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Timothy Batten

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Tim Batten
Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #11
Station:   Atlanta, GA
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   3/28/2006 - Present
Preceded by:   Willis Hunt, Jr.
Personal History
Born:   1960
Undergraduate:   Georgia Institute of Technology, 1981
Law School:   University of Georgia Law, 1984

Timothy C. Batten, Sr. (b. 1960) is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. He was nominated to the court by President George W. Bush in 2005. Prior to his appointment, Batten was a private practice attorney in Georgia.[1]


Born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1960, Batten graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with his bachelor's degree in 1981 and later from the University of Georgia Law School with his J.D. degree in 1984.[1]

Professional career

Batten was a private practice attorney in the State of Georgia from 1984 to 2006.[1]

Judicial career

Northern District of Georgia

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, Batten was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia by President George W. Bush on September 28, 2005, to a seat vacated by Willis Hunt, Jr. Batten was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 6, 2006, and received commission on March 28, 2006.[2]

Notable cases

Woman sues school for using her Facebook photo without permission (2014)

A photo of teenager Chelsea Chaney in a bikini was used by an instructor in Fayette County, Georgia, as an example of online privacy (or lack thereof) for an Internet safety class. After discovering this, Chaney sued her school district for $2 million, claiming that her privacy was violated and that she did not authorize that use of her photo.[3]

The court, in a majority opinion written by Judge Timothy Batten, sided with the school district and granted a motion to dismiss most of the lawsuit. The court noted that the privacy setting chosen by Chaney for the photo allowed "friends and friends of friends" on Facebook to see the photo, so she had authorized strangers to view it. The opinion stated, "The Supreme Court consistently has held that a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties."[4]


AT&T/Verizon case (2009)

     United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
Judge Batten ruled against wireless giant AT&T who sued Verizon over its "There's a map for that" ad campaign. AT&T sued its rival over claims that Verizon mislead customers using the map of its 3G coverage area while in fact AT&T customers can make calls in its non-3G areas. The judge ruled against AT&T.[5]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Willis Hunt, Jr.
Northern District of Georgia
Seat #11
Succeeded by: