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Robert David Mariani

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Robert David Mariani
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #3T
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Approval vote:   82-17
Active:   10/19/2011 - Present
Preceded by:   James M. Munley
Personal History
Born:   1950
Hometown:   Scranton, PA
Undergraduate:   Villanova U., A.B., 1972
Law School:   Syracuse U. Law, J.D., 1976

Robert David Mariani is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He was nominated to the court by President Barack Obama.[1][2] Prior to joining the court, Mariani was a private practice attorney in Scranton.[3]

Early life and education

Mariani earned his bachelor's degree from Villanova University in 1972.[4] He went on to earn his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.[3]

Professional career

  • 2001-2011: Robert D. Mariani, P.C.
  • 1993-2001: Law Office of Robert D. Mariani
  • 1973-1993: Partner, Mariani & Greco

Judicial career

Middle District of Pennsylvania

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Robert David Mariani
 Court:Middle District of Pennsylvania
 Progress:Confirmed 322 days after nomination.
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Qualified

President Barack Obama nominated Mariani on December 1, 2010, to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania to replace James M. Munley upon his transition to senior status.[5] He was recommended to President Barack Obama by Democratic Senator Bob Casey and former Senator Arlen Specter.[1][6] Obama commented on the appointments, stating, "These outstanding candidates have shown an unwavering commitment to justice throughout their careers. They all have long and distinguished records of service, and I am pleased to nominate them to continue serving the American people on the District Court bench."[3]

Judicial committee hearing

Mariani was rated Unanimously Qualified by the American Bar Association. Mariani had his hearing before the Senate Judiciary committee on June 22, 2011. You can find his Committee Questionnaire available here and his Questions for the Record available here.[7]

Mariani's nomination was returned to the President at the end of the 111th Congress. President Obama resubmitted the nomination on January 5, 2011. The Senate Judiciary committee recommended Mariani on July 21, 2011, and he was confirmed by a Senate vote of 82-17 on October 19, 2011.[7]

Notable cases

Overdraft banking class action settles for $2.5 million (2013)

     United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (Johnson v. Community Bank, N.A. and First Liberty Bank and Trust, 3:12-cv-01405-RDM)

On November 25, 2013, Judge Mariani granted final approval to a class settlement between the plaintiff members of the class and the defendants, Community Bank NA and its subsidiary, First Liberty Bank and Trust. In the underlying case, plaintiffs filed suit in July 2012 alleging the banks' "unfair and unconscionable assessment and collection of excessive overdraft fees," specifically, that the banks purposefully re-sequenced the way in which debit transactions posted to customers' accounts in order to increase overdraft fees. Plaintiffs claimed that all charges over the limit were subject to additional overdraft fees, as opposed to only the first charge incurring the fee. The parties mediated their claims in January 2013, and presented a proposed $2.5 million settlement to the court which was signed in March 2013. About 50,000 members were included in the settlement class, and none of them objected, with only five opting out. The settlement funds were to be distributed pro rata to class members, with the exception of the named plaintiffs, who would each receive $5,000 payments. In weighing whether to grant final approval to the class settlement agreement, Judge Mariani noted that it must be "fair, reasonable, and adequate." In so doing, he stated that "litigation in this case could be very complex, expensive, and protracted, even compared to other class actions." Finding that the proposed settlement fulfilled the requirements, Mariani granted it his final approval, awarding the plaintiffs their awards, fees, and costs.[8]

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Preceded by:
James M. Munley
Middle District of Pennsylvania
Seat #3T
Succeeded by:

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