Johnny Depp Must Pay ACLU’s Attorneys’ Fees, Judge Rules

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Actor Johnny Depp owes the American Civil Liberties Union $38,000 for attorneys’ fees in complying with a subpoena for evidence that he used in his defamation battle against ex-wife Amber Hearda judge ruled on Friday.

The award amounted to less than half of the fees that the ACLU requested.

“Attorneys, like taxes, are a fact of life,” said Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoronwho disclosed at the top of the hearing that he is a member of the ACLU.

Engoron emphasized that nothing about his being a member would pose a conflict in the fee dispute.

The ACLU’s lawyer Stephanie Teplinfrom the firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, argued that $86,253.26 was reasonable reimbursement for production costs and expenses. Engoron compared her prestigious firm to a “Cadillac,” when all he said was needed for a simple discovery dispute was a “Ford.”

Teplin noted that Depp sought thousands of documents spanning a six-year time period, and New York law provides for the reimbursement of reasonable production expenses to a non-party in litigation.

She added that the ACLU made an attempt to limit its cost by limiting the scope of the subpoena, but Depp defends upon the broader requests.

That argument did not seem to move Justice Engoron and his law clerk Allison Greenfieldwho noted that Engoron upheld the original scope of the subpoenas.

Noting that he did not follow Depp and Heard’s blockbuster trial closely, Engoron coyly asked how the ACLU got embroidered in the Hollywood legal battle. Teplin did not answer that one directly, but her adversary did.

Depp’s lawyer Jessica N. Meyersfrom Brown Rudnick, called the original request for fees “exorbitant and unreasonable” in a legal brief. Meyers opined that the judge’s final ruling was “fair,” after he pronounced it.

During oral

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Amber Heard attorneys seek mistrial, say juror served improperly

One of the jurors in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial served improperly, an attorney for Heard alleged in a recent filing that asked the court to declare a mistrial and order a new trial.

“Newly discovered facts” show Juror No. 15 in the six-week trial was not the individual summoned in April to serve in the case, Heard’s attorney wrote in a five-page memo filed Friday in Virginia’s Fairfax Circuit Court.

Instead, the filing suggests Juror No. 15 was a younger individual with the same last name who “apparently” lives at the same address.

“As the Court no doubt agrees, it is deeply troubling for an individual not summoned for jury duty Nevertheless to appear for jury duty and serve on a jury, especially in a case such as this,” the filing said.

Depp sued his ex-wife over a December 2018 op-ed Heard wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” The piece did not mention Depp by name. Much of the testimony focused on whether Heard had been physically and sexually abused, as she claimed. Depp said he never hit Heard and that she was the abuser.

After a televised trial that turned into a spectacle, the jury found in Depp’s favor on all three of his claims relating to specific statements in the 2018 piece.

On June 1, the jury decided that Depp should receive $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, but the judge reduced the punitive damages award to $350,000 under a state cap.

In a split decision, the jury also found that Heard was defamed by one of Depp’s lawyers, who accused her of creating a detailed hoax that included roughing up their apartment to look worse for police. The jury awarded her $2

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Amber Heard’s attorneys seek for verdict in Johnny Depp defamation case to be tossed out

Amber Heard’s legal team have filed for the verdict in the defamation case brought against her by Johnny Depp to be tossed out, a month after a seven-person jury ruled in favor of Depp.

Depp sued ex-wife Heard for defamation in February of 2019 regarding a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post, in which she recounted being a survivor of domestic abuse. While Depp was not named in the piece, his lawyers argued it implied that she was sexually and physically abused by him during their marriage. Heard filed a counterclaim, alleging an attorney of Depp’s had defamed her in statements published in 2020.

