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    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A jury on Wednesday awarded Johnny Depp more than $10 million in his libel lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard, vindicating his stance that Heard fabricated claims that she was abused by Depp before and during their brief marriage. The jury also found in favor of Heard, who said she was defamed by Depp’s lawyer when he called her abuse allegations a hoax. The jury awarded her $2 million in damages. The verdicts bring an end to a televised trial that Depp had hoped would help restore his reputation, though it turned into a spectacle of a vicious marriage. body. Throughout the trial, fans — overwhelmingly on Depp’s side — lined up overnight for coveted courtroom seats. Spectators who couldn’t get in gathered on the street to cheer Depp and jeer Heard whenever they appeared outside. Heard, who was stoic in the courtroom as the verdict was read, said was heartbroken. “I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It’s a setback. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman...
    The jury in a Fairfax County, Virginia, courthouse decided Wednesday that Johnny Depp and Amber Heard each wronged the other, though Depp was the more aggrieved party, in a defamation suit and counter-suit that captivated the country. Depp sued Heard, his former wife, for a 2018 op-ed in the Washington Post that claimed she was a victim of domestic abuse. She did not name Depp directly, but it was clear from the context that she was accusing Depp of having abused her. Depp sued Heard for $50 million. Heard filed a counterclaim for $100 million, complaining about statements his lawyers had made about her in answering her claims. The trial lasted from April until early June, and featured sensational and shocking details their marriage. Depp’s side presented evidence that Heard had actually abused him, rather than the other way around, and refuted rumors that Depp had abused previous lovers, such as supermodel Kate Moss. Public opinion appeared to side with Depp. The jury found for Depp on all three of his defamation claims regarding the op-ed, awarding him $10 million in...
    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Jury has reached verdicts in Johnny Depp’s libel lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard, along with her counterclaim.
    FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Actor Amber Heard rested her case Tuesday in the civil suit between her and ex-husband Johnny Depp without calling Depp to the stand. Heard’s lawyers had initially suggested they would call Depp as a witness, but ultimately opted against it. Depp is suing Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” His lawyers say he was defamed by the article even though it never mentioned his name. Also Tuesday, Judge Penney Azcarate rejected a motion from Depp’s attorneys to toss out a $100 million counterclaim she filed against Depp. The counterclaim alleges Depp’s then-lawyer, Adam Waldman, defamed Heard when he called her abuse allegations a hoax. Azcarate said the bar for tossing out a claim before it goes to the jury is exceedingly high, and said there is enough evidence to allow it to go forward. She had already ruled Depp could be held responsible for statements made by his lawyer, a principle Depp’s team...
    Fox News hit back at voting systems provider Smartmatic’s financial standing and argued that the network was protected by New York state law and the First Amendment in a counterclaim filed in response to a multibillion-dollar defamation lawsuit. Fox News is facing a $2.7 billion lawsuit filed by Smartmatic following the 2020 election, which argues claims that the voting systems provider was involved in widespread election fraud, allegedly broadcast by Fox News, hurt the company. Fox News’s counterclaim called Smartmatic seeking $2.7 billion in damages “extravagant” and argued that the company was in poor financial standing. “As Smartmatic’s own public filings reflect, by the time the 2020 Presidential election rolled around, it was no financial juggernaut on the cusp of earning billions in revenue. To the contrary, Smartmatic had been in the red each of the preceding four years, combining for nearly $100 million in losses, and its revenues had not exceeded $200 million since 2013,” the court filing said. “Yet by Smartmatic’s telling, it stood to make nearly $2 billion in annual revenue in 2025—a figure more than four times its highest reported revenues within...
    Fox News Network, LLC and several of its hosts on Thursday filed an answer and counterclaim after a New York State trial judge refused to dismiss most of a $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit by voting technology company Smartmatic against the conservative channel, current host Maria Bartiromo, and former host Lou Dobbs.  The Feb. 4, 2021 lawsuit surrounded Fox’s coverage of the 2020 presidential election. The judge did dismiss Jeanine Pirro as a defendant. “The election was not stolen, rigged, or fixed,” Smartmatic said in its blockbuster filing.  “These are facts. They are demonstrable and irrefutable.” Fox moved on Feb. 8, 2021 and on April 26, 2021, to have the lawsuit thrown out of court on the basis of the pleadings alone.  New York State Supreme Court Justice David B. Cohen kept most of the claims alive, especially as to Fox as a corporate defendant. The new responsive documents — totaling hundreds of pages of direct responses and exhibits — include blanket denials of liability and a counterclaim.  The counterclaim takes dead aim at Smartmatic’s listed dollar amount — saying...
