Louis L. Stanton

Louis Lee Stanton (born October 1, 1927)[1] is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Louis Lee Stanton
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Assumed office
October 1, 1996
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
In office
July 18, 1985 – October 1, 1996
Appointed byRonald Reagan
Preceded byHenry Frederick Werker
Succeeded byAlvin Hellerstein
Personal details
Louis Lee Stanton

(1927-10-01) October 1, 1927 (age 92)
New York City, New York
EducationYale University (B.A.)
University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., LL.B.)

Education and careerEdit

Born on October 1, 1927, in New York City, New York, Stanton was a United States Merchant Marine Academy Cadet Midshipman from 1945 to 1947. He was a United States Marine Corps Reserve First Lieutenant from 1950 to 1952. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in 1950. He received a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1955. He was in private practice of law in New York City from 1955 to 1985.[2]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Stanton was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on June 12, 1985, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York vacated by Judge Henry Frederick Werker. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 16, 1985, and received commission on July 18, 1985. He assumed senior status on October 1, 1996.[2]

Notable casesEdit

Stanton was the judge in the lawsuit Viacom Int'l, Inc.v. YouTube, Inc., in which Viacom sued YouTube alleging direct and indirect copyright infringement of Viacom's copyrighted works. In response to a formal motion to compel discovery, Stanton ordered Google to provide Viacom with YouTube user data. This decision received criticism from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and privacy advocates.[3] An attorney for the EFF has accused the court of "ignoring the protections of the federal Video Privacy Protection Act."[4] Stanton denied Viacom's motion to reveal the proprietary source code used for YouTube video searches, as well as the Viacom motion to compel Google to provide access to privately stored YouTube videos.[5][6] Ultimately the companies agreed to anonymize all user data other than that of the defendants' and plaintiffs' employees.[7] In 2010, and in 2013, Stanton ruled in Google's favor in a motion for summary judgment.[8]

Stanton is the judge in the civil complaint filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against Bernard Madoff.[9] Stanton ruled to dismiss the case of the Federal Trade Commission and New York attorney general against Quincy Bioscience of Madison, Wisconsin. Quincy was accused of saying that its Prevagen dietary supplement advertising claims were misleading. His ruling was overturned and the case was returned to the lower court.[10]


  1. ^ Biographical Directory of the Federal Judiciary. Lanham, Maryland: Bernan Press. 2001. p. 775. ISBN 0890592586.
  2. ^ a b Louis Lee Stanton at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  3. ^ Jesdanun, Anick (2008-07-02). "Court orders YouTube to give Viacom video logs". The Associated Press. Archived from the original on July 6, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-03.
  4. ^ Albanesius, Chloe (2008-07-03). "Judge: Google Must Hand Over YouTube User Histories to Viacom". Appscout. Ziff Davis Publishing Holdings. Retrieved 2008-07-03.
  5. ^ "Judge orders Google to give YouTube user data to Viacom". Agence France-Presse. 2008-07-04. Archived from the original on 2008-07-15.
  6. ^ "Google must divulge YouTube Log". BBC News. 2008-07-03.
  7. ^ Auchard, Eric (July 15, 2008). "Lawyers in YouTube lawsuit reach user privacy deal". Reuters.
  8. ^ Lefkow, Chris (June 23, 2010). "US judge tosses out Viacom copyright suit against YouTube". AFP. Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  9. ^ Henriques, Diana (December 30, 2008). "Judge in Madoff case asked to widen its scope". The New York Times.
  10. ^ Terrell, Kenneth (February 26, 2019). "Court Orders A Trial in Prevagen Lawsuit". AARP. Retrieved March 1, 2019.

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Preceded by
Henry Frederick Werker
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Succeeded by
Alvin Hellerstein