Marilyn Milian: Providing TV justice for the daytime viewer
The next time one of those Judge Judy
-type shows asks to hash out your lawsuit on TV, do it. Dave Nilo is glad he did.
Last May, the booking agent for Soundsations/Wizard of Ahs
sued As Is band rep Frank Aledia in small-claims court. Nilo claimed that Aledia refused to pay his commission for an As Is gig at the popular Put-in-Bay watering hole, the Boathouse
. Aledia claimed there was no money left after he paid band members; Nilo huffed that he needed a shovel and a pair of boots for Aledia's B.S.
This is where the People's Court
comes in. The ink on the lawsuit hadn't even dried before the show's producers called Nilo to see if he wanted to bring his case before Judge Marilyn Milian. In December, Nilo and Aledia were both flown to New York to square off in court before the fork-tongued jurist.
If you want to see Milian's ruling, watch WBNX-TV 55
on Tuesday. The case airs at 11 a.m.
If you want us to ruin the outcome for you, read on:
Nilo won "hundreds of dollars," says Soundsations spokesman Jim Szakacs. But don't feel bad for Aledia. Because he was gracious enough to appear before her honor, the producers paid off his debt. "It's a win-win-win for everyone," says Szakacs. — Cris Glaser