The retired ophthalmologist who sued Gwyneth Paltrow over a 2016 skiing accident said he’s already considering an appeal — hours after telling reporters his year-long legal run wasn’t worth it.
It culminated in a thrilling seven-day trial that concluded Thursday, in which a Utah jury dismissed Terry Sanderson’s civil claims case.
Lawyers for the 76-year-old — who is facing financial ruin after a costly legal battle with the actress-turned-influencer — initially demanded $3.1 million, but changed his compensation claim to $300,000 after dropping his initial complaint.
The decision marks a painful loss for Sanderson, who the A-lister wished well as she left the court Thursday. The awkward exchange came after the high-profile ophthalmologist’s lawyers argued The accident at Deer Valley Ski Resort left him with permanent brain impairment and changed his personality.
At that point, the senior submitted a disjointed statement conceding that he shouldn’t have bothered to pursue legal action against the founder of Goop. Now, his lawyers say there is still a chance that Paltrow will not emerge unscathed.
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Terry Sanderson (R), the 76-year-old retired ophthalmologist who sued Gwyneth Paltrow over a 2016 skiing accident, has already announced he’s considering an appeal — now that he’s facing financial ruin after a costly legal battle with the actress — he’s become influential.
The decision marks a painful loss for Sanderson, who was seen as wishing well by the A-lister when she left the court Thursday. His attorney, Robert B. Sykes (R), Friday, said his office is now considering an appeal
In an official statement Friday, Sanderson attorney Robert B.
“The marathon ski crash experiment ended yesterday,” Sykes wrote, nearly 24 hours after jurors in Utah unanimously in favor of the Oscar winner held Sanderson 100 percent at fault for the accident.
The attorney set out to address the rush of requests for comment he and his colleagues have seen since seeing their argument that Sanderson’s personality was permanently changed after the accident was dropped.
“We are all exhausted and need a break,” the lawyer said in the statement to local outlet 2News. ‘Mr. Sanderson needs to rest today. We have many inquiries, requests for comments, interviews, statements and the like. We may not have been able to fulfill all of these requests.
He added, “In the coming days.” Sanderson may be available to speak to the press. Please respect his privacy and do not attempt to contact him in any other way.
Then the lawyer hinted at a prospective appeal.
As Mr. Sanderson’s attorney, we are considering all options. This includes a possible motion for a new trial, an appeal to the Utah Supreme Court, and other legal options.
These options will be thoroughly explored between the lawyers and Terry Sanderson at a later date. We are grateful to Judge Holmberg and his staff and bailiffs for their amazing hard work. We also thank the jury for its service.
The exchange came after high-powered lawyers, hired by the ophthalmologist, argued the crash of 43-year-old Paltrow — seen here smiling to reporters after receiving a token $1 in compensation — left him with permanent brain impairment.
The actress left the court in Park City after telling her opponent, Sanderson, “I wish you well.”
The singular statement came less than a day after Sanderson told reporters in a Park City courtroom that he was “very disappointed” with the jury’s decision — but that he didn’t have to bother taking legal action against the fashion influencer.
Gwyneth Paltrow has won her case against retired ophthalmologist Terry Sanderson who claims she caused a 2016 skiing collision that left him with permanent brain damage.
Jurors have found Sanderson, 76, responsible for the crash at the luxury ski resort in Utah. It took just two hours and 20 minutes for the jury to reach its verdict on Thursday
Paltrow’s legal team, led by Stephen Owens, thanked the jury for their service
The singular statement came less than a day after Sanderson told reporters flocking to the steps of Park City Courthouse after Thursday’s surprise verdict that he was “very disappointed” by the jury’s verdict – which was reportedly reached in just two hours.
Appearing very desperate and somewhat defeated, Sanderson said he shouldn’t have bothered to pursue legal action against the fashion influencer, when asked if the suit was worth it.
“Not at all,” Sanderson replied curtly, speaking to entertainment news outlet Extra of the case, and how his medical history was revealed to jurors and much of the world during the televised proceedings.
“Knowing that now, no.” “It’s like, ‘I’m going to be online forever,'” he joked.
In a statement he gave to reporters a few days ago, the ophthalmologist joked about the publicity the lawsuit got, and how he can now “never go to another dating site again.”
“It’s a pain trying to sue a celebrity,” he said Wednesday, the day before the jury is due to issue its verdict.