United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
- 1 Vacancy warning level
- 2 Active judges
- 3 Jurisdiction
- 4 Caseloads
- 5 Notable cases
- 6 History
- 7 Federal courthouse
- 8 Effect of 2013 Government shutdown
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York is one of ninety-four United States district courts. The Southern District is one of the most influential and active federal district courts in the United States, largely because of its jurisdiction over New York's major financial centers. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals based in Lower Manhattan at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Federal Courthouse.
Vacancy warning level
There are no pending nominations for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Article III judges
|Judge Kevin Castel||1950||Jamaica, NY||W. Bush||09/22/2003 - Present||Lawrence McKenna||St. John's U., B.S., 1972||St. John's U. School of Law, J.D., 1975|
|Judge Paul Crotty||1941||Buffalo, NY||W. Bush||04/15/2005 - Present||Harold Baer||Notre Dame, B.A., 1962||Cornell Law, LL.B., 1967|
|Judge George Daniels||1953||Allendale, SC||Clinton||03/09/2000 - Present||Robert Patterson||Yale, B.A., 1975||U. of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall Law, J.D., 1978|
|Judge Paul Gardephe||1957||Fitchburg, MA||W. Bush||08/08/2008 - Present||Charles Brieant||U. of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1979||Columbia Law, J.D., 1982|
|Judge Kenneth Karas||1964||Colorado Springs, CO||W. Bush||06/13/2004 - Present||Allen Schwartz||Georgetown U., B.A., 1986||Columbia U. Law, J.D., 1991|
|Judge John Koeltl||1945||New York, NY||Clinton||08/10/1994 - Present||Shirley Kram||Georgetown U., A.B., 1967||Harvard Law, J.D., 1971|
|Judge Colleen McMahon||1951||Columbus, OH||Clinton||10/22/1998 - Present||John Keenan||Ohio State U., B.A., 1973||Harvard Law, J.D., 1976|
|Judge William Pauley||1952||Glen Cove, NY||Clinton||10/22/1998 - Present||Peter Leisure||Duke U., A.B., 1974||Duke U. Law, J.D., 1977|
|Chief Judge Loretta Preska||1949||Albany, NY||H.W. Bush||08/12/1992 - Present||2009 - Present||Robert Ward||College of St. Rose, B.A., 1970||Fordham U. Law, J.D., 1973|
|Judge Cathy Seibel||1960||West Islip, NY||W. Bush||07/30/1998 - Present||Richard Casey||Princeton U., A.B., 1982||Fordham U. Law, J.D., 1985|
|Judge Richard Sullivan||1964||Manhasset, NY||W. Bush||08/01/2007 - Present||College of William and Mary, B.A., 1986||Yale Law, J.D., 1990|
|Judge Laura Swain||1958||Brooklyn, NY||Clinton||07/11/2000 - Present||Thomas Griesa||Harvard-Radcliffe, A.B., 1979||Harvard Law, J.D., 1982|
|Judge Andrew L. Carter, Jr.||1969||Albany, GA||Obama||12/5/2011 - Present||Victor Marrero||U. of Texas, B.A., 1991||Harvard Law, J.D., 1994|
|Judge Nelson S. Roman||1960||New York, NY||Obama||5/9/2013 - Present||Richard Berman||Fordham U., B.A., 1984||Brooklyn Law, J.D., 1989|
|Judge Analisa Torres||1959||New York, NY||Obama||4/18/2013 - Present||Naomi Buchwald||Harvard, A.B., 1981||Columbia Law, J.D., 1984|
|Judge J. Paul Oetken||1965||Louisville, KY||Obama||7/18/2011 - Present||Denny Chin||U. of Iowa, B.A., 1988||Yale Law, J.D., 1991|
|Judge Vincent L. Briccetti||1954||Mt. Kisco, NY||Obama||4/12/2011-Present||Kimba Wood||Columbia U., B.A., 1976||Fordham U. Law, J.D., 1980|
|Judge Paul A. Engelmayer||1961||New York, NY||Obama||7/26/2011 - Present||Gerard Lynch||Harvard, B.A., 1983||Harvard Law, J.D., 1987|
|Judge Alison J. Nathan||1972||Philadelphia, PA||Obama||10/13/2011 - Present||Sidney Stein||Cornell, B.A., 1994||Cornell Law, J.D., 2000|
|Judge Edgardo Ramos||1960||Ponce, Puerto Rico||Obama||12/5/2011 - Present||Stephen Robinson||Yale, B.A., 1982||Harvard Law, J.D., 1987|
|Judge Katherine Forrest||1964||New York, NY||Obama||10/13/2011 - Present||Jed Rakoff||Wesleyan U., B.A., 1986||New York U. Law, J.D., 1990|
|Judge Jesse Furman||1972||New York, NY||Obama||2/17/2012 - Present||Alvin Hellerstein||Harvard, B.A., 1994||Yale Law, J.D., 1998|
|Judge Ronnie Abrams||1968||New York, NY||Obama||3/22/2012 - Present||Lewis Kaplan||Cornell University, B.A., 1990||Yale Law School, J.D., 1993|
|Judge Lorna Schofield||Obama||12/13/2012 - Present||Shira Scheindlin||Indiana U., B.A., 1977||New York U. Law, J.D., 1981|
|Judge Katherine Failla||1969||Edison, NJ||Obama||3/4/2013 - Present||Denise Cote||College of William & Mary, B.A., 1990||Harvard Law, J.D., 1993|
|Judge Valerie Caproni||1955||Obama||9/9/2013-Present||Richard Holwell||Tulane U., B.A., 1976||U. of Georgia Law, J.D., 1979|
|Judge Vernon Broderick||Obama||2013-Present||Deborah Batts||Yale, B.A., 1985||Harvard Law, J.D., 1988|
|Judge Gregory Howard Woods||1969||Delaware||Obama||11/4/2013 - Present||Barbara Jones||Williams College, B.A., 1991||Yale Law, J.D., 1995|
|Senior Judge Victor Marrero||Clinton||10/05/1999 - 12/30/2010||12/31/2010 - Present||New York U., B.A., 1964||Yale Law, LL.B., 1968|
|Senior Judge Kimba Wood||Reagan||04/20/1988 - 05/31/2009||2006 - 2009||06/01/2009 - Present||Connecticut College, B.A., 1965||Harvard Law, J.D., 1969|
|Senior Judge Harold Baer||Clinton||08/10/1994 - 09/07/2004||09/08/2004 - Present||Hobart College, B.A., 1954||Yale Law, LL.B., 1957|
|Senior Judge Deborah Batts||Clinton||05/09/1994 - 4/13/2012||4/13/2012 - Present||Harvard-Radcliffe, A.B., 1969||Harvard Law, J.D., 1972|
|Senior Judge Richard Berman||Clinton||10/22/1998 - 9/11/2011||9/11/2011 - Present||Cornell, B.S., 1964||New York U. Law, J.D., 1967|
|Senior Judge Naomi Buchwald||Clinton||09/22/1999 - 3/21/2012||3/21/2012 - Present||Brandeis U., B.A., 1965||Columbia Law, LL.B., 1968|
|Senior Judge Robert Lee Carter||Nixon||07/25/1972 - 12/30/1986||12/31/1986 - Present||Lincoln U., A.B., 1937||Howard U. Law, LL.B., 1940|
|Senior Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum||Reagan||03/04/1986 - 03/30/1998||03/31/1998 - Present||Barnard College, B.A., 1950||Columbia Law, LL.B., 1953|
|Senior Judge Denise Cote||Clinton||08/10/1994 - 12/15/2011||12/15/2011 - Present||St. Mary's College, B.A., 1968||Columbia Law, J.D., 1975|
