John Walter

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John Walter
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Central District of California
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #10
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   5/1/2002-Present
Preceded by:   John Davies
Personal History
Born:   1944
Hometown:   Buffalo, NY
Undergraduate:   Loyola University of Los Angeles, 1966
Law School:   Loyola University of Los Angeles School of Law, 1969

John F. Walter is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He joined the court in 2002 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.[1]

Education

Walter graduated from Loyola-Marymount with his bachelor's degree in 1966 and with his J.D. degree in 1969.[1]

Professional career

Walter became a private practice attorney licensed in the State of California from 1969 to 1970 and from 1972 to 2002. He worked in the U.S. Attorney's Office as assistant U.S. attorney for the Central District of California from 1970 to 1972.[1]

Judicial career

Central District of California

Walter was nominated by President George W. Bush on January 23, 2002, to a seat vacated by Judge John Davies. Walter was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 25, 2002, on a unopposed 99-0-1 vote and received commission on May 1, 2002.[2][1]

Notable cases

Beat.com case (2009-2011)

     United States District Court for the Central District of California (Capitol Records, LLC et al v. Bluebeat Inc. et al, 2:09-cv-08030-JST -JC)

Judge Walter was the presiding judge in a lawsuit involving the music website BlueBeat.com. The judge on November 5, 2009 issued a restraining order on the music website on selling songs from the legendary music group The Beatles. EMI, which holds the rights to the Beatles, alleged the website illegally sold Beatles songs.[3] In March 2011, BlueBeat.com agreed to pay over $1 million to EMI in a settlement.[4]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
John Davies
Central District of California
2002–Current
Seat #10
Succeeded by:
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