|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia|
|Assumed office |
December 19, 2014
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||Ellen Segal Huvelle|
Amit Priyavadan Mehta
1971 (age 47–48)
Patan, Gujarat, India
|Residence||Washington, D.C., U.S.|
|Education||Georgetown University (B.A.)|
University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.)
Amit Priyavadan Mehta (born 1971) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He was appointed by Barack Obama and began his term on December 19, 2014.
Amit Priyavadan Mehta was born in 1971 in Patan, Gujarat, India. Raised in Reisterstown, Maryland, Mehta graduated in 1989 from Franklin High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993 from Georgetown University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He received a Juris Doctor in 1997 from the University of Virginia School of Law, graduating Order of the Coif. He served as an associate at the law firm of Latham & Watkins from 1997 to 1998, leaving to clerk for Judge Susan P. Graber of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1998 to 1999. He served as an associate at the law firm of Zuckerman Spaeder, LLP from 1999 to 2002, and then as a staff attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia from 2002 to 2007. From 2007 to 2014 he rejoined Zuckerman Spaeder, serving as partner from 2010 to 2014. He represented clients in civil and criminal matters before state and federal courts.
Federal judicial service
On July 31, 2014, President Obama nominated Mehta to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, to the seat vacated by Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle, who took senior status on June 3, 2014. He received a hearing before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary on September 17, 2014. On November 20, 2014 his nomination was reported out of committee by voice vote. On Saturday, December 13, 2014 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed a motion to invoke cloture on the nomination. On December 16, 2014, Reid withdrew his cloture motion on Mehta's nomination, and the Senate proceeded to vote to confirm Mehta in a voice vote. He received his federal judicial commission on December 19, 2014.
In May 2019, Mehta ruled that accounting firm Mazars had to provide its records of Donald Trump's accounts from before his presidency to the House Oversight Committee in response to their subpoena. In a 41-page opinion, he asserted that Congress has the right to investigate potential illegal behavior by a president, including actions both before and after the president assumed office. The ruling will be appealed by Trump's personal legal team.
In July 2019, Mehta sided with pharmaceutical companies Merck & Co., Eli Lilly & Co., and Amgen Inc., and blocked a Trump administration rule requiring drugmakers to put prices in television ads, a central part of the president’s push to lower the cost of prescription medications. The goal of the rule was to increase transparency; Mehta ruled that requiring big pharmaceutical companies to disclose prices to consumers in television advertisements is something that can only be done by HHS if mandated by congress. Mehta did not find basis to the claim by the plaintiffs that the rule would violate their free speech rights as corporations.
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- Mehta, Amit (July 8, 2019). "MERCK & CO., INC., et al., vs US Dept. HHS" (PDF). freepdfhosting.com. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
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- Amit Priyavadan Mehta at Ballotpedia
Ellen Segal Huvelle
| Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia