Jeannine M. Kenney
Jeannine M. Kenney is a partner in Hausfeld’s Washington D.C. office, licensed in both Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.
Jeannine’s practice focuses primarily on private enforcement of federal and state antitrust laws. She was named a Rising Star in antitrust litigation in 2015 and 2016, an honor awarded to fewer than five percent of practitioners in the state.
Representative antitrust matters include:
- In re Foreign Exchange Benchmark Rates Antitrust Litig., 13-cv-7789 (S.D.N.Y.), alleging a conspiracy among leading financial institutions to manipulate the foreign exchange market, in which Hausfeld serves as co-lead interim counsel and has obtained more than $2.1 billion in settlements to date.
- In re Generic Digoxin and Doxycycline Antitrust Litigation, No. 16-md-2724 (E.D. Pa.) representing a class of end-payers alleging generic drug manufacturers and marketers conspired to unlawful inflate the price of critical medications.
- In re Domestic Airline Travel Antitrust Litig., No. 15-mc-1404 (D.D.C.) alleging major airlines conspired to reduce capacity to artificially inflate the price of domestic air travel, in which Hausfeld serves as interim co-lead counsel.
- In re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litig., No. 13-mdl-2496 (N.D. Ala.), representing subscribers alleging dozens of Blue Cross Blue Shield entities entered into an unlawful agreement not to compete, in which Hausfeld serves as co-lead counsel and discovery chair; Jeannine works primarily on e-discovery in the matter.
- In re Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litig., No. 08-md-2002 (E.D. Pa.), representing egg purchasers alleging egg producers and distributors entered into an unlawful agreement to restrict egg supplies, in which Hauseld serves as co-lead counsel and has obtained nearly $60 million in settlements to date, secured class certification of a shell egg class, and obtained summary judgment that eliminated a primary affirmative defense.
- In re Fresh and Process Potatoes Antitrust Litig., No. 10-MD-2186 (D. Idaho), which alleged more than 24 potato growers, distributors, and processor defendants entered into an unlawful agreement to restrict potato supplies to inflate the price. Hausfeld chaired the 10-member Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee and secured a ground-breaking ruling on a novel question of law undermining a key defense in the case, ultimately obtaining a global settlement of nearly $20 million and significant injunctive relief. Jeannine managed the 20-plus defendant case from discovery through resolution, including all e-discovery matters.
Jeannine’s practice also includes mass torts and other non-antitrust matters. She served as court-appointed Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel in In re National Football League Players’ Concussion Injury Litigation, MDL 2323 (E.D. Pa.) and represented hundreds of former NFL players suffering from long-term or permanent neurological or cognitive impairments as a result of head injuries during NFL play and who alleged the League hid from them the serious risks of head trauma. She also represents a putative class of former college athletes in McCants v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, et al., No. 15-cv-176 (M.D.N.C.) who allege the University of North Carolina offered them fraudulent classes and, for decades, concealed that fraud.
Jeannine is adept and experienced in managing all aspects and phases of e-discovery, the complex process of discovering and producing electronically stored information (ESI). She routinely navigates detailed, complex and contentious ESI issues from dispute to resolution, including briefing and arguing e-discovery motions when necessary. A member of the Sedona Conference’s Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production, Jeannine counsels Hausfeld’s litigation teams in negotiations relating to preservation, search, and production of ESI in cases often involving dozens of defendants, negotiates ESI search terms, technology assisted review (predictive coding) methodologies, and database disclosures and productions, and manages complex document reviews using advanced review analytics to speed discovery. She educates other practitioners on e-discovery realities, serving as a faculty coach to participants in Georgetown University’s intensive eDiscovery Training Academy, and speaking at conferences regarding the complexities and ethical quandaries involved in the search for and production of ESI and the importance of cooperation among the parties. She co-authored a chapter on technology assisted review—advanced methodologies used to more effectively and efficiently locate responsive ESI—to appear in the American Bar Association’s upcoming publication, Perspectives on Predictive Coding.
Jeannine joined the firm in 2009. From 2010 to 2011, she clerked for the Honorable Cynthia M. Rufe, United States District Court Judge, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. While attending the Georgetown University Law Center, from which she graduated magna cum laude, Jeannine was a member of the Georgetown Law Journal and a member of Georgetown’s highly regarded Appellate Litigation Clinic, in which she received the International Academy of Trial Lawyers’ Student Advocacy Award for her work on Lytes v. DC Water and Sewer Authority, No. 08-7002 (D.C. Cir. 2009), which she argued as amicus curiae before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Jeannine brings to her legal work nearly two decades of experience in public policy spanning a wide range of legislative and regulatory fields, including agriculture, food safety, telecommunications, and financial services, among others, advocating for the public interest and consumers. For nearly five years, she worked as a legislative assistant for two United States Senators. As a Senior Policy Analyst for Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, she advocated for consumer interests before Congress and federal agencies, testifying before congressional committees, appearing as a speaker at Federal Trade Commission events, and presenting oral and written testimony to federal regulatory agencies. She has been widely quoted in print media, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, and USA Today, and has appeared on national cable and broadcast programs on consumer issues ranging from anticompetitive mergers, unfair consumer services contracts, consumer access to competitive and affordable telecommunications services, and financial privacy. Jeannine also served as an appointed member of two federal advisory committees related to pesticide safety. Between stints at Consumers Union, she served as the Vice President of Domestic Affairs for the National Cooperative Business Association, representing member-owned consumer, producer, and purchasing cooperatives.