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'Price is Right' lawsuit over discrimination overturned

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   March 14, 2013 at 11:34 AM   |   Comments

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March 14 (UPI) -- For one former "Price is Right" model, the price is, well, wrong.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge tossed a verdict awarding Brandi Cochran more than $8 million in her lawsuit against the game show producers who allegedly discriminated against her by not reinstating her after maternity leave.

Judge Kevin Brazile pointed to a February California Supreme Court decision affirming the argument made by the show's defense: that the jury should have been told to determine if Cochran's pregnancy was a "substantial moving factor" in the producer's decision not the hire her back.

"I think there's evidence they could have come out the other way," Brazile said. "It clearly was an issue they were struggling with."

While defense lawyer Mark Haddad was celebrating Brazile's decision -- "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'" -- Cochran's team is hoping for an even bigger payout in the retrial, scheduled for March 22.

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