• 10.29.14

    Peter J. Goss Discusses MDL Court’s Reduction of Punitive Award in Actos Bellwether Trial

    Peter Goss commented for Law360 on the MDL court’s post-trial reduction of a $9 billion punitive jury verdict awarded in the first bellwether case to be tried in the Actos litigation.  Goss noted that the reduced award of $37 million still represented a 25:1 ratio of punitive to compensatory damages, which could be found on appeal to violate the defendants’ substantive due process rights.  Goss further observed that the Court seemed to advocate disgorgement of profits as a consideration for determining the size of a punitive award.  The article is available to Law360 subscribers here.   Mr. Goss focuses his national…
  • 10.07.14

    Blackwell Burke P.A. Wins Dismissal of Hebrew National Putative Nationwide Class Action – This Time in State Court

    On October 6, 2014, a Minnesota state court dismissed with prejudice a putative nationwide class action brought against firm client, ConAgra Foods, Inc.  This is the third victory for the Blackwell Burke defense team (following published decisions in federal court and the Eighth Circuit) in litigation in which the plaintiffs alleged that ConAgra’s Hebrew National brand beef products were not “100% kosher as advertised.” The Dakota County Court agreed with Blackwell Burke’s arguments that the First Amendment barred the plaintiffs’ claims and that the plaintiffs also lacked constitutional and statutory standing. The case, initially filed in 2012, was first dismissed…
  • 10.03.14

    Brendan M. Kenny Presents on Ethics at Ediscovery Certification Workshop

    On Thursday, October 2, 2014, Blackwell Burke P.A. attorney Brendan M. Kenny presented on ethics in e-discovery at the Ediscovery Certification Workshop held at the Hilton Minneapolis. He focused on an attorney’s ethical duty to act competently and fairly when working with electronic information, especially given the challenges posed by cloud computing and social networking. The workshop was sponsored by Kroll Ontrack. You can find Mr. Kenny’s presentation materials here and here.  Brendan M. Kenny is the founder of the Twin Cities E-Discovery Forum and a member of the Seventh Circuit Electronic Discovery Pilot Program’s National Outreach Committee. He was…
  • 09.18.14


    Blackwell Burke P.A. has been ranked as “Highly Recommended” in the 2015 Edition of Benchmark Litigation.  Also, Firm Founder and CEO Jerry Blackwell along with Partners, Corey Gordon, Peter Goss, Benjamin Hulse, Mary Young and Special Counsel Mike Hatch have all been named 2015 Benchmark Litigation Minnesota Litigation Stars.  “Highly Recommended” firms are those consistently acknowledged by clients and competitors and held as dominant in their particular jurisdiction during Benchmark Litigation’s six-month research process. “Litigation Star” designation is based on clients and peers recommending these attorneys as “reputable and effective litigators” during Benchmark Litigation’s independent interviews. Jerry W. Blackwell is…
  • 09.17.14

    The Hispanic National Bar Association selects Gerardo (Jerry) Alcazar to serve as Regional President for Region XI

    On September 12, 2014, at the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., Blackwell Burke P.A. associate, Gerardo (Jerry) Alcazar was sworn in as Regional President for Region XI of the HNBA.  Region XI consists of the states of Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota.  In his role, Mr. Alcazar will have a number of responsibilities related to the support and promotion of activities of local Hispanic (and other) Bar Associations, as well as developing and implementing programs to carry out the mission of the HNBA.  The HNBA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, national membership organization that…
  • 08.18.14

    JERRY W. BLACKWELL AND PETER J. GOSS Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015

    Firm Chairman and CEO, Jerry Blackwell, and Firm Partner, Peter Goss have both been selected for inclusion in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (2015). Mr. Blackwell was selected for the practice area of Product Liability Litigation- Defendants, and Mr. Goss was selected for the practice areas of Mass Tort Litigation/ Class Actions- Defendants and Product Liability Litigation- Defendants. Mr. Blackwell serves as national counsel and national trial counsel for major corporations including General Mills, Inc., and ConAgra Foods, Inc. He has received numerous honors, including: being recognized as a Benchmark Litigation Minnesota Litigation Star (2013, 2014);…

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