How Amber Heard Can Win Her Appeal Against Depp
mber Heard's legal team has undergone a major shake-up with the actress's attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, stepping down ahead of the appeal against the Johnny Depp verdict.
In July, Heard filed a motion at the Circuit Court of Fairfax County to appeal the defamation verdict.
She has hired two new lawyers for her appeal: David L. Axelrod and Jay Ward Brown of the firm Ballard Spahr.
The blockbuster defamation trial between the former married couple earlier this year saw a jury largely side with Depp and award the actor $10 million in compensatory damages, as well as $5 million in punitive damages.
The punitive damage award was reduced to $350,000 due to a Virginia law that caps punitive damage awards.
While announcing the appeal in July, a spokesperson for Heard said: "We believe the court made errors that prevented a just and fair verdict consistent with the First Amendment.
Subin added that if Heard is successful in her appeal, "then she'll receive the opportunity to try the case again and the trial judge in the retrial will be bound by the ruling of the appellate court."
Meanwhile, Andrew M. Lieb from Lieb at Law said that Heard is making a "smart move" by hiring new lawyers for her appeal and stated that she needs a "new tone" to ensure victory.
"For Heard, she needs a new tone to reverse her big loss and bringing in new attorneys is just how to get it done," Lieb told Newsweek.
Depp's lawyers previously branded Heard's request for a retrial as "outlandish," but have since said they are "confident" that the verdict will stand.
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