Paltrow won't recoup lawyer fees in ski crash suit

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Gwyneth Paltrow will not recoup the lawyers' fees she paid to successfully defend herself against a lawsuit from a 76-year-old retired optometrist who claimed she was at fault for crashing into him at a posh Utah ski resort.

In a ruling published on Saturday, a Utah judge said lawyers for Paltrow and Terry Sanderson had agreed to drop the matter of Paltrow's lawyer fees.

District Court Judge Kent Holmberg's final judgment did not detail why the fees Paltrow sought in her 2019 countersuit were dropped.

The judgment affirmed the jury's unanimous verdict finding Terry Sanderson - the man who collided with Paltrow - to be "100 per cent at fault", awarding Paltrow the $US1 ($A1.5) she sought in a countersuit.

It also said Sanderson would not appeal the verdict, effectively ending a protracted legal battle seven years after the two crashed on a beginner run near the base of Deer Valley Resort in Utah.

Representatives for Paltrow were not immediately available to answer questions about the final judgment or the money at stake.

Neither side has publicly disclosed how much it cost to sustain a years-long legal battle with a team of lawyers, expert witnesses from across the US and, for Paltrow's side, high-resolution animated recreations of her recollections of the crash.

The Shakespeare in Love and Ironman star's eight-day court battle was the most closely watched American celebrity trial since actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard faced off last year.

Sanderson's lawsuit accused Paltrow of negligence and crashing into him from behind, and then leaving the scene of the accident without ensuring he was in good physical condition.

He sought more than $US300,000 ($A452,390) in damages - a threshold in Utah civil court that allows parties to introduce the most evidence and depose the longest list of witnesses.

Paltrow subsequently countersued for the symbolic $US1 ($A1.5) and lawyers' fees, claiming Sanderson had crashed into her from behind and was suing to exploit her fame and celebrity.

"I felt that acquiescing to a false claim compromised my integrity," the founder and CEO of the beauty and wellness brand Goop said.

Under the glare of live Court TV cameras and extensive scrutiny from fans and detractors, Paltrow sat intently in the Park City courtroom throughout the proceedings last month, and testified that at first, when the crash happened, she thought she was being "violated".

After the verdict, Sanderson's lawyers said they were weighing whether to appeal the case or to file for a new trial.

Paltrow and her lawyer said in separate statements that the countersuit had more to do with her principles than the dollar amount at stake.

They were not immediately available to comment on the final judgment.