The drama surrounding the aftermath of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s defamation case has arguably become even more complex than the six-week trial itself at this point. Since The jury returned its verdictFurther developments were announced for both stars in June. When it comes to Heard, she and her team are currently navigating how she’ll pay the millions of dollars that Depp was awarded in court while also seeking ways to appeal or even have a mistrial declared. The actress faces a new lawsuit from an insurance company.
The New York Marine and General Insurance Company is the entity that’s suing Amber Heard, per Law & Crime. Heard Insurance Company, which was Heard’s insurer from July 2018 to July 2019, sued her in California in the hope of accomplishing three goals. The first thing is to absolve itself of paying for the star’s defense in her defamation case against Johnny Depp. According to the verdict, Heard owes the group money. The group filed a motion to avoid having to pay it. And finally, it’s hoping to avoid picking up the tab for any further litigation expense connected to an appeal.
The suit claims that the lawsuit was filed during the aforementioned time. AquamanA policy of insurance valued at $1,000,000 covered actress. Per California insurance law, an insurer can indeed be held liable due to negligence on the insured party’s part. New York Marine claims that “an insurer is not liable for a loss caused by the willful act of the insured[.]” In other words, because a jury ruled that the starlet acted with malice, the company believes that it shouldn’t have to compensate her. In the filing, NYM acknowledged that Cameron McEvoy was her defense team in October 2019. However, it didn’t approve the withdrawal of the firm from the case in November 2020 at the request of either the actress or her team. This change has resulted in the insurer not believing it should need to spend money on legal fees.
According to the lawsuit, Amber Heard was insured by New York Marine during a crucial portion of the defamation case. It was during this time she published. The Washington Post op-ed for 2018The legal conflict is at its center. This time frame also includes March 2019, when Johnny Depp filed the defamation lawsuit against his ex-spouse.
Johnny Depp was awarded $5 million in punitive and $10 million in compensatory damages following the case. His ex-wife, however, was awarded $2,000,000 in her $100m countersuit. Amber Heard will now have to pay $8.3million to her team for punitive damages. The amount has been reduced. (The star did raise eyebrows when she spoke out about the punitive damages. Was spotted in a private planeSoon after the declaration,
The Friday Night LightsThe alum appeared to be trying to appeal (around that time). Her rep made a bold analogyConcerning the case She and her legal team now seek a mistrial. Juror 15 is accused of making an error. They Doubled the effortThey claim the person who showed-up at the courthouse this week is not the same person who was summoned.
Johnny Depp, on the other hand, is dealing with his financial and legal issues. The Pirates of the CaribbeanStar facing Additional legal fees resulting from a recent court decision. Depp, who was charged with assault in connection to his 2018 film work, is also on the brink of returning to court. City of Lies.
It’s hard to say how the fallout from the defamation case will be resolved. If the New York Marine lawsuit is any indication, Amber Heard may take some time to tie up all loose ends.