By Lanford Beard
Updated August 30, 2011 at 08:45 PM EDT
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Nicollette Sheridan’s prospects are getting slimmer in her wrongful termination lawsuit against ABC and Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, reports the Associated Press. After limiting the damages the former Housewives villainess could win at October’s trial, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White urged Sheridan to resolve the suit. “You’re going to spend a lot of money on this case,” White told attorneys.

According to Sheridan’s suit, she was unceremoniously fired from the show after complaining about physical abuse from Cherry. Under White’s ruling, Sheridan is only eligible for one season’s wages (roughly $980,000), though she initially sought at least two on the basis of options in her contract. Jurors will consider Sheridan’s battery and wrongful termination claims, but White previously threw out Sheridan’s harassment suit against Cherry and ruled yesterday that Sheridan could not reference those allegations in her current suit. If Sheridan wins the trial, she may be entitled to additional punitive damages. Her reps have not yet responded to a request by EW for comment.

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