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Florida Appeals Court Bars Judge From Considering Post-Trial Motions, Cites Bias

Mealey's (July 22, 2015, 12:43 PM EDT) -- WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The plaintiff in a Engle progeny suit that resulted in a $4 million verdict has demonstrated that she has “an objectively reasonable basis to fear that she will not receive fair review” of pending post-trial motions because of hostility between the trial judge and a member of the plaintiff’s legal team, a Florida appeals panel ruled July 15 (Debra Perrotto, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., et al., No. 4D14-4943, Fla. App. 4th Dist.; 2015 Fla. App. LEXIS 10777)....
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