Hot Bench

When a judge constantly interrupts the lawyers with questions while they are trying to make presentations it is called a "hot bench." The program Hot Bench is exactly that. A panel of three judges hear court cases and render verdicts. They frequently interrupt and even with each other. After hearing the case they go to a private room and decide who they believe. They then return and render their verdict.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 5:00 PM et/pt on Syndicated
3 Seasons, 295 Episodes
September 15, 2014
Drama, Reality
4.8/10
Cast: Tanya Acker, Larry Bakman, Patricia DiMango, Sonia Montejano
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Hot Bench Full Episode Guide

  • A landlord is accused of being ignorant of his responsibilities to a tenant; his list of wear-and-tear damages totals over $7000. Also: A football rivalry gets out of hand when a man takes offense at being called a "fake fan" of the Dallas Cowboys.

  • A landlord objects to a young couple's attempt to grow pot on his property in a state with legalized marijuana. Also: Ex-lovers fight over their former dog's medical bills and the reason for his illness.

  • Baked chicken instead of fried chicken, mis-matched napkins and no utensils leave a bride in tears and suing her wedding day chef. Also: Judge Acker lightens the mood when a woman going through bankruptcy cries over the goodwill she extended to a friend.

  • The alleged failure of an A-list rapper to enter the United States leaves an investor and promoter at odds when a concert falls through.

  • Longtime neighbors fight over a shoddy fence cover amidst allegations of harassment and property damage. Also: Feuding family members refuse to make amends over the balance owed on a Mini Cooper.

  • A woman claims priceless family heirlooms were thrown in the trash; her ex-roommate accuses her of being a hoarder with items of little value.

  • A woman regrets subleasing her apartment to a co-worker; his idea of moving out 'in a second' turns into a months-long, unpaid affair. Also: A waitress breaks down when talking about the way a new boss allegedly treated her; the friend who is suing her gives an encouraging hug mid-case.

  • Restraining orders, police action and child visitation come into play when alleged debts from a failed marriage are disputed.

  • A homeless man diagnosed with stage IV cancer claims he was assaulted and thrown out of a shelter when a former friend accused him of theft.

  • The judges are appalled by a young woman's treatment of her grandmother who loaned her thousands of dollars when she fell on hard times; a man claims he spent weeks in prison after being arrested for disorderly conduct.

  • A hair salon owner is accused of changing the locks to keep a departing stylist from returning, and the stylist sues for the return of property; a man's attempt to cover up a tattoo with a new one ends with police being called.

  • A woman with a permanent restraining order against her father claims he gave her money in order to try and win back his abused ex-wife.

  • A self-proclaimed minister accuses a neighbor of attacking her Christian character, and their argument escalates into a full-blown fight; a man's deal to barter handyman work for a used hot tub falls apart when the tub stops working properly.

  • A contractor apologizes for playing the race card when he is sued by a woman for sub-standard work.

  • A woman reveals unsavory details about her intimacy with the father of her child while his new girlfriend looks on; a landlord is shocked by accusations made by a former tenant who he says owes thousands in back rent.

  • A man jumps out of his car to confront the motorist who hit him in the middle of an intersection; Lyme disease, heavy-milking goats and stolen money come into play when ex-lovers dissolve their relationship and shared business.

  • A former missionary who tutors Syrian refugees accuses a fellow motorist of backing into her while she was looking for a handicap parking spot; a landlord accuses ex-tenants of stealing his identity in order to put utility bills in his name.

  • When the treatment of an expensive wig is at the center of a heated debate, the judges call on "Loretta" to settle the vendetta.

  • Half-naked and high as a kite is how an alleged victim of a hit-and-run describes his aggressor; a woman denies her child was exposed to pot smoke.

  • A teen claims she earned $1000 as a rapper's model for a week and asks her best friend to cash her paycheck; her best friend sues for the check value plus $2000 worth of emotional distress. Also: A used car salesman accuses a woman's ex-convict boyfriend of taking his BMW for a ride and never coming back.

  • A woman says football players and strippers were occupying the lakeside mansion she rented for a photo shoot of basketball models.

  • A veteran's thigh is exposed to reveal a barn owl tattoo that he claims went terribly wrong; the tattoo artists say he was wildly offensive.

