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Gerald Lee

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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #8
Station:   Alexandria, VA
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   10/01/1998 - Present
Preceded by:   James Cacheris
Past post:   Fairfax County District Court, Judge
Past term:   1992 - 1998
Personal History
Born:   1952
Hometown:   Washington, DC
Undergraduate:   American U., B.A., 1973
Law School:   American U. Law, J.D., 1976

Gerald Bruce Lee is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He joined the court in 1998 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.

Early life and education

Born in Washington, D.C., Lee graduated from American University with his bachelor's degree in 1973. He received his J.D. from American University College of Law in 1976.[1]

Professional career

Lee was an attorney in private practice in Fairfax County, Virginia, from 1976 to 1992. He then served as Circuit Court judge with the 19th Judicial Circuit in Fairfax County, Virginia, until 1998.[1]

Judicial career

Eastern District of Virginia

On the recommendation from U.S. Senator Chuck Robb, Lee was nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia by President Bill Clinton on May 22, 1998, to a seat vacated by James Cacheris. Lee was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 28, 1998, and received commission on October 1, 1998.[2]

Notable cases

Class action suit against Lumber Liquidators dismissed (2014)

     United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
On April 30, 2014, Judge Lee dismissed the second of two class-action lawsuits filed by customers against Lumber Liquidators, with the approval of both parties. The lawsuit alleged that Lumber Liquidators sold products with elevated formaldehyde levels and imported products from an endangered animal's natural habitat in violation of federal law.[3]

Several class-action lawsuits were filed after federal agents raided the company's headquarters and store in September 2013.[4] The first such lawsuit, which alleged many of the same claims as the second suit, was withdrawn in February 2014.[4] After the second suit was dismissed by agreement of all parties, a Lumber Liquidators spokesperson stated that the company "strongly denied the claims asserted" and "maintained from the outset that they were factually and legally flawed."[3]

A third class-action lawsuit filed by company shareholders is still active in court.[3]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
James Cacheris
Eastern District of Virginia
Seat #8
Succeeded by: