Seventh Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

The US 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 US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


Recent Decisions From the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Smith v. United States  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4085

Justia Opinion Summary: Smith was transported from the Rock Island County Jail to the federal courthouse for arraignment. U.S. marshals took Smith to an interview room to meet his lawyer. The Marshals Service inspects the interview rooms weekly...

United States v. Ogoke  
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1297

Justia Opinion Summary: Leonard was appointed to defend Ogoke, who was charged with wire fraud. Ogoke’s codefendant, Okusanya entered into a cooperation plea agreement. Based on the government's motion in limine, Judge Guzmán entered an order t...

DeKeyser v. Thyssenkrupp Waupaca, Inc.  
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2159

Justia Opinion Summary: Workers in Waupaca foundries alleged violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. 201, by not treating the time that workers spend changing clothes and showering on-site after a shift to be compensable “wo...

Dassey v. Dittmann  
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3397

Justia Opinion Summary: Halbach disappeared on Halloween 2005. Her family contacted police after she did not show up at the photography studio where she worked and her voice mailbox was full. Officers focused on the Avery Auto Salvage yard in T...

Frager v. Indianapolis Colts, Inc.  
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4183

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, the Indianapolis Colts NFL professional football team established an online marketplace for owners of season tickets to transfer their season ticket rights upon payment of a fee equal to 30 percent of the sale p...

USA v. William Curtis
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1363
Affordable Recovery Housing v. City of Blue Island  
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3677

Justia Opinion Summary: The Sisters own Blue Island buildings: a convent, a church, and a boarding school that closed long ago. The buildings were used as a public high school until 2009. Affordable wanted to use the buildings as a recovery hom...

Scott Oberst v. Amy Ardikovic
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3734
Lombardo v. United States  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2860

Justia Opinion Summary: Lombardo, a long-time member of the Chicago Outfit, the lineal descendant of Al Capone’s gang, is serving a life sentence on his convictions for racketeering, murder, and obstruction of justice. After the Seventh Circuit...

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. AutoZone, Inc.  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3201

Justia Opinion Summary: From 2008-2012, Stuckey worked as an AutoZone manager and was transferred between Chicago-area stores several times. None of the transfers entailed any loss in pay, benefits, or responsibilities. In 2012 he was transferr...

Barnett v. Neal  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3559

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2002, Barnett was charged with felony battery. At the time, Indiana courts established an “omnibus date” for substantive amendments to charges. The court set Barnett’s omnibus date so the last day for substantive amen...

Owens v. Godinez  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3892

Justia Opinion Summary: Owens, an Illinois state prisoner, filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging that nearly two dozen prison employees deliberately ignored his medical needs and retaliated against him for filing grievances and lawsuits. He...

United States v. Lunn  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1791

Justia Opinion Summary: Lunn was convicted of five counts of bank fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1344, based on his operation of a Chicago investment advisory firm that advised mostly high-net-worth clients. The charges arose from Lunn’s conduct surrounding...

United States v. Betts-Gaston  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2034

Justia Opinion Summary: Betts‐Gaston and Ross formed a company that defrauded homeowners and mortgage lenders. They found homeowners facing foreclosure and convinced them to sign documents that deeded their homes to a trust; arranged for straw...

Fulton Dental, LLC v. Bisco, Inc.  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3574

Justia Opinion Summary: Fulton received an unsolicited fax from Bisco and sued for damages under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. 227. Before Fulton moved for class certification, Bisco tried to moot its claim by tendering an of...