RJR Gets New Trial In Engle Case Where Jury Awarded $23B

Law360, Miami (February 24, 2017, 1:19 PM EST) -- R.J. Reynolds won a request Friday for a new trial in an Engle progeny suit where a jury originally awarded $23.6 billion in punitive damages, as a Florida appeals court said the plaintiff's closing arguments crossed proper boundaries "repeatedly, flagrantly, and often in defiance of the trial court’s admonishments."

The First District Court of Appeal found that counsel for Cynthia Robinson, who sued the tobacco giant in 2008 on behalf of the estate of her deceased husband, smoker Michael Johnson Sr., improperly made comments during closing...
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