Whitney E. Street, Senior Associate
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Ms. Street, a founding attorney of Block & Leviton, focuses her practice on investor and consumer protection issues. She received her training at prominent litigation boutiques in New York and Boston where she represented clients in securities and antitrust class actions. She also was an associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, one of the largest law firms in California.
Ms. Street, who is a member of the Firm’s New Case Investigation Team and Monitoring Team, is currently litigating a number of major securities class actions on behalf of institutional investors. For example, she is the lead associate in the class action suit, In re Google Class C Shareholder Litigation, case no. 7469CS, pending in the Delaware Court of Chancery. The case, which is set for trial in June 2013 before the Honorable Leo Strine, alleges that Google’s Directors breached their fiduciary duties by approving a recapitalization plan that will result in a substantial issuance of non-voting shares. Ms. Street is also part of the litigation team representing the Ohio Retirement Funds in two securities fraud suits pending against BP plc. The cases allege that the company and certain of its officers and directors made false and misleading statements regarding the company’s process safety and other matters relating to the catastrophic explosion of a drilling rigin the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010. See In re BP plc Securities Litigation, 4:10-md-02185(S.D.Tex.) (claims arising from the purchase of BP’s ADRs) and Ohio Public Employees Retirement System v. BP plc, et al., case no. 1:12-01291 (removed to the S.D.Tex.) (claims arising from the purchase of BP’s ordinary shares). Ms. Street also represents a class of investors who purchased Swisher Hygiene, Inc. stock in a securities class action suit arising from widespread accounting improprieties at the company. In addition, prior to joining Block & Leviton, Ms. Street was the lead associate representing the Michigan Pension Funds in the securities litigation arising from the 2008 collapse of Bear Stearns (In re Bear Stearns Companies, Inc. Securities Litigation, 08-md-1963(S.D.N.Y.)) ($295 million settlement).
Ms. Street also has extensive experience representing consumers in antitrust litigation. For example, she is one of the lead attorneys in Earle et al. v. Bank of America, et al., case no. 1:13-cv-00407, a class action suit brought on behalf of borrowers who suffered a loss as a result of the artificial manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) by a number of large banks. In addition, Ms. Street recently was appointed Interim Lead Counsel on behalf of a class of indirect purchasers in In re Gypsum Antitrust Litigation, case no. 13-cv-00382 (E.D.Pa.). Likewise, Ms. Street was an integral part of the litigation teams in the following antitrust class actions: Air Cargo Shipping Services Antitrust Litigation, 06-md-1775 (E.D.N.Y.) (settlements totaling more than $270.0 million); In re: Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) Antitrust Litigation, 3:03-md-1542 (D. Conn.) (partial settlements totaling $87.0); In re: Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Antitrust Litigation, 06-md-01768 (E.D. Pa.) (settled for $15.0 million); and In re: Hydrogen Peroxide Antitrust Litigation, 05-civ-666 (E.D. Pa.) (partial settlements totaling more than $4.0 million).
Ms. Street received her B.A. in Economics and Literature from the University of Virginia and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. She is admitted to the courts of the States of Texas, New York, California and Massachusetts. She is also admitted to the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York and the District of Massachusetts and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association.