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Nicollette Sheridan's 'Desperate Housewives' wrongful termination suit heading to trial

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Nicollete Sheridan’s lawsuit against Marc Cherry and ABC is cooking up more drama than Edie Britt herself: A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that the lawsuit — which alleged she was wrongfully terminated from Desperate Housewives after getting into an argument with Cherry, the series’ creator — will go to trial. According to the Associated Press, an attorney for Cherry claimed the series had decided to kill off Edie months before their tiff. The actress’ lawyer, however, said that they had told Sheridan her ouster was a cost-cutting measure — which didn’t make sense, considering she was still owed money for the remainder of the season after Edie’s midseasonĀ car accident death. A jury will decide whether or not Sheridan can receive damages on wrongful termination, battery, and unlawful retaliation claims. “I’m very happy that I’m being treated fairly,” Sheridan told reporters after Tuesday’s hearing. When the lawsuit was first filed, Sheridan claimed she had suffered emotional distress and physical and emotional abuse; she has since dropped those claims. A lawyer for the defense told EW: “We’re pleased with the rulings. There’s very little left of Ms. Sheridan’s case … We’re confident that a jury looking at all of the evidence and the many witnesses we have will find that Edie Britt was killed off for lawful reasons and that Mr. Cherry never battered Ms. Sheridan as she claims.”

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