Hadden Lee Sarokin

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Judge Hadden Lee Sarokin was a judge in United States Federal District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the judge who tried the Rose Defrancesco Cipollone case, the first case against a tobacco company to result in a damage award to a plaintiff. He was removed from the Haines case by the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Nominated 5/94? to the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals. [1] Sarokin later said his comments about the tobacco industry being "the king of concealment and disinformation" may have been unduly strong, "I agree the language was strong, maybe unduly strong"; "If I could take it back, I probably would." [2]


Sarokin was born 1928 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He was educated at Dartmouth College, where he graduated with an AB degree in 1950. He graduated fro Harvard Law School in 1953. He was in private practice in Newark, New Jersy fro 1955-1979, and served as Assistant counsel in Union County, New Jersey, from 1959-1965. Her served as a judge in U. S. District Court, District of New Jersey, after being nominated by President Jimmy Carter on September 28, 1979, to a seat vacated by Lawrence A. Whipple; he was confirmed by the Senate on October 31, 1979, and received commission on November 2, 1979. His service in this position terminated on October 5, 1994, due to appointment to another judicial position.

After this, he served as a judge in the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit after having been nominated by William J. Clinton on May 5, 1994, to a new seat created by 104 Stat. 5089. He was confirmed by the Senate on October 4, 1994, and received commission on October 5, 1994. His service in this position was terminated on July 31, 1996, due to retirement.[3]

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  1. The Record, May 8, 1994
  2. Associated Press, August 4, 1994
  3. Judges of the United States Courts H. Lee Sarokin, accessed September 3, 2009

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