Judy Sheindlin recently settled what she called the first lawsuit she had ever filed in her 50 year career. Judge Judy, as she is better known, recently sued a Connecticut personal injury lawyer for using her image without her permission.
Hartford attorney John Haymond filed a counterclaim that Judge Judy had defamed him. We discussed defamation not long ago. Remember that to be successful with this claim, the person making it must be able to prove an actual monetary loss as a result. Do you think Haymond suffered losses or is even "bad publicity" good publicity in this instance?
Sheindlin released a statement that the two "reached an amicable resolution" to their mutual claims. The details of the settlement were not released. Many lawsuits never see the court room. Most are settled outside of court. Do you think that Judge Judy suffered a loss from the unauthorized use of her image?
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