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Judge Judy Files Lawsuit Against National Enquirer Owner Over Menéndez Brothers Article

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Famous for her no-nonsense attitude and witty remarks, Judge Judy Sheindln is living up to her on-screen reputation. The celebrity judge has filed a lawsuit against Accelerate360 for defamation. Acceleration360 is the parent company of the National Enquirer and InTouch Weekly.

According to reports, the lawsuit stems from an article the company published. Judge Judy claims the article falsely claimed she tried to hold a new trial for the Menéndez brothers. The lawsuit she filed on Monday, May 13, 2024, in a Florida Circuit Court seeks a jury trial and unspecified damages.

California attorney Eric M. George filed the lawsuit in Collier County on Monday, signaling the celebrity judge’s intent on the case. While speaking to Deadline about the lawsuit, Judge Judy noted that the alleged defamation had gone on for a while. 

Furthermore, she accused Accelerate360 of “fabricating stories about me in order to make money.” She claimed that the company kept spreading lies about her without caring about the reputation she built over the years. Hence, she said, “It’s going to cost you.”

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She added, “When you’ve done it multiple times, it’s unconscionable, and it’s going to be expensive.” For context, Accelerate360 published an article about Judge Judy on April 10, 2024, hinting that she was seeking a pardon for the Menéndez brothers.

Judge Judy claims the article, titled “Inside Judge Judy’s Quest to Save the Menéndez Brothers Nearly 35 Years After Their Parents’ Murder,” falsely accuses her. Furthermore, she said it wrongly misquoted its source article, quoting a statement from a Fox Nation docuseries creator, Judy Ramos.

The article further claims that Judge Judy believes the Menéndez brothers, Erik and Lyle, did not get a fair trial during their 1996 murder trial. However, the renowned judge shot down the allegations, saying they were defamatory and attacked her reputation.

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According to reports, there’s no clear-cut connection between Judge Judy and the Menéndez brothers. However, reports suggest the misinformation stemmed from a misuse of a name. The lawsuit also claims that the article has been taken down from the National Enquirer and InTouch Weekly websites.

However, the complaint noted that the article is still available on accounts run by Accelerate 369 and the Internet search engine. As a result, the suit claims that as the defamatory article continues circulating, it will discourage people from bringing their cases to the renowned judge.

Also, the now “Judy Justice” host noted in her complaint that before the April 10 article, she had had issues with the National Enquirer. In 2017, the news outlet reportedly wrote an article about the celebrity judge and her marriage.

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The now-retracted article claimed Judge Judy cheated on her husband and was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Notably, the outlet retracted the article and apologized. However, the famous judge isn’t letting up quickly this time. 

Sheindlin rose to fame for her reality court show, Judge Judy, which aired for the first time in September 1996. However, its run ended in July 2021, ending the show in its 25th season.

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