• Blackwell Burke Defeats One of Nation’s Largest MDLs – More than 5,000 Cases Dismissed

    Blackwell Burke won a landmark victory for 3M Company in the federal Bair HuggerTM Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) securing the dismissal of one of the ten largest MDLs in the country. The MDL court dismissed the more than 5,000 cases against 3M after it entered summary judgment for 3M and granted the firm’s motion to exclude the opinions of the plaintiffs’ experts.  Measured by the number of cases dismissed, the firm’s summary judgment win represents one of the largest-impact defense wins in history. “From the beginning, our strategy has been to keep the focus on the science,” said Firm CEO and…
  • Blackwell Burke P.A. Wins Federal MDL Bellwether Lawsuit

    Blackwell Burke won a complete defense verdict for one of the world's largest global innovation manufacturing companies in the first product liability multidistrict litigation (MDL) bellwether trial in Minnesota Federal District Court. The jury agreed with the defense that the 3M Bair Hugger™ warming device did not cause surgical site infections. This case is one of more than 4,500 cases in the Minnesota MDL all involving numerous complex novel scientific legal issues. The defense team also secured dismissal of all Minnesota State cases, prevented Plaintiffs from adding punitive damages, won a significant motion to compel, securing more than $11,000 in…
  • Blackwell Burke Wins Summary Judgment for Starbucks

    Blackwell Burke secured a summary judgment win in Minnesota state court for this Fortune 500 coffee company with nearly 29,000 retail stores globally.  Plaintiff alleged Starbucks discriminated against him in a public accommodation based on his status as a transgender male.  The Court of Appeals reversed and remanded this case of first impression and a trial on the merits is pending. #blackwellburke #foodlitigation #summaryjudgment
  • Blackwell Burke P.A. Settles Long-Standing Multi-Million Dollar Environmental Lawsuit

    Blackwell Burke resolved a long-standing environmental contamination action brought by the State of Minnesota Attorney General against 3M Company. The $850 million settlement was the largest environmental settlement in Minnesota, and the third largest in U.S. history, ending eight years of litigation over a former ingredient (fluorochemicals, or PFCs) that allegedly contaminated the state’s drinking water. The settlement was widely covered by the media. #blackwellburke #environment #litigation
  • Blackwell Burke P.A. Wins Summary Judgment for Medtronic

    Blackwell Burke P.A. won summary judgment for Medtronic, Inc., one of the world’s leading medical device companies, in the first of 44 cases pending in Minnesota state court. Plaintiff alleged that her Virtuoso implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) was defectively manufactured and failed prematurely. The court agreed with Blackwell Burke that Plaintiff’s ICD was manufactured within federally approved requirements, and all of Plaintiff’s claims are preempted by federal law.  This case was designated by the parties as a bellwether to test Medtronic’s preemption defense.  43 other similar cases are pending. #blackwellburke #summaryjudgment #litigation
  • Blackwell Burke P.A. Wins Jury Trial in Madison County, IL Benzene Exposure Lawsuit

    Blackwell Burke P.A. won a complete defense verdict for one of the world's largest global innovation manufacturing companies in a seven-figure benzene exposure case in Madison County, Illinois after a two-week trial. Madison County has consistently been named a “judicial hellhole” for corporate defendants. #blackwellburke #verdict #litigation

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