22Nov2012
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Chad Mosher
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Breaking News, The Price is Right
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Former “Price” Model Awarded Additional Millions, Executive Producer Mike Richards Comments

Yesterday, we told you about the result of the Brandi Cochran (then known on-air as Brandi Sherwood) lawsuit brought forth in response to staff at The Price Is Right allegedly mistreating her at the workplace during her pregnancy and subsequently terminated her following the aftermath of the event. The jury in the case awarded Cochran, who was a model from 2002 to 2009, $775,000 in damages. However, they were not through. TMZ announced yesterday that the jury also awarded her an additional $7,763,440 in punitive damages, making the total damages awarded for Cochran over $8.5 million. Punitive damages are additional forms of compensation offered to dissuade similar wrongdoings from the defendant in the future, almost like “sending a message.” While this is the figure that is currently standing, it is possible that after additional appeals and further litigation in other venues that the sum could shrink. Still, no matter which way one looks at it, this is a major victory for Cochran.

Originally, the only statement made on the issue came from a representative for FremantleMedia, Price‘s production company. “We believe the verdict in this case was the result of a flawed process in which the court, among other things, refused to allow the jury to hear and consider that 40 percent of our models have been pregnant and other important evidence to our defense… We expect to be fully vindicated after the matter has been reviewed and stand behind executive producer Mike Richards and the staff of The Price is Right.” However, late Wednesday evening, a blog post quietly appeared on The Price Is Right‘s official website. Written by Richards himself, the post is titled, or at least begins with, “If we don’t like pregnant models, we sure have a funny way of showing it.”

Richards notes that yesterday was “a tough day for The Price Is Right and its staff,” and that while he cannot “comment on ongoing litigation,” he says that he can “comment on what I know is true.  My job and the job of the rest of our team is to make this American institution as great as it can be every day.” After the opening paragraph, no more mention is made of the suit and Cochran is never mentioned by name. The rest of the post notes how the show has evolved since Drew Carey took over, and mostly consists of examples of how some of the current models have taken time off for pregnancies and how the show has celebrated them.

It’s likely that this will not be the last we hear of these legal issues between Price and Brandi Cochran, especially with over eight million dollars in legal awards resting on these decisions.



Source : TMZ

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6 responses to "Former “Price” Model Awarded Additional Millions, Executive Producer Mike Richards Comments"

  • GSNFan says:

    Wow, what next? Her own tropical island?

  • Andrew L. Budny says:

    I am surprised that the show has celebrated the models welcoming new life into this world in the last few years. When I first read this I was shocked by what Free I mean (Cheapmantle) did for firing Brandi due to a miscarriage after losing her child.

    It makes me sick that a company like Freemantle would do such a thing, this is why we have the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 which protects workers rights to take up to take 12 weeks of leave to take care of family members and other medical circumstances including childbirth.

    I feel that what Freemantle did was wrong and that Brandi deserves every penny that she got in the suit. I’ll be surprised if Freemantle wins their appeal, but I doubt it will happen.

    • DeVares says:

      Well, seeing as Freemantle is an Australian-based production company, it’s no surprise to me that they don’t know (or care) about FMLA. It’s a huge win for Brandi & her family, not to mention every current and future pregnant models.

      • Counterpoint says:

        I don’t know if that’s a fair comment about the nationality of the original FremantleMedia company; most of the executives in charge of this show are based within North America, and should be familiar with the US labour laws.

        That said, FremantleMedia Australia (or Grundy, as it was known then) hasn’t had issues with pregnant models on quiz shows in the past; back in 1998/9, Nicky Buckley remained as co-host of $ale of the Century until the later months of her pregnancy. I still don’t think it’s relevant to this case, but it’s worth noting.

  • Matt says:

    Brandi was my favorite model on TPIR. I’m suprised that she won. Most of the other models that tried usualled failed. Hope that Rachel, Amber, Gwendolyn, and Maneula (Current models)don’t through any lawsuits like the others.

  • kim g says:

    You would think after all the law suits the Price is Right has had over the years for sexual harassment they would stop any dating of models, host and producers.

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