Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Case Law

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, based in Chicago, Illinois, has appellate jurisdiction over courts in the following districts:

Two notable law and economics scholars sit on this court, Judge Frank Easterbrook and Judge Richard Posner.

Browse Opinions From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


Recent Decisions From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
United States v. Lynn  
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3228

Justia Opinion Summary: Lynn was convicted of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, in 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1), 846 and 18 U.S.C. 2; and conspiracy to possess pseudoephedrine, 21 U.S.C. 841(c)(2), 846 and 18 U.S.C. 2. The court imposed a below...

United States v. Hilliard  
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1249

Justia Opinion Summary: After a sting operation, Hilliard was charged with 10 counts relating to several controlled sales of heroin, a heroin‐for‐guns trade, and a gun and heroin found during the execution of a search warrant at his home. Hilli...

Anicich v. Home Depot U.S.A., Inc.  
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1693

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit alleging that defendants jointly employed as a supervisor, Brian Cooper, a man with a known history of sexually harassing, verbally abusing, and physically intimidating his female subordinates. Plain...

Yusev v. Sessions  
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1338, 16-2242

Justia Opinion Summary: The Yusevs, who overstayed their non-immigrant visas and have lived in the U.S. since 2005, asserted that they had been members of the United Macedonian Organization Ilinden, a banned party devoted to the rights of ethni...

Delgado-Arteaga v. Sessions  
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1816

Justia Opinion Summary: Delgado, a citizen of Mexico, entered the U.S. without inspection three times, most recently in May 1999. In December 2009, he was convicted in Illinois state court of felony possession of cocaine with intent to deliver...

Petar Yusev v. Jeff Sessions
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2242
United States v. Jimenes  
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3191

Justia Opinion Summary: After pleading guilty to three federal drug and money‐laundering offenses, Jimenes was sentenced to 151 months’ imprisonment and five years’ supervised release. The Seventh Circuit affirmed, rejecting Jimenes’s argument...

United States v. Dutcher  
Date: March 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1767

Justia Opinion Summary: On June 30, 2015, Dutcher announced on Facebook that he planned to assassinate President Obama. He then drove to La Crosse, Wisconsin, where the President was scheduled to speak on July 2. Once in La Crosse, Dutcher repe...

Randall Blue v. Michael Baenen
Date: March 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2421
USA v. Jesus Soto-Ozuna
Date: March 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3085
USA v. Shawn D. Taylor
Date: March 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3976
Madison Mutual Insurance Co. v. Diamond State Insurance Co.  
Date: March 21, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3292

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1999, the Dribbens purchased a home from the Favres on 42 acres in a four‐parcel development near Saint Louis, Missouri. Davidson represented the Favres in that purchase. Davidson was also one of the developers and ow...

Christopher Cummings v. USA
Date: March 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1636
Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees  
Date: March 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3638

Justia Opinion Summary: Under the Illinois Public Relations Act, 5 ILCS 315, a union representing public employees collects dues from its members, but only “fair share” fees (a proportionate share of the costs of collective bargaining and contr...

Simic v. City of Chicago  
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2496

Justia Opinion Summary: Simic received a ticket for driving while texting on her cell phone, in violation of a Chicago ordinance. Simic failed to pay the $100 ticket and the city took steps to collect a fine. Simic then sued, seeking declarator...