  • An ex-con comes clean about a motorcycle deal, while his ex-wife marries his jail-mate and sells the cycle while he is in prison; a woman takes the law into her own hands by reneging on a deal to pay her cousin back for thousands in phone charges.

  • A doctor says his success in saving a man's leg from amputation was met with nonpayment and ingratitude; "most outrageous lawsuit ever," says Judge Acker.

  • Despite mounting evidence, a mother and her 12-year-old daughter refuse to accept that their Yorkshire terrier attacked a neighbor; a teenager offers to help his cousin move and ends up being accused of destroying her television.

  • A young man claims he was trying to help out an abused mother of two, but she says he wanted more than friendship; Lady the shepherd is accused of attacking and biting a neighbor and her dog and traumatizing an autistic onlooker.

  • Fearing for his life, a man evacuates his own home when an angry ex-girlfriend threatens to pistol whip him with a loaded gun.

  • Only a month after a woman moves in with her boyfriend, she allegedly discovers he's cheating on her and doing drugs; a phone for the financially-strapped is allegedly stolen while two friends are eating donuts, and the suspected thief denies being resentful of the phone.

  • A senior citizen dips into her hidden vacation fund to help her young friend overcome an allegedly abusive relationship; a car salesman claims he trusted his longtime friend and got stuck with a broken BMW, but she claims he never paid for it in full.

  • Judge Acker is appalled when a child is allegedly coached to testify about a violent assault between family members.

  • A woman says she spent thousands to build a high-end fence only to discover that a cheap lock had allegedly been installed on the wrong side; while driving and listening to a popular song about having a good day, a man is T-boned by an uninsured driver and thrown across the road.

  • A woman claims that violence in her home forced her to move out early, but her landlord claims that's no excuse to skip out on rent; a woman refuses to acknowledge her brother after his ex-girlfriend accuses her of kicking them out and throwing their clothes in the garbage.

  • A couple claim that instead of being paid to care for a friend's elderly mother, they were arrested for trespassing and thrown in jail; a man sues his ex-friend for the return of over $4,000 worth of his mother's belongings, but she claims he owed her money for storing it.

  • A man sues his former friend for dental bills after her Australian Shepherd allegedly head-butted him and chipped his tooth; a woman claims her friend came over with tears, two kids, and a dog and that she took them in only to be left with alleged property damage and harassment.

  • A handyman claims a female client walked out of the bathroom naked, but she insists that the only one being inappropriate was him; a woman accuses her brother of stealing money from her aunt's bank account, but he claims he used the money for his mother's funeral costs.

  • A teenager demands thousands in damages for emotional distress after her hand-tailored prom dress rips open on the big night.

  • A childcare provider claims she had to close her daycare after an ex-client allegedly bad-mouthed her to other parents. A tattoo artist accuses a client's husband of making vulgar comments while she was trying to work on his wife.

  • Neighbors fight over damages after they get rid of a possum pest. A dog owner sues for damages claiming the puppy had a congenital birth defect.

  • A mother is accused of cursing in front of a child over an alleged unpaid debt; she offers up an apology in court. A young man claims he suffered mental anguish when his childhood friend reneged on a truck deal and allegedly scrapped the vehicle.

  • A woman sues her contractor for breach of contract after delays due to rain, while he claims she sabotaged the project. A disgruntled tenant fears she won't receive the return of her deposit; her landlord claims she cleaned dirty carpets for a week.

  • A performer is accused of acting like a groupie instead of an up-and-coming star; he denies all charges and sues his publicist.

  • A man claims he was given a $5000 gift from his girlfriend's aunt to be eye candy for her and make her look good; a buyer alleges that the 12-year-old car he found online turned out to be a fire hazard, the seller claims he has evidence from a mechanic to prove otherwise.

  • A man returns home after caring for his elderly mother, and is shocked to discover accusations by his roommates of a common law marriage.

  • A man's efforts to pick up a hot tub he purchased end in failure, he accuses the salesperson of being uncooperative and demands his money back; an ex-boyfriend is accused of stealing $5000 from his ex-lover's glove compartment and bragging about it online.

  • A young woman wants to dip into the college fund her grandmother saved for her to repair her car, but Grandma says no way; a woman claims her landlord stole her medical marijuana and harassed her while she lived in allegedly subpar home.

  • A man is accused of ruining his sister's credit when he leaves her on the hook for a $4000 car loan; and a teenager claims her sister-in-law was trying to impress her new girlfriend by buying new sneakers on her dime.

