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Mozilla Lawsuit To Reverse Net Neutrality Repeal Goes To Washinton D.C. Federal Court.

With the first oral arguments in what promises to be a landmark case in the fight for—or against—net neutrality scheduled for February 1, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Wednesday announced the three-judge panel that will decide the case, according to The Washington Post, and they include two judges appointed by Democratic presidents, while the third was named to the bench by Republican Ronald Reagan.

For a while at least, the D.C. appeals court decision will be the final word on the lawsuit brought by the Mozilla, makers of the web browser Firefox, over whether the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of the Obama-era net neutrality rules will stand, unless until the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear the inevitable appeal of the three judges’ decision.

The oral argument date may yet be postponed, however, if the two-week old government shutdown is not resolved by the end of the month.

The Reagan-appointed judge who will sit on the panel will be 82-year-old Stephen F. Williams, who has served on the court since 1986, and was named the D.C. court’s Senior Judge in 2001.

Judge Judith Rogers. 79, was nominated to the appeals court by President Bill Clinton in 1994.

The final judge who will hear the net neutrality lawsuit appeal will be 55-year-old Patricia Millett, who was named to the court by Obama in 2013.