according to TMZ. Asking for punitive damages as well, Jones also claims that Judy was part of conspiracy with Douthit to avenge Jones.
"I have not seen any complaint by the former Mrs. Douthit," Sheindlin told TMZ. "However, I don't owe this lady a cent. And if this 50-year-old woman would spend her time more productively at trying to find a job, instead of abusing the judicial system with frivolous lawsuits, we would all be a lot better off."