Johnny Depp responds to Amber Heard’s attempt to overturn the verdict and a $10.35 million judgment from his defamation lawsuit. In a Monday filing obtained by Yahoo Entertainment, Depp’s legal team declared that “the decision was well supported by overwhelming evidence, consistent with the law, and should not be set aside.”
Hurd’s lawyers gave several reasons for overturning the decision, including a discrepancy on Juror 15. They say the 52-year-old man, who shares the same surname as his father and lives in the same household, wrongly reported to the court when his elder father was called. Hurd’s lawyers are demanding Mistrial. They also argue that the decision is “inconsistent and irreparable”, with the jury concluding that each star defames the other. The jury sided with Depp on all three defamation claims against Heard, while ruling in favor of one of his three counterclaims.
Depp’s team rejected Heard’s “frivolous” arguments, claiming that the actress’ team was well aware of the juror discrepancy prior to the trial.
“After a six-week jury trial, a jury of Ms. Heard’s peers ruled against her in almost all cases. Although deeply displeased with the outcome of the trial, Ms. Heard did not recognize any valid grounds for setting aside either case. Jury’s decision. Virginia law is clear that a verdict must not be set aside unless it is ‘clearly false or without evidence to support it,'” Depp’s lawyers say.
Legal experts seem to be taking Depp’s side.
“The law in Virginia does not support Amber’s claim that she was denied due process because of the issue of juror 15. Her team had the opportunity to question the juror or to raise the issue with the judge at that time.” Heard’s team accepted this jury. Panel with information at that time and no new information has emerged since. They had jury information and a list of jurors identifying their date of birth. Understood, not a real possibility,” said legal analyst Emily D. Baker tells Yahoo Entertainment.
Attorney Rachel Fissette, managing partner of Zwiebach, Fissette & Coleman, agrees that nothing else stands out about the juror.
“Hurd’s claim that the jury wrongly acted on the jury, without more, is unlikely to provide grounds for a new trial,” she tells Yahoo. “If, however, the facts show that the wrongful juror was also concealing other evidence that would have influenced the verdict in this case – he may get a shot at a new trial.”
Hurd’s proposals are to be expected and it is unlikely that the verdict will be thrown out.
Defamation attorney Jeff Lewis says, “Trial judges generally do not pass a jury’s decision absent evidence that there was an error in the trial and that error changed the outcome of the trial.” Heard has also argued that the decision was legally inconsistent and should be set aside because the jury provided some relief to both parties. But as Depp pointed out, the core of the case: did Depp ever tell Heard Was abused, resolved entirely by the jury in Depp’s favor. The jury’s finding against Depp was not related to that core issue, but to a side issue: whether Depp’s lawyer had falsely stated that Heard defrauded a crime scene and falsified the evidence. Depp argues that the jury’s findings are reconcilable and there is no basis for overturning the verdict.”
Lewis states, “Post-test propositions of this type are usually made as precursors to appeals but are very rarely given in practice. These propositions will be rejected, but they are a combination of the types of arguments they make.” There are good signs that Heard will repeat. The Appellate Court.”
Heard’s lawyer had previously said that his client could not pay the millions owed to Depp. Aquaman 2 The actress reportedly turned down one last chance to settle and can appeal if her intentions are wrongly denied.
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