Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Sheridan v. Touchtone Pictures (Cal. Ct. App. - Oct. 20, 2015)

This blog is not TMZ.  My job is not to disseminate all the celebrity gossip that's fit (or not fit) to print.

Nonetheless, when I see an opening paragraph of a published opinion that begins like this, I can't help but mention the case:

"Touchstone Television Productions (Touchstone) hired actress Nicollette Sheridan to appear in the television series Desperate Housewives, a show created by Marc Cherry. Sheridan sued Touchstone under Labor Code section 6310.2 alleging that Touchstone fired her in retaliation for her complaint about a battery allegedly committed on her by Cherry."

Oooh!  Exciting!  A famous celebrity!  Hollywood!  Touching!  Firing!  Who couldn't be excited about that?!

I'm not going to discuss the merits, which you're free to read on your own.  But I will nonetheless let you know the result:

"The trial court sustained Touchstone’s demurrer to the complaint on the basis that Sheridan failed to exhaust her administrative remedies by filing a claim with the Labor Commissioner. The sole issue on appeal is whether Sheridan was required to exhaust her administrative remedies under sections 98.7 and 6312. We conclude that she was not required to do so and therefore reverse."

Victory for a desperate housewife.  Or at least an actress who plays one.