A “Price is Right” lawsuit change is making top news headlines this evening, as Today reported this Tuesday, March 12, that a new trial in the case of ex-model Brandi Cochran is being taken back to court. While Cochran was awarded over $8 million for the “Price is Right” allegedly discriminating against her by not letting her come back to work post her maternity leave, a new trial is in the works.
Under the headline, “’Price is Right’ lawsuit: Model stripped of $8.5 million legal win”, sources report that Judge Kevin Brazile recently announced that following a state Supreme Court ruling that Brazile should have had the jury decide whether the discrimination of pregnancy was a “motivating factor” in the show’s decision, a new trial is in order. Until then, Brandi Cochrane’s millions of winnings have been temporarily “stripped” until the “Price is Right” lawsuit is resolved.
"I think there's evidence they could have come out the other way," Brazile said. "It clearly was an issue they were struggling with."
Both sides, however, seem relatively pleased with this decision. The “Price is Right” defense lawyer Mark Haddad was certainly glad of the retrial. He told reporters:
"We're very pleased the judge recognized that if the jury had been properly instructed, they may well have ruled in favor of 'The Price is Right.'"
Brandi Cochran’s attorney has said he’s hopeful, however, that his client will now leave the case with even more money than the $8.5 million.
The retrial hearing is set to take place this March 22, 2013.