Jesse Furman

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Jesse Furman
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Title:   Judge
Service:
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Approval vote:   62-34
Active:   2/17/2012 - Present
Preceded by:   Alvin Hellerstein
Personal History
Born:   1972
Hometown:   New York, NY
Undergraduate:   Harvard, B.A., 1994
Law School:   Yale Law, J.D., 1998



Jesse Furman is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. On June 7, 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Furman to the Southern District of New York. He was confirmed by the Senate in February 2012.[1]

Early life and education

Born in New York City in 1972, Furman earned his B.A. at Harvard University in 1994 and went on to earn his J.D. from Yale Law School.[1]

Professional career

2009-2012: Chief Appellate Attorney
2007-2009: Counselor to the Attorney General
2004-2007: Assistant Attorney

Judicial career

Southern District of New York

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:John Gerrard
 Court:Southern District of New York
 Progress:Confirmed 255 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:6/7/2011
ApprovedAABA Rating:Majority Qualified, Minority Well Qualified
ApprovedAQuestionnaire:Questionnaire
ApprovedAHearing:7/28/2011
DefeatedDQFRs:
DefeatedDReported: 
ApprovedAConfirmed:2/17/2012
 Vote:

Furman was nominated by Barack Obama to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on June 7, 2011. He was nominated to the spot left vacant by Judge Alvin Hellerstein's retirement. Obama said of the nomination, "Throughout their careers these individuals have shown a dedication to justice. I am proud to nominate them to serve the American people from the district court bench.”[2]

Furman was rated Majority Qualified, Minority Well Qualified by the American Bar Association. He had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary committee on July 28, 2011, and you can find his Committee Questionnaire available here and his Questions for the Record available here.[3]

On February 17, 2012, the United States Senate confirmed Furman to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York with a vote of 62-34.[4]

Notable cases

Match.com class action suit over fraudulent dating profiles (2013)

  United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
     *Avalos v. IAC/Interactive Corp., Match.com LLC, and People Media LLC 1:13-cv-08351-JMF
On November 21, 2013, lead plaintiff Yuliana Avalos filed a class action lawsuit against IAC/InterActiveCorp and its subsidiaries Match.com and People Media alleging numerous causes of action, including trademark, copyright, fraud, negligence, and Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) violations. Avalos said that while she never had a profile on the dating site Match.com, or any of the other dating sites that were run by the company, the dating site knowingly and intentionally used her photographs in "hundreds if not thousands of fraudulent profiles," and "thousands if not millions of photographs of class members in fraudulent profiles." Avalos alleged that Match.com "conspired with criminals operating from locations including Internet cafes in Nigeria, Ghana and Russia" to create the fraudulent profiles. Avalos further claimed on behalf of the class that Match.com failed to police fraudulent profiles and refused to act on complaints received about them. Avalos requested $500 million in compensatory damages and $1 billion in punitive damages. Match.com released a statement and asserted that the suit was "filled with outlandish conspiracy theories," expressing surety that the Southern District of New York would "dismiss this case in short order." The case is before Judge Furman.[5][6]


NYC violated law in emergency planning for persons with disabilities (2013)

  United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
     *Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled, et al v. Bloomberg 1:11-cv-06690-JMF
On November 4, 2013, Judge Furman ruled that New York City's (NYC) inadequate accommodations for disabled residents during emergency situations violated federal law. In the underlying case, two non-profit groups and two disabled individuals filed suit after Hurricane Irene in 2011, seeking class-action status on behalf of all disabled individuals in NYC. Plaintiffs alleged that NYC failed to do all of the following during emergencies and disasters: plan for evacuation, provide Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)-accessible shelter, attend to their needs during power outages, communicate during emergencies, and account for them in recovery operations. In November 2012, following Hurricane Sandy, Furman granted the plaintiffs' request. In a 119-page decision, one which acknowledged that NYC often performed an "outstanding job" with regard to its emergency preparedness planning, Furman wrote that while there was no indication of intentional discrimination on NYC's part, there appeared to be "benign neglect." Furman found that NYC's plans were "inadequate to ensure that people with disabilities [were] able to evacuate before or during an emergency; they fail[ed] to provide sufficiently accessible shelters; and they [did] not sufficiently inform people with disabilities of the availability and location of accessible emergency services." He did not go so far as to suggest possible remedies to these problems, noting that "complexity and potential expense involved." This is the first ruling following a trial where a federal judge has found that a city's emergency plans violated the ADA.[7][8]


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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Alvin Hellerstein
Southern District of New York
2011–Current
Succeeded by:
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