Whitney E. Street, Partner
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Ms. Street, a partner at Block & Leviton, focuses her practice on competition law and investor protection matters. 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 attorney at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, one of the largest law firms in California.
Ms. Street, who serves as Chair of the Firm’s Competition Law Team, has extensive experience representing consumers and businesses in antitrust litigation. For example, Ms. Street was recently appointed Interim Lead Counsel on behalf of a class of indirect purchasers in In re Drywall Antitrust Litigation, case no. 13-cv-00382 (E.D.Pa.), which involves allegations that drywall manufacturers fixed prices and engaged in other forms of concerted conduct in violation of the antitrust laws. She is also 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. 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).
In addition, Ms. Street serves as a member of the Firm’s New Case Investigation Team and Monitoring Team and has litigated a number of major securities class actions on behalf of institutional investors. For example, she was the lead associate in the class action suit, In re Google Class C Shareholder Litigation, case no. 7469CS in the Delaware Court of Chancery. The case recently settled for ground-breaking changes to Google’s corporate governance and the creation of an unprecedented payment ladder to compensate Class C shareholders in the event of a trading disparity between the company’s publicly voting and non-voting shares, which is valued at up to $7.5 billion. Ms. Street also represented a class of investors in the matter of In Re Swisher Hygiene, Inc. Sec. and Deriv. Litig., MDL No. 3:12-MD-2384 (W.D.N.C.), which involved allegations of widespread accounting improprieties at the company (settled for $5.5 million).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). Prior to joining Block & Leviton, Ms. Street was the lead associate representing the Michigan Pension Funds in the securities class action 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 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. Ms. Street is a member of the Law360 Competition Law Editorial Advisory Board and the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys. In addition, Ms. Street is a member of the American Association for Justice ("AAJ") and recently spoke at the AAJ Annual Convention regarding developments in class action certification.