The show "Desperate Housewives" ran for a solid eight seasons in which fan ratings remained high. The show's producers were not the only ones who benefited from constant popularity, but the actors did as well. The show shocked fans in 2009 when Nicollette Sheridan's character Edie Britt was unexpectedly killed off, decreasing her royalty rights by three seasons.
It wasn't how Edie Britt died in the episode that upset Sheridan, it was the way in which the producers ended their relationship with her. Sheridan filed a wrongful termination lawsuit in Los Angeles in which she claimed that she was retaliated against after reporting a battery.
The incident that led to the lawsuit involved Sheridan and the show's creator Marc Cherry. According to Sheridan, the two became involved in an on-set argument but that Cherry took it to a physical level, hitting her over the head. She reported the incident and then her character was written out of the script for the next season.
During the first trial, the associated battery claim was thrown out, but the jury ended in a deadlocked 8-4 vote leaning in favor of Sheridan. The case ended in a mistrial. Over a year has passed since the mistrial was declared and several appeals hearings have been conducted. As a result of the hearings, Sheridan was granted a new trial date for Dec. 2, 2013 in Los Angeles Superior Court. Judge Michael Stern granted the new trial but limited the claims to lost wages and benefits that resulted from the early termination.
Source: Deadline Hollywood, "Nicollette Sheridan Gets New 'Desperate Housewives' Trial," Dominic Patten, April 22, 2013