|Senior Judge Thomas Griesa||Nixon||07/30/1972 - 03/12/2000||1993 - 2000||03/13/2000 - Present||Harvard, A.B., 1952||Stanford Law, LL.B., 1958|
|Senior Judge Charles Haight||Ford||03/29/1976 - 09/22/1995||09/23/1995 - Present||Yale, B.A., 1952||Yale Law, LL.B., 1955|
|Senior Judge Alvin Hellerstein||Clinton||10/22/1998 - 01/29/2011||01/30/2011 - Present||Columbia, B.A., 1954||Columbia Law, J.D., 1956|
|Senior Judge Lewis Kaplan||Clinton||08/10/1994 - 01/31/2011||02/01/2011 - Present||U. of Rochester, A.B., 1966||Harvard Law, J.D., 1969|
|Senior Judge John Keenan||Reagan||09/20/1983 - 12/30/1996||12/31/1996 - Present||Manhattan College, B.B.A., 1951||Fordham U. Law, LL.B., 1954|
|Senior Judge Peter Leisure||Reagan||06/15/1984 - 03/20/1997||03/21/1997 - Present||Yale, B.A., 1952||U. of Virginia Law, LL.B., 1958|
|Senior Judge Lawrence McKenna||H.W. Bush||04/30/1990 - 05/23/2002||05/24/2002 - Present||Fordham College, A.B., 1956||Columbia Law, LL.B., 1959|
|Senior Judge Richard Owen||Nixon||12/19/1973 - 09/29/1989||09/30/1989 - Present||Dartmouth College, A.B., 1945||Harvard Law, LL.B., 1950|
|Senior Judge Robert Patterson||Reagan||10/06/1988 - 12/30/1998||12/31/1998 - Present||Harvard, B.A., 1947||Columbia Law, LL.B., 1950|
|Senior Judge Jed Rakoff||Clinton||01/04/1996 - 12/30/2010||12/31/2010 - Present||Swarthmore College, B.A., 1964||Harvard Law, J.D., 1969|
|Senior Judge Leonard Sand||Carter||05/19/1978 - 06/30/1993||07/01/1993 - Present||New York U. School of Commerce, B.S., 1947||Harvard Law, LL.B., 1951|
|Senior Judge Shira Scheindlin||Clinton||09/29/2004-8/16/2011||8/16/2011-Present||U. of Michigan, B.A., 1967||Cornell Law, J.D., 1975|
|Senior Judge Louis Stanton||Reagan||07/18/1985 - 09/30/1996||10/01/1996 - Present||Yale, B.A., 1950||U. of Virginia Law, J.D. and L.L.B., 1955|
|Senior Judge Sidney Stein||Clinton||03/17/1995 - 08/31/2010||09/01/2010 - Present||Princeton, A.B., 1967||Yale Law, J.D., 1972|
|Senior Judge Robert Sweet||Carter||04/28/1978 - 02/28/1991||03/01/1991 - Present||Yale, B.A., 1944||Yale Law, LL.B., 1948|
|Senior Judge Kevin Duffy||Nixon||10/17/1972 - 1/10/1998||Fordham College (1954)||Fordham University School of Law (1958)|
|Senior Judge Gerard Goettel||Ford||3/30/1976 - 8/5/1993||Duke University (1950)||Columbia Law School (1955)|
|Magistrate Judge Henry Pitman||Fordham University||Fordham University|
|Magistrate Judge Michael Dolinger||Columbia, B.A., 1968||Columbia Law, J.D., 1972|
|Magistrate Judge Ronald Ellis||1993 - Present||Manhattan College, B.S., 1972||New York U. Law, J.D., 1975|
|Chief Magistrate Judge Kevin Fox||1997-Present||Columbia University||Brooklyn Law School|
|Magistrate Judge James Francis||1985 - Present||Yale, B.A., 1974||Yale Law, J.D., 1978|
|Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman||Yale University||New York University|
|Magistrate Judge Martin Goldberg||New York U. Law|
|Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein||03/02/2001 - Present||Yale, B.A., 1979||Columbia Law, J.D., 1984|
|Magistrate Judge Frank Maas||1999-Present||SUNY at Binghamton, 1972||NYU School of Law, 1976|
|Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck||02/27/1995 - Present||Cornell, B.A., 1974||Duke U. Law, J.D., 1977|
|Magistrate Judge Lisa Smith||1995 - Present||Earlham College, B.A., 1977||Duke U. Law, J.D., 1980|
|Magistrate Judge George Yanthis||1996 - Present||Kent State U., B.A.||Syracuse U. Law, J.D.|
|Magistrate Judge Paul Davison||New York U. Law|
|Magistrate Judge James L. Cott||2009 - Present||Harvard College, B.A., 1981||Northeastern School of Law, J.D., 1985|
|Former Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn||Brown U., B.A.||U. of California, J.D.|
The Southern District of New York has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.
The court shares geographic jurisdiction over New York City with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, which manages Brooklyn, Queens, and Richmond (Staten Island) counties, along with Nassau and Suffolk on Long Island.
|Federal Court Case Load Statistics*|
|Year||Starting case load:||Cases filed:||Total cases:||Cases terminated:||Remaining cases:||Median time(Criminal)**:||Median time(Civil)**:||3 Year Civil cases#:||Vacant posts:##||Trials/Post|
|*All statistics are taken from the Official Federal Courts' Website and reflect the calendar year through September. **Time in months from filing to completion.|
#This statistic includes cases which have been appealed in higher courts. ##This is the total number of months that any judicial posts had spent vacant that year.
For a list of notable decisions, please see Opinions for the Southern District of New York.
| • Chevron victory in Ecuadorian pollution case (2014) Judge(s):Lewis Kaplan|
*Chevron Corp. v. Donziger 1:11-cv-00691-LAK-JCF
|On March 4, 2014, Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled in favor of Chevron, an oil and natural gas company, in a case alleging that a multibillion dollar pollution judgment against it, issued by a foreign court, had been obtained through illegitimate means of fraud and corruption.
In the underlying case, Judge Nicolas Zambrano of Ecuador found Chevron liable for polluting the Lago Agrio rainforest on February 14, 2011, assessing about $19 billion in damages and fines against the company. Chevron refused to pay the fines or accept responsibility for the pollution, and the company brought this case on U.S. soil, alleging that much of the evidence used to obtain judgment was fabricated by lead attorney Steven Donziger. Donziger denied the allegations, but the evidence against him detailing the fraud upon the court, up to and including bribing Judge Zambrano, was overwhelming. In an almost 500-page ruling, Judge Kaplan noted, "an innocent defendant is no more entitled to submit false evidence, to co-opt and pay off a court-appointed expert or to coerce or bribe a judge or jury than a guilty one."