  • A young woman shells out $6000 in cash to a family friend only to discover that the car she purchased had been labeled "salvaged" because of an accident. Also: a woman claims high-school kids broke into an allegedly abandoned trailer to do drugs; the owner begs to differ and demands payback after it is hauled away.

  • A Pomeranian allegedly dislocates his hip because his nail got caught in the carpet. Also: a dispute over a fence damaged by a fire.

  • A woman claims she was wrongfully convicted and sent to jail because of a 12-year feud with her neighbor over a disputed property line; and an ex-lover seems more upset about the timing of a break-up than she is by a lawsuit brought against her for money allegedly owed.

  • A meat and fish salesman goes door-to-door and is offered a job by a "fast friend" who sues him for $2000 shortly thereafter; and a family being sued by their landlord claim they had no heat for months.

  • A man behind on his rent to the tune of $5000 is thrown out of court for sparring with Judge Acker; and a woman sues her former boss for unpaid wages.

  • A German Shepherd is accused of killing a tiny Chihuahua; and a dispute over used vehicle that the buyer claims is a lemon.

  • A woman becomes hospitalized, saying her ex-lover assaulted her; a daycare provider sues a family for unpaid services.

  • A caregiver is accused of kidnapping two children and holding them until their parents paid her for her baby-sitting services.

  • An angry mother gets physical at a beauty salon, claiming her teenage daughter's weave has been botched.

  • A married, gay couple claim their landlord targeted them with bigotry and hate; the landlord sues for malicious destruction of property.

  • After a child's death, mourning parents dispute the cost of the funeral, headstone and possible property damage; Judge DiMango uses some choice words to describe a litigant accused of skipping out on rent, leaving a college student holding the bill.

  • A woman accuses a hairdresser of ruining a birthday "curl and style" of her wig, "Sasha"; a man and his son purchase a smoking, mufflerless 24-year-old car that they insist came with a 30-day warranty.

  • A grieving widow rescues her deceased husband's dog only to have it accused of a deadly attack on a neighbor's pet goats; a man must consider the financial value of home care provided by his children's mother while he works full time.

  • A woman and her teenage son claim their home was infested with pests, while their landlord claims they tried to push her over a banister; a man sues a fellow dog owner for vet bills resulting from a dog attack, and the efficacy of an electric fence is called into question.

  • A grandmother has trouble building a case against her former friend when she sues him for unpaid rent and utility bills; a woman calls in an expert arborist to testify that her neighbor's tree roots snaked onto her property and damaged her irrigation pipes.

  • A handyman is accused of retaliating against a homeowner who allegedly reneged on a renovate-to-own home deal.

  • A woman rents a home to accommodate her service animal, then claims the home is unacceptable; a man says the used Mercedes he purchased needs repairs.

  • A woman goes up against an estranged family member when baby-sitting fees and Boys and Girls Club registration fees are disputed.

  • A woman makes an effort to hire a minority contractor with good references but insists he failed to do his job and sues for a refund; a landlady says her ex-tenant was trying to scam FEMA after a flood supposedly damaged her property.

  • A woman says her ex-lover kicked her out of the house because she didn't lose enough weight.

  • A woman sues her former landlord for an illegal eviction and emotional distress due to allegedly untenable living conditions; a man claims his friend of 20 years made inappropriate passes at his son, but she claims he took financial advantage of her during a remodel.

  • An uninhabitable home on Pig Hollow is the source of contention between feuding ex-neighbors; profane text messages, disputed gift giving, and the care of a child come into play when ex-lovers call it quits.

  • A group road trip to Disneyworld ends in disaster when two buses break down, a hotel night is missed, and SUVs are called in for the return trip; a woman sues for three times the amount she is owed for a security deposit, but admits that she neglected to pay bills on time and overstayed her welcome.

  • Married landlords accuse ex-tenants of leaving their cats behind when they left; a woman claims she was blindsided when her boyfriend showed up with police to take her car.

  • A woman accuses ex-tenants of smoking pot and of leaving her home a mess, and she claims she has the pictures to prove it; when a man sues his former in-laws for an unpaid loan to buy a house, his father-in-law does the unexpected.

  • A woman designs a huge birdcage for her blueberries to keep them from being eaten by birds and accuses a friend of doing a shoddy job of building it; a young man admits that he took money from his girlfriend to buy a car but that she gifted it to him because she wanted to see him more.

