Lawyers argue over whether Sanderson’s health problems were related to the accident or were simply a by-product of aging.
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 2:17 pm
PARK CITY, Utah. Additional witnesses are expected to testify Wednesday in a ski accident trial between Gwyneth Paltrow and a retired Utah man who sued her and said her recklessness led to serious injuries and brain damage.
On the opening day of the trial, Paltrow and retired optometrist Terry Sanderson appeared across from each other in the courtroom, looking bewildered by the arguments that have become familiar from the past seven years of litigation.
Ever since Paltrow and Sanderson’s skis intertwined during what they thought should have been an enjoyable day on the slopes with friends and family, the two have been involved in a lengthy legal drama about what really happened. during a beginner’s run that day in one of the most upscale ski resorts. destinations in the USA.
Mount Deer Valley Resort has some of the most expensive lift tickets in the region and is known for its champagne après-ski yurts and proximity to Park City, a chic resort town famous for hosting the Sundance Film Festival.
Although the court is not releasing a list of witnesses, lawyers said Wendell Gibby and Sam Goldstein, a radiologist and neuropsychologist, are likely to be called to testify on Wednesday. Sanderson’s lawyers said they expected to call four witnesses on Wednesday and left open the possibility that one of them could be Paltrow, depending on when the others are expected to arrive in Park City to testify.
Gibby and Goldstein had previously acted as expert witnesses for Sanderson, who said he suffered broken ribs and brain damage from the accident. Lawyers argue over whether Sanderson’s health problems were related to the accident or were simply a by-product of aging.
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Both sides blame each other for the collision and claim they crashed from behind, relying on a little-known Utah law that says whoever comes down the mountain has advantage in skiing and snowboarding. Paltrow’s lawyer asked Judge Kent Holmberg to impose special restrictions throughout the actor-turned-healthcare mogul’s trial, while she used a blue pad to hide her face from prying eyes as she entered and exited the courtroom.
They called Sanderson’s story “complete nonsense” based on earlier lawsuits and previous testimony in which they accused him of taking legal action to exploit the wealth and celebrity of Shakespeare in Love’s Oscar-winning star.
Sanderson’s lawyers tried to portray her as a casual celebrity with little regard for the injuries inflicted on the 76-year-old military veteran. On Tuesday, they called Sanderson’s ex-girlfriend and his cross-country skiing partner, who were nearby at the time of the crash, to testify. Carlene Davidson said the accident “changed” Sanderson and contributed to the demise of their romance. Craig Ramon testified that Paltrow hit Sanderson and said that after that, one of her family’s ski instructors approached him and said, “Your buddy just killed Gwyneth Paltrow.”
The Park City lawsuit is the latest development in a seven-year case and follows Sanderson’s decision to amend an earlier lawsuit after a $3.1 million complaint citing Paltrow and Deer Valley was dismissed. Paltrow subsequently filed a counterclaim for $1 and attorney’s fees.
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