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Amber Heard’s mistrial motion was denied by judge.

Johnny Depp, star of “Pirates of the Caribbean,” prevailed in the defamation case he brought against his ex-wife on June 1.

Amber Heard claimed that the wrong juror was seated in the case against her after Johnny Depp was awarded a judgment of $10.35 million against her. On Wednesday, a court in Virginia refused her request for a new trial based on the allegations that the wrong juror was seated.

The extraordinary six-week trial that took place in the Fairfax County Circuit Court was presided over by Judge Penney Azcarate, who noted in her decision that “there is no proof of fraud or malfeasance.”

In a request that was submitted on Friday, Heard’s legal team contended that a summons had been delivered to a man who was 77 years old, but that his son, who is 52 years old and shares the same name and address, had responded to the summons instead. The son served as Juror No. 15 and was positioned on the panel.

Elaine Bredehoft, the attorney for the “Aquaman” actress, stated that it was the obligation of the court to verify the authenticity of the material provided by the jurors.

However, in a brief order, Azcarate stated that it is the obligation of the parties involved in the case because the law makes it very plain that this is the situation.

According to what Azcarate wrote, the summons that was given to Juror No. 15 listed his legal name and address, but there was no indication of his birthdate.

She included the completed jury questionnaire for Juror No. 15 with the order.

She noted that “Juror Fifteen completed the Jury Questionnaire as himself filling in his proper birth date.” “Juror Fifteen completed the Jury Questionnaire as himself.” “The information that Juror Fifteen supplied to the Court is consistent with the information that was presented on the Jury Questionnaire.”

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The court also mentioned that both sides questioned the jury panel for a whole day and agreed or disagreed with each member of the jury panel. They were provided with a jury list five days before the beginning of the trial, but they did not bring up this concern.

According to what Azcarate has written, “a party cannot wait until getting an adverse result to object, for the first time, on an issue that has been known since the beginning of the trial.”

Amber Heard has asked the court to overturn the $10 million defamation verdict against Johnny Depp.

The judge further noted that the defendant did not present any evidence to support her claim that she had been harmed as a result of the purported mistake.

Additionally, Azcarate refuted six of Heard’s other arguments that she made in her application to overturn the conviction.

Ben Chew, an attorney for Depp, has filed a motion in which he refers to numerous of Heard’s grounds for a mistrial as being groundless.

According to Chew stated, “While Ms. Heard throws a significant quantity of mud at the wall in the hope that something would stick, the jury’s decision on damages was fully fair and supported by the evidence and testimony in the case.”

In a unanimous decision, a jury panel of seven people found in Depp’s favor on all of his allegations and gave him a total of $15 million in damages: $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.
Later on, Azcarate lowered the amount of the punishment to the utmost that was permitted under Virginia law, which was $350,000.

One of Heard’s claims in her countersuit was heard by the jury, and they decided that Depp’s attorney had defamed her by making a statement to the press in which he called her allegations a “hoax.” This claim was heard and decided in favor of Heard. She was given a judgment for damages of $2 million.

Earlier, Bredehoft stated that the actress from “London Fields” intends to file an appeal.

Liz Weston: Beware High-Risk Homes That Drive up Insurance

When house hunting, the price of homeowners insurance probably isn’t top of mind. But homes with hidden risks can make getting coverage difficult, expensive, or both. Learning how to identify them could save you a bundle.

This could be a particularly important concern for first-time homebuyers and those moving from cities to suburban or rural areas who may not be aware of common hazards, says Jennifer Naughton, risk consulting officer for North America for Chubb, an insurance company.

Three out of 10 city dwellers told a Chubb survey in early August that they were considering moving out of the city because of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Meanwhile, the number of first-time homebuyers in the first half of 2020 rose 4% compared to a year earlier as lower interest rates made mortgages more affordable, according to Genworth Mortgage Insurance.

WHERE’S THE NEAREST FIRE HYDRANT?

A homeowners insurance premium can depend in part on distance to the nearest fire hydrant and fire station, Naughton says. Homes that are on narrow roads or otherwise difficult for fire trucks to access also could be more expensive to insure.

“If they have to cross over a bridge, it’s not only a consideration of can a car go over that bridge, but also can a fire engine,” she says.

Some homes are at such high risk of wildfires and severe weather — hurricanes, tornadoes, windstorms and hail — that private companies won’t insure them. Without insurance, you can’t get a mortgage, so you’d need to turn to state-run risk pools such as Beach and Windstorm Plans or Fair Access to Insurance Requirements Plans, better known as FAIR. These policies typically cost more and cover less than regular homeowners insurance.