Judge Kaplan further noted that Donziger and his team subverted justice in their actions, writing:
This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
| • NSA's phone surveillance tactics are constitutional (2013) Judge(s):William Pauley|
*American Civil Liberties Union, et al v. Clapper, et al 13-cv-3994 (WHP)
|On December 27, 2013, Judge William Pauley granted the government's motion to dismiss in this case, ruling that the National Security Agency's (NSA) collection of telephone data was constitutional, and creating a split of authority within the federal judiciary. In the underlying case, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit against the government in June 2013, alleging Fourth Amendment privacy violations and First Amendment free speech and association violations following the Guardian newspaper's revelation of the extent of the NSA's domestic spying protocols, specifically, the collection of "bulk telephony metadata" from all phone calls made in America. Pauley dismissed the ACLU's complaint, referring to the NSA's tactics as an anti-terrorism "counter-punch," and further noting that the agency's "blunt tool only works because it collects everything." One week prior to Pauley's ruling, Judge Richard Leon of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the NSA's collection of telephone metadata en masse was unconstitutional, calling the program "almost Orwellian." On January 2, 2014, the ACLU appealed Pauley's ruling to the Second Circuit.|
| • Wrongfully imprisoned man freed after 18 years (2013) Judge(s):Charles Haight|
*Lewis v. Commissioner of Correction 3:03-CV-196 (CSH)
|On December 16, 2013, Judge Charles Haight ordered that Scott Lewis, a Connecticut man imprisoned after a double homicide conviction in 1995, be freed within 60 days unless the state should decide to retry him. Lewis pressed his innocence from the time of his arrest and throughout nearly two decades spent in prison, working feverishly to win his freedom despite his 120-year sentence. He represented himself without an attorney for 14 years before Professor Brett Dignam of the Columbia Law School's Mass Incarceration Clinic stepped in to assist with his case. Based on information from prior court proceedings -- including two state court habeas petitions, FBI intervention and investigation, and a federal court habeas petition -- Judge Haight, in examining whether Lewis received a fair trial and without commenting on his innocence, determined that Lewis was "entitled to federal habeas relief because the state suppressed exculpatory and impeachment evidence" (i.e., the state withheld evidence that a key witness had been coached by police and that a police informant who died before trial notified authorities that another man committed the crime). A representative from the Connecticut state attorney's office noted that the case was under review following Judge Haight's ruling.|
| • Weird Al Yankovic royalties settlement (2013) Judge(s):Analisa Torres|
*Ear Booker Enterprises v. Sony Music Entertainment 1:12-cv-02385-AT
|In March 2012, Ear Booker Enterprises, a company owned by parodist Weird Al Yankovic, filed suit against Sony Music Entertainment alleging that the artist was owed approximately $5 million in unpaid music royalties. Specifically, Ear Booker alleged that the record label treated digital downloads as sales as opposed to licenses, resulting in income to the singer of 15 percent rather than 50 percent. In addition, Ear Booker requested payments from settlements reached by Sony with third party music programs such as Spotify, Vevo, Napster, Kazaa, and Grokster. On December 16, 2013, the parties settled the case and filed a stipulation of dismissal, signed by Judge Analisa Torres. The details of the settlement were not disclosed to the public.|
| • Match.com class action suit over fraudulent dating profiles (2013) Judge(s):Jesse Furman|
*Avalos v. IAC/Interactive Corp., Match.com LLC, and People Media LLC 1:13-cv-08351-JMF
|On November 21, 2013, lead plaintiff Yuliana Avalos filed a class action lawsuit against IAC/InterActiveCorp and its subsidiaries Match.com and People Media alleging numerous causes of action, including trademark, copyright, fraud, negligence, and Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) violations. Avalos said that while she never had a profile on the dating site Match.com, or any of the other dating sites that were run by the company, the dating site knowingly and intentionally used her photographs in "hundreds if not thousands of fraudulent profiles," and "thousands if not millions of photographs of class members in fraudulent profiles." Avalos alleged that Match.com "conspired with criminals operating from locations including Internet cafes in Nigeria, Ghana and Russia" to create the fraudulent profiles. Avalos further claimed on behalf of the class that Match.com failed to police fraudulent profiles and refused to act on complaints received about them. Avalos requested $500 million in compensatory damages and $1 billion in punitive damages. Match.com released a statement and asserted that the suit was "filled with outlandish conspiracy theories," expressing surety that the Southern District of New York would "dismiss this case in short order." The case is before Judge Jesse Furman.|
| • AntiSec hacker sentenced after judge refuses to recuse (2013) Judge(s):Loretta Preska|
*U.S. v. Hammond
|In March 2012, Jeremy Hammond was arrested and indicted for his involvement in the Stratfor email leak. Hammond was jailed for approximately eight months before Chief Judge Loretta Preska denied him bail at a pretrial hearing. At the same hearing, Judge Preska informed Hammond that he could be sentenced to life in prison for his crimes. Months later, in February 2013, Hammond's defense team filed a motion asking that Judge Preska recuse herself, raising the possibility that she could be biased due to her husband's connection to the case. Chief Judge Preska's husband, Thomas Kavaler, is a partner at the law firm Cahill Gordon & Reindel, and his emails were leaked in the Stratfor hack. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Preska was employed as a partner at the same firm. Moreover, several of the law firm's clients were victims of the hack. Chief Judge Preska denied the motion, ruling that these facts did not meet the legal standard used to question a judge's impartiality in a case. On May 28, 2013, pursuant to a plea agreement, Hammond pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to engage in computer hacking. On November 15, 2013, Chief Judge Preska sentenced him the maximum of 10 years in prison.|
| • NYC violated law in emergency planning for persons with disabilities (2013) Judge(s):Jesse Furman|
*Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled, et al v. Bloomberg 1:11-cv-06690-JMF
|On November 4, 2013, Judge Jesse Furman ruled that New York City's (NYC) inadequate accommodations for disabled residents during emergency situations violated federal law. In the underlying case, two non-profit groups and two disabled individuals filed suit after Hurricane Irene in 2011, seeking class-action status on behalf of all disabled individuals in NYC. Plaintiffs alleged that NYC failed to do all of the following during emergencies and disasters: plan for evacuation, provide Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)-accessible shelter, attend to their needs during power outages, communicate during emergencies, and account for them in recovery operations. In November 2012, following Hurricane Sandy, Furman granted the plaintiffs' request. In a 119-page decision, one which acknowledged that NYC often performed an "outstanding job" with regard to its emergency preparedness planning, Furman wrote that while there was no indication of intentional discrimination on NYC's part, there appeared to be "benign neglect." Furman found that NYC's plans were "inadequate to ensure that people with disabilities [were] able to evacuate before or during an emergency; they fail[ed] to provide sufficiently accessible shelters; and they [did] not sufficiently inform people with disabilities of the availability and location of accessible emergency services." He did not go so far as to suggest possible remedies to these problems, noting that "complexity and potential expense involved." This is the first ruling following a trial where a federal judge has found that a city's emergency plans violated the ADA.|
| • Strippers entitled to minimum wage (2009-2013) Judge(s):Paul A. Engelmayer|
*Hart v. Rick's Cabaret International Inc. et al 09 Civ. 3042 (PAE)
|U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer presided over a minimum-wage violation class action suit filed on behalf of nearly 2,000 current and former strippers employed at Rick's Cabaret, a Manhattan gentlemen's club. Like many strip clubs, Rick's classified its exotic dancers as independent contractors, without paying hourly wages; they earned income solely from customer tips. Because of the "tight control, indeed, control fairly described as micromanagement" Rick's enforced upon its dancers, often in the form of stringent guidelines and hefty fees and fines, Judge Engelmayer ruled that they ought to be classified as employees deserving of a minimum wage, rather than as independent contractors. Attorneys for the club have said that an appeal is a likely next step.|
| • Beastie Boys illegal sampling case (2013) Judge(s):Alison J. Nathan|
*TufAmerica, Inc. v. Diamond, et al 1:12-cv-03529-AJN
|U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan presided over a copyright infringement case filed against the Beastie Boys by record licensing entity TufAmerica. The company alleged that in the 1980s, the hip-hip group illegally sampled music from the band Trouble Funk, an R&B group whose licensing rights are owned by the company. TufAmerica claimed the Beastie Boys illegally used six samples of Trouble Funk’s music for a total of 20 seconds, thus infringing upon the R&B group’s rights. The Beastie Boys moved to dismiss the claims.
