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William Haskell Alsup (born 1945) is a United States federal judge.

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Alsup received a B.S. in mathematics from Mississippi State University in 1967, a J.D. from Harvard University in 1971, and an M.P.P. from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1971. He was a law clerk to Justice William O. Douglas of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1971 to 1972. Alsup was in private practice in San Francisco, California from 1972 to 1978, and was then an Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General in the United States Department of Justice from 1978 to 1980. He returned to his private practice in San Francisco from 1980 to 1998, when he briefly served as a special counsel in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice in 1998. He was again in private practice in San Francisco from 1998 to 1999.

On March 24, 1999, Alsup was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California vacated by Thelton Eugene Henderson. Alsup was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 30, 1999, and received his commission on August 17, 1999.

Alsup is the presiding judge over Oracle America, Inc. v. Google, Inc., where he notably has been able to comment on issues relating to coding and programming languages, specifically Java. He learned the Java programming language solely for the purpose of being able to understand the case more clearly.

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But the specifics of the California case—going after sellers of fossil fuels rather than local users of fossil fuels—convinced Judge William Alsup that it can go forward. Before arguments get rolling, however, Judge Alsup made a unique request: both sides are to present the facts of climate science itself, partly ...
The decision, by U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, conflicts with Judge William Alsup's order in late February denying remand for similar lawsuits brought by ... Judge Alsup determined that Kivalina sought damages from domestic emitters, while the California plaintiffs “bring claims against defendants for ...

Meanwhile, two federal district court judges disagreed with Sessions and granted nationwide injunctions against the March 5 termination of DACA. Judge William Alsup in San Francisco ruled on January 9, 2018, and Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis in New York ruled on February 13, 2018, that the plaintiffs ...
When Judge William Alsup asked the lawyers in Waymo v. ... Judge Alsup tentatively planned to instruct the jury that such research can be a trade secret. ... As Judge Alsup recognized, even if certain negative information is valuable, it cannot be protected by trade secret law if “it remains one of those ...
The legal details on standing, jurisdiction, etc. are all very interesting (follow @ColumbiaClimate for those details), but somewhat uniquely, the judge (William Alsup) has asked for a tutorial on climate science (2 hours of evidence from the plaintiffs and the defendents). Furthermore, he has posted a list of ...
On January 9, 2018, Judge William Alsup of the US District Court for the Northern District of California issued a preliminary injunction temporarily reinstating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Judge Alsup's temporary order in Regents of the University of California, et al. v.

Judge William Alsup issued his order on Tuesday denying the plaintiffs' motion to remand the cases back to state court, following a Feb. ... “We think Judge Alsup's decision is incorrect and, as he acknowledged, there is substantial ground for a difference of opinion about the role (jf any) of federal common ...
The oil companies removed the cases to federal court in October, and Judge Alsup said Tuesday they should stay there, given the global nature of climate change. Most notably, he rejected the cities' argument that the Clean Air Act displaces federal common law claims thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court's ...
This denied an attempt by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to have the Court review a January 9, 2018, order by Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, prior to a full review of that order by the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Judge Alsup had ordered the ...
In one of those — filed by the University of California — federal judge William Alsup ruled in January that there was evidence to suggest that the ... In the meantime, a New York judge issued a similar ruling to Judge Alsup's — meaning that even if the 9th Circuit were to somehow side with Trump, it wouldn't ...

The lead plaintiff for the investor class had complained that the underwriter defendants were withholding as privileged a slew of documents that cut to the heart of their "due diligence" defense to liability in the case, but U.S. District Judge William Alsup said the underwriters have offered sufficient ...
U.S. District Judge William Alsup's order, which the workers' attorney said should be unsealed Friday afternoon, lets a class of as many as 9,197 drivers pursue ... The workers' attorney, Paul Maslo of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, said Judge Alsup correctly recognized that the workers should be heard as a class.
At the start of a hearing in San Francisco, U.S. District Judge William Alsup asked counsel for Uber Technologies Inc. and lead plaintiff Martin Dulberg if ... During the hearing, Judge Alsup noted that Uber might lose out twice if the class is successful: once for overpaying the drivers who benefited from the ...
In making the indication, two of the three judges on the panel suggested U.S. District Judge William Alsup wrongly tossed the suit by mischaracterizing a settlement agreement between Total Recall's partners as an underhanded bid to keep the suit alive. “Judge Alsup is one of our finest district judges; ...
Earlier this week, Judge William Alsup denied a motion by Oakland and San Francisco to remand their public nuisance claims against some of the world's largest fossil fuel producers to state court. However, I'm not sure ... Judge Alsup concluded that this was a distinction with a difference. The Clean Air Act ...
Northern California District Judge William Alsup ordered DHS to continue accepting renewals on Jan. 9 this year. This happened after several California cities and the University of California urged Judge Alsup to order the continuation of DACA. Judge Alsup agreed that the Trump administration did not ...
Last week, federal court judge William Alsup denied a motion filed by the cities asking the case be sent back to state court in California. But Alsup's ruling included a barb, one that ... Judge Alsup says that is an important distinction, but the USSC may disagree. The Supreme Court as currently constituted is ...


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