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. Briseno  
Date: December 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2347

Justia Opinion Summary: Briseno was tried for multiple crimes relating to his association with the East Chicago Imperial Gangsters. After the government’s case‐in‐chief, the judge granted Briseno’s motion for acquittal only as to the counts rel...

Kirk v. Department of Justice  
Date: December 2, 2016
Docket Number: 16-2469

Justia Opinion Summary: After Kirk was convicted for wire and mail fraud, the judge cut her sentence from 188 to 110 months for providing substantial assistance to prosecutors, Fed. R. Crim. P. 35(b). Kirk contends that she subsequently provid...

USA v. Jeremiah Berg
Date: December 2, 2016
Docket Number: 16-2948
Yates v. United States  
Date: December 2, 2016
Docket Number: 16-3048

Justia Opinion Summary: Yates was sentenced as an armed career criminal under 18 U.S.C. 924(e) in 2003. The district court concluded that he had six qualifying prior convictions; the statute provides that three or more require an enhanced sent...

Jones v. Qualkinbush  
Date: December 2, 2016
Docket Number: 16-3514

Justia Opinion Summary: The petitioners sought to place on the ballot a proposition that, if approved by the voters, would impose mayoral term limits. If approved, the proposition would prevent the incumbent mayor from running for reelection. T...

Frazier v. Varga  
Date: December 1, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2661

Justia Opinion Summary: Just days after his release from prison in 1995, Frazier entered the apartment of a 62-year-old woman and attempted to rob her at gunpoint. The woman distracted Frazier, struggled for the gun, and eventually fled. Frazie...

United States v. Raney  
Date: December 1, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3574

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2001, Raney was convicted of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in a sexual act and attempt to manufacture child pornography. He was sentenced to 145 months’ imprisonment. In 2012, he began serving three...

Dobbs v. McLaughlin  
Date: December 1, 2016
Docket Number: 16-2135

Justia Opinion Summary: Doctors replaced Dobbs’s hip with a DePuy ASR artificial hip, which was defective and caused Dobbs pain and other problems. Dobbs hired McLaughlin to represent him in the DePuy ASR Hip Implant Multidistrict Litigation fo...

William Avila v. Reed Richardson
Date: November 30, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1201
USA v. Antoine Allen
Date: November 30, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1752
Haywood v. Hathaway  
Date: November 29, 2016
Docket Number: 12-1678

Justia Opinion Summary: Haywood, an inmate at Illinois’s Shawnee Correctional Center, accused a teacher of attacking him. Guards charged him with making false statements. A disciplinary panel found him guilty, ordered him transferred to segrega...

USA v. Joseph Olivo
Date: November 29, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1140
Piotrowski v. Menard, Inc.  
Date: November 29, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3163

Justia Opinion Summary: Piotrowski, walking in the parking lot at a Menard's store, stepped on one or two small rocks that she had not seen. She fell, very hard, outside the store entrance. About 50-125 feet away, there is a large concrete plan...

Gracia v. SigmaTron International, Inc.  
Date: November 29, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3311

Justia Opinion Summary: Gracia began working on the SigmaTron assembly line in 1999. Gracia was promoted multiple times and became assembly supervisor in 2004, reporting to Silverman. In 2007, Silverman sent Gracia emails containing photographs...

USA v. Mary Ray
Date: November 29, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1572