'Price Is Right' Model Brandi Cochran's $8.5 Million Award Overturned

Brandi Cochran discrimination lawsuitA judge has overturned an $8.5 million verdict awarded to a former "Price is Right" model in a pregnancy discrimination case and ruled a new trial is necessary.

Judge Kevin Brazile ruled Tuesday that he didn't properly instruct the jury that ultimately came to a 9-3 decision in Brandi Cochran's favor last year, City News Service reported. He based his ruling on new legal guidance from the state's Supreme Court.

Cochran convinced jurors that the show's producers discriminated against her after she became pregnant and they refused to allow her to return to the show.

Her attorney, Carney Shegerian, said Wednesday that Brazile's ruling was proper and he expects the damages to go higher in the case.

"I think on re-trial I'll get triple or quadruple that," he said.

Brazile determined he should have instructed the jury to decide whether pregnancy discrimination was a substantial factor in the producers' decision to keep Cochran from rejoining the cast after her child was born. He cited the divided verdict as a factor warranting a new trial, which will likely occur later this year.

A spokesman for show producers FremantleMedia declined to comment on the ruling.

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i believe that this trial and the confusion surrounding it is another case of Obamacare not working

March 17 2013 at 3:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Good deal. I couldn't believe the jury awarded her squat, in the first place. This woman knew she was hired to be a pretty face, not because of her intelligence. What did she think they should do, stop the program and hold her job for her until she decided to return? Sweetheart, you made your bed, now lay in it.

March 17 2013 at 2:21 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

For heavens sake, get over yourself young lady. There are many girls as pretty and (talented) as you.
What ever the policy was when you hired on should stand. You young women have no idea what being
Mother is all about anyway. You rush back to work or drag out the option and every one is supposed to
think you are so wonderful--My advice, stay home with the baby you are missing the BEST part.
Four times the original settlement--do I think greedy, well yup I do. What are you trying to prove?
I know what I think , you are being ridiculosly money driven and you and your attouney have lost sight
of what is fair for both camps.

March 16 2013 at 8:14 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Scott is God

She is a Model and this was a gig, not a career. There are new models all the time. Did she think this was going to be a 20 year career? Get a Job.

March 16 2013 at 5:49 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

Drew Carey sucks and Bob Barker too old to hit on anyone anymore but he did all the time when he ran the show! Got sued more times then Carter has peanuts!

March 16 2013 at 2:14 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply

The price is right sucks anyways!

March 16 2013 at 2:12 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

That's America today, "free money" or work your butt off for peanuts.

March 16 2013 at 12:52 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Attornies will appeal or rety any case until you run out of money. That is the nature of the beast.

March 16 2013 at 12:31 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

I've seen atleast 5 pregnant models on Price is Right. One is pregnant right now.

March 16 2013 at 12:23 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

I dont think the prices right has gotten to where it is today by making stupid mistakes like this one. There is more to the story than what is being told here. Like maybe she wanted to take two years off after having her baby and the show said no. Maybe Bob Barker turned her down and wouldnt sleep with her or her slept with her and used her as a one night stand. But sex is proably the main issue here

March 16 2013 at 12:12 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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