    Sidney Powell appears in an August 2021 interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Embattled former Trump campaign attorney Sidney Powell on Friday filed a counterclaim against Dominion Voting Systems.  In it, she argues that the voting machine hardware and software company currently suing her for more than $1 billion is simply trying to silence its critics. Powell’s counterclaim alleges but one count:  abuse of process against Dominion. Powell, a former federal prosecutor, is one of several so-called “Kraken” attorneys who for months claimed that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump by the Democrats. The plethora of post-election lawsuits filed by Powell and her associates failed miserably. Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Linda Parker ordered Powell and her cohorts to repay the State of Michigan more than $200,000 in sanctions. Parker also referred Powell and nine other attorneys associated with the litigation to various bar associations for “possible suspension or disbarment.” Powell and others on the “Kraken” team countered that they should pay no more than $44,000 to reimburse the state and the City of Detroit as...
    This 50% Off Shutterfly Sale Helps You Cherish the Best Memories of Your Summer Olympics 2020 womens basketball odds, picks: USA vs. Australia quarterfinal predictions from proven expert © Jemal Countess/WireImage In a new counterclaim against Alan Dershowitz, Netflix alleges that the Harvard law professor is maliciously attempting to impede its free exercise of speech. The dispute concerns Filthy Rich, the docuseries that examines convicted and deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Dershowitz once represented Epstein and has faced an allegation of sexual misconduct himself. More from The Hollywood Reporter Inside Netflix's 'Army of the Dead' Virtual Reality Experience: "It's a Massive Undertaking" Netflix: Movies and TV Shows Leaving in August Netflix's New Releases Coming in August 2021 In March, Dershowitz objected to a “deliberately one-sided narrative” in a suit that included a libel claim as well as contract and fraudulent inducement causes of action based on the agreement for an interview. Now, Netflix hits back. The streamer says Filthy Rich accurately reported on public court filings, is therefore privileged as a true and fair report of judicial proceedings, that it...
    Billionaire Leon Black is fighting back against a former model’s sexual abuse allegations, claiming he was the victim of an “extortion” scheme and that his accuser “professed her love and appreciation” for him “while regularly extracting millions of dollars” for her own rent, furniture, tuition, vacations, and more. In June, Guzel Ganieva filed a lawsuit claiming Black—perhaps best known lately as a former friend to Jeffrey Epstein and for his ties to the Museum of Modern Art—coerced her into signing a nondisclosure agreement to stay silent about his years of “sexual violence” toward her. The 69-year-old private-equity mogul, in response, released a statement indicating he “foolishly had a consensual affair” with Ganieva, and his spokesman told the media that her complaint was “nothing more than a wholesale fiction.” Now, in a 52-page answer and counterclaim filed Monday, Black alleges he has “irrefutable documentary evidence” that shows Ganieva, 38, “embarked on a campaign of extortion” to get more funds from him in 2015, after the relationship ended. The court document also indicates Black is working to uncover whether Ganieva “is...
    This article was written by WTOP’s news partner InsideNoVa.com and republished with permission. Sign up for InsideNoVa.com’s free email subscription today. The property manager for Potomac Shores has filed a counterclaim demanding more than $491,000 in response to court action by Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant to extend its lease. CHR Properties LLC of Delaware claims restaurant owner Tim Bauckman owes unpaid rent and late fees along with damages for Bauckman’s refusal to leave the property at the end of Cherry Hill Road outside Dumfries. Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant and Crab House has been a favorite on the Potomac River for 28 years, but Bauckman was notified in February that his lease would not be extended. After he announced the restaurant would have to close, thousands took up the cause of saving the business with petitions, a Facebook page and a rally at a Prince William Board of County Supervisors meeting. Last month, Bauckman filed a complaint in Prince William County Circuit Court to extend his lease with CHR Properties, pointing to a 2013 lease provision allowing two, one-year extensions. In a response...
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