When I had some legal issues last year, I was sent this letter from the Judge Mathis show, via FedEx. (I edited out my name and address.)
I had a good laugh, as did some of my close family members and friends, but I declined to contact the show. While it was no guarantee they'd have taken my case, I just didn't feel comfortable with the idea of putting my personal business on national TV when I felt I had a pretty good defense to win in normal court (and I did win the case.)
Still, the letter did confirm what I had long suspected: You don't have to worry about a thing financially if Judge Mathis says you lose the case; only the shame of being on TV if you come across looking like an idiot.
The Yahoo address did stand out to me as well, but no, it wasn't a scam. The number does go to a legit voice mail, and the FedEx packaging sent to me checked out on the return address and all that jazz.
Indemnified arbitration, any party will be happy to have that. The Claimant gets paid for sure if he wins and the Respondent has no liability no matter the outcome! Plus, it frees up judicial economy, most small claims courts are pretty much swamped with bs lawsuits over a few bucks (sometimes literally).
Im in! Ill countersue you too and no matter who wins we can split the money!
That brings up a good point. I wonder if I sued you for 5k and then you sued me 5k do we each get 5k since it doesn't come out of our pockets or would the cost just be negated?
I did have a friend and his wife go on this show and they're sorta punk/goth-ish and when they got there the crew made them dress up just a bit more to make it interesting. I believe they got their check before they left Chicago.