The three-justice panel of the Second District of Court of Appeal has ruled on Thursday that Nicollette Sheridan was not fired from the TV show “Desperate Housewives” for the wrong reasons. Although the court ruling has been made final, the actress is still allowed to pursue her claims of being fired after she complained that the show’s creator, Marc Cherry, had struck her.
The court has agreed with the lawyers from ABC and Touchstone Television that Sheridan was not renewed after the fifth season of the show. Sheridan is also barred from receiving a new trial on her claim of wrongful termination from the show. However, she was allowed to file an amended lawsuit, but the damages that she and her lawyers could impose on the network are only limited to her salary losses.
Sheridan first filed the lawsuit in April 2010, which was scheduled for a re-trial as she claimed that she was fired after she complained that creator Cherry had struck in the head during an argument on-set. The claims of striking Sheridan were denied by both Cherry and ABC, which led the judge to junk the battery claim against Cherry.
In March of this year, jurors sided with the actress during a two-week trial of her wrongful termination from the show. However, the court stated in their 10-page ruling that she could no longer pursue her claim of wrongful termination “in violation of public policy because, contrary to what she claims, she was not fired, discharged or terminated”.