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Can Amber Heard File an Appeal For the Verdict in Johnny Depp’s Defamation Lawsuit?

After the famous defamation trial verdict wherein, jurors in a US court ruled in favour of Johnny Depp’s claim of defamation on three counts after a seven-week trial, Amber Heard plans to file an appeal against the said judgment. Read on to learn about this development.

Can Amber Heard File an Appeal?

Yes, Amber Heard can file an appeal against the verdict delivered by the Virginia Court. As per law, civil appeals must be filed within ten (10) calendar days of judgment and must be perfected within thirty (30) calendar days of judgment. You may be required to pay an appeal bond to file a civil appeal.

Civil appeals must be filed within ten (10) calendar days of judgment and must be perfected within thirty (30) calendar days of judgment. You may be required to pay an appeal bond to file a civil appeal. Amber Heard is reported to be planning an appeal after losing a defamation trial against her former husband Johnny Depp over allegations of domestic abuse.
Jurors in a Virginia court ruled in favour of Depp’s claim of defamation on three counts, awarding the Pirates of the Caribbean actor $15m which was later reduced by the judge to $10.35m. Heard’s spokesperson, Alafair Hall said that the Aquaman actor planned to appeal the decision, according to the New York Times.

Lisa Bloom calls it An Inconsistent Verdict…

Amber Heard released a statement minutes after the verdict was delivered in the Virginia court. The “Aquaman” star called the judgment a “setback against women” even though the judgment comes as a positive step for those who have been victims like Johnny Depp. She stated:
“It is a setback. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously.”
Amber’s lawyer Lisa Bloom, who is a high-profile lawyer who represented women whose sexual harassment claimed led to the dismissal of the Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly, predicted the Heard-Depp case would be decided on appeal. She revealed in a recent interview, “I want to emphasise that this is not the end because most defamation cases are really decided on appeal.”  Here is what Lisa said:
“I think this is an inconsistent verdict. How can it be that Amber Heard was defamed when Johnny Depp’s lawyer said that her allegations were a hoax, and yet Johnny Depp was also defamed when she said she was representative of domestic violence?
She also got hit with the defamation verdict for the headline in the article, which she did not write … I think this is going to go up on appeal. I think within a year or two, we’re going to have a more definitive answer and outcome in this case.”
Heard had demanded $100m in a countersuit against Depp in which she argued she was defamed by his press agent who described her allegations as “an abuse hoax” aimed at capitalising on the #MeToo movement. She succeeded on only one count and was awarded $2m.
The present verdict sets a fine example that the position will now return to innocent until proven guilty, both within the courts and in the media. It’s a hope for both men, and women, who struggle each day like Johnny. Read on to learn more about Johnny’s reaction to this victory.
Well, this may not be the end as Amber Heard is planning to file an appeal against the verdict, which I feel is just in the eyes of law. But how does it matter, I am sure that the appeal would be dismissed while uplifting the lower court judgment wherein evidence and testimonies have been carefully examined. What do you suggest?
Mallika
I am Mallika Singh, a lawyer and writer by profession. Writing gives me a sense of freedom and independence. I am a keen observer and an ardent reader. When not at work, you can find me at the stable. Horse riding is another passion that keeps me going.
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