iPod families can't agree on TV judge
October 4, 2006
BY DAN ROZEK Staff Reporter
They can't agree on a TV judge, so two suburban families fighting over a missing iPod are reluctantly returning to a real courtroom.
Melanie McCarthy and her 14-year-old daughter, Shannon Derrik, had planned to travel to California this week to let TV's "Judge Judy" resolve their dispute with a Naperville family over Shannon's missing iPod. McCarthy initially filed a $335 small claims lawsuit in DuPage County when the musical player vanished June 6 -- allegedly after Shannon loaned it to a friend, 14-year-old Stephanie Eick.
But the case's notoriety prompted several TV courtroom shows to offer a forum to settle the dispute.
McCarthy and her daughter agreed to appear this week in California for a taping of "Judge Judy" -- but learned Stephanie and her family wanted the case heard on the Chicago based "Judge Mathis" show.
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