• 03.12.15

    Peter J. Goss Comments on Philadelphia Risperdal Verdict

    Peter Goss commented for Law360 on the implications of a $2.5 million Philadelphia County  jury award for Johnson & Johnson’s defense of other Risperdal personal injury claims in other parts of the country.  “I would not make any predictions about what will happen elsewhere based on this Philadelphia County verdict,” Goss said. “J&J faced an uphill battle when the court limited their expert’s testimony regarding Risperdal's FDA approvals and the corresponding benefits of the drug. Plus, plaintiffs were allowed to introduce a new causation expert in the middle of trial. J&J may not have to face the same handicaps in other jurisdictions, and a defense verdict may be…
  • 03.01.15

    Governor Mark Dayton Reappoints Jerry W. Blackwell to the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection

    Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has announced his reappointment of At-Large Attorney Member Jerry W. Blackwell to the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection.  The Commission was created for the purpose of soliciting judicial candidates, evaluating applicants and recommending nominees to the Governor for appointment. The Commission is committed to providing equal access to the judicial selection process for all interested individuals and is governed by 2011 Minnesota Statutes 480B.01.  Mr. Blackwell is the founding partner, CEO and Chairman of Blackwell Burke P.A.  He serves as national and trial counsel for several major corporations.  He is an experienced trial lawyer with nationwide…
  • 02.16.15

    Partner S. Jamal Faleel Named a 2015 LCLD Fellow

    Blackwell Burke P.A. Partner S. Jamal Faleel has been selected as a Fellow of the 2015 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). Mr. Faleel joins this prestigious group of more than 220 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are personally committed to creating a truly diverse legal profession. The purpose of the landmark Fellows Program created by the LCLD is to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession. According to LCLD President Robert J. Grey, Jr., the LCLD Fellows Program offers participants “an extraordinary rich year of relationship-building, virtual and…
  • 02.13.15

    Brendan M. Kenny Discusses Product Liability Trials to Watch in 2015

    Law360 interviewed Blackwell Burke P.A. attorney Brendan M. Kenny for a recent article discussing product liability trials that court watchers will be following in 2015.  Mr. Kenny identified bellwether trials in pelvic mesh litigation and in tobacco suits spawned by the decertified Engle class. Mr. Kenny explained that pelvic mesh cases involve sympathetic plaintiffs alleging serious injuries affecting the most intimate aspects of their lives. He also noted that the next Engle progeny trial addresses the tobacco defendants’ request that the judge recuse himself from the trial because his wife had died from emphysema after smoking cigarettes manufactured by one…
  • 02.11.15

    Brendan M. Kenny Discusses Product Liability Trials to Watch In 2015

    Law360 interviewed Blackwell Burke P.A. attorney Brendan M. Kenny for a recent article discussing product liability trials that court watchers will be following in 2015.  Mr. Kenny identified bellwether trials in pelvic mesh litigation and in tobacco suits spawned by the decertified Engle class. Mr. Kenny explained that pelvic mesh cases involve sympathetic plaintiffs alleging serious injuries affecting the most intimate aspects of their lives. He also noted that the next Engle progeny trial addresses the tobacco defendants’ request that the judge recuse himself from the trial because his wife had died from emphysema after smoking cigarettes manufactured by one…
  • 01.05.15

    Brendan M. Kenny Discusses Product Liability Cases To Watch In 2015

    Law360 interviewed Blackwell Burke P.A. attorney Brendan M. Kenny for a recent article discussing product liability cases that court watchers will be following in 2015.  Mr. Kenny identified the most recent developments in the Engle personal-injury litigation in Florida, where the Florida Supreme Court is being asked to resolve a split among Florida appellate courts by considering a question that will affect the course of thousands of suits spawned by the decertified Engle class: whether punitive damages on strict liability and negligence claims in their individual suits are barred.  Mr. Kenny explained that Florida appellate courts disagree over whether current…

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