Blackwell Burke secures dismissal of Oklahoma state court case

Blackwell Burke P.A. Attorney Charmaine K. Harris represented 3M in the federal Bair HuggerTM Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) where she secured dismissal of a case removed from Oklahoma state court. The case was originally filed in the District Court Comanche County, Oklahoma in 2018 and was successfully removed to the federal District Court of Minnesota as […]

Eighth Circuit Appeal Victory Leads to New Action for Pro Bono Client

After winning an appeal before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, Blackwell Burke P.A. is now challenging a 125-year-old statute that requires a unanimous vote of the Board of Pardons to effectuate a pardon in Minnesota. The Firm charges that that statute unconstitutionally restricts the Governor’s exercise of executive function and violates Minnesota’s demand for […]

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 […]

Blackwell Burke Takes Lead Role in Negotiating CenturyLink’s Settlement with State of Minnesota

Blackwell Burke recently led successful negotiations on behalf of global telecommunications client CenturyLink with Minnesota’s Attorney General.  Blackwell Burke CEO and founder Jerry Blackwell spearheaded the negotiations in partnership with three other law firms. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison praised Blackwell’s efforts. “I will say this. Even though CenturyLink put us through a lot of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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