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 determine whether a damages class can be certified under Rule 23(b)(3).
Ms. Young is an experienced litigator whose practice is focused on defending complex matters across a broad range of substantive legal areas, including consumer fraud class actions, wage and hour class actions, product liability, commercial and employment disputes. She is national coordinating counsel for a Fortune 500 company coordinating the defense of its product liability, premises liability and commercial claims arising in state and federal courts nationwide. In that role, Ms. Young handles a diverse array of legal claims and is focused on vigorously protecting the company’s legal and business interests while efficiently driving the cases toward resolution. She is a co-founder and the first president of the Minnesota Mother Attorneys Association. Ms. Young is also a 2014 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow.
Blackwell Burke P.A., a litigation and trial boutique in Minneapolis, Minnesota, serves as national trial and litigation counsel for numerous Fortune 500 companies. The firm has extensive experience in class action defense, commercial litigation, food industry defense, labor and employment, and products liability. The firm has represented corporate clients in practically every jurisdiction in the country, as well as several foreign countries.