Richard Bennett

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Richard Bennett
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Maryland
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #6
Station:   Baltimore, MD
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   04/10/2003 - Present
Preceded by:   Frederic Smalkin
Personal History
Born:   1947
Hometown:   Baltimore, MD
Undergraduate:   University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1969
Law School:   University of Maryland Law, J.D., 1973
Military service:   U.S. Army Reserves 1969 - 1975, Maryland Army National Guard 1983 - 1997

Richard D. Bennett is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. He has served on the court since 2003 when he was nominated by President George W. Bush.

Early life and education

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Bennett graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with his bachelor's degree in 1969. Bennett served as a reservist in the United States Army Reserves from 1969 to 1975, and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1973.[1]

Professional career

  • 1993-2003: Attorney, private practice
  • 1991-1993: United States Attorney, District of Maryland
  • 1981-1991: Attorney, private practice
  • 1976-1980: Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Maryland
  • 1973-1976: Attorney, private practice[1]

Military service

Bennett served in the Maryland Air National Guard from 1983 to 1997.[1]

Judicial career

District of Maryland

Bennett was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Maryland by President George W. Bush on January 29, 2003 to a seat vacated by Frederic Smalkin. Bennett was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 9, 2003 on a Senate vote and received commission on April 10, 2003.[1][2]

Notable cases

Tyson settles lawsuit over chicken packaging (2010)

     United States District Court for the District of Maryland
In January 2010, Tyson Foods settled a case over the packaging on the company's chicken products which falsely stated that the birds were "raised without antibiotics." The lawsuit was brought by two of Tyson's rivals and joined by consumers in a class-action suit.[3]

Tyson insisted that "raised without antibiotics" was a true statement, since the chicken eggs were injected with them before the birds were born. The U.S. Department of Agriculture rejected this argument as it stripped Tyson of its ability to market its products this way.[4]

The company settled the suit for up to $5 million, with each consumer eligible for $50. They also agreed to pay $3 million in legal fees.[3]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Frederic Smalkin
District of Maryland
Seat #6
Succeeded by:

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