• 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);…
  • 07.31.14

    Six Blackwell Burke lawyers selected to Minnesota Super Lawyers 2014® and Minnesota Rising Stars 2014

    The attorneys listed below represent almost 50% of the lawyers in the Firm.    The attorneys who were selected to this year’s Super Lawyers® list, including their primary practice areas are:   Jerry Blackwell, Founding Partner and Chairman: Business Litigation; Corey Gordon, Partner:  Personal Injury Products (Defense); Peter Goss, Partner:  Class Action/Mass Torts.   The lawyers selected to this year’s Rising Stars list, including their primary practice areas, are:   Mary S. Young, Partner:  Civil Litigation (Defense); Brendan Kenny, Associate:  Class Action/Mass Tort; Wendy Carlisle, Special Counsel:  Civil Litigation (Defense).   Super Lawyers® lists are comprised of the top 5%…
  • 06.20.14

    Brendan M. Kenny Discusses Supreme Court’s Cert Denial in Engle Tobacco Cases in Law360

    Law360 interviewed Blackwell Burke P.A. attorney Brendan M. Kenny for a recent article discussing the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of tobacco companies’ certiorari petitions to challenge plaintiff-friendly findings in the massive Engle personal injury litigation in Florida. Tobacco companies sought to challenge the Florida Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in 2006 that decertified a class of 700,000 smokers but allowed them to sue the companies individually using the Engle jury’s eight liability findings, including that smoking cigarettes causes certain diseases and that the tobacco companies hid the dangers of smoking. Mr. Kenny explained that tobacco companies may attempt to advance the…
  • 06.06.14

    Firm Partner Mary S. Young Speaks at ABA Food & Supplements Workshop

    Blackwell Burke P.A. partner Mary S. Young presented at the American Bar Association’s Section of Products Liability Food & Supplements Fourth Annual Workshop, held on Thursday, June 5 in Wayzata, Minnesota (near Minneapolis) at Cargill, Incorporated.  Ms. Young participated in a panel entitled, “Consumer Fraud Class Actions – Litigation and Settlement Strategy.”  Ms. Young and co-panelists provided their perspectives on the most significant recent developments in consumer fraud class action litigation involving food products and supplements, including an in-depth discussion of the recent wave of class certification decisions applying the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend to…
  • 06.02.14

    Blackwell Burke Secures Win for General Mills in False Ad Suit Over Nature Valley Bars

    On May 14, 2014, Blackwell Burke P.A. secured a complete victory for General Mills, Inc. in a putative nationwide class action over the alleged false advertising of the company’s Nature Valley snack bars.  The named plaintiffs Tracie Chin and Salvatore Montalbano claimed that the company misled consumers by labeling its Nature Valley snack bars as “100% Natural” when the products contained the allegedly non-natural ingredients, high fructose corn syrup, high maltose corn syrup, and maltodextrin.  The plaintiffs sought certification of a nationwide class of Nature Valley purchasers as well as subclasses of New York and New Jersey buyers, in addition…
  • 05.20.14

    Partner Mary S. Young Named a 2014 LCLD Fellow

    Blackwell Burke P.A. Partner Mary S. Young has been selected as a fellow of the 2014 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD).  Ms. Young joins over 170 attorneys from around the country who have been selected to join the prestigious program.     Founded in 2011, the LCLD Fellows program is an ambitious, highly structured program designed to increase diversity at the leadership levels of the nation's law firms and corporate legal departments.  Over the course of the year-long Fellowship, participants will embark on a learning program that includes in-person conferences, virtual training on the fine points of legal practice, and…

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