Judge Nathan was tasked with the duty of determining how the song samples ought to be compared. The Beastie Boys requested that the ordinary observer test be applied, while TufAmerica requested that the fragmented literal similarity test be applied. Judge Nathan agreed with TufAmerica, noting that "[t]he real question at this stage - more so than the question of how to label the relevant test - is whether (as to each sample) plaintiff has plausibly alleged that the sample is quantitatively and qualitatively important to the original work such that the fragmented similarity becomes sufficiently substantial for the use to become an infringement.”Judge Nathan ruled that four of the six samples failed to rise to the level of infringement, but that the remaining two may pass the muster of the fragmented literal similarity test. In doing so, however, she limited TufAmerica’s claims to the three-year statute of limitations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Act, declaring that the licensing entity could not seek monetary damages for any alleged instances of infringement that had occurred before May 12, 2009.
| • $400M arbitration award upheld in oil suit (2013) Judge(s):Alvin Hellerstein|
*Corporacion Mexicana De Mantenimiento Intergral, S. De R.L. De C.V. v. Pemex-Exploracion Y Produccion 1:2010-cv-00206
|On August 27, 2013, Judge Alvin Hellerstein upheld a nearly $400 million international arbitration award owed to Corporacion Mexicana de Mantenimiento Integral (COMMISA), a Mexican subsidiary of KBR, by Pemex-Exploracion y Produccion (Pemex), a Mexican oil company. In the underlying case, COMMISA and Pemex contracted to build offshore natural gas platforms, and later, in 2004, accused each other of contractual breach. A lengthy legal battle ensued: Pemex proceeded to rescind its contracts with COMMISA, while COMMISA brought its claims to an International Chamber of Commerce arbitration panel. COMISSA was awarded $289 million in damages and $7.5 million in attorneys' fees and expenses. In 2010, Judge Alvin Hellerstein confirmed enforcement of the award in the United States. At the same time, Pemex brought litigation in Mexico to invalidate the arbitration award, and in 2011, the company succeeded. The Eleventh Collegiate Court for the Federal District, a Mexican appeals court, found that based on legislation brought about after the litigation was initiated, Pemex's rescission was non-arbitrable, thus nullifying the award. Thereafter, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated and remanded Judge Hellerstein's enforcement action to his court. Judge Hellerstein, evaluating the case once more, reaffirmed COMMISA's arbitration award, noting that because the Eleventh Collegiate Court applied a law that did not exist at the time the parties contracted, and because the applicable statute of limitations had since expired, COMMISA would have been denied the opportunity to go to trial. In concluding his analysis of the case, Judge Hellerstein wrote that the Mexican "decision vacating the award violated basic notions of justice."|
| • Judge strikes down NYPD "stop-and-frisk" tactics (2013) Judge(s):Shira Scheindlin|
*[Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 Floyd v. City of New York] 08 Civ. 1034
|In August 2013, Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that the New York Police Department's (NYPD) "stop-and-frisk" rule, which the NYPD credited with saving lives, disregarded the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments. Judge Scheindlin also found that officers used racial profiling during the process, unfairly targeting minorities.
In October 2013, the Second Circuit removed Judge Shira Scheindlin from Floyd v. City of New York and put the remedies proposed by the judge on hold. The previous court order was stayed until an appeal was heard by the panel. 
This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
On November 22, 2013, a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit, composed of Judge Jose Cabranes and Senior Judges John Walker and Barrington Parker, refused in a per curiam decision to vacate Judge Scheindlin's prior ruling which struck down the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy. The judges denied motions filed by New York City to transfer the court's October 2013 stay of Scheindlin's ruling into its vacation, and further denied as moot motions filed by Scheindlin in opposition to the City's previously described motions. Judge Scheindlin's groundbreaking "stop-and-frisk" decision still stands.
| • Banks artificially inflate tech bubble IPO (2009) Judge(s):Shira Scheindlin|
*In Re: Initial Public Offering Securities Litigation 21 MC 92 (SAS)
|Judge Scheindlin presided in a class-action lawsuit over 309 cases in which shareholders of tech stocks accused underwriters of artificially inflating the value of stock in technology companies that went public in the 1990's. The judge approved a settlement of $586 million. The defendants include, among others, Credit Suisse First Boston Corp., The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co., and Salomon Smith Barney, Inc. The tech burst happened in 2000 after many technology-laden stocks crashed after evidence found that stock brokers issued false information that mislead investors.|
| • Google book scanning case (2009-2012) Judge(s):Denny Chin|
*The Authors Guild, et al. v. Google Inc, and American Society of Media Photographers, et al. v. Google Inc 1:05-cv-08136-DC
|Judge Chin presided in a copyright case involving Google after Google was taken to court by the Authors Guild and the American Association of Publishers over alleged copyright violations in the tech giant's attempt to digitize books.
On September 9, 2009, it was reported that Google would enter into a $125 million dollar settlement with the Authors Guild and the American Association of Publishers. However, there was widespread opposition to a possible settlement from not only the U.S. government, but also the governments of Germany and France along with Japanese authors, on the grounds of not letting authors have free choice over which parts of their works were published on the search engine.
Judge Chin, on September 25, 2009, announced that he would delay a planned October 7, 2009, settlement hearing in the Google books case. Both sides asked for the delay over the possibility of the settlement being anti-competitive. However, both sides planned to meet on October 7, 2009, over case management plans to move the case to a final resolution. During the hearing, Judge Chin set a deadline of November 9, 2009, in which Google must have a settlement plan ready for the judge to approve. The previous settlement proposal was thrown out.
On November 19, 2009, Judge Chin gave preliminary approval of a settlement made between Google and book publishers. Google asked Judge Chin on February 11, 2010, to accept a $125 million dollar settlement in relation to the case. Attorneys for Google felt that if no settlement was reached, that it would set precedence for similar cases to backload court dockets resulting in litigation that could take years to rule on. The brief filed by Google was to convince the judge that the settlement would allow for more competition in the virtual book market amid Justice Department objections.
Judge Chin on February 18, 2010, held a hearing on whether to accept the settlement by Google. Judge Chin had to delay the ruling because of so much information being presented that according to the judge it was "too much to digest." However, on March 22, 2011, Judge Chin rejected the controversial settlement agreement "on copyright and antitrust grounds."
The long-standing case was resolved, at least for publishers, on October 4, 2012, when the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and Google announced a settlement. The AAP, acting on behalf of five publishers named as plaintiffs in the suit, issued a statement stating "Google is said to 'acknowledge the rights and interests of copyright-holders,' and U.S. publishers can 'choose to make available or choose to remove their books and journals digitized by Google for its Library Project.'"
While Google and the AAP were able to resolve their suit, an additional aspect of the suit remained: "barring a settlement with the Authors Guild, the fair use questions at the heart of the Google program could still be adjudicated by Judge Chin.
| • Harper's Bazaar wage suit (2012) Judge(s):Harold Baer|
*Wang v. Hearst Corporation 1:2012cv00793
|U.S. District Judge Harold Baer presided over a minimum-wage violation case against Hearst Corporation's Harper's Bazaar, a major fashion magazine. In July 2012, Judge Baer ruled that a federal lawsuit against the Hearst Corporation could go forward under the Fair Labor Standards Act on behalf of all unpaid interns who previously worked in the corporation’s magazines division. The suit was brought on behalf of Xuedan Wang, who was an unpaid intern at the magazine. Joined by almost 3,000 interns from other Hearst publications, the lawsuit was a class action suit.
