The law firm of Perry & Haas has posted its closing argument in Harper v. General Motors, which resulted in a jury verdict of $47.5 million. The case involved an allegation that the head restraint in a 1990 Chevrolet pick-up was defective. According to the firm's website, the plaintiff "was left a quadriplegic and eventually died as the result of a head on collision."
The closing argument is based on a typical format: (a) an introduction in which the jury is thanked for its time and attention; (b) a discussion of liability; and (c) a discussion of damages. Though the defendant's closing is not available, it is clear from the plaintiff's rebuttal (also online) that the defendant did not address damages in its closing, but only liability.
Another interesting thing about the closing was that plaintiff's counsel extended an offer to waive any punitive award if the defendant would agree to recall and fix the trucks that were alleged to be defective.