Former Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan has been given fresh hope in her longrunning legal battle against her ex-TV bosses after landing a new trial. The actress sued chiefs at ABC and Touchstone and Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry in 2010, claiming she was unfairly dismissed from the show after complaining about an altercation with the writer, during which he allegedly struck her. The case went to trial in 2012, but the Los Angeles jury failed to agree on a verdict and it was declared a mistrial. Her request for a retrial was rejected later that year (12), but she has continued to fight and returned to court earlier this month (Jan14) to outline her arguments for another legal challenge, citing new laws which have given her an advantage in the case. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Stern rejected the request on 16 January (14), insisting she filed the papers too late, but her lawyer lodged a motion for reconsideration, and now the same judge has had a change of heart and ordered a new trial. Touchstone lawyer Adam Levin is planning to appeal the decision, according to The Hollywood Reporter.