Blackwell Burke Attorneys Score Victory for ConAgra

Blackwell Burke P.A. Partner Mary S. Young and Attorney Emily A. Ambrose represented ConAgra Foods Inc. in a lawsuit where claims were recently thrown out by a New York federal judge. Lucita Urena, in the suit filed in 2016, alleged that a can of PAM cooking spray exploded and injured her while cooking due to a defect in the can’s design. U.S. District Judge Pamela K. Chen granted summary judgment to ConAgra and another defendant, can manufacturer DS Containers Inc., after the plaintiff failed to prove that the can’s design caused her injuries. Judge Chen also threw out the failure to warn claims brought by Urena.

Young and Ambrose partnered with Todd R. Michaelis of Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP to represent ConAgra.

This case was covered by Law360.

About Emily A. Ambrose

Emily Ambrose practices primarily in the areas of class action defense, food industry defense, products liability, and other complex litigation. Ms. Ambrose was recognized as an “Up & Coming Attorney” by Minnesota Lawyer in 2015. Before joining the firm, Ms. Ambrose served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Kevin G. Ross, Minnesota Court of Appeals, and the Honorable Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks, Minnesota Court of Appeals. She was also an Adjunct Professor at William Mitchell College of Law.

Ms. Ambrose is an active member of the ABA Section of Litigation and the LGBT Litigator Committee.

About Mary S. Young

Mary S. Young is an experienced litigator whose practice is focused on defending complex matters across a broad range of substantive legal areas, including products liability, consumer fraud class actions, wage and hour class actions, and commercial disputes. Ms. Young has nearly a decade of experience serving as national coordinating counsel for Fortune 500 companies.  She has been recognized as a Benchmark Litigation Minnesota Litigation Star and a Minnesota Super Lawyer®.


About Blackwell Burke P.A.

Blackwell Burke is a certified minority-owned trial firm that represents corporate clients in high stakes class actions, mass torts, MDLs and commercial litigation, both at trial and on appeal. The firm has been repeatedly recognized as one of the top litigation defense firms in the country by BTI, Chambers, Best Lawyers and others. Benchmark Litigation named Blackwell Burke the Minnesota Firm of the Year in each of the last four years.