'Price is Right' contestant spins the big wheel. Photo by Monty Brinton, CBS.
LOS ANGELES -- 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.