After a two-week trial, a Utah jury has ruled in favor of Gwyneth Paltrow, finding her not at fault for a 2016 ski collision that left a retired optometrist claiming a permanent brain injury. Terry Sanderson initially sued the Academy Award-winning actress, alleging that she had skied into him at Deer Valley Resort, causing him to suffer four broken ribs and a concussion. However, the jury found Sanderson at fault and fully liable for the collision, which resulted in Paltrow’s harm. The court asked Sanderson to pay $1 in damages, which Paltrow’s legal team had requested.

Medical, physics, and ski experts, as well as witnesses who responded to the crash, testified during the trial. The jury came to its decision after just three hours of deliberation. Paltrow, who was present throughout the proceedings, smiled and looked over at the jury when the verdict was read.

Paltrow countersued, claiming that it was Sanderson who collided with her and that his health issues predated the crash. Statements from Paltrow’s teenage children, Apple and Moses Martin, were also read to the court, in which they described their mother’s anger towards Sanderson immediately after the crash.

The trial, which was livestreamed, gained significant attention on social media, where Paltrow’s “courtcore” outfits, animated facial expressions, and humorous portions of testimony became subjects of discussion. Despite being mocked online for some out-of-touch comments made during her time on the stand, Paltrow has been cleared of all liability in the case.

The trial came shortly after Paltrow was criticized for an interview in which she detailed her spartan diet. Ski crash lawsuits are becoming increasingly common as more skiers hit the mountains, say Utah lawyers.

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