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Katharine Hayden

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Katharine Hayden
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #2
Station:   Newark, NJ
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   09/29/1997 - 05/29/2010
Senior:   05/30/2010 - Present
Preceded by:   Lee Sarokin
Succeeded by:   Esther Salas
Past post:   New Jersey Superior Courts, Judge
Past term:   1991 - 1997
Personal History
Born:   1942
Hometown:   New York, NY
Undergraduate:   Marymount Manhattan College, B.A., 1963
Law School:   Seton Hall U. Law, J.D., 1975
Grad. School:   Seton Hall U., M.A., 1971

Katharine Sweeney Hayden is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. She joined the court in 1997 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. She is serving the count on senior status.

Early life and education

A native of New York, Hayden graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with her bachelor's degree in 1963 and later graduated from Seton Hall University with her Master's degree in 1971 and her Juris Doctor in 1975.[1]

Professional career

Judicial career

District of New Jersey

On the unanimous recommendation of U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg and Frank Torricelli, Hayden was nominated by President Bill Clinton on May 6, 1997, to a seat vacated Lee Sarokin. Hayden was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 25, 1997 on a Senate vote and received commission on September 29, 1997. Hayden assumed senior status on May 30, 2010.[1]

Notable cases

Short Mall carjacking case (2013)

     United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
On December 24, 2013, Judge Hayden dismissed the probation violation of Basim Henry so that U.S. Marshals could question him. Henry, who was on parole from a prior guilty plea of bank robbery, was charged with murder, felony murder carjacking conspiracy and weapons possession in the murder of a Hoboken attorney Dustin Friedland.[2]

Schering-Plough denied $473M tax refund (2009)

     United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (Schering-Plough Corporation, v. United States, 2:05-cv-02575-KSH-PS)

Judge Hayden ruled on August 31, 2009, that Schering-Plough could not receive a $473 million dollar tax refund related to two tax shelters the company used in 1991 and 1992. The judge found that the company used the shelter to avoid taxes on $690 million in profits.[3] Schering-Plough is a part of drug-making company Merck & Co. They argued that monies the unit received through transactions involving some foreign subsidiaries were not taxable, and that therefore they were entitled to a refund; the court found that the transactions were designed to avoid taxes on profits, and rejected their argument. Attorneys for Schering-Plough appealed the ruling to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, but Judge Hayden's decision was affirmed.[4]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Lee Sarokin
District of New Jersey
Seat #2
Succeeded by:
Esther Salas