  • When a home care worker becomes accused of providing substandard care, he claims to be a victim of gender bias; best friends no longer speak to each other after a heavy food trailer gets accused of damaging the truck towing it.

  • The judges compare before-and-after photos of artwork to determine if a man deserves money for pain and suffering due to an artist's work.

  • A friendly boat ride ends in accusations of fraud and forgery; fresh out of prison, a woman tries to make a new start, but says her landlord shut off her water and refused to pay for repairs.

  • A filmmaker accuses an employee of defaming his production company; desperate for a place to live, a woman moves into a condo despite feeling uncomfortable with her landlord's behavior.

  • A woman cites a debilitating stroke as defense against accusations that she damaged her ex-lover's trucks; a woman demands payback for a '98 Mustang.

  • Ex-roommates fight over a whopping $3,600 in toll fees; a man is sued for backing out of his driveway and into the parked car of his teen daughter's best friend.

  • A woman pleads guilty to auto theft but insists her boyfriend gave her permission to drive his car after an odd day trip fell apart; a woman regrets the day she reached out to make amends with her grandchild's mother.

  • A family member goes after a relative for unpaid services; a woman resorts to police help in order to recover a truck her former friend rented.

  • A woman celebrating her 46th birthday is left in the lurch when her private bus never shows up; a salon owner hires a recruiter to increase revenue but ends up suing her for breach of contract.

  • A woman dates a man she knows is seeing other people, and it doesn't end well when his personal belongings go missing; a responsible teen motorist confesses that he was at fault and offers to get a job to pay for damages to a fellow teen driver.

  • A man and his fiancé claim they were driven out of their apartment by a bug infestation; the only thing former roommates have in common is the amount of money they agree is owed to each other.

  • A mother insists that she treats her adopted-as-an-infant daughter the same as her other children when she sues her; a man accuses a fellow reverend of conning him regarding the sale of a building he wanted to convert to a church.

  • A woman accuses her former friend of moving in and causing chaos, while her ex-friend says she can do better than her current lover; a woman's memory goes on holiday when she's accused of skipping out on rent and destroying property.

  • A witness testifies on behalf of a man who claims a fellow motorist backed into him, but the defendant says there were no witnesses at the accident scene; a woman says her contractor asked her to overcharge him in order to get more insurance money.

  • A breakup a week before Valentine's Day leads to accusations of kicking a car at a gas station; after a woman comments on her boyfriend's new bathroom vanity, he stops payment on the check to the plumber who installed it.

  • A warehouse worker is hired to create a funeral program and blames the misspelling of the deceased man's name on sloppy cursive writing; after a man loses his home in a fire, he is accused of living rent-free with his girlfriend's son.

  • A woman is accused of threatening to poison a dog; a woman wants payback from her troubled sister after bailing her out of jail.

  • A luxury sports box, intense jealousy and accusations of improper behavior with a family member come into play when ex-lovers call it quits.

  • An elderly couple are accused of inappropriate behavior by their longtime handyman after they sue him for incomplete work; a woman says a friend used the woman's credit card to buy plane tickets to visit a sick relative.

  • Carpenter Jeff Devlin is recruited by Lisa and Tom to work on their 1737 stone home in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. They ask him to address two areas of the home, from different eras: the first floor, circa 1737, which they use as a mudroom and entryway; and the kitchen, which was built in the 1800s but looks straight out of the 1980s. Jeff and his team dig into the project, bringing unique historic elements into the entryway room and giving the kitchen an 1800s overhaul. They even look for a hidden hatch in the entryway floor, rumored to be a trapdoor used as part of the Underground Railroad.

  • A restaurant owner says a musician released a "hurricane of chaos and disorder" when he came to perform on New Year's Eve; a dispute over unpaid loans between ex-lovers takes an abrupt turn when a woman plays an incriminating phone message.

  • A young man testifies that a German shepherd dog suffered a broken leg after slamming into a dresser while under the care of the pet owner's friend; a struggling single mom is accused of taking financial advantage of a co-worker.

  • Despite fears that they are losing their baby on the way to the hospital, a couple deny driving over the speed limit; a café owner says a web designer's know-it-all attitude and poor workmanship caused him to end their business relationship.

  • Pet Hedgehog Death by Pneumonia! Stripped Out or Ripped Off?!

