Judge Maxine Chesney, Northern California U.S. District Court

Judge Maxine Chesney

Northern California U.S. District Court

Maxine Mackler Chesney was born in October 1942 in San Francisco, California.  She earned an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.

She was an attorney in the office of the San Francisco District Attorney for 11 years, working her way up to ultimately become Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney.

Chesney was a judge on the San Francisco Municipal Court for four years, then a judge on the Supreme Court of California, City and County of San Francisco, for 12 years.

She was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Her initial nomination expired and he nominated her again. She was confirmed by the Senate and received her commission in May 1995. She took senior status in June 2009.

In the News…

Last year the environmental group Greenpeace sued Walmart saying certain of their products, such as applesauce cups and forks, were misleadingly marked as recyclable but are not accepted at the majority of recycling facilities. The environmental organization accused the retailer of taking advantage of the public’s desire to use more sustainable, environmentally friendly materials, saying it violated California laws on fair business practices and false advertising.

Judge Maxine Chesney of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed their lawsuit, ruling that Greenpeace lacked standing to sue Walmart. In her order, she wrote that the group could not demonstrate it had been misled by the alleged false advertising.

“Here, nothing in the [First Amended Complaint] suggests Greenpeace engaged in its investigation in reliance on a belief that the statements on which it bases its claims were true; rather, the FAC alleges the action taken by Greenpeace was in response to its belief that the challenged statements were false,” Chesney wrote. “In other words, Greenpeace was never misled.”

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Did you pray for Judge Chesney today? You can let her know at:

The Honorable Maxine Chesney
Northern California U.S. District Court
San Francisco Courthouse
450 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102


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