Judge David Faber, Southern West Virginia U.S. District Court

Judge David Faber

Southern West Virginia U.S. District Court

David Alan Faber was born in October 1942 in Charleston, West Virginia. He earned an undergraduate degree from West Virginia University and received his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School. He also earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Cambridge and received an LL.M. from the University of Virginia.

He spent time in private practice before joining the United States Air Force JAG Corps, serving four years, and then he joined the U.S. Naval Reserve. He returned to private practice and was in the West Virginia Air National Guard for 14 years.

Faber was the United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia for five years. He also served part time as Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia.

He was nominated by President George H.W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. He was confirmed by the Senate and received his commission in November 1991. He served as Chief Judge for five years, and assumed senior status in December 2008.

In the News…

Judge David A. Faber of the U.S. District Court in West Virginia decided that three major drug companies did not cause public nuisance when they distributed millions of opioids to Huntington, West Virginia, and its surrounding county. 

Judge Faber ruled in favor of AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson, who argued the prescriptions they shipped were prescribed by licensed doctors and filled by pharmacies.

“The opioid crisis has taken a considerable toll on the citizens of Cabell County and the City of Huntington,” Judge Faber’s dismissal read. “While there is a natural tendency to assign blame in such cases, they must be decided not based on sympathy, but on the facts and the law.”

“The extension of the law of nuisance to cover the marketing and sale of opioids is inconsistent with the history and traditional notions of nuisance,” he added.

Judge Faber also wrote that the plaintiffs did not prove the companies’ conduct was unreasonable or that their conduct resulted in the harm suffered by the communities.

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Judge Faber today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable David Faber
Southern District of West Virginia U.S. District Court
Robert C. Byrd U.S. Courthouse
300 Virginia Street East
Charleston, WV 25301


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