The Aquaman actress was found guilty by a jury of defaming celebrity actor and ex-husband Johnny Depp, in an opinion piece that was printed in a newspaper in 2018. This decision came at the conclusion of their highly publicized trial in June this year. She was required to make restitution payments of over $10 million to Johnny Depp. According to reports, the 36-year-old is reportedly trying to convince two insurance companies to cover her ex-libel spouse’s damages by switching lawyers once more.
Celebrity actress Amber Heard is engaged in litigation with her insurance provider on a new front, reports say. As a result of Heard’s unsuccessful defense of a defamation lawsuit launched by her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, New York Marine and General Insurance Co. filed a lawsuit against the “Aquaman” star on Friday in federal court in an effort to avoid having to compensate Heard. In the complaint, the insurance provider said that it did not feel obligated to continue defending Heard. Heard is also covered by a different insurance provider, Travelers.
She had a home owner’s insurance policy with Travelers that provided up to $500,000 in coverage for “libel” claims, and New York Marine had a comparable policy in place that provided up to $1 million in coverage for general liability.
The actress is being represented by David L. Axelrod and Jay Ward Brown in her appeal of the verdict. She has added a third lawyer, Kirk Pasich, to her legal team legal team in an effort to persuade many insurance companies to cover Heard’s exorbitant $15 million in medical bills.
According to testimony in the Virginia defamation trial earlier this year, she has spent at least over $6 million on legal bills. Travelers Commercial Insurance has spent and continues to spend large sums for Heard’s defense under a homeowners insurance policy it offered in 2018, according to court documents. Now it is suing New York Marine for its proportionate share of the expenses. In its complaint, Travelers said that New York Marine should be responsible for at least half of the defense expenses.
According to the complaint, the Travelers-provided home policy covered or possibly covered losses because of defamation and pledged a defense to any litigation seeking such damages. Who would be liable for the celebrity’s payout is now being fought between Travelers Commercial Insurance Company and New York Marine General Insurance Company. According to court documents, New York Marine countersued and disputed several of the claims. While the defamation lawsuit is being resolved, the matter is stayed.
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