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Judge pares down 'Housewives' lawsuit with ruling
Judge pares down 'Housewives' lawsuit with ruling that jury won't decide battery allegation
By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) ' A judge has pared down Nicollette Sheridan's wrongful termination case by ruling that jurors won't consider a battery claim against her boss.

The verdict will now focus solely on whether jurors believe Sheridan was fired from the show because she complained about a dispute with series creator Marc Cherry.

Defense attorney Adam Levin says he was pleased with Tuesday's decision by the judge.

Sheridan's attorney Mark Baute says it will simplify deliberations while allowing his client to recoup punitive damages if she wins.

Testimony ended Tuesday and the jury will receive its instructions before closing arguments begin.

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