“Deer Valley simply has no place in this litigation.” –Deer Valley Resort AttorneyAdam Strachan
Deer Valley is making the case that it should be removed from a lawsuit stemming from a 2016 ski collision at the resort, contending the dispute should be settled between the Oscar winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her accuser 72 year old retired optometrist Terry Sanderson.
The San Fransisco Chronicle reports attorney Adam Strachan argues Deer Valley Resort is shielded from responsibilities for skiing collisions due to state law that takes into account the inherent dangers of skiing. He equates Deer Valley’s inclusion in the lawsuit to a parking lot owner being sued by a driver who was hit in a fender by another driver.
Terry Sanderson’s attorney Lawrence Buhler’s counter argument is that Deer Valley is responsible for the actions of a ski instructor employed by the resort who was with Paltrow at the time of the incident on Feb. 26, 2016. He accused the instructor berating the injured skier and not calling ski patrol for help after Paltrow supposedly slammed into him:
“He could have been dead, he could have had a broken neck,” –Buhler
Paltrow did not appear at Monday’s hearing and the lawsuit filed against her in January will continue despite what the judge rules about the ski resort’s request to be dismissed.
Sanderson’s lawsuit seeks $3.1 million in damages but Paltrow has a pretty sturdy case to be made in her defense including a supposed admission that he was the uphill skier at the time of impact and documented impaired vision. She counter sued for “symbolic damages” of $1 (READ MORE HERE)
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