Judge Judy Sued Over $500,000 China Plates

Celebrity News Mar. 13, 2013 AT 8:20AM
Judge Judy Sheindlin attends the 2012 Broadcasting & Cable Hall Of Fame Awards on December 17, 2012 in New York City. Judge Judy Sheindlin attends the 2012 Broadcasting & Cable Hall Of Fame Awards on December 17, 2012 in New York City. Credit: Greg Allen/Rex USA

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.

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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.

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 "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."

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