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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan|
|Appointed by:||George W. Bush|
|Active:||6/12/2006 - current|
|Preceded by:||Paul Gadola|
|Home State:||Midland, MI|
|Undergraduate:||Albion College, B.A., 1976|
|Law School:||U. of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 1979|
Thomas Lamson Ludington is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He joined the court in 2006 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.
Early Life and Career
Ludington was a private practice attorney from 1980 to 1995. In 1995, Ludington was elected by the People of Michigan to that State's 42nd District Circuit Court and served as the Chief Judge until 2006.
Eastern District of Michigan
Ludington was nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by George W. Bush on February 14, 2005, to a seat vacated by Paul Gadola as Gadola assumed senior status. Ludington was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 8, 2006 on a majority voice vote and received commission on June 12, 2006. 
A notable case on this page needs to be updated.
Central Michigan basketball
Judge Ludington dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former women's basketball player at Central Michigan who sued her former Head Coach over claims that her scholarship was dropped over not being what the player called "lesbian". However, the judge found that current Central Michigan Head Coach Sue Guevara and other Athletic Department officials are immune from litigation when acting in their official capacity with the University. However, lawyers for the former player will plan to file a separate case in state court to challenge the standing if a federal court can grant immunity to someone working for a state university..
Financial adviser case
Judge Ludington on August 24, 2009, dismissed a civil lawsuit filed by the widow of a financial adviser who is accused of embezzlement. Julie Laursen sued Brian and Penny Bolton on charges of prejudice to block the Boltons from filing charges against Laursen on claims that her late husband Michael Laursen, bilked neighbors out of $2.6 billion from 2000 to 2008. With the judge's dismissal there is a chance that the Bolton's may re-pursue the case.
Arenac County polygraphs
Former Arenac County Commissioners Kenneth Kernstock and Amy S. Lynch and Board of Commissioners Secretary Gail A. Seder filed complaints on October 22, 2008 on violations of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. The commissioners felt the polygraphs were unlawful invasion of privacy and damage to reputation. They also claimed that there were violations of the Michigan Forensic Polygraph Examiners Act which strictly prohibits release of polygraph results.
The three plaintiffs sued Arenac County and Iosco County Prosecutor Gary Rapp at the time was serving as special prosecutor for Arenac County, Michigan State Police Lieutenant Robert Lesneski, John Curcio, and a "John/Jane Doe", publisher of the Arenac County Town Crier newsletter. .
The three plaintiffs sued on claims that the three defendants mentioned in the lawsuit disclosed a polygraph test Lynch took during an investigation into a separate perjury case. Michigan authorities administered the polygraph while investigating claims that Lynch, Kernstock and Seder committed perjury during a state-court trial against Curcio who was charged with assault. The case was dismissed by Judge Ludington. 
- Judge Ludington's Homepage
- Kernstock v. Arenac County, MI filed in USDC, EDMI
- The Robing Room- Rate Judge Ludington
- Judge Ludington's Biography from the Federal Judicial Center
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Judge Ludington's Biography from the Federal Judicial Center.
- ↑ "THOMAS" Thomas Ludington USDC, EDMI confirmation: PN206-109
- ↑ "Claims Journal" Federal Judge Rules Michigan College Coach Immune to Player Suit, September 8, 2009
- ↑ "MLive" Federal judge dismisses civil suit against financial adviser's widow, August 24, 2009
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "MLive.com" Federal judge dismisses lawsuit filed by former Arenac County officials. July 9, 2009
|Federal judicial offices|
|Eastern District of Michigan
Chief Judge: Gerald Rosen • Victoria Roberts • Paul Borman • Robert Cleland • Sean Cox • Denise Hood • David Lawson • Thomas Ludington • George Steeh • Gershwin Drain • Mark Goldsmith • Stephen Murphy • Terrence Berg
Bernard Friedman • Marianne Battani • Anna Taylor • Avern Cohn • Julian Cook • Patrick Duggan • Nancy Edmunds • Paul Gadola • John O'Meara • Arthur Tarnow • Lawrence Zatkoff • Stewart Newblatt • Charles Joiner • James Harvey • James Churchill •
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|Former Article III judges||
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|Former Chief judges||
Damon Keith • Bernard Friedman • Anna Taylor • Julian Cook • John Feikens • Lawrence Zatkoff • Cornelia Kennedy • Arthur Lederle • Frank Picard • James Churchill • Ralph Freeman • Frederick Kaess • Theodore Levin • Philip Pratt •