  • Calculated Cutting Rage?!

  • Mentor Mayhem!; Bald Spot Weave Disaster?!

  • Irreparable Damages!

  • Hero Dog Hit by Car?!; Reality Show Fail?

  • Malicious Baby Photo Deleting?!; Faulty Jet Ski Scam?!

  • Amateur pit-bull breeders fight over custody of three puppies when their litter is smaller than expected; a man's ex-fiance is accused of holding a hover board ransom for unpaid rent, and tricky texts from an unsuspecting source come into play.

  • A civil conversation between two fathers quickly escalates into a brawl involving lawn chairs and a baseball bat.

  • A woman is on the attack when she goes after her daughter for neglecting to repay a loan for EMT training; lovers' attempt to start a children's clothing business tears them apart.

  • When a man doesn't receive a refund fast enough he takes the law into his own hands and is sued for posting defamatory comments; a landlord refuses to return his tenants' security deposit because they broke his lawn-beautification rules.

  • A 59-year-old driver is accused of stalking and terrorizing a 25-year-old female client; he insists he's just trying to collect on a loan.

  • After a video depicting horrid living conditions is shown in court, a man feels compelled to apologize to the landlord who is suing him; a woman's passion for bingo is at the heart of a dispute between ex-lovers.

  • An injured dog, accusations of gun violence and credit card fraud come into play when ex-lovers fight over the destruction of property; happy trips to Mexico come to a halt when former friends fight over airline tickets and years of unpaid errands.

  • Unconditional Love for Injured Child; Man in Drag Stole My Bag!; Maximus Justice to the Rescue!; Co-Dependent Family Feud?

  • Con Man's Confidence Gives Him Away?; Daughter Knocks Out Mom's Teeth?!

  • Crazy Grand Larceny Coincidence; Emotional Eviction Distress!; You Ruined My Wedding Cake!

  • A veteran with PTSD is accused of turning a service dog into an attack dog who bites his son, a nurse and the mailman; when a pot smoker makes light of causing a collision with a fellow motorist, a judge sets him straight.

  • A father's earlobe is detached during a violent fight with his daughter's younger ex-boyfriend.

  • Death row inmates and unpaid wages come into play when a pastor's wife and her executive assistant fight over money; what starts as friendly hair styling between friends ends with wild accusations about hair extensions, napping and nudity.

  • A proud new homeowner learns he bought a home from someone who never owned the property; a grandmother shares a room with six others, while the grandson she raised after his mother was murdered borrows $5,000, lives large and doesn't pay her back.

  • A pit bull viciously attacks a Labrador retriever in a bank parking lot; a woman purchases a camper trailer from a man who keeps her money and then goes to prison; his parents resell the vehicle before she can pick it up.

  • A young father insists that his guilty plea to domestic assault charges was the only way he could avoid jail time and be with his children.

  • A man claims his intoxicated roommate taunted him and begged him to hit her, hoping the police would get involved and take him away; a mysterious accident leads to a mysteriously fraudulent money-order in an outrageous hit-and-run story.

  • A woman says she overheard her estranged tenant discuss how he planned to kill her dog and hit her in the head with a brick; a man says his brother ghosted his entire family and continues to ignore them because he is being asked to pay back a loan.

  • A woman receives a frightening video of her jealous lover with a gun to his head after she takes off for the weekend with her friends.

  • A driver blacks out and crashes her friend's uninsured car into a tree, then they fight over whose food run it was; a dog breeder is accused of euthanizing a labradoodle without the pet owner's permission and is sued for emotional distress.

  • A mother of three is accused of abandoning her rental home and leaving it in shambles, but she says her landlord was negligent; a medical emergency unites estranged family members under one roof, but an unpaid phone bill tears them apart.

  • Infidelity, bankruptcy and an unsigned confession come into play when ex-lovers fight over a loan; pit-bull owners say their pet is a victim of mistaken identity after a neighbor's terrier is viciously attacked.

  • A man spends years in jail after brutally injuring his ex but makes light of the situation when he is once again accused of violence; a defense contractor working in Afghanistan says his former tenant stole shrubbery from him while he was abroad.

  • A married man denies flirting with his business partner's girlfriend when he proposed a plan to flip cars; two young cousins try to flatter the judges into ruling in their favor when thousands are at stake in a battle over a bad living situation.

  • Partners in a dog-breeding business sue each other for fraud, breach of contract and defamation

  • A man who says he saved a teen mother from a dangerous area sues her years later for thousands of dollars in loans; a shared living situation ends in disturbing texts and accusations of harassment.

  • Exes are unable to manage a large household and end up fighting over personal property, a vehicle and restraining orders.

  • A struggling single mother is accused of defrauding a non-profit; a young couple admit to being uninsured at the time of a collision.

  • Ex-roommates fight over lost wages and stolen property; a woman's plan to hide a secret loan from her wife backfires when her friend of 20 years refuses to pay her back.

  • A dispute over damaged carnival equipment; after a dog is injured, a pet sitter defends her actions.

  • A woman rescues a horse only to discover that it is allegedly being abused and neglected at its new boarding location.

  • A man makes the mistake of letting a friend cash a check for him; a young man's derogatory text.

  • A pit bull's owner becomes accused of fleeing the scene after it attacks two other dogs; the owner of a Christmas tree lot sues his former neighbor for killing 450 of the trees with chemicals.

  • A landlady who entered a property to care for ducks faces accusations of spying on tenants; a man accuses his former business associate of theft that forced him to go out of business.

  • A mother-in-law sues for repayment of a loan; former friends fight over an 18-year-old truck.

  • A woman says a moldy home caused her and her children to suffer; a contractor admits he had never demolished a building before.

  • A teen's offer to get a car unstuck leads to a rescue by the fire department.

  • A woman says a drunken driver hit her horse and left it to die without reporting the incident; a man is accused of remotely wiping out the hard drive of a photographer's computer.

  • A man's former boss sues him for the cost of a truck; a young man's good will is negated by his four roommates.

  • A long-distance romance ends when a man sues his ex for the cost of a washer and dryer; a woman sues her former sister-in-law for pawning her late brother's possessions and damaging her property.

  • Feuding between a woman with a service dog and her neighbor involves 50 calls to animal control, suspicious vandalism and a suicide attempt.

  • A mother sues for emotional distress after her 4-year-old witnesses her getting beaten up by an angry woman over a botched sale of a vehicle; a woman says she lost $3,500 while moving from her mother's home to her boyfriend's mother's.

  • Longtime friends are involved in a petty fight over cereal, personal belongings and accusations of an illegal lockout; accused of stealing tools, a painter threatens to call the police on the man who hired him.

  • A friendship ends disastrously after a failed living arrangement; a salon owner says he was the victim of a bait-and-switch when he agreed to buy used barber-shop equipment.

  • A vet says his children were kidnapped and held for ransom in Tijuana; an uninsured driver is accused of racing through a stop sign and colliding with oncoming traffic, with two small children in her car.

  • A pit bull and a Rottweiler attack a tiny dog, causing it to have to be euthanized; a woman sues her son's friend for room and board.

  • A promoter accused of failing to publicize a fashion event; roommates fight over accusations of vapor use, uncleanliness and a scary boyfriend.

  • A life coach sues a dissatisfied ex-client for $6,000; a woman sues an ex-friend for the cost of a puppy.

  • An uninsured driver hits a young mother and her infant; a driving instructor says she refuses to continue lessons because of her student's bad driving.

  • A woman's car becomes involved in a hit and run after she lends it to her incarcerated son's girlfriend; after flying to Los Angeles for a party, a woman denies owing for travel.

  • A recent MBA grad says her $99 photo package ballooned into a $1,600 "scam" package; an unhappy client sues a hospitalized event planner.

  • A woman learns that her "emergency loan" to her boyfriend was for a $2,000 watch; a couple with a sick child are held hostage by a repairman's schedule.

  • A woman who had her eyebrows tinted ends up in urgent care with burning chemical pain.

  • Sisters accuse each other of fraud, abandonment and breach of contract; a teen says her designated driver attempted high-speed stunt driving and wrecked her car.

  • A disabled dad is at odds with his favorite daughter; a man says his children's mother bought a new car by fraudulently using his debit card.

  • Cats' owner regrets entrusting them to his new tenant; a young woman tells of her failed attempt to live with her mother.

  • A woman claims her cousin caused her to lose her job; a woman says her mechanic damaged her car and held it hostage.

  • A man accuses his sister of wrecking his car; a child is upset by accusations of inappropriate behavior regarding a cell phone.

