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The former Price Is Right model who earned a huge $7.7 million legal victory in her discrimination lawsuit against the show will likely not see that money, since a judge has ordered a new trial.
Brandi Cochran won her lawsuit in November 2012, claiming that she was discriminated by the show’s producers because she was pregnant and eventually fired. She had tried to hide the pregnancy, but when she couldn’t any longer, she received less work. She was also stressed, causing health issues for herself and the baby.
Producers claimed that they were not aware of her pregnancy depression, so they could not have discriminated against her for a condition they didn’t know about. However, a judge disagreed and awarded Cochran $7.7 million.
She also won $775,000 in compensatory damages.
However, The Hollywood Reporter notes that on Tuesday it was decided that the case will go back to trial thanks to wrong instructions given to the jury before they started deliberations.
L.A. Superior Court Judge Kevin Brazile said that the mistake can’t be “considered harmless.” He added, “Of central importance to the case was the weight given to discriminatory intent and whether that intent need only be of a mere motivating factor or a substantial factor. Given this central dispute, the failure to give the proper instruction regarding substantial factor cannot be considered harmless, and a new trial must be granted.”
According to E! News, a hearing is set for March 22. Cochran's lawyer is sure that her client will win even more after the second trial.