Gwyneth Paltrow Awarded $1 in Ski Accident Lawsuit

Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow has emerged victorious in a lawsuit brought against her by retired optometrist Terry Sanderson, who claimed that she caused him life-threatening injuries while skiing.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Awarded $1 in Ski Accident Lawsuit

Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow has emerged victorious in a lawsuit brought against her by retired optometrist Terry Sanderson, who claimed that she caused him life-threatening injuries while skiing. The case, which took place at a court in Utah, ended with the jury finding Sanderson 100% at fault for the incident, and awarding Paltrow damages of $1, as she had requested, plus legal fees, which will be decided at a later date.

The Verdict: Paltrow's Version of Events More Credible

According to Sanderson's claims, the actress had crashed into him on the beginner trail at Deer Valley Resort in Park City and then skied away while he was unconscious in the snow with broken ribs.

However, the jurors sided with Paltrow, who blamed Sanderson for the accident, and her lawyers managed to successfully deny the allegations through contradictory statements. Los Angeles entertainment attorney Tre Lovell commented on the verdict, stating that Paltrow had not only won the legal battle but also improved her image through her "charm and personal magnetism."

Paltrow's Response: Standing Up for What is Right

In an emailed statement, Paltrow expressed her relief at the outcome of the trial and stated that she felt that accepting a false claim would have compromised her integrity.

“I felt that acquiescing to a false claim compromised my integrity. I am pleased with the outcome and I appreciate all of the hard work of Judge Holmberg and the jury, and thank them for their thoughtfulness in handling this case”.

Paltrow's lead attorney Steven Owen added that she has a history of advocating for what she believes in, and that this situation was no different. Sanderson, who sought $300,000 in damages, expressed his disappointment with the verdict and how he was characterized during the trial.

Overall, the verdict supports the trend of celebrities receiving a certain level of deference from jurors in civil trials, even in conservative and religious places like Utah. Paltrow walked away from the trial with her image more than intact and, according to Lovell, "enhanced because of how she handled herself with poise."

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