Judge Judy files lawsuit against lawyer

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, Last Updated: 3:59 PM ET

Reality TV star Judge Judy has filed her very first lawsuit against an attorney in Connecticut who used her image to promote his personal injury firm.

The TV judge, real name Judith Sheindlin, filed suit in federal court against Hartford attorney John Haymond on Wednesday, alleging he used her name and likeness in unauthorized advertisements and commercials, suggesting she had endorsed him and his firm.

Sheindlin, who is a retired Family Court judge and the star of her own U.S. TV series for 18 years, is seeking more than $75,000 in damages.

She scolds the attorney in a statement which reads: "Mr. Haymond is a lawyer and should know better."

The lawsuit states that Haymond created commercials combining clips from her show, along with shots of him and his daughters, and the ads ran during broadcasts of Judge Judy in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

The lawsuit reads: "By trading, without consent or authorization, on Sheindlin's well-known persona, the Haymond Defendants have irreparably harmed and damaged Sheindlin's hard-earned professional and artistic reputation, dignity, and prestige."

Sheindlin states in the legal documents that any money received from the lawsuit will go towards the Her Honor Mentoring Programme, which provides college scholarships to young women.


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