- Amber Heard‘s lawyers have asked the court to overturn the verdict in her defamation trial.
- Heard’s team said that there wasn’t enough evidence to prove that the company was responsible for the damages and that the amount of money requested was too high.
- Heard’s team also said that one of the jurors was not properly vetted before the trial started.
Amber Heard’s lawyers filed a 53-page document on Friday, asking the court to overturn the jury’s verdict in her defamation lawsuit against ex-husband Johnny Depp.
The memorandum asks the jury’s verdict to be set aside on all three counts that Heard was found liable for, to dismiss Depp’s complaint, and for claims that a juror assumed a false identity to be investigated.
In the document, Heard’s lawyers argue that there was insufficient evidence to support Depp’s claims that Heard had defamed him. They also assert that the “jury’s compensatory and punitive damage award were excessive as a matter of law,” saying that Depp only deserved “reputational damages.”
Heard and Depp were found to have defamed each other in June. The jury awarded Heard $2 million in damages, and Depp was awarded $15 million. The judge later lessened the punitive damages to $350,000 because of state law limits.
After the trial, Heard’s lawyer said that the actor would not be able to pay the monetary penalty awarded to Depp.
In Friday’s memo, it was alleged that the identity of a jury member had not been properly established before the jury was selected. This might have led to Heard being denied due process in the case.
“The court should investigate whether Juror 15 properly served on the jury,” the document read. Heard’s team argued that the designated Juror 15 was listed as being born in 1945, but claimed that the Juror 15 who served during the trial was “clearly born later than 1945.”
“This discrepancy raises the question whether Juror 15 actually received a summons for jury duty and was properly vetted by the Court to serve on the jury,” read the document. Per the memo, Heard’s lawyers asked for “appropriate action” to be taken based on the results of the investigation.
The lawyers wrote that the court should rule in their favor based on the arguments in the memorandum. This would mean that the jury’s verdict would be set aside, Depp’s complaint would be dismissed, or there would be a new trial.
In an email to Courthouse News, Benjamin Chew, the head of Depp’s legal team, said the motion filed by Heard’s team was “what we expected, just longer, no more substantive.”
Heard’s motion to dismiss the verdict happened a week after she and Depp did not reach a settlement before their June 24 deadline. This finalized the jury’s verdict.
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