Also, many homeowners policies in storm-prone areas have hurricane deductibles that are higher than the normal deductible, says Loretta Worters, vice president of media relations for the Insurance Information Institute, a trade group. Instead of paying the first $500 or $1,000 of a claim out of pocket, you may have to pay 1% to 5% of the home’s value before coverage kicks in.

Talking to the neighbors and a local insurance agent can give you a better idea of what costs you might face.

Getting coverage for an older house with outdated wiring, heating systems or plumbing can be a challenge as well because of the risk of fire or water damage. Burst pipes and leaky water lines are among the biggest causes of water damage, which costs insurers and homeowners billions of dollars a year.

Homebuyers may be able to lower their insurance costs by updating those systems and by installing water sensors or a whole-house monitoring system, which shuts off the water supply if a leak is detected, Naughton says. Those systems can range from $600 to several thousand dollars, she says.

Flood risk is also a concern, Naughton says. Flooding isn’t covered by regular homeowners insurance policies, and typically only homes in the highest-risk zones are required by mortgage lenders to buy special flood policies. But the federal government’s flood maps may understate the risk to many properties, especially as hurricanes get stronger and bring intense rainfall along with larger storm surges.

“We’re seeing coastal flooding that’s going in quite a bit,” Naughton says. “People who previously didn’t consider flood insurance should because of the rain aspect as well as the surges.”

Again, talking to the neighbors and a local insurance agent can help you assess the potential costs. You can get quotes for flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program as well as a few private insurers.

EARTH-SHAKING RISKS

The U.S. Geological Survey says 16 states are at high risk for a damaging earthquake in the next half-century: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Earthquakes are another hazard excluded from homeowners’ policies, although some private insurers offer earthquake policies, and people in the Golden State can buy coverage from the California Earthquake Authority. Deductibles range from 5% to 25% of the policy limit.

Certain types of houses may be at particular risk of earthquake damage, including those built before 1980 that have a stem wall — a wood-framed first floor that rests on a concrete perimeter — or a cripple wall, which is a short wooden wall between the foundation and the wood-framed first floor. Both types can be made more secure by anchoring them to their foundations with bolts and braces. Post-and-pier houses, which rest on pilings rather than on a continuous foundation, would need to have a concrete foundation created to make them safer.

Living spaces above garages or other large openings, also known as “soft story” buildings, and homes on steep hillsides should be evaluated by structural engineers for their vulnerability to damage.

Obviously, there’s no such thing as a risk-free house, and you may decide that you’re willing to pay the price of higher insurance or mitigation costs. But that’s a choice you should make before you buy, rather than finding yourself stuck with a bill after it’s too late.

This beach lounger folds so much that French women carry it like a baguette

It doesn’t weigh, it’s pretty and it makes you the girl with the most resources in the world.

Feeling a certain point of fascination for everything (or almost everything) that comes from France is normal. Fashion. The gastronomy. The architecture. Literature … And even starting from the basis that the ‘made in Spain’ is cool and rarely has anything to envy, the same thing always happens, we want what is from others. At least sometimes. This one, without a doubt.

The invention of the summer that, like us, you are going to want to sign is the lightest, most practical and most beautiful lounger on the beach . So much so, that French women carry it under their arms as if it were a baguette. They, who measure everything and who know perfection. They, who even to put on the sarong or the shirt dress seem to have made a master in savoire faire . If they wear it, so do we.

Made in the neighboring country, the Neo-Transat hammocks by Simone et Georges are a double investment in comfort. On the one hand, transporting them is not lazy as you will carry in your hand a light rolled canvas fabric with two 80 cm pine wood poles (it fits in most suitcases). No plastic armrests, no awkward handles that hook everywhere. Neither an object of great volume or extra weight to add to the towel, the umbrella, the refrigerator with the watermelon tupper …

Transported like a newspaper or a fresh loaf of bread, assembling it, to call it that, is as simple as placing the sticks up in the notches in the fabric . Next, and for the perfect experience, sit down and move the sticks away from your lower back. The third and final step is to apply the sunscreen and enjoy.

Washable at 30 degrees, and with dimensions of 140 x 70 cm, the lounger that French women love will be that you want to buy. We thought we had all the accessories to go to the beach and we were missing the most important.

Neo-Transat Hammock, by Simone et Georges

Important data: it is available in the 11 most summery and appetizing colors in the world and is worth 49 euros. It is the investment of the season.

Tristan Thompson settles in California and Khloé Kardashian is delighted?

Thompson is now with the Sacramento Kings, coinciding with his last break.

Great news for Tristan Thompson : the player leaves the Boston Celtics and signs for the Sacramento Kings, in California. What does this mean, besides a team change? Well, of residence, so the Canadian would return to California , where Khloé Kardashian and her daughter True also live . A reunification that comes, yes, at a difficult time because they had broken up months ago and it seems that … forever. How has the news that Tristan is going to be so much closer to her made Khloé feel? Well, it (re) confirms how well the Kardashians always get along with their ex-partners because, according to the not-so-cryptic Stories that she has published, she seems to be delighted .

We already know that Khloé Kardashian no longer likes to talk openly on social media about her personal life. We have been learning about his sentimental situation indirectly and interpreting posts on Instagram . And the latest Stories, coinciding with the transfer of Tristan to the Sacramento Kings, we can appreciate a certain happiness for the quotes he shares:

Khloé Kardashian Stories

“They asked him ‘What is happiness?’. Happiness is not getting all the pleasure or all that you want . Happiness is enjoying life with a peaceful mind and not asking for more. This is the inner peace that comes. when you accept the change, “shares Khloé. This is a Yung Pueblo quote but it seems to fit perfectly with their current situation. Do you mean that happiness is having Tristan Thompson around but not as she would like?

And the thing continues:

Khloé Kardashian Stories

” Every situation in life is temporary . So when life is good, make sure you enjoy it and receive it fully. And when life is not so good remember that it will not last forever and there will be better days.” This quote could refer to the fact that she is now happy with Tristan in California, something that may not last long since her sports career may take her away from her again, to the other side of the world.

With Tristan in one state or another, with or without him, together or apart … we just want Khloé Kardashian to be happy!

Michelle and Barack Obama, in love like the first day: “You still make me turn my head”

Now he is one of the most powerful people in the world, but many years ago Barack Obama was a nobody, a young Harvard graduate, starting his practice of law and his work as a social activist. Michelle Robinson had also studied Law at Harvard – and before that, at Princeton – and had already been at Sidley & Austin for some time, one of the best law firms in Chicago and where Barack stopped to do his summer internships.

He insistently courted her and she rejected him as far as she could: dating the fellow compromised her professional aspirations. A young black woman had it complicated enough in a white male world to start dating the first handsome young black man to walk through the door. But the rendezvous eventually came: there was a museum visit, Spike Lee’s movie, a shared ice cream, and a kiss. The African-American zone was where Michelle grew up and where Barack, with his social work, but the first seed in his climb to the White House.

They were married on October 3, 1992, and almost thirty years later Michelle and Barack love each other like the first day. This was reflected this week by the former first lady during the celebration of the 60 years of the former president of the United States. «Of all your achievements, I know that being a present, loving father with our daughters tops all of them. Thank you for never letting the weight of the world get in the way of being a fabulous husband and wife. Happy 60th anniversary, “wrote Michelle on her Instagram profile.

You still make me turn my head after all these years. I love you, Barack! ”He added along with a series of familiar images.

Kit Harington: “I had mental health problems from ‘Game of Thrones'”

The actor assures that he entered a rehabilitation center and turned to professionals due to the end of the series

More than two years have passed since ‘Game of Thrones’ issued its last chapter, thus solving the convoluted plots of the Seven Kingdoms and the fate of each of its protagonists. The end of one of the most acclaimed characters, Jon Snow (Kit Harington), divided the audience who – we will avoid spoilers – was looking for another destination for what has been, without a doubt, the undisputed icon of fiction based on George’s books. RR Martin.

Like other successful fiction protagonists, Kit Harington’s resume will always be marked by her portrayal of Jon Snow. The character that took the actor to the top was also an undoubted responsibility that Harington had to deal with with the help of professionals. As the actor has recognized in the program ‘The Jess Cagle Show’, the work in ‘Game of Thrones’ led him to enter a rehabilitation center to solve his mental problems caused by stress. “I had some mental health issues after ‘Game of Thrones, and during the series finale, to be honest. I think it was directly motivated by the nature of the show and what it had been doing for years, “he said.

After the last chapter of ‘Game of Thrones’, issued in May 2019, Harington decided to stop his career for a time to recover his life outside the character. «I said to myself: I don’t want to work for a year. I really want to focus on myself, “he said in the aforementioned program. “I am very happy that I made that decision.”

Despite having recovered thanks to the help of professionals, the pandemic truncated Harington’s plans to sign for new projects, although we can see the actor soon in one of the chapters of ‘Modern Love’ , whose second season premieres on 13 August on Amazon.