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Anthony J. Battaglia

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Anthony J. Battaglia
Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of California
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #3
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   03/09/2011 - Present
Preceded by:   James Lorenz
Past post:   Federal Magistrate Judge, Southern District of California
Past term:   1993 - 2011
Personal History
Born:   1949
Hometown:   San Diego, CA
Undergraduate:   United States International U., 1971
Law School:   California Western School of Law, 1974

Anthony Joseph "Tony" Battaglia is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. He joined the court in 2011 after a nomination from President Barack Obama. Prior to his elevation, he served as a federal magistrate judge for the same district court.[1]


Battaglia studied at San Diego Mesa Junior College, and later received his B.A. from United States International University in 1971. Battaglia received his J.D. from the California Western School of Law in 1974.[1][2][3]

Professional career

  • 1993-2011: Magistrate Judge, Southern District of California
  • 1991-1993: Attorney in private practice, law firm of Battaglia, Fitzpatrick & Battaglia
  • 1980-1991: Attorney in private practice, solo practitioner
  • 1974-1980: Attorney in private practice, law firm of Law Offices of John Marin[1][3]

Judicial career

Southern District of California

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Anthony J. Battaglia
 Court:Southern District of California
 Progress:Confirmed 291 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:May 20, 2010
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Well Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:September 29, 2010
ApprovedAHearing Transcript:Hearing Transcript
ApprovedAReported:February 3, 2011 December 1, 2010
ApprovedAConfirmed:March 7, 2011
 Vote: 89-0

On May 20, 2010, Battaglia was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as a district judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. He was nominated to fill the seat vacated by James Lorenz.[4]Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no content must have a name

The American Bar Association gave Battaglia a unanimous rating of "Well Qualified". He had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 29, 2012, and you can find his hearing transcript here.[5]

He was moved out of committee on a voice vote on December 1, 2010, and awaited confirmation by the full Senate.[6] Battaglia's nomination was returned to the President at the end of the 111th Congress. President Obama resubmitted the nomination on January 5, 2011. Battaglia was confirmed to his position by the U.S. Senate on March 7, 2011, by an 89-0 vote.[7]

Awards and associations

  • January 2010-January 2012: Appointed to a two-year term as magistrate judge observer of the Judicial Conference of the United States
  • 2008: Former president of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association
  • 1992: Former president of the San Diego County Bar Association[3]

Notable cases

Size of class limited in Sony PlayStation data breach suit (2014)

In January 2014, Judge Battaglia ruled that Sony PlayStation users who filed a class action suit over a 2011 system-wide data breach would have limited ability to continue with the litigation. In that breach, about 70 million customers’ private information was exposed, including their names, birth dates, and credit card and debit card information. Judge Battaglia dismissed the majority of the class plaintiffs’ claims, stating that Sony’s user privacy agreement noted that all services were provided “as is” and “as available.” Only those plaintiffs who raised claims related to deceptive business practices would be able to move forward with their cases.


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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
James Lorenz
Southern District of California
Seat #3
Succeeded by: