Paltrow Is Out Attorneys' Fees

Judge says actress, retired optometrist agreed to drop the matter
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2023 4:10 PM CDT
Updated May 1, 2023 5:40 PM CDT
It's Tough to Beat a Famous Actress, Paltrow's Foe Says
Retired optometrist Terry Sanderson listens to the verdict Thursday in Park City, Utah.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool)
UPDATE May 1, 2023 5:40 PM CDT

Gwyneth Paltrow will not recoup the attorneys' fees she incurred in her successful defense against a lawsuit over a 2016 Utah skiing accident. The actress had sought to be reimbursed in a countersuit she filed. A judge's ruling published Saturday said lawyers for the two sides had agreed to drop the issue but did not say why, the AP reports. The legal battle went on for years, and neither side has said how much it cost.

Apr 2, 2023 4:10 PM CDT

Terry Sanderson is still considering appealing his lawsuit loss to Gwyneth Paltrow. But so far, his view of the long legal fight over a Utah skiing accident in 2016 is that it was "absolutely not" worth it. Although the court-ordered damages he must pay Paltrow added up to $1, the retired optometrist is on the hook for Paltrow's legal fees, which could run to seven figures, the Guardian reports. On top of that is the unwelcome notoriety. On the stand, Sanderson, 78, said his days of visiting dating sites probably are over. "I'm going to be on the internet forever," he told reporters.

Paltrow's fame gave her an advantage in credibility over him, Sanderson said, per People, and he realized it would be difficult. He hesitated to go up against a famous actress, Sanderson said, "someone who learns lines, learns how to play someone else's part and be believable, be credible, wins awards." One of the jurors addressed that issue, saying it's important that people not believe Paltrow won because of who she is. "I think there was, in the back of my mind, yes, this woman's an actress and I took that into account, but I didn't feel she had a reason to lie under oath," Samantha Imrie said Friday. "She's always in the spotlight so she always has to be honest." (More Gwyneth Paltrow stories.)

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