Anthony J. Battaglia
|Anthony J. Battaglia|
|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Southern District of California|
|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|
|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.
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.
- 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
Southern District of California
|Candidate:||Anthony J. Battaglia|
|Court:||Southern District of California|
|Progress:||Confirmed 291 days after nomination.|
|Nominated:||May 20, 2010|
|ABA Rating:||Unanimously Well Qualified|
|Hearing:||September 29, 2010|
|Hearing Transcript:||Hearing Transcript|
|Reported:||February 3, 2011 December 1, 2010|
|Confirmed:||March 7, 2011|
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.Cite error: Invalid
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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.
He was moved out of committee on a voice vote on December 1, 2010, and awaited confirmation by the full Senate. 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.
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
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.
- Southern District of California, "Hon. Anthony J. Battaglia"
- Federal Judicial Center, "Biography of Anthony Joseph Battaglia"
- The Robing Room, "Hon. Anthony J. Battaglia"
- Sign on San Diego, "Magistrate judge tapped for district court position," May 21, 2010
- Federal Judicial Center, "Biography of Anthony Joseph Battaglia," accessed on August 11, 2014
- California Western School of Law, "Distinguished California Western Alumnus Appointed to Judicial Conference," January 19, 2010
- White House Office of the Press Secretary, "Press Release: President Obama Names Three to United States District Court," May 20, 2010
- White House Office of the Press Secretary, "Press Release: Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate," May 20, 2010
- Senate Committee on the Judiciary, "Judicial Nomination Materials," accessed on August 11, 2014
- Senate Committee on the Judiciary, "Results of Executive Business Meeting," December 8, 2010
- Senate Committee on the Judiciary, "Judicial Confirmation Materials," accessed on August 11, 2014
|Federal judicial offices|
|Southern District of California
|Vacancy Count by Congress|
|Vacancy Count by Year||Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2009 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2010 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2011 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2012|