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Judge Judy sued over $500,000 in fine china

Judge Judy sued for allegedly buying $500,000 china for $50,000. Judge Judy calls the lawsuit 'frivolous.' She is being sued for $514,000 plus punitive damages. 

Yes, the most famous and most popular judge on TV is facing her own lawsuit.

Judge Judy, aka Judge Judith Sheindlin, was sued by the ex-wife of the producer of her own TV show. The allegation: Judge Judy bought fine china worth more than $500,000. But according to the suit filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Judge Judy only paid $50,000 for the Christofle Mary Bone china.

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Patric Jones, the ex-wife of Randall Douhit, claims Judge Judy conspired with Mr. Douhit to keep her from getting her share of their community property.

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Jones wants the family law TV judge to return the china or pay her $514,421.14 – plus punitive damages.

But Judge Judy isn't budging. She told TMZ.com, which broke the story, "I have not seen any complaint by the former Mrs. Douthit, 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."

Judge Judy is a small claims court judge who crisply and bluntly adjudicates actual cases for a TV show. According to a recent Associated Press profile, her TV show averaged 10.1 million viewers each day during the third week of January, a typical week –  more than the next three courtroom TV shows combined, the Nielsen company said.

The Judge Judy television show has been on the air for 16 years, and she reportedly makes $45 million a year, mostly in revenue from syndication.

“I don’t mind getting my hands dirty, and I don’t mind getting to the truth of a situation and saying, ‘You’re right, you’re wrong, next case,’ ” Judge Judy said. “If I wasn’t right most of the time, we wouldn’t be having this conversation today," Ms. Sheindlin told AP.