The claim is one of three claims brought by the same law firm, Outten & Golden, all revolving around minimum-wage violation claims by interns of major media organizations.
| • NY City smoking deterrent posters (2012) Judge(s):Jed Rakoff|
*94th St. Grocery v. N.Y.C. Bd. of Health 11-91-cv
|On July 10, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the decision of Judge Jed Rakoff, ruling that federal regulations preempted a city ordinance that required cigarette distributors to post gruesome photos of cigarette related illnesses at the point of sale. The court held that the 1965 Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act preempted the local law, thus rendering the local ordinance unconstitutional. Philip Morris USA alongside twp other manufacturers, two major retailers, and two trade unions challenged this city law in federal court last year. Despite admitting the risks of smoking, Rakoff agreed with the cigarette producers, stating in his opinion, "Even merchants of morbidity are entitled to the full protection of the law." The Second Circuit concurred, though they believed that the city could launch its own anti-smoking campaign using the images, but could not require retailers to do it. The case was heard by Judges Peter Hall, Gerard Lynch, and Denny Chin, with Chin writing the opinion of the court.|
| • Madoff trustees cases (2011) Judge(s):Jed Rakoff|
|Judge Rakoff announced on October 14, 2011, that he would take over a lawsuit between Irving Picard, the liquidator of Bernard Madoff’s firm, and 32 trustees who withdrew money before the firm's 2008 bankruptcy. Judge Rakoff took the cases after being asked by investor Gerald Blumenthal, who was being sued by Picard, whether the Madoff estate owed him the money reflected on his Madoff brokerage statements. Blumenthal was then joined by 31 other investors facing similar lawsuits, which inspired Judge Rakoff to take all the cases because of their similarity to each other.|
| • AT&T age discrimination lawsuit (2011) Judge(s):J. Paul Oetken|
*[ EEOC v. AT&T Inc et al] No. 09-07323
|In October 2011, Judge Oetken gave his approval of a settlement between the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and AT&T. The commission had originally filed suit against AT&T claiming that the company violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 by refusing to rehire employees who had previously retired. Under the terms of the settlement, AT&T "will not maintain any policy prohibiting the rehiring of employees who left AT&T under the relevant retirement programs," and, furthermore, will not retaliate against anyone involved in the litigation.|
| • YES Network case (2010) Judge(s):Richard Sullivan|
*Robert M. Gutkowski v. George Steinbrenner III 1:09-cv-07535-RJS
|Judge Sullivan rejected a lawsuit by a former Madison Square Garden executive that claimed George Steinbrenner gave the idea for the YES Sports Network.
Bob Gutkowski, who used to run Madison Square Garden, said that he was promised compensation for helping start up the YES Network and was seeking $23 million dollars in lost compensation.The case was thrown out after finding that there was not enough evidence beyond a reasonable doubt to prove that Steinbrenner was liable.
| • S&P/Moody's case (2010) Judge(s):Jed Rakoff|
|Judge Rakoff ruled on June 1, 2010, that credit rating agencies like S & P and Moody's were not underwriters of securities. A group of plaintiffs sued the two credit rating agencies on claims that they used credit ratings to obtain $63 million dollars in mortgage-backed securities. The judge wrote in his ruling that the plaintiffs in the case had a very broad view of what an underwriter does and found no evidence that S & P and Moody's were involved in underwriting.|
| • Rajaratnam wiretaps (2010) Judge(s):Jed Rakoff|
|Judge Rakoff ruled on February 10, 2010, that Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam and his associates turn over wiretaps that were used in the discovery of evidence for their criminal case to be used in a civil case. The Securities and Exchange Commission asked the court for Rajaratnam to turn over the wiretaps as they had filed a civil lawsuit over insider trading charges. Judge Rakoff said in his ruling that it would be unfair to have one side have important information such as wiretaps and felt it was important for Rajaratnam and his associates to turn over the wiretaps to the SEC.|
| • Arthur Nadel criminal case (2010) Judge(s):John Koeltl|
*U.S.A. v. Nadel 09-mJ-00169
|Judge Koeltl presided in the trial of hedge fund manager Arthur Nadel. Nadel was charged with securities fraud after bilking millions of dollars from investors and pleading guilty on February 24, 2010, to the charges. Nadel was sentenced to 14 years in prison and died in April 2012 while serving his time.|
| • Hiram Monserrate case (2010) Judge(s):William Pauley|
*Monserrate v. NEW YORK STATE SENATE 695 F. Supp. 2d 80
|Judge Pauley denied a request by former New York State Senator Hiram Monserrate to stop a decision made by the New York Senate to expel him on February 9, 2010.
Monserrate was expelled after being convicted of domestic violence towards his girlfriend which is considered a misdemeanor.The case was appealed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, but the appellate court ruled that the district court "did not abuse its discretion in determining that the Monserrate Appellants failed to establish a likelihood of success on the merits of any of the claims they press on appeal. We thus need not reach any of the other arguments advanced by the parties. For the foregoing reasons, we affirm the district court's denial of the preliminary injunction."
| • Dot-com collusion (2010) Judge(s):William Pauley|
|On March 18, 2010, Judge Pauley ruled against striking down a regulation that prohibited collusion between investment bankers and analysts at Wall Street firms. The ruling came after the largest firms on Wall Street in 2009 wanted a 2003 rule that prohibited unsupervised contact between investment bankers and analysts overturned. The judge emphasized in his decision that there needed to be separation between independent analysts and bankers if confidence in the markets could be improved.|
| • Seinfeld cookbook copyright (2009-2010) Judge(s):Laura Swain|
*Lapine v. Seinfeld No. 08 Civ. 128 (LTS)(RLE)
|Judge Swain tossed out a copyright infringement lawsuit against Jessica Seinfeld on September 10, 2009, after the judge found that a recipe in a cookbook did not infringe upon that of a competing author.
Missy Chase Lapine sued the wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld claiming a chicken breast recipe infringed on her similar recipe and competed unfairly. The judge found that because the styles of the books differed, there was no evidence that Seinfeld's wife committed plagiarism.
The case was appealed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Two appellate judges, Reena Raggi and Peter Hall, ruled against Missy Chase Lapine and affirmed the decision by Judge Swain. The judgement can be read here.In 2010, Missy Chase Lapine sued Jerry Seinfeld for slander as a result of an interview Mr. Seinfeld participated in on the David Letterman television show. The New York Supreme Court dismissed the claim as being without merit in 2011. The judgement can be read here.
| • Bank of America-SEC Settlement (2009) Judge(s):Jed Rakoff|
|Judge Rakoff presided over a lawsuit between the Bank of America and the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2009. The SEC alleged that Bank of America failed to disclose to investors an agreement to pay $5 billion in bonuses when it took over Merrill Lynch.
On September 14, 2009, Judge Rakoff rejected the settlement deal between Bank of America and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The veteran judge called the settlement deal worth $33 million "unreasonable and unfair" after the two sides first agreed to settle on charges Bank of America misled investors.
