It's official. Actress Nicollette Sheridan didn't win her wrongful termination case against Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry or ABC network. However, the defendants didn't win either. The jury was hung eight to four in favor of Sheridan. So what does that mean going forward?
The truth is that it doesn't really matter. The actress is no worse off than she was before. Her case is just as strong, if not stronger, because the jury didn't come down on the side of the defense. Another thing in Sheridan's favor is that she already knows what the defense plans on using to prove their case if a second trial occurs. While they were reliant on a surprise element the first time around, they won't have that going into a second trial. That gives Sheridan's lawyers a useful edge.
However, another trial may never comes to pass. If ABC and Cherry are smart, they'll settle out of court this time. Neither party came off unscathed after the opening battle. ABC, in particular, took a beating from a surprise witness who made it look like the network hid pertinent evidence. Clearly, that's not the sort of image Disney wants to project.
Of course, if a settlement gets brokered, it's unlikely to make the $5 million range that Nicollette Sheridan wants. It seems more likely a $2 to $3.5 million range is right; plus court expenses perhaps. Fans must wait and see.
What do you think? Will Sheridan go back to court? Will Cherry and ABC settle? Sound off below.