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A wrongful termination case against ABC hit another snag after the California Supreme Court denied an appeal by actress Nicollette Sheridan.

The former 'Desperate Housewives' star initiated litigation two and a half years ago after her contract was not renewed.  She sued ABC studios, Touchstone and the show creator for $20 million, claiming they retaliated against her after she reported that Marc Cherry hit her in the head during a set argument.

During the 2012 trial, a judge dismissed charges against Cherry and a jury failed to reach a verdict against ABC.

A court of appeals and the California Supreme Court have both directed Sheridan to refile her case under California's Labor Code because she wasn't fired, and is therefore not able to claim wrongful termination.  Her contract expired after season five and she was not offered a new contract for season six.

Nicollette's lawyer, Mark Baute, will likely refile the charges, per the high court's recommendation, and try to prove that her exit from the show violated the state's labor code.  ABC, on the other hand, will attempt to have the case dismissed on procedural grounds.

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by Missy at . Comments
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Former 'Desperate Housewives' star Nicollette Sheridan was served up another blow in her wrongful termination lawsuit when her bid for a September retrial was put on hold by an appeals court.

Sheridan filed a $20 million lawsuit against Marc Cherry and Touchstone Productions and ABC.  During the trial in March 2012 the judge dismissed the battery charge against Cherry for lack of evidence.  After deliberation on the charge of wrongful termination, the jury was deadlocked and the judge declared a mistrial.

A retrial was scheduled to begin on September 10, 2012.  On Friday the California Court of Appeals ruled: "It is ordered that the retrial currently set for September 10 is hereby stayed pending further order of the court."

Sheridan's lawyer Mark Baute pointed out that it wasn't dead in the water yet, " The temporary stay is designed to clarify and resolve issues before the September trial starts."

A hearing is set for August 9 before Judge Elizabeth Allen White, where she will make a case for a retrial one last time.

Those following the appeals process believe that the court agrees with defendant Touchstone Television Products and ABC Studios that it was not wrongful termination under state law when Nicollette Sheridan's contract was not renewed.

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by Meg at . Comments
desperate housewives lawsuit suffers setback

After two full days of jury deliberation, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White declared a mistrial in the wrongful-termination case brought forward by former Desperate Housewives actress Nicollette Sheridan.

The judge sent the panel of nine women and three men home on Monday after determining that they were hopelessly deadlocked 8-4 in their verdict.  Sheridan needed 9 jurors on her side in order to win a $6 million judgement against ABC and the popular drama.

The basis of the lawsuit was a claim by Sheridan that her character Edie Britt was killed off by series creator Marc Cherry after she came forward with allegations that he maliciously struck her on the head during a rehearsal.

Toward the end of the two week trial a legal claim against Cherry was thrown out by the judge for lack of evidence.  Trial watchers viewed that as a major setback in Sheridan's case.

Both sides indicate they plan to seek a new trial.

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by Meg at . Comments
nicollette sheridan heads back to court

After two days of deliberating the wrongful-termination claim of former Desperate Housewives actress Nicollette Sheridan, the jury is reportedly "hopelessly deadlocked."

L.A. County Superior Court Judge Elizabeth White sent the panel of twelve home for the weekend but indicated they must continue their task on Monday.

According to Nicollette's attorney, they are satisfied with the makeup of the jury which is comprised of nine women and three men.  They initially felt that female jurors would be more sympathetic to Sheridan's plight.  Unless nine of the twelve jurors cast their ballot in favor of the actress, the judge will be compelled to declare a hung jury.

Sheridan, 48, is seeking nearly $6 million in damages, claiming that the prime-time show's executives plotted to kill off her character after she accused creator Marc Cherry of intentionally striking her on the head during a rehearsal.

The judge threw out a battery charge against Cherry earlier in the week for lack of evidence.

Hollywood insiders suggest that a negative verdict could put an end to Sheridan's career, effectively labeling her untouchable for future work within the industry.