The judge approved the settlement between Bank of America and the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 22, 2010. The two sides agreed to a settlement of $150 million. As part of the settlement, Bank of America also had to agree to oversight changes. Rakoff still had criticisms over the new settlement, calling the agreement "half-baked justice," but said that the $150 million settlement was "better than nothing".Click here for a copy of the settlement agreement.
| • Marc S. Dreier securities fraud case (2009) Judge(s):Jed Rakoff|
*SEC v. Marc S. Dreier 08 Civ. 10617
|Judge Rakoff was the presiding judge in the case of Marc S. Dreier, a former New York City attorney who pleaded guilty to committing a securities investment fraud scheme. Dreier faced a possible prison sentence of up to 145 years. On July 13, 2009, Judge Rakoff sentenced Drier to 20 years in prison and criticized federal prosecutors that asked for a 145-year sentence. "Is the government serious about asking for 145 years? To me, for the government to ask for 145 years is to demean the sentence Judge Denny Chin imposed on Mr. Madoff," he said.|
| • Lil' Kim perjury trial (2009) Judge(s):Gerard Lynch|
|Judge Lynch presided over the perjury trial of rap artist Lil' Kim in 2005. He sentenced her to a year and a day in jail.|
| • NYC bottled water deposit (2009) Judge(s):Deborah Batts|
|On October 23, 2009, Judge Batts upheld the legality of a new state law in New York that required deposits for bottled water.
Judge Batts issued an order that on October 31, 2009, there must be a five cent recycling deposit added on to the normal selling price for bottled water.Business groups in New York filed suit over the law claiming that the law violated the Commerce Clause of the Constitution of the United States.
| • USA v. John Gotti, Jr. (2009) Judge(s):Kevin Castel|
*USA v. John Gotti, Jr. 8:08-cr 00312.T.23EAJ
|In 2009, Judge Castel presided in the Junior Gotti case on charges of conspiring and drug trafficking. This was the fourth trial of Gotti; the three previous trials ended with hung juries.
On July 8, 2009, Judge Castel denied requests to throw out a racketeering indictment and grant bond to Gotti while he was awaiting trial in September of 2009. The motion was made as Gotti had health problems, including kidney stones. Attorneys for Gotti made the request due to complaints of the lack of attention towards the issue at the correctional facility.
On December 1, 2009, Judge Castel declared a mistrial in the case of John "Junior" Gotti. This happened after a jury was deadlocked for 11 days in trying to reach a verdict. It was reported that the jury could not find unanimous consent in reaching a verdict.
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| • Bristol-Meyers Plavix case (2009) Judge(s):Paul Crotty|
*Sanofi-Aventis v. Apotex Inc. No. 02 Civ. 2255 (SHS)
|Judge Crotty was the presiding judge in a case involving Bristol-Meyers Squibb in a patent dispute with Canadian drug maker Apotex over the blood thinner Plavix.
On August 18, 2009, Judge Crotty approved a preliminary settlement that the drug maker and its former chief executive would pay $125 million in damages to settle litigation against Aptoex.The settlement came after a 2007 case in which Bristol-Meyers was fined $1 million by the Federal Trade Commission over making false statements in a failed settlement attempt with Aptoex.
| • Fed Reserve disclosure (2009) Judge(s):Loretta Preska|
*Bloomberg v. Board of Governors of Federal Reserve System No. 08 Civ. 9595 (LAP)
|On August 24, 2009, Judge Preska ruled that the Federal Reserve must disclose the recipients of emergency loans and aid during the economic downturn.
Bloomberg News took court action after the nation's central bank refused to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request. According to the network, Bloomberg News hoped that if it made public the recipients of bailout money it would deter more bailout money from being handed out.
As part of her order, Preska gave the Federal Reserve five days to hand over the documents. On August 28, 2009, Judge Preska delayed her order requiring the Federal Reserve to disclose bailout recipients. Preska also allowed the Fed to file an appeal with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.The case was subsequently argued in front of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on January 11, 2010, and decided on March 19, 2010. The appellate court judges, Dennis Jacobs, Pierre Leval, and Peter Hall, upheld the decision reached by Judge Preska.
| • NYPD mass arrests (2009) Judge(s):Richard Sullivan|
*Michael Schiller v. The City of New York, et al. 1:04-cv-07922-RJS-JCF
|Judge Sullivan ordered the New York Police Department to release arrest records of 1,800 protesters arrested and detained at the 2004 Republican National Convention. This came after the New York Civil Liberties Union demanded a review of the arrest records. This ruling served as another order from the judge to the New York Police to release the records.|
| • James Sullivan case (2009) Judge(s):Richard Sullivan|
*[ USA v. James Sullivan]
|Judge Sullivan presided in the trial of hedge fund manager James Sullivan on securities fraud charges. The judge issued a notification to investors who were harmed by Sullivan that he would enter a plea agreement during the week of December 7, 2009. Sullivan was accused of cheating investors out of $150 million.|
| • Castle Rock Entertainment, Inc. v. Carol Publishing Group (1998) Judge(s):Sonia Sotomayor|
*[ Castle Rock Entertainment, Inc. v. Carol Publishing Group] 150 F.3d 132 (1998)
|Judge Sotomayor ruled (and was upheld on appeal by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, that SAT: The Seinfeld Aptitude Test infringed on the copyright of the television show Seinfeld. The case is often used in law schools as a modern application of the fair use doctrine.|
| • Tasini v. New York Times, et al (1997) Judge(s):Sonia Sotomayor|
*[ Tasini v. New York Times, et al] 972 F. Supp 804 (1997)
|Sotomayor ruled in favor of the New York Times when it was sued by freelance journalists claiming the newspaper did not have the right to include their work in the electronic archival database LexisNexis. Sotomayor's decision was reversed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and that reversal was upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States in a 7-2 vote (Justices John Paul Stevens and Stephen Breyer dissenting).|
| • Dow Jones v. U.S. Department of Justice (1995) Judge(s):Sonia Sotomayor|
*[ Dow Jones v. U.S. Department of Justice] 880F. Supp. 145 (1995)
|In 1995, Judge Sotomayor ruled in favor of the Wall Street Journal allowing it to print a photocopy of the final note written by Clinton White House deputy counsel Vince Foster who died in 1993. While the death of Vince Foster was ruled a suicide, it remained a mystery to many and a source of many conspiracy theories. As a result, Sotomayor ruled that the "substantial" public interest in the Foster story outweighed any violation of his family's privacy.|
| • Silverman v. Major League Baseball Player Relations Committee, Inc. (1995) Judge(s):Sonia Sotomayor|
*[ Silverman v. Major League Baseball Player Relations Committee, Inc] 67 F3d 1054 (1995)
|Judge Sotomayor's decision to grant a temporary injunction against the Major League Baseball owners on March 31, 1995, ended the 232-day baseball strike of 1994. The injunction prevented the owners from installing replacement players and temporarily reinstated a five-year-old collective bargaining agreement allowing the 1995 season to take place and allowing players and owners to come to a new agreement nearly a year later. Her decision was later upheld by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.|
| • Ivan Boesky case (1987)|
*United States v. Boesky No. 87 Cr. 378(MEL)
|Judge Lasker presided in the high-profile insider trading trial of Wall Street trader Ivan Boesky in what was considered the biggest trading scandal of the 1980s. Lasker in 1987 sentenced Boesky to three years in prison after being convicted on charges of insider trading. Boesky got a lighter sentence from the judge after cooperating with federal prosecutors. In a separate civil trial, Boesky settled to pay $100 in damages.|
| • NYC jails (1974)|
*Benjamin v. Malcolm No. 75 Civ. 3073 (MEL)
|Judge Lasker will be remembered for a series of rulings in the 1970s and 1980s in which he forced New York City to change how it conducted business in its jails. During that time, the Legal Aid Society of New York City filed numerous lawsuits against the City of New York for civil rights violations in the Manhattan House of Detention and Rikier's Island. The City of New York was found liable in the lawsuits after there was evidence that the jails had severe overcrowding issues that led to numerous other problems. In one case involving Rikier's Island, the City of New York was found liable for not providing access to inmates for medical care and phone calls. Lasker in 1974 ordered The Tombs, another detention facility in Manhattan, closed after Lasker found the jail also had severe overcrowding and inmates were forced to sleep on the floor, along with dealing with filthy conditions such as cockroaches and mice.|
The Southern District is a successor to the original District of New York, which was split into Northern and Southern Districts on April 9, 1814. The United States District Court for the District of New York was the first District Court ever convened under the sovereignty of the United States, with Judge James Duane presiding on November 3, 1789. Over its history, the court grew to 28 permanent judicial posts and one temporary post that remains so.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Southern District of New York:
|September 1789||1 Stat. 73||1 (District of New York)|
|April 9, 1814||3 Stat. 120||1 (Creation of court)|
|February 9, 1903||32 Stat. 805||2|
|May 26, 1906||34 Stat. 202||3|
|March 2, 1909||35 Stat. 685||4|
|September 14, 1922||42 Stat. 837||4 (2 temporary)|
|February 26, 1929||45 Stat. 1317||7 (2 temporary)|
|August 19, 1935||49 Stat. 659||9|
|June 15, 1936||49 Stat. 1491||11|
|May 31, 1938||52 Stat. 585||11 (1 temporary)|
|March 24, 1940||54 Stat. 219||11 (2 temporary)|
|June 8, 1940||54 Stat. 253||12 (1 temporary)|
|August 3, 1949||63 Stat. 493||16 (1 temporary)|
|February 10, 1954||68 Stat. 8||18 (1 temporary)|
|May 19, 1961||75 Stat. 80||24 (1 temporary)|
|June 2, 1970||84 Stat. 294||27 (1 temporary)|
|December 1, 1990||104 Stat. 5089||28 (1 temporary)|
Former Chief judges
|Former Chief Judges||Term|
|John William Clancy|
|John Clark Knox|
|Lisa Smith||2006 - 2008|
|Andrew Peck||2004 - 2005|
|Kimba Wood||2006 - 2009|
In order to qualify for the office of Chief Judge in one of the federal courts, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as Chief Judge. A vacancy in the office of Chief Judge is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The Chief Judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position. Unlike the Chief Justice of the United States, a Chief Judge returns to active service after the expiration of his or her term and does not create a vacancy on the bench by the fact of his or her promotion.
