Nelva Gonzales Ramos
|Nelva Gonzales Ramos|
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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas|
|Station:||Corpus Christi, TX|
|Appointed by:||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by:||Hayden Head|
|Past post:||Texas District 347|
|Past term:||2000 - 2011|
|Undergraduate:||Southwest Texas State U., B.S., 1987|
|Law School:||University of Texas Law, J.D., 1991|
Nelva Gonzales Ramos is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. She was nominated by President Barack Obama in January 2011.
Early life and education
- 2001-2011: District Judge, Texas 347th Judicial District
- 1999-2000: Attorney in private practice, Corpus Christi, Texas
- 1997-1999: Judge, Municipal Court, City of Corpus Christi, Texas
- 1991-1997: Attorney in private practice, Corpus Christi, Texas
Southern District of Texas
|Candidate:||Nelva Gonzales Ramos|
|Court:||Southern District of Texas|
|ABA Rating:||Substantial Majority Qualified, Minority Well Qualified|
Ramos was nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas to replace the retired Hayden Head.
Ramos was rated Substantial Majority Qualified, Minority Well Qualified by the American Bar Association. She had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 13, 2011. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send Ramos's nomination to the full Senate for a vote on May 12, 2011.
Ramos was confirmed by a Senate voice vote on August 2, 2011. After receiving word on August 4, 2011, that the paperwork had been signed by President Obama, Ramos was officially sworn in at the Federal Courthouse in Corpus Christi.
Emergency "Park It Now" motion denied for recalled General Motors cars (2014)United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Silvas, et al v. General Motors, LLC, 2:14-cv-00089)
On April 17, 2014, Judge Ramos denied an emergency motion for injunctive relief filed by Charles and Grace Silvas -- one which colloquially came to be called the "Park It Now" motion -- that sought the court to order General Motors (GM) to tell customers to stop driving its recalled vehicles until repairs could be made.
Many lawsuits have been filed due to GM's faulty ignition switch technology, including the one by the Silvases in Texas. About 26 million people own GM cars with defective ignition switches that could affect power steering and braking capabilities, as well as the deployment of airbags. To date, the problem has been linked to more than thirty accidents and more than ten deaths. The Silvases originally filed suit to reclaim the lost value of their recalled car, a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt, but their lawyers filed a motion in March 2014 in an attempt to force the automaker, through a court order, to advise all customers to stop driving their cars in the interest of safety.
Judge Ramos denied the motion, noting that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had jurisdiction over the remedy being sought, writing, "The court is of the opinion that N.H.T.S.A. is far better equipped than this court to address the broad and complex issues of automotive safety and the regulation of automotive companies in connection with a nationwide recall."
- Federal Judicial Center, "Biography of Nelva Gonzales Ramos"
- News-Journal.com, "Obama nominates Corpus Christi judge to federal bench," January 28, 2011
- Houston Chronicle, "Nueces County judge nominated to federal bench," January 27, 2011 (dead link)
- Corpus Christi Caller, "Committee vote brings Nelva Gonzales Ramos closer to federal judgeship," May 12, 2011
- Senate Judiciary Committee, "112th Senate Confirmation Materials," accessed May 20, 2014
- Corpus Christi Caller, "President signs off on Nelva Gonzales Ramos' confirmation," August 4, 2011
- Corpus Christi Caller, "Attorneys, judges apply to fill vacancy Nelva Gonzales Ramos appointment may create," June 8, 2011
- New York Times, "A Bid to Park Recalled G.M. Cars Is Denied," April 17, 2014
- CNBC, "Judge to hear motion on parking GM recalled cars," March 27, 2014
|Federal judicial offices|
|Southern District of Texas
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