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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Southern District of New York|
|Station:||New York, NY|
|Appointed by:||Richard Nixon|
|Active:||07/30/1972 - 03/12/2000|
|Chief:||1993 - 2000|
|Senior:||03/13/2000 - Present|
|Preceded by:||84 Stat. 294|
|Succeeded by:||Laura Swain|
|Past post:||Attorney in private practice|
|Past term:||1960 - 1972|
|Hometown:||Kansas City, MO|
|Law School:||Stanford Law, 1958|
|Military service:||U.S. Coast Guard 1952 - 1954|
Thomas Griesa is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He joined the court in 1972 after being nominated by President Richard Nixon. He served as chief judge from 1993 to 2000, and took senior status on March 13, 2000.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Griesa graduated from Harvard University with his B.A. in 1952, and later from Stanford Law School with his LL.B. in 1958. Griesa served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1952 to 1954.
Griesa began his legal career as a Staff Attorney for the Admiralty and Shipping Section of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1958 to 1960, before entering private practice in New York City from 1960 to 1972.
Southern District of New York
Griesa was nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by President Richard M. Nixon on June 15, 1972, to a new seat created by 84 Stat. 294, which was approved by Congress. Griesa was confirmed by the Senate on June 28, 1972, on a Senate vote, and received commission on June 30, 1972. Griesa served as the chief judge of the court from 1993 to 2000, before assuming senior status on March 13, 2000. Griesa was succeeded in this position by Laura Swain.
Argentine debt case (2010-2014)United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (EM Ltd., and NML Capital, Ltd., v. Republic of Argentina, 1:08-cv-06978)
On April 7, 2010, Judge Greisa ruled that $100 million of deposits in Argentina's central bank could be used for unpaid debts to two investment funds in the United States. The judge found that the bank was not autonomous, and ruled that Banco Central de la República Argentina's (BCRA) assets were not the property of Argentina.
Following a Second Circuit ruling in August 2013 which ordered the country to treat all bondholders equally, Argentina appealed Judge Griesa's ruling to the Supreme Court of the United States in June 2014. The request for certiorari was viewed as a further attempt to reduce the payments owed to U.S. bondholders, but the high court refused to hear the country's claims. With default imminent, Judge Griesa intervened and ordered Argentina to negotiate with bondholders over its debt repayments, noting that a default would be the "worst thing that [he could] envisage."
Argentina officially defaulted on July 30, 2014, making it the second time the country had done so in thirteen years.
Judge upholds ban on tobacco discounting in NYC (2014)
Judge Thomas Griesa upheld the New York City ban on coupons and other discounts for tobacco products. The ban is an effort by the city to keep the prices of tobacco products high, for adults and kids, so that they are less appealing or affordable. Lawyers for the tobacco companies claimed that the ban infringed on their clients' First Amendment right to free speech (along with other federal law claims). Judge Griesa, however, stated that the ban is only meant to regulate an economic transaction by keeping the prices of the products in question at retail price, not regulate manufacturer speech.
- Federal Judicial Center, "Biography of Thomas Poole Griesa," accessed on August 2, 2014
- Reuters, "U.S. judge rules against Argentina in debt case," April 7, 2010
- New York Times, "Argentina’s Debt Appeal Is Rejected by Supreme Court," June 16, 2014
- New York Times, "Judge Orders Argentina and New York Hedge Funds to Negotiate," July 22, 2014
- Bloomberg, "Argentina Declared in Default by S&P as Talks Fail," July 30, 2014
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|Former Chief judges||
Kimba Wood • Andrew Peck • Lisa Smith • John Clark Knox • William Bondy • John William Clancy • Charles Brieant • David Edelstein • Lloyd MacMahon • Constance Motley • Sylvester Ryan • Sidney Sugarman •