For more information about the judges of the Southern District of New York, see former federal judges of the Southern District of New York.
The court's main office is housed in the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse in New York.
Effect of 2013 Government shutdown
On October 1, 2013, Chief Judge Loretta Preska stayed all civil cases in which the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York was a participant, with the exception of civil forfeiture cases. The stay was effective until October 18, 2013, the day after the end of the federal shutdown.
The United States Department of Justice responded to the shutdown with a contingency plan concerning U.S. Attorney's Offices across the nation:
This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
|“||As Presidential Appointees, U.S. Attorneys are not subject to furlough. Excepted employees are needed to address ongoing criminal matters and civil matters of urgency throughout the Nation. Criminal litigation will continue without interruption as an excepted activity to maintain the safety of human life and the protection of property. Civil litigation will be curtailed or postponed to the extent this can be done without compromising to a significant degree the safety of human life or the protection of property. If a court denies a litigator’s request to postpone a case and orders it to continue, the litigation will become an excepted activity that can continue during the lapse. Headquarters support will be maintained only to the extent necessary to support current operations.||”|
- Official website for the U.S. District Court for the SDNY
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- Opinions of the Southern District of New York
- Offices of the United States Attorneys, Official list
- New York Times, "Big Victory for Chevron Over Claims in Ecuador," March 4, 2014
- Charleston Gazette, "Federal judge: NSA actions not unconstitutional," December 27, 2013
- Los Angeles Times, "Federal judge says NSA phone data collection is constitutional," December 27, 2013
- NBC News, "Federal judge upholds NSA telephone data collection," December 27, 2013
- Reuters, "U.S. judge says NSA phone surveillance is lawful," December 27, 2013
- American Civil Liberties Union, "ACLU Appeals Dismissal of Lawsuit Challenging NSA Call-Tracking Program," January 2, 2014
- New Haven Independent, "Federal Judge Orders Alderman’s “Killer” Freed," December 17, 2013
- New York Times, "Judge Orders Freedom or Retrial for Connecticut Man Jailed Since ’95," December 17, 2013
- Columbia Law School: Press Release, "Professor Brett Dignam, Clinic Students Win Hard-Fought Case for Man Wrongfully Imprisoned 18 Years," December 17, 2013
- Courthouse News Service, “Weird Al Yankovic,” April 2, 2013
- Courthouse News Service, “Weird Al, Sony Settle $5M Royalty Lawsuit,” December 17, 2013
- Hollywood Reporter, “'Weird Al' Yankovic Settles $5 Million Lawsuit Against Sony Music,” December 18, 2013
- Courthouse News Service, "Class Calls Match.com a Giant RICO Fraud," November 25, 2013
- Bloomberg, "IAC Sued Over Profiles with Fake Photos on Dating Site Match.com," December 3, 2013
- Daily Dot, "Bail denied for LulzSec hacker Jeremy Hammond," November 21, 2012
- RT, "Anonymous hacker behind Stratfor attack faces life in prison," November 23, 2012
- Village Voice, "Judge in Jeremy Hammond Case Won't Recuse Herself," February 21, 2013
- U.S. Attorneys Office (S.D.N.Y.) Press Release, "Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Guilty Plea Of Jeremy Hammond For Hacking Into The Stratfor Website," May 28, 2013
- Rolling Stone, "Cyber-Activist Jeremy Hammond Sentenced to 10 Years In Prison," November 15, 2013
- New York Times, "Court Says New York Neglected Disabled in Emergencies," November 7, 2013
- Gothamist, "NYC Violates Federal Law With Weak Emergency Plans For Disabled, Judge Rules," November 8, 2013
- CNN Money, "Strippers win labor fight in New York," September 11, 2013
- CBS New York, "Judge: Strippers Must Be Paid At Least Minimum Wage," September 11, 2013
- ABC News, "Rick's Cabaret Strippers Entitled to Minimum Wage," September 12, 2013
- Huffington Post, "Beastie Boys Lawsuit: Group Sued Over Alleged Copyright Infringement On 'Licensed To Ill' & 'Paul's Boutique'," May 8, 2012
- Courthouse News Service, "Copyright Claims May Stick to Beastie Boys," September 11, 2013
- Billboard, "Beastie Boys’ 'Paul's Boutique' Sampling Lawsuit: The Fine Print," September 13, 2013
- Bloomberg Law, "No Relief for Pre-2009 Alleged Infringement Of Funk Rock Records by the Beastie Boys," September 11, 2013
- New York Law Journal, "Decision: TufAmerica, Inc., Plaintiff v. Diamond, et al," September 12, 2013
- Courthouse News Service, "Judge Upholds $400M Award in Oil Dispute," August 29, 2013
- New York Times, "Judge Rejects New York's Stop-and-Frisk Policy," August 12, 2013
- National Journal, "Why 'Stop and Frisk' Was Ruled Unconstitutional," August 12, 2013
- Nation Sun Journal, "Federal court strikes down New York's stop-and-frisk policy," August 12, 2013
- Center for Constitutional Rights, "Second Circuit Decision in Floyd v. City of New York FAQ," November 1, 2013
- New York Daily News, "Stop-and-frisk judge removed from case, reforms put on hold after federal appeals court ruling," October 31, 2013
- Courthouse News Service, "Boot to Stop-and-Frisk Judge Won't Kill Rulings," November 22, 2013
- Courthouse News Service, "N.Y. Judge Approves $586M IPO Settlement," October 7, 2009
- The Financial, "U.S. Federal judge to consider Google books deal," September 10, 2009
- Associated Press, "Fairness Hearing Postponed for Google Books deal," September 24, 2009
- New York Times, "Judge Sets Nov. 9 Deadline For Revised Google Book Settlement," October 7, 2009
- Washington Post, "Judge backs revised Google Books deal," November 20, 2009
- BusinessWeek, "Google Defends Book Settlement, Setting Stage for Court Hearing," February 12, 2010
- DMW Media, "Google Book Settlement Gets Day in Court; No Ruling Today," February 18, 2010
- Publishers Weekly, "The Google Settlement Rejection: What Comes Next?," March 28, 2011
- Publishers Weekly, "Google, Publishers Settle Lawsuit over Book Scanning," October 04, 2012
- Publishers Weekly, "Google, Publishers Settle Lawsuit over Book Scanning," October 04, 2012
- Outten & Golden, "Court Conditionally Certifies Unpaid Intern Collective Under FLSA, According to Outten & Golden LLP," July 13, 2012
- MyFoxDC, "New York can't scare smokers with graphic images, court ruled," July 12, 2012
- Ruling for 94th St. Grocery v. N.Y.C. Bd. of Health
- Bloomberg, "U.S. District Judge May Review 30 Madoff Trustee Suits," October 17, 2011
- Business Insurance, "AT&T settles age discrimination suit brought by EEOC," October 26, 2011
- New York Times, "Judge Rejects Former Garden Executive’s Lawsuit Over YES Network," January 27, 2010
- Bloomberg, "S&P, Moody’s Found by Judge Not to Be Underwriters," June 1, 2010
- FINalternatives, "SEC Can Have Rajaratnam Wiretaps, Judge Rules," February 10, 2010
- New York Times, "Hedge Fund Manager Pleads Guilty to Securities Fraud," February 24, 2010
- Herald Tribune, "Art Nadel, convicted Ponzi schemer, dies in prison," April 17, 2012
- New York Daily News, "Denied! Federal judge rejected Sen. Hiram Monserrate's plea to stay in office," February 19, 2010
- Monserrate v. New York State Senate, 599 F. 3d 148 - Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit 2010
- Washington Post, "Judge rejects SEC's decision to ease curb on investment bankers, analysts," March 19, 2010
- New York Times, "Judge Rejects Copyright Suit Against Jessica Seinfeld," September 10, 2009
- Lapine v. Seinfeld, Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit 2010
- Lapine v. Seinfeld, 31 Misc. 3d 736 - NY: Supreme Court 2011
- Wall Street Journal Law Blog, "Over Before It Starts: SEC, BofA Settle Suit Over Merrill Bonuses," August 3, 2009
- Wall Street Journal Law Blog, "Rakoff on BofA, SEC Settlement: Not So Fast, Fellas," August 6, 2009
- McClatchy, "Federal judge rules Bank of America-SEC deal is 'unfair and unreasonable,'" September 15, 2009
- Washington Post, "Judge criticizes, but approves, settlement with Bank of America," February 23, 2010
- Securities Docket, "Be Careful Asking for 12 Years… The Last Guy Who Did That Got 150 Years," July 8, 2009
- ABC News, "Rapper Lil' Kim Gets 366 Days for Perjury," February 14, 2006
- Albany Business Journal, "Nickel deposits to be collected on bottled water in New York," October 26, 2009
- USDOJ Indictment orig filed in USDC, MDFL
- USA v. John Gotti, Jr. Indictment Venue Change to USDC, SDNY
- New York Daily News, "Mama Gotti Goes Wild," May 1, 2009
- DNA Info, "Judge Declares Mistrial in John Gotti, Jr. Case," December 1, 2009
- CNN Money, "Preliminary Approval Given To Bristol-Myers Holder Pacts," August 18, 2009
- Washington Post, "Judge Rules Fed Must Disclose Firms That Accept Aid," August 26, 2009
- Reuters, "Judge puts Fed's bailout revelations on hold," August 28, 2009
- BLOOMBERG, LP v. BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF FED. RES., 601 F. 3d 143
- Courthouse News Service, "NYPD Must Deliver Info on Mass Arrests," December 15, 2009
- New York Daily News, "Bernie Madoff pal pleads guilty, denied bail," August 11, 2009
- Los Angeles Times, "Judge tells investors that fund manager accused of cheating them of $150M may enter a plea," December 7, 2009
- CASTLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT, INC. v. CAROL PUBLISHING GROUP, 150 F.3d 132 (2nd Cir. 1998) (LOISLAW)
- Castle Rock Entertainment, Inc. v. Carol Publishing Group, Inc. and Beth B. Golub at Justia.com
- CNN, "Sotomayor's resume, record on notable cases," May 26, 2009
- New York Times Company Inc. v. Jonathan Tasini at OpenJurist.com
- New York Times Co., Inc. v. Tasini et al. at Justia.com
- A summary of media related decisions by Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor
- FOIA Update: Significant New Decisions (1995)
- First Amendment Center, "Sotomayor on the First Amendment," May 28 2009
- New York Times, "Sotomayor's Baseball Ruling Lingers, 14 Years Later," May 26, 2009
- Silverman v. Major League Baseball Player Relations Committee Inc. on OpenJurist.com
- Employment Law Post, "Sotomayor's District Court Decisions on Traditional Labor Matters," June 16, 2009
- New York Times, "Sotomayor, Baseball's Savior, May Be Possibility for High Court," May 14, 2009
- New York Times, "BASEBALL: Woman in the News; Strike-Zone Arbitrator -- Sonia Sotomayor," April 1, 1995
- New York Times, "Morris Lasker, Judge Who Forced City to Clean Up Jails, Dies at 92," December 29, 2009
- History of the Districts of New York on the Federal Judicial Center website
- United States Courts, Frequently Asked Questions
- United States Courts, "On Being Chief Judge," February 2009
- Southern District of New York courthouse page
- CNN, "Obama signs bill to end partial shutdown, stave off debt ceiling crisis," October 17, 2013
- United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, "In re Stay of Certain Civil Cases Pending the Restoration of Department of Justice Funding," October 1, 2013
- United States Department of Justice, "FY 2014 Contingency Plan," October 11, 2013
Chief Judge: Loretta Preska • Kevin Castel • Paul Crotty • George Daniels • Paul Gardephe • Kenneth Karas • John Koeltl • Colleen McMahon • William Pauley • Cathy Seibel • Richard Sullivan • Laura Swain • Andrew L. Carter, Jr. • Nelson S. Roman • Analisa Torres • J. Paul Oetken • Vincent L. Briccetti • Paul A. Engelmayer • Alison J. Nathan • Edgardo Ramos • Katherine Forrest • Jesse Furman • Ronnie Abrams • Lorna Schofield • Katherine Failla • Valerie Caproni • Vernon Broderick • Gregory Howard Woods
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 • Peter Leisure • Lawrence McKenna • Richard Owen • Robert Patterson • Jed Rakoff • Leonard Sand • Shira Scheindlin • Louis Stanton • Sidney Stein • Robert Sweet • Kevin Duffy • Gerard Goettel •
|Magistrate judges||Henry Pitman • Michael Dolinger • Ronald Ellis • Kevin Fox • James Francis • Debra Freeman • Martin Goldberg • Gabriel Gorenstein • Frank Maas • Andrew Peck • Lisa Smith • George Yanthis • Paul Davison • James L. Cott • Sarah Netburn •|
|Former Article III judges||
Michael Mukasey • Morris Lasker • Denny Chin • William Conner • Richard Holwell • Barbara Jones • Shirley Kram • 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 •