AP Photo/Nick Ut
AP Photo/Nick Ut
Ex-Desperate Housewives actress Nicollette Sherdian's case just took a couple of new plot twists.
First, her retrial case was reportedly thrown out...except it wasn't, according to her lawyer.
The Hollywood Reporter says a court of appeals called off the former housewife's retrial, ruling the lawsuit Sheridan filed against Touchstone Television for firing her from the ABC hit show should have been resolved already—and in favor of Touchstone.
However, Sheridan's lawyer Mark Baute denies this report in no uncertain terms to E! News.
Sheridan, who filed the case back in March saying she was due $4 million for being wrongfully fired after complaining that creator Marc Cherry hit her, remained in the running when after three weeks the jury failed to reach a verdict (eight of the 12 jurors sided with Sheridan), causing a retrial to be set by Judge Elizabeth Allen White for September 10.
Now, according to THR, Sheridan can take that date off her calendar as the court is now reportedly siding with Touchstone and ABC lawyers by agreeing with their initially ignored argument that California law precludes wrongful termination lawsuits when an actress' contract option is simply not exercised.
So how desperate should Sheridan be feeling now? Well, according to her lawyer, not desperate at all!
Baute tells E! News: "They [THR] got it wrong. The court wants the trial to go forward so long as the claim is a Labor Code 6310 claim. That is why the order expressly mentions amending the complaint to address that."
An ABC rep tells E!: "We don't comment on ongoing litigation."