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Frederic Block

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Frederic Block
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #3
Station:   Brooklyn, NY
Service:
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   09/29/1994 - 08/31/2005
Senior:   09/01/2005 - Present
Preceded by:   Eugene Nickerson
Succeeded by:   Brian Cogan
Personal History
Born:   1934
Hometown:   Brooklyn, NY
Undergraduate:   Indiana U., A.B., 1956
Law School:   Cornell Law, LL.B., 1959

Frederic Block is a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He joined the court in 1994 after an appointment from Bill Clinton. He assumed senior status on September 1, 2005 and is now serving in that capacity.[1]

Early life and education

Block received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University in 1956 and his LL.B. from Cornell Law School in 1959.[1]

Professional career

Judicial career

Eastern District of New York

Block was nominated by President Bill Clinton on July 22, 1994, to a seat vacated by Eugene Nickerson. Block was confirmed by the Senate on September 28, 1994, and received commission the next day. He assumed senior status on September 1, 2005. Block was succeeded in this position by Brian Cogan.[1]

Notable cases

Bear Stearns hedge fund manager fraud case (2009-2012)

     United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
In 2009, Judge Block presided in the trial of former Bear Stearns hedge fund managers Ralph Cioffi and Matthew Tannin. The executives were charged with securities fraud in connection to the collapse of the company in 2008 which led to JP Morgan Chase buying the company.[2] A jury acquitted both Cioffi and Tannin of wrongdoing in November 2009. However, they settled a civil suit with the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2012 by agreeing to pay approximately $1 million.[3][4]

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References

Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Eugene Nickerson
Eastern District of New York
1994–2005
Seat #3
Succeeded by:
Brian Cogan


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