The Gwyneth Paltrow ski collision trial has captivated audiences everywhere for its viral moments (“Well, I lost half a day of skiing”) and courtroom fashion (the $250 notebook). The bombshell trial finally reached a conclusion on 30 March, with jurors finding that Paltrow was not liable.
For those who have only seen viral snippets of the trial online, the Goop founder was being sued by retired optometrist Terry Sanderson over an alleged “hit-and-run ski crash” that occurred seven years ago at the Deer Valley Resort near Park City, Utah. Sanderson, who was seeking $300,000 in damages, claimed that his alleged collision with Paltrow back in February 2016 left him with “permanent traumatic brain injury, four broken ribs, pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress and disfigurement”. However, Paltrow claimed it was Sanderson who crashed into her, and filed a countersuit asking for a symbolic $1 should she win, and for her legal expenses to be covered.
Ever since courtroom proceedings began in Utah eight days ago, lawyers on TikTok have shared their professional takes and overall shocked reactions to the bizarre trial.
On TikTok, the hashtag #gwynethpaltrowtrial has garnered nearly 80 million views in two short weeks. One legal expert who’s followed the trial closely is @that_lawyer_says on TikTok. In one video that’s gained 1.5 million views, the Harvard Law School graduate highlighted the trial’s bizarre line of questioning – including one moment when Paltrow’s attorney possibly exposed his personal