Brannock & Humphries Reinstates $13.5 Million Verdict In Tobacco Appeal
The Third District Court of Appeal issued an opinion today upholding an order denying R.J. Reynolds a new trial on claims for fraudulent concealment and conspiracy in a non-Engle progeny tobacco lawsuit.
On appeal, Brannock & Humphries successfully defended the trial court’s order against R.J. Reynolds’ sufficiency-of-the-evidence arguments. More than that, Brannock & Humphries also successfully cross-appealed another order of the trial court that had granted a new trial to R.J. Reynolds on other claims based on supposed jury-instruction error. The Third District agreed with Brannock & Humphries that there had been no error in instructing the jury and reinstated the jury’s full $13.5 million verdict.