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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Southern District of New York|
|Station:||New York, NY|
|Appointed by:||Ronald Reagan|
|Active:||09/20/1983 - 12/30/1996|
|Senior:||12/31/1996 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Lloyd MacMahon|
|Succeeded by:||Colleen McMahon|
|Home State:||New York, NY|
|Undergraduate:||Manhattan College, B.B.A., 1951|
|Law School:||Fordham U. Law, LL.B., 1954|
|Military service:||U.S. Army 1954 - 1956|
John Fontaine Keenan is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He joined the court in 1983 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. He is serving on senior status.
Early life and education
Keenan served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956. Keenan served as an Assistant District Attorney for New York County, New York from 1956 to 1976. During that time, Keenan was in charge of New York County's Supreme Court Bureau briefly from 1968-1969, and later in charge of the Homicide bureau from 1970 to 1973. Keenan served as Chief Assistant District Attorney of Queens County New York in 1973, and was the Assistant District Attorney in charge of trials for New York County in 1974. Thereafter, Keenan was appointed to serve as Chief Assistant District Attorney for New York County from 1974 to 1976. As New York State Deputy Attorney General, Keenan served as a Special Prosecutor in charge of the anti-corruption division from 1976 to 1979. From 1979 to 1982, Keenan was Chairman and President of the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation. Just prior to his appointment as a federal judge, Keenan was briefly the Criminal Justice Coordinator for New York City from 1982 to 1983. 
Southern district of New York
On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Al D'Amato, Keenan was nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by President Ronald Reagan on September 13, 1983 to a seat vacated by Lloyd MacMahon. Keenan was confirmed by the Senate on September 20, 1983 on a Senate vote and received commission on September 20, 1983. Keenan assumed senior status on December 31, 1996.
A notable case on this page needs to be updated.
Judge Keenan is presiding in a class-action lawsuit over the osteoporosis drug Fosamax. Lawyers on behalf of the family of a Florida woman who died from the drug sued Merck, the manufacturer of the drug for negligence and wrongful death. On September 8, 2009, the jury was deadlocked on reaching a verdict and the judge gave the members of the jury more time to come to a conclusion in a case that could set precedence for 800 other similar cases involving the drug nationwide. In November of 2009, the judge dismissed the case.
On January 29, 2010, Judge Keenan refused to dismiss the case after Merck asked for summary judgment to dismiss the case filed by the family of an Indiana woman who died from the drug. As part of the judge's ruling the trial will begin on April 19, 2010. The ruling in this case will determine the fate of over 800 similar cases in the nation as the judge has consolidated many of 800 separate cases against Merck, the drug's manufacturer.
- Biography at FJC
- List of Article III judges of the Southern District of New York
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|Southern District of New York
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Victor Marrero • Kimba Wood • Harold Baer • Deborah Batts • Richard Berman • Naomi Buchwald • Robert Lee Carter • Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum • Denise Cote • Thomas Griesa • Charles Haight • Alvin Hellerstein • Lewis Kaplan • John Keenan • Shirley Kram • Peter Leisure • Lawrence McKenna • Richard Owen • Robert Patterson • Jed Rakoff • Leonard Sand • Shira Scheindlin • Louis Stanton • Sidney Stein • Robert Sweet • Kevin Duffy • Gerard Goettel •
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|Former Article III judges||
Morris Lasker • Denny Chin • William Conner • Richard Holwell • Barbara Jones • Gerard Lynch • Stephen Robinson • John Sprizzo • William Peter Van Ness • Samuel Rossiter Betts • Samuel Blatchford • Sonia Sotomayor • William Gardner Choate • Pierre Leval • Wilfred Feinberg • John Walker • Barrington Parker • Lawrence Pierce • Addison Brown • George Bethune Adams • George Chandler Holt • Charles Merrill Hough • Learned Hand • Julius Marshuetz Mayer • Augustus Noble Hand • John Clark Knox • Martin Thomas Manton • William Bondy • Henry Warren Goddard • Francis Asbury Winslow • Frank Joseph Coleman • Thomas Day Thacher • Alfred Conkling Coxe, Jr. • John Munro Woolsey • George Murray Hulbert • John William Clancy • Vincent Leibell • Samuel Mandelbaum • Edward Conger • Robert Porter Patterson, Sr. • Charles Metzner • Arnold Bauman • Alexander Bicks • Dudley Bonsal • Charles Brieant • John Bright • Vincent Broderick • Frederick Bryan • Francis Caffey • John Cannella • Richard Casey • John Cashin • Kenneth Conboy • Irving Cooper • Thomas Croake • Richard Daronco • Archie Dawson • Edward Dimock • David Edelstein • Marvin Frankel • Louis Freeh • Lee Gagliardi • Murray Gurfein • William Herlands • Irving Kaufman • Samuel Kaufman • Percy Knapp • Richard Levet • Mary Lowe • Lloyd MacMahon • Walter Mansfield • John McGohey • Edward McLean • Harold Medina • Constance Motley • Thomas Murphy • Gregory Noonan • Edmund Palmieri • Milton Pollack • Simon Rifkind • Sylvester Ryan • Allen Schwartz • Abraham Sofaer • Charles Stewart • Sidney Sugarman • Charles Tenney • Harold Tyler • Lawrence Walsh • Robert Ward • Edward Weinfeld • Henry Werker • Inzer Wyatt • John S. Martin • John S. Martin, Jr. •
|Former Chief judges||
Kimba Wood • Andrew Peck • Lisa Smith • John Clark Knox • William Bondy • John William Clancy • Charles Brieant • David Edelstein • Lloyd MacMahon • Constance Motley • Sylvester Ryan • Sidney Sugarman •