R.J Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. Calloway

In tobacco litigation case, trial court abused its discretion in denying defendant’s motion for new trial because “plaintiff’s counsel’s opening statement was overly argumentative and included comments chastising the tobacco companies for their failure to apologize” and because the “closing argument included inflammatory remarks, statement evoking sympathy from the jury; inappropriate religious references; comments about the defendants not taking responsibility; attacks for electing to defend the case; and insinuations regarding the failure of the defendants’ corporate representatives to attend the trial.” R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. Calloway, 41 Fla. L. Weekly D2188 (Fla. 4th DCA Sept. 23, 2016).