Judge overturns verdict to ‘Price is Right’ model

March 13, 2013 • Business, Entertainment

FILE – In this February 2008 publicity image released by CBS Entertainment, host Drew Carey hosts pauses during a taping of of “The Price is Right Million Dollar Spectacular,” one of six new specials to be broadcast on the CBS Television Network. A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, overturned an $8.5 million jury verdict awarded to a former model on the show after determining that he had not properly instructed the panel. A retrial will be scheduled in Brandi Cochran’s case versus the show’s producers. (AP Photo/CBS, Monty Brinton, File) ** MANDATORY CREDIT. NO ARCHIVE. NO SALES. NORTH AMERICA USE ONLY. **

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has overturned an $8.5 million verdict awarded to a former “Price is Right” model in a pregnancy discrimination case and says a new trial is necessary.

City News Service reports Judge Kevin Brazile ruled Tuesday that he didn’t properly instruct the jury that ultimately sided 9-3 in Brandi Cochran’s favor last year.

Cochran alleged she was discriminated against after becoming pregnant.

Brazile determined he should have instructed the jury to determine whether pregnancy discrimination was a substantial factor in the producers’ decision to keep her from rejoining the cast after her child was born. He cited the divided verdict as a factor warranting a new trial.

Attorneys for Cochran and “Price is Right” producers FremantleMedia did not return calls seeking comment Wednesday.

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