  • A woman accuses her landlord of treating his foreign-born bride poorly.

  • A 7-year-old testifies that her family's car was shaky after a mechanic told them it was fixed; a man calls his girlfriend a stalker after she shows up at his workplace to collect money owed.

  • A rapper's talent manager is accused of breaching a contract; a woman says she was accused of child abuse after trying to collect on one of her day-care clients' past due accounts.

  • A driver accused of a hit-and-run spins an absurd yarn about a stranger stealing her car while she was asleep; a woman with a brain tumor demands that her former friend repay her more than $3,000 owed in child-care fees.

  • A cabbie chases down and apprehends a teen he says threw a rock at his car and shattered the windshield as he was driving.

  • A credit repairman is accused of failing to improve a client's financial record; a woman says a graphic designer's jealous girlfriend got in the way of a business transaction.

  • A woman says her lone friend turned violent on her when she reached out to help him; a cyclist denies hitting a parked car.

  • A bank executive signs for a $27,000 personal car loan for a new boyfriend, despite knowing he has bad credit; boyfriends accuse a former roommate of selling their couch without permission.

  • A model accuses a photographer of stealing her clothing.

  • An antique-store owner sues a woman who inherited 300 dolls; a young man is caught between his girlfriend, her angry mother and payback for a shared car.

  • A dramatic May-September romance involves jewelry, cosmetic surgery and heartbreak.

  • Guest Judge Judy rules on a case of homelessness, dementia and a sympathetic landlord; guest Judge Jerry Sheindlin rules in a case of a widow's sentiment overcoming reason.

  • Guest Judge Judy Sheindlin presides over a case involving accusations of domestic violence, police intervention and self-help justice.

  • A man involved in a late-night car crash offers up an explanation for his run-in with an attractive woman; when a man's ex-mistress sues him for repayment of loans, he accuses her of making trouble with his wife.

  • Reunited siblings fight over a bail bond and a down payment on a house; a female defendant says a lawsuit was filed only because she showed no romantic interest in the plaintiff.

  • A woman says both the father and grandmother of her children abused her.

  • A miniature American Eskimo dog is accused of injuring multiple workers; a day care provider says her former friend stopped paying for child care.

  • A good Samaritan gets caught in the middle when a robbery victim lures a criminal into police custody; landlords say a former tenant threw a tantrum over her lease and left the place filthy.

  • A young man tries to embarrass his counselor in front of his wife; a weave causes a teen's hair to fall out.

  • A woman sues her diabetic son for living expenses; a woman accuses her ex of running off with her half of their security deposit.

  • A teen who crushed a woman's dream car and fled the scene cites police bias; a woman is accused of spending a tax refund she was supposed to use to repay a debt.

  • A breeder denies dognapping for reward money; a young man says a drunken minor broke his phone.

  • A concerned relative stages a surprise intervention at his cousin's workplace; a mother denies putting her children at risk when she hires a drug-abusing friend as their live-in baby sitter.

  • A landlord stands accused of locking out a tenant because of subpar efforts to clean up an apartment; trying to prove that his former roommate was a volatile drinker, a man submits evidence pointing to his own anger issues.

  • A woman pays for a used vehicle, only to be told she may never get it; three wildly different stories come into play when a man repossesses a dilapidated car.

  • A woman, her boyfriend and her ex-boyfriend fight over ownership of a mobile home; a grandmother regrets basing her decision to move into a property on the romance between her teen grandson and his girlfriend.

  • A woman allegedly locks her ex-business partner out of his website and redirects potential clients to a cheaters' website; a man and a woman move in together 16 days after meeting and fight over hot tempers and abandoned property.

  • A girlfriend's wanting to move in ruins a comfortable living arrangement; a man steals the keys from his lover, who tries to leave him on the highway after a heated fight.

  • A woman says she caught pneumonia in an uninhabitably cold rental unit; a family's race to get a child to the hospital ends in a wreck.

  • A child tells about a vicious attack in which her Rottweiler allegedly mauled two other dogs; a teen in charge of three children gets accused of moving her boyfriend in, smoking, and eating the family's food.

  • A man's car is keyed days after he gets a protective order against a former lover, but she says there would have been more damage if she was involved; upon coming home from work, a man discovers his landlord has taken in 10 cats.

