Amidst the hailstorm of court proceedings and lawsuits Amber Heard seems to charge head-on. The Aquaman actress filed a counterclaim with one of her insurance companies the New York Marine for failing to pay the losses she incurred in the trial.
For clarity, Johnny Depp is owed $10.35 million for winning the defamation trial by Amber Heard. The actress, now in a fury, filed a legal claim in court against her insurance company for failing to pay her the money she owes to Depp.
Amber Heard Files Counter-claim Against Her Insurance Company
Following the trial that the world tuned in to watch, Johnny Depp emerged victorious. Depp had sued his ex-wife for defamation via an article that described him as an abusive husband. After the trial was over, Amber Heard walked away with $2 million as she was defamed by one of Depp’s lawyers. The actress, however, was left with paying Johnny Depp $10.35 million due to damages done by her acts.
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Before the trial ended, Heard’s insurance company the New York Marine backed out of it. The insurance company filed a claim in court that they were not obligated to pay the losses Amber Heard would incur after the trial since she didn’t choose the firm that New York Marine agreed upon. After backing out, Amber Heard was represented by Pasich LLP.
The current legal firm agency of Heard filed a counter-suit to New York Marine’s claim and stated that the company is trying to slip off of paying Heard what she is legally owed. The statements filed in a 13-page countersuit reads,
“New York Marine sold Ms. Heard an insurance policy in which it promised to defend and indemnify Ms. Heard against, among other things, lawsuits alleging that she defamed others. When Ms. Heard was sued by Johnny Depp for defamation, she timely notified New York Marine and asked New York Marine to defend her.
The statement continued,
“While New York Marine promised to do so, it did not provide the full and capable defense to which Ms. Heard was entitled, it failed to pay the attorneys’ fees and costs that it was obligated to pay for Ms. Heard’s defense, and it acted in other ways that prejudiced Ms. Heard and her defense.”
And yet this is not all, Amber Heard’s legal team further states that New York Marine acted in bad faith and may have acted against the Zombieland actress due to differences.
Did New York Marine Act Against Amber Heard?
In the claim made by New York Marine, the statements read that Amber Heard intentionally defamed her ex-husband Johnny Depp. Due to this reason (and the other being legal representation), the company feels that they do not owe Amber Heard any finances.
In her counter-claim, Amber Heard’s team states that New York Marine had acted in bad faith against the actress. The statements further read that before backing out, the company repeatedly asked Heard to reconsider the trial making her judgments all the more difficult.
“persisted in its position . . . despite requests from Ms. Heard to reconsider.” This made “it impossible for Ms. Heard to fully accept this ‘defense’ led by New York Marine without prejudicing her defense in the Depp lawsuit.”
A status conference meeting is set for a date of December 1st, 2022 wherein Judge Wu will be present along with both parties on the telephone.
Source: Law & Crime