On June 1, Depp was awarded $10million in compensatory damages and $5million in punitive damages, with the jury finding that statements Heard had made about her marriage were “false” and that she had acted with “actual malice”. Punitive damages were reduced to $350,000 due to a state law limit. Heard, henceforth, was awarded $2million in compensatory damages after the jury found Depp had defamed her through his attorney.

in a verdict.pdf”memorandum filed on July 1 in Virginia Circuit Court by Heard’s attorneys, it was argued that the verdict in favor of Depp and against Heard was “excessive… in light of the evidence and law”, and calls for it to be set aside in its entirety with Depp’s complaint dismissed, or for a new trial to be ordered.

Heard’s lawyers argue that Depp “presented no evidence that Ms. Heard did not believe she was abused” and that as such, did not reach the legal requirements for actual malice. It added that Depp’s attorneys “proceeded solely on a defamation by implication theory, abandoning any claims that Ms. Heard’s statements were actually false”.

Elsewhere in the 43-page filing, Heard’s lawyers also make a

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Amber Heard’s Attorneys Seek to Toss Verdict in Johnny Depp Defamation Trial

Amber Heard‘s legal team filed a motion Friday requesting that the verdict of the defamation trial against her ex-husband Johnny Depp be tossed, including the $10.35 million in damages awarded to Depp by the jury.

In addition to Heard’s attorneys arguing that the verdict is not supported by evidence, the 43-page document submitted to the Fairfax County Circuit Court Friday also calls “to investigate improper juror service,” claiming that public information indicates that a juror who served during the trial was born in 1970, despite court officials listing their birth year as 1945.

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“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,” Heard’s lawyers wrote.

Heard’s legal team also argues that the jurors’ $10.35 million award against the actress is “inconsistent and irreconcilable” with the jury’s conclusion both her and Depp had defamed one another. In addition to Depp’s $10 million in compensatory damages, plus $350,000 in punitive damages, the jury was also awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages for her counterclaim.

“Mr. Depp presented no evidence that Ms. Heard did not believe she was abused,” Heard’s attorneys wrote. “Therefore, Mr. Depp did not meet the legal requirements for actual malice, and the verdict should be set aside.”

Depp’s lead attorney, Ben Chew, commented on the motion to toss the verdict, dismissing it as “what we expected, just longer, no more substantive” in a statement to Courthouse News.

The trial began when Depp, the plaintiff in the case, sued Heard for defamation regarding the 2018 Washington Post op-ed she published alluding to her past abuse allegations. Although the op-ed did not directly mention the “Pirates of

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Amber Heard’s Attorneys Ask for Johnny Depp Defamation Case Verdict to Be Tossed

Amber Heard, Elaine Bredehoft

Amber Heard, Elaine Bredehoft

STEVE HELBER/POOL/AFP via Getty Amber Heard (R) and attorney Elaine Bredehoft

Amber Heard‘s attorneys are seeking to appeal or throw out last month’s verdict in the defamation court battle between the actress and her ex-husband Johnny Depp.

In a 43-page filing sent to a Virginia court on Friday, the Aquaman actress’ team argued that the verdict was not supported by sufficient evidence.

In one claim, Heard’s team argues that it was incorrect for Depp, 59, to claim that he lost his role in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series because of a Washington Post op-ed, where Heard wrote that she was abused but did not name the abuser.

Heard’s team argued that Depp “proceeded solely on a defamation by implication theory, abandoning any claims that Ms. Heard’s statements were actually false.”

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The Aquaman star’s team also claimed that one of the jurors who served during the trial was not properly vetted. The person summoned to court had a birth date of 1945 but Heard’s team claims that the person who served was much younger.

The juror, identified in the filing as Juror 15, “was clearly born later than 1945. Publicly available information demonstrates that he appears to have been born in 1970,” the motion states.

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Amber Heard waits before the jury said that they believe she defamed ex-husband Johnny Depp, while announcing split verdicts in favor of both her ex-husband Johnny Depp and Heard

Amber Heard waits before the jury said that they believe she defamed ex-husband Johnny Depp, while announcing split verdicts in favor of both her ex-husband Johnny Depp and Heard


Last month, Depp won all

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