• 11.06.14

    Blackwell Burke P.A. Included and Ranked on U.S News & World Report and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” List

    Blackwell Burke P.A. has been included on the 2015 U.S News and World Report and Best Lawyers Best Law Firms list with a ranking of “Metropolitan Tier 2 for Products Liability Litigation-Defendant.”  Firms included on the Best Law Firms list are those that are “recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.”  The 2015 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record.   To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4…
  • 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 RANKED ‘HIGHLY RECOMMENDED’ AND SIX BLACKWELL ATTORNEYS NAMED ‘MINNESOTA LITIGATION STARS’ BY BENCHMARK LITIGATION

    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…

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