  • Nonprofit organizations fight over damages when a man backs out of a charity event; a woman who was mauled by an unleashed dog has difficulty locating the animal's owner.

  • A woman's boyfriend allegedly kicked in a car's windshield when her 3-year-old daughter was in the car; a man says he was forced to evict a destitute friend because of unpaid rent.

  • A man damages a neighbor's car when he jumps after being scared by a "vicious" dog; a woman sues a hairstylist for emotional distress, claiming the defendant caused her hair to fall out; Judge Acker clarifies a common misconception.

  • A woman says a replacement car a mechanic gave her endangered the lives of her and her child; a boat's owner sues a young man who tried to salvage the abandoned vessel.

  • A mother admits to sending a sick child to school; a college student sues her ex for thousands of dollars she says she paid to send her to school.

  • Exes are accused of making up a shaky "lost wallet" story; a smartphone video contradicts a young man's description of a crash on a deserted highway.

  • Drug use, theft and the police are parts of the narrative when a lawyer sues her former tenant.

  • A security officer regrets co-signing a car loan for her younger sister; a woman funds her boyfriend's trip to see his children only to be accused of tagging along.

  • A young woman discovers that her friend charged more than $10,000 on her credit card while she was hospitalized; a woman accuses her down-and-out live-in boyfriend of stealing her designer bags.

  • A woman blames her children's father for the loss of her car; a young woman takes out a loan with 215 percent interest to get her boyfriend's car out of impound.

  • A woman blames her landlords for causing her teen to miss out on senior pictures and the prom; a custom-made picnic table ends a friendship.

  • An angry landlady cites felony assaults and many other offenses; a couple breaks up after co-signing a 36-month car lease.

  • A man who crashed a car offers a wacky defense; a jogger claims expensive medical bills after being attacked by an unleashed border collie.

  • A guarantee of a Christian work environment is compromised by the boss's extramarital affair with a co-worker; a lawyer is accused of defrauding the government after helping a subsidized tenant.

  • A child-care worker defends spraying a child with water; roommates make accusations after a woman objects to a house party.

  • An elderly rebel says illegal attempts were made to silence him when he stopped construction of a "monstrosity" next to his home.

  • A single father sues his children's mother for the return of his video games; a former friend crashes a young woman's car and refuses to explain what happened.

  • A foster mother says she spent more than $5,000 to care for her foster daughter's child while she was in jail; a decade-long relationship ends with a battle over a $2,000 bed set.

  • A stunt driver thinks his own son busted 17 windows out of three of his classic cars.

  • A woman is bitten in the face by a rescue dog; an epileptic woman says she bailed on a lease because her roommate's erratic behavior caused her anxiety.

  • A woman who sufferd a miscarriage and is sent vindictive texts by a jealous ex, takes out her anger on the baby's father; a woman admits she continued to lend her cheating ex-boyfriend money; he says she is a controlling gift-giver.

  • A woman denies owing her ex-fiance's parents for a minivan; a motorcycle-buyer says the seller's ex-wife refused to hand over the title.

  • A pastor is accused of housing nine convicts in his 'rehab' rental unit; a tenant accuses landlords of assault and breach of contract, and they charge him a 138 percent late-rent fee.

  • Tenants with nine children are accused of criminal activity, so their landlord seeks to evict them.

  • A landlord accuses tenants of drug use and vandalism, then writes them a glowing letter of recommendation; a moving service is accused of causing $4,000 worth of damages.

  • A man is at odds with his mechanic after paying $9,000 to restore a 1954 vintage truck; after meeting on Craigslist, two women trade cars, but one of the cars turns out to be a lemon.

  • After taking in a homeless mother, a landlord is accused of being a drunk and having unsafe living conditions; two men have a disagreement about a vandalized car and cell phone bills.

  • Two drivers deny being responsible for the injuries of a young girl; a woman sets out to find her family and moves in with her sister, but rumors of cheating put them at odds.

  • A man is distracted my his dying mother and failing business, and fails to warn his friend about her property being lost forever.

  • A 60-year-old drummer faces an ex-band member found guilty of writing bad checks; a former student says scuba-diving classes were free of charge.

  • A woman accuses her child's father of attempting to damage her car during a heated argument, and he says she was trying to run over him; a pair say their roommate went missing and owes them for rent.

  • Bandmates break up over a hefty start-up loan, pawned equipment and a broken steering wheel.

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