Blackwell Burke P.A. successfully defended international food manufacturer ConAgra Foods Inc. in the nation’s first consumer product liability case brought to trial where consumers claimed lung disease from exposure to microwave popcorn vapors. On July 30, 2010, after a month-long trial in the plaintiffs’ counsel’s home court in Jackson County, Missouri, a jury in the case of Khoury v. ConAgra Foods found in favor of ConAgra Foods on all claims. Firm founder Jerry W. Blackwell served as lead trial counsel and partner Corey Gordon was second chair. Although so-called “popcorn lung” suits have resulted in significant verdicts and settlements on behalf of industrial workers, this defense victory delivers a deafening blow against similar cases filed across the country.
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