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by Meg at . Comments
marc cherry prevails on battery charge

The creator of Desperate Housewives dodged a bullet in court yesterday when a judge threw out a battery charge that had been leveled against Marc Cherry by his former star actress Nicollette Sheridan.

The court case stemmed from a $6 million wrongful termination lawsuit.  The trial will continue against ABC but Cherry is off the hook on the allegation that he intentionally thumped Sheridan on top of the head while on the set of Desperate Housewives Sept. 24, 2008.

According to the judge in the case, her claims did not meet the standard of proof for battery.  Without that piece of the case it will be difficult to prove that her character was killed off as retaliation when she complained that Cherry had assaulted her.

Cherry spoke to reporters outside of the courtroom, "Obviously I'm thrilled by the judge's decision.  But I'm going to withhold further comment until this matter is resolved completely."

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by Meg at . Comments
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No psych eval for this girl...


Nicollette Sheridan sued her Desperate Housewives employers for $20 million in April for wrongful termination.  Her lawyer refiled the papers in Los Angeles Superior Court on December 17, downgrading her allegations in order to escape the need for a psychiatric evaluation.

The suit against show creator Marc  Cherry, Touchstone Television Productions and ABC Studios alleges assault and battery, emotional distress, gender violence in addition to wrongful termination.  The network indicates that all claims are "without merit."

The physical injury and emotional distress aspects have now been removed from the case according to our friends at Radaronline.  By dropping these key claims in the case, Sheridan will not be required to undergo a physical and psychological evaluation.

So what has she been up to lately?  The 47-year-old will appear in a made-for-television movie Honeymoon for One in February with co-star Greg Wise.

We would be remiss if we didn't include some of our favorite bikini photos of the super sexy celeb frolicking in St. Barts.

by Missy at . Comments
marc cherry and nicolette sheridan in happier times

Actress Nicollette Sheridan is suing Marc Cherry, creator of Desperate Housewives,  for more than $20 million.  Sheridan claims that Cherry not only struck her across the head but when she complained, she was fired!

In court papers Sheridan is suing on the following grounds: assault and battery, gender violence and wrongful termination.

Things evidently were always shaky on the set.  Nicollette claims that from the get go Cherry acted in an abusive and aggressive manner to all who worked on the show.

On September 24, 2008 Sheridan questioned Marc about something on the script and she says that he, "took her aside and forcefully hit her with his hand across her face and head."  Following the out of control incident Cherry reportedly went to Nicollette and begged for forgiveness.

The lawsuit claims that she was constantly punished for her outspoken nature.  The suit claims "he continued to lash out at Sheridan and to behave in a rude and degrading manner toward her."

The incident was immediately reported to ABC, who chose to ignore the situation and life on the set only got worse for the star until she was told some four months later that her character was being killed off.

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Nicollette Sheridan was photographed exiting My House nightclub on Hollywood Blvd. last night with an unidentified female companion.  The two were holding hands and we'll let others determine what that does or doesn't mean.

The actress will be leaving Desperate Housewives at the end of the current season, with her last performance slated for April 2009.   Sheridan broke her engagement  to singer Michael Bolton in August 2008.  For a walk down memory lane, check out some beach photos of the couple.

Does anyone recognize Nicollette's friend?  We'd love to know her name.

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Will the ABC hit show Desperate Housewives be the same without sexy real estate agent Edie Britt?  Actress Nicollette Sheridan has announced that she is exiting the show.

This isn't the first time that we have heard that Nicollette would be leaving but this time her rep confirmed the news to Usmagazine.com.

Show creator Marc Cherry gave a little insight into what to expect for the fifth season, saying "Edie will cross a moral boundary that will reap devastating consequences for her character."

Her role will come to an end at the season finale in April.  Will Wisteria Lane be the same? Will you miss Edie?

For a walk down memory lane, check out Nicollette's bikini photos from St. Barts.

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by Missy at . Comments
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Yesterday while out shopping in Beverly Hills, this famous actress tried very hard to disguise herself from the paparazzi.  Can you guess who it is?

Could it be Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Heather Locklear?  Take a stroll to the next page to see who it is.

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