Nearly two years after her first Desperate Housewives trial ended with a deadlocked jury, Nicollette Sheridan is finally getting another legal life. LA Superior Court Judge Michael Stern has overturned his earlier ruling and granted the actress a new trial in her case against ABC/Touchstone TV for being suddenly let go from the now shuttered Housewives back in 2009. In October, Stern denied Sheridan’s request for a new trial, saying she failed to present her grievances to the state Labor Commission within six months of the alleged 2008 incident in which Sheridan claims show executive producer/creator Marc Cherry struck her on set. Stern said at the time that an appellate court ruling handed down in August clarified the law and made him rethink the issues and throw the case out. However, the law on which Touchstone lawyers largely relied was later decertified by the state Supreme Court. Earlier this month, Stern denied Sheridan’s separate for a new trial that was largely based on the same arguments.
Sheridan’s last trial ended in a mistrial in March 2012 after the jury deadlocked 8-4. Dramatically trimmed down from her original multimillion-dollar case, Sheridan was now just claiming that she had been fired from the primetime soap in 2009 because she spoke out against working conditions on the series.