Christina Snyder

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Christina Snyder
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Central District of California
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #9
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   11/10/1997 - Present
Preceded by:   Edward Rafeedie
Personal History
Born:   1947
Hometown:   Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate:   Pomona College, B.A., 1969
Law School:   Stanford Law School, J.D., 1972

Christina Snyder is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California. She joined the court in 1997 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.[1]

Early life and education

A native Californian, Snyder graduated from Pomona College with her bachelor's Dereee in 1969 and later graduated from Stanford Law with her Juris doctorate degree in 1972.

Professional career

Snyder spent her entire pre-judicial legal career as a private practice attorney licensed in the State of California from 1972 to 1997.

Judicial career

Central District of California

On the recommendation of U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstien and Barbara Boxer, Snyder was nominated by President Bill Clinton on January 7, 1997 to a seat vacated by Edward Rafeedie as Rafeedie assumed senior status. Snyder was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 7, 1997 on a supermajority 93-6-1 vote and received commission on November 10, 1997[2].

Notable cases

Medi-Cal injunction (2008)

  United States District Court for the Central District of California
     *California Medical Association, et al v. Toby Douglas, et al CV 11-9688 (MANx)
In August 2008, Judge Snyder issued an original injunction against the California Department of Health Services and the California Legislature. Judge Snyder granted California an injunction on state-mandated cuts of reimbursement rates against Medi-Cal providers.[3]

The original lawsuit was filed by Medi-Cal providers after the state legislature approved ten percent cuts of reimbursement rates for providers Medi-Cal in February of 2008. The legislation was approved by both houses of the California legislature and was approved by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The cuts went into affect on July 1, 2008.[3]

On August 18, 2008, Judge Snyder granted a partial injunction against the State of California. Judge Snyder blocked the 10 percent cut for providers. However, Snyder ruled that managed-care plans and acute-care hospitals not under contract with the state were subject to the ten percent reductions.[3]

After the August ruling, David Maxwell-Jolly who heads Medi-Cal, argued that the injunction should apply only to payments for services provided on or after August 18th the day the judge issued the order. Snyder accepted the arguments of Mr. Maxwell-Jolly and granted the adjustment which prompted appeals by all parties to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.[3]

In a separate ruling on February 27, 2009, Snyder issued an injunction against the State of California. Snyder barred the state from imposing a five percent cut in Medi-Cal payments to pharmacies.[4]

On July 10, 2009, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Judge Snyder's decision of withholding reduced reimbursements from July 1 to August 18, 2008. The Ninth Circuit's ruling came amid a serious budget deficit the state faced.[3]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Edward Rafeedie
Central District of California
Seat #9
Succeeded by:

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