Warren J. Ferguson

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Warren J. Ferguson
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
In office
July 31, 1986 – June 25, 2008
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
In office
November 27, 1979 – July 31, 1986
Appointed byJimmy Carter
Preceded bySeat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Succeeded byFerdinand Francis Fernandez
Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
In office
November 3, 1966 – December 20, 1979
Appointed byLyndon B. Johnson
Preceded bySeat established by 80 Stat. 75
Succeeded byA. Wallace Tashima
Personal details
Born
Warren John Ferguson

(1920-10-31)October 31, 1920
Eureka, Nevada
DiedJune 25, 2008(2008-06-25) (aged 87)
Fullerton, California
EducationUniversity of Nevada, Reno (B.A.)
USC Gould School of Law (J.D.)

Warren John Ferguson (October 31, 1920 – June 25, 2008) was an American jurist who served as a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Education and career[edit]

Ferguson was born in Eureka, Nevada and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1942. He served in the United States Army during World War II. Upon return, he earned his Juris Doctor from USC Gould School of Law in 1949. He was in private practice in Fullerton, California from 1949 to 1959. In 1959 he was appointed judge of the Anaheim-Fullerton Municipal Court where he served until 1961. He was a Superior Court judge in Santa Ana, California from 1961 to 1966.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Ferguson was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson on September 26, 1966, to the United States District Court for the Central District of California, to a new seat authorized by 80 Stat. 75. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 20, 1966, and received his commission on November 3, 1966. His service terminated on December 20, 1979, due to elevation to the Ninth Circuit.[1]

Ferguson was nominated by President Jimmy Carter on September 28, 1979, to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, to a new seat authorized by 92 Stat. 1629. He was confirmed by the Senate on November 26, 1979, and received his commission on November 27, 1979. He assumed senior status on July 31, 1986.[1] His service terminated on June 25, 2008, due to his death at his home in Fullerton, California.[2]

Notable cases[edit]

Notable cases include a 1971 decision after Spencer Haywood was denied a transfer from the American Basketball Association's Denver Rockets to National Basketball Association's Seattle SuperSonics. The NBA at the time prohibited college graduates to play for four years after graduation; the ABA did not. The antitrust suit went to the Supreme Court (Haywood v. National Basketball Association), which affirmed the decision.

His ruling in Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc. in 1979 ushered in the era of home video recording by allowing Sony to market the Betamax.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 80 Stat. 75
Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
1966–1979
Succeeded by
A. Wallace Tashima
Preceded by
Seat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
1979–2008
Succeeded by
Ferdinand Francis Fernandez