2017 Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Case Law

United States v. Eason  
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2756

Justia Opinion Summary: The Easons' children were removed from their custody. One child, at the age of 10 months, had multiple leg fractures that the Easons could not explain. A social worker found that the Easons had also neglected their secon...

United States v. Blagojevich  
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3254

Justia Opinion Summary: Blagojevich was convicted of 18 crimes committed while he was Governor of Illinois and sentenced to 168 months’ imprisonment. In 2015, the Seventh Circuit vacated five of the convictions but affirmed the others and rema...

Brown v. Milwaukee County Public Defender's Office  
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3182

Justia Opinion Summary: After Brown was charged with sexually abusing his children, before trial, the court three times allowed Brown’s appointed counsel to withdraw because Brown would not cooperate. Brown appeared pro se but after “multiple o...

USA v. Anthony Simmons
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3315
Masco Corporation v. Peter Prostyakov
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3803
James Sumpter v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co
Date: April 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2012
Craig Mrazek v. Michael Puisis
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1473
Gregory Turley v. Chad Todaro
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1732
Rosie Lewis v. Joliet Police Department
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3005
Marjorie E. Gibson v. Thomas Kriescher
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3121
Joseph Reinwand v. National Electrical Benefit Fu
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3381
Josef Bozek v. Bank of America, N.A.
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3917
Pat Schottler v. State of Wisconsin
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4087
Sherry Anicich v. Home Depot U.S.A., Inc.
Date: April 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1693
Michael Sheneman v. David Jones
Date: April 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2431
Wayne Patterson v. Illinois Department of Human S
Date: April 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3223
Aker v. Collection Associates, LTD.  
Date: April 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3663

Justia Opinion Summary: Medical service providers referred plaintiffs’ debts to defendants, who sent letters, demanding payment of the principal plus 5% interest. Plaintiffs claimed that this violated 15 U.S.C. 1692g(a)(1), the Fair Debt Colle...

Smego v. Payne  
Date: April 12, 2017
Docket Number: 13-2055

Justia Opinion Summary: Smego, a civilly committed sex offender at Rushville, sued his treatment team, alleging that another resident sexually assaulted him and that defendants forced Smego to continue group therapy with his alleged assailant an...

Title Industry Assurance Co., R.R.G. v. First American Title Insurance Co.  
Date: April 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3310

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, Chicago Abstract was sued in state court by a title insurance company and financial firms. Chicago Abstract tendered these lawsuits to its “errors and omissions” liability insurer, TIAC. TIAC could defend withou...

Ewell v. Toney  
Date: April 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1009

Justia Opinion Summary: Nance shot and killed her husband, Timothy, in the shower. Four days later, Nance reported him missing. Fond du Lac detectives interviewed Timothy’s family, his new girlfriend, friends, and Nance’s sister, Ewell. They le...

Alston v. City of Madison  
Date: April 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1034

Justia Opinion Summary: The Madison Police Department established a focused deterrence program to increase surveillance of repeat violent offenders. Alston, one of 10 repeat violent offenders originally selected for the program, filed suit unde...

Howell v. Smith  
Date: April 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1988

Justia Opinion Summary: Howell, a veteran and school teacher in his early sixties, has had multiple shoulder surgeries, including complete replacement of his right shoulder. He was able to stretch his right arm, to write on a blackboard, and t...

Weiss v. Barribeau  
Date: April 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3039

Justia Opinion Summary: Weiss, a Wisconsin inmate, filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, claiming that Department of Corrections employees failed to prevent an assault by his cellmate that resulted in a broken ankle for Weiss and that they left his...

Arnold v. Villarreal  
Date: April 6, 2017
Docket Number: 14-3204

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, Arnold and Villarreal exchanged marriage vows in California in a ceremony solemnized by a priest and a rabbi. They failed to file their marriage license with the county recorder within 10 days as required by Cal...

Hirmiz v. New Harrison Hotel Corp.  
Date: April 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3915

Justia Opinion Summary: Hirmiz, a Travelodge Hotel front‐desk clerk, was fired after being caught on video sleeping in the lobby while a fight broke out among guests. He sued under the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. 12101, claiming...

Barragan-Ojeda v. Sessions  
Date: April 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2964

Justia Opinion Summary: Barragan‐Ojeda, an 18-year-old citizen of Mexico, entered the U.S. without authorization in 2013. He was apprehended at the border and requested asylum. Before an immigration judge, he claimed that a Mexican criminal gan...

Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana  
Date: April 4, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1720

Justia Opinion Summary: Hively, who is openly lesbian, began teaching as a part‐time adjunct professor at Ivy Tech in 2000. In 2013, she filed a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claiming that she had been discrimin...

Thomas James v. Lorenzo Eli
Date: April 4, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3034
Frank Lloyd, Jr. v. Nancy A. Berryhill
Date: April 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2275
United States v. Haslage  
Date: April 3, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-3095, 16-3096

Justia Opinion Summary: Each of the defendants, registered sex offenders living in Wisconsin, left the state and failed to register in a new state. Both were indicted under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, 18 U.S.C. 2250. Wi...

USA v. Taungra Toney
Date: April 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3196
Gloria Swanson v. Baker & McKenzie
Date: April 3, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1069
Thomas James v. Lorenzo Eli
Date: March 31, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3034
Stechauner v. Smith  
Date: March 31, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1079

Justia Opinion Summary: While riding in a car, Stechauner’s sawed-off shotgun accidentally fired and hit Stechauner in the leg. At the hospital, a nurse reported that he had a bag of bullets. Officers entered Stechauner’s hospital room, where h...

Jody Kimbrell v. FHFA
Date: March 31, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2992
Johnson v. Jaimet  
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2577

Justia Opinion Summary: Keefer’s badly beaten body was found by police in Keefer’s Rock Falls backyard on November 27, 2006. A jury convicted Johnson of Keefer’s murder. Johnson admits he beat Keefer the night before, in the same backyard, but...

Dan Arnold v. KJD Real Estate
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2990
Dan Arnold v. KJD Real Estate
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2991
Prather v. Sun Life Financial Insurance Co.  
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1861

Justia Opinion Summary: Prather, age 31, tore his Achilles tendon. His surgery to repair the injury was uneventful. He returned to work. Four days later he collapsed, went into cardiopulmonary arrest, and died as a result of a blood clot in the...

1st Source Bank v. Neto  
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1058

Justia Opinion Summary: Neto, a Brazilian businessman, entered into a trust agreement with Wells Fargo in 2009 to purchase an aircraft for his business. Wells Fargo borrowed $6 million from 1st Source, pledging the aircraft as collateral. Neto...

Pantoja v. Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC  
Date: March 29, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1567

Justia Opinion Summary: Portfolio alleges that in 1993, Pantoja incurred a debt for annual fees, an activation fee, and late fees for a Capital One credit card that he applied for but never actually used. In 2013, long after the statute of limi...

Debra Foster v. City of Chicago School Distric
Date: March 29, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1885
Mains v. Citibank, N.A.  
Date: March 29, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1985

Justia Opinion Summary: Mains executed a mortgage on his home with WAMU in 2006 and made timely payments for about two years. WAMU failed in 2008; the FDIC became its receiver. Chase purchased Mains’s mortgage. Mains fell behind on his payment...

Leibovitich v. Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ  
Date: March 29, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2504

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2003, a 7-year-old Israeli girl was killed, her 3-year-old, American-citizen sister permanently disabled, and six Israeli members of their family were injured emotionally, when their minivan was shot up on a Jerusalem...

L.P. v. Marian Catholic High School  
Date: March 29, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2856

Justia Opinion Summary: Marian Catholic High School subjects its students to random drug tests. Although it is run by the Archdiocese of Chicago, it receives federal funds for this program. Students who test positive for illegal drugs are subje...

Shahram Malekpour v. Elaine L. Chao
Date: March 29, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3440
Shahram Malekpour v. Elaine L. Chao
Date: March 29, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3442
Brittany Coley v. Mike Abell
Date: March 29, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3635
Teawanna Eppinger v. Caterpillar Inc.
Date: March 29, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3891
Arej v. Sessions  
Date: March 28, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2061

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011 the southern half of Sudan (predominantly Muslim) broke away to form the Republic of South Sudan, the population of which practices Christianity or African traditional religion. Arej, born in South Sudan, was sen...

Whitfield v. Howard  
Date: March 28, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2649

Justia Opinion Summary: Whitfield's 2002, 2003, and 2007 prison disciplinary proceedings resulted in the revocation of 16 months of good-conduct credit Whitfield had earned. Whitfield diligently, but unsuccessfully, filed administrative grievan...

USA v. Jeffrey Valentine
Date: March 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2859
Troy Williams v. Capital One Bank (USA) N.A.
Date: March 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3850
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...

Cesal v. Molina  
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2562

Justia Opinion Summary: While lifting a heavy door at his prison job in 2008, Cesal heard a “snap” in his back and felt pain in his leg and hip. He sought treatment from the prison’s medical staff but was dissatisfied with their response. He al...

United States v. Shannon  
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2780

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, Shannon pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography and was sentenced to 46 months’ imprisonment and lifetime supervised release. The Seventh Circuit affirmed. In 2010, Shannon was released and began supervis...

Hazama v. Tillerson  
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2982

Justia Opinion Summary: Hazama, a U.S. citizen, is married to Ghneim, a citizen of the Palestinian Authority, currently residing there. Hoping to obtain a permanent resident visa for Ghneim, Hazama filed a Petition for Alien Relative with USCIS...

Collins v. Al-Shami  
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3179

Justia Opinion Summary: Collins, a regular heavy drinker, had suffered alcohol withdrawal, and kept a bottle of Librium to treat withdrawal and anxiety. Collins had Librium with him when he was arrested for DUI. The jail physician, Dr. Al‐Shami...

Morfin v. Tillerson  
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3633

Justia Opinion Summary: Ulloa, a citizen of Mexico, married Morfin, a U.S. citizen. Morfin sought approval for his permanent residence, but Ulloa was present in the U.S. without authority and was required to return to Mexico to obtain a visa fo...

Calvin Merritte v. Stephanie Ingram
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3330
Nate A. Lindell v. William Pollard
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1528
Richard Smego v. Joseph Hankins
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1565
USA v. Nemesio Rivera-Orta
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2090
Mark Brooks-Albrechtsen v. City of Indianapolis and Mario
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2485
Mark Brooks-Albrechtsen v. City of Indianapolis
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2660
USA v. $94,600 in U.S. Currency
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2933
Burton v. Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin  
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2982

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Dr. Burton was hired as a professor at the University of Wisconsin‐Platteville. She was promoted to associate professor. Burton subsequently received a complaint from a student who claimed that another professor...

Mark A. Brooks-Albrechtsen v. Jason Mitchell
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3455
Byron Johnson v. Richard Brown
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3495
United States v. Rothbard  
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3996

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his 24 month prison sentence after pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud. Defendant's conviction stemmed from his participation in a scheme to defraud companies that were interested in obtaining l...

Shiner v. Turnoy  
Date: March 16, 2017
Docket Number: 14-2999

Justia Opinion Summary: Turnoy sold insurance to Shiner’s in‐laws for decades. After Shiner, a Chicago lawyer, demanded that Turnoy split commissions on their new policies, Turnoy sent him a check for $149,000. Rejecting $149,000 as too little,...

USA v. Timothy Collier
Date: March 16, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2657
Ostby v. Manhattan School District Number 114  
Date: March 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1901

Justia Opinion Summary: Jacob has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder and requires an Individualized Education Plan. He repeated kindergarten in a general education classroom with additional suppo...

Kelly v. Brown  
Date: March 16, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1244

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, serving a 110 year sentence for two murders he committed when he was 16 years old, filed a 28 U.S.C. 2244(b)(3) application seeking authorization to file a second or successive petition for a writ of habeas c...

United States v. Moore  
Date: March 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1991

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, Moore stole a BMW after showing the driver a gun. He was captured by Chicago police after he crashed into another vehicle during a high-speed chase. A jury was unable to reach a verdict on a charge of carjacking...

Sheldon Drobny v. Randall J. Lanham
Date: March 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3511
Colbert v. City of Chicago  
Date: March 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1362

Justia Opinion Summary: Crutcher was incarcerated for robbery, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, aggravated discharge of a firearm at an occupied vehicle, and mob action. Crutcher was released but returned to prison for domestic battery. Wee...

Shamrock v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue  
Date: March 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3811

Justia Opinion Summary: After the IRS assessed tax deficiencies and penalties, the taxpayers filed a pro se petition for review. Acting on advice from Niehus, a lawyer who was not authorized to practice in Illinois, the couple stipulated that o...

United States v. Jenkins  
Date: March 13, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3068

Justia Opinion Summary: The DEA received a tip that Carraway was distributing narcotics in East St. Louis. Agents arranged controlled purchases of crack cocaine from Carraway’s distributors and received authorization to wiretap Carraway’s phone...

Diggs v. Ghosh  
Date: March 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1175

Justia Opinion Summary: Inmate Diggs injured his knee in a fight in 2006 and complained to medical staff about knee pain and instability 14 times. In 2009, Dr. Ghosh, the prison’s medical director, recommended that Diggs be assigned to a lowe...

Estate of Burford v. Accounting Practice Sales, Inc  
Date: March 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1871

Justia Opinion Summary: APS is a broker for the purchase and sale of accounting practices, working through brokers who are treated as independent contractors and are assigned exclusive sales territories. Burford became an APS broker in 2003, un...

Randy Joseph Netzer v. Office of Lawyer Regulation
Date: March 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3236
Netzer v. Office of Lawyer Regulation  
Date: March 13, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-3713, 16-3236

Justia Opinion Summary: Netzer, a debtor in bankruptcy, asked the court to discharge a $9,200 debt to Wisconsin’s Office of Lawyer Regulation, imposed as costs in a disciplinary proceeding. The bankruptcy court concluded that the debt is a “fin...

Northern Illinois Telecom, Inc. v. PNC Bank  
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2142

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, NITEL filed this breach of contract suit in an Illinois state court against PNC Bank. PNC Bank removed to federal court and the district court granted summary judgment for PNC Bank. This appealed stemmed from th...

Wedemeyer v. CSX Transportation  
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3580

Justia Opinion Summary: A year after CSX successfully petitioned the ICC to end CSX's obligation to provide common-carrier rail service on a portion of track in Putnam County, Indiana, CSX notified ICC that it had abandoned that segment. CSX th...

United States v. Minhas  
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-3761, 15-3763

Justia Opinion Summary: Minhas defrauded customers of his Chicago travel agencies and airlines through a scheme in which he collected payment for airline reservations that he canceled without his customers’ knowledge, by manipulating the two-ti...

USA v. Rashid Minhas
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3763
Jakupovic v. Curran  
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3374

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit alleging that various state officials acted unlawfully in refusing to release him on electronic surveillance because he lacked a Lake County residence. The district court dismissed plaintiff's claims...

Sheena McMillon v. Joanna Reinstein
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3439
Deonta Kyles v. Latonya Williams
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3401
Edwin Tolentino v. Kim Butler
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3710
Telamon Corporation v. Charter Oak Fire Insurance Co  
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1205

Justia Opinion Summary: Berry worked for Telamon from 2005-2011, under Consulting Agreements between Telamon and Berry’s one-woman company. Berry’s responsibilities expanded beyond those described in the Agreements. She became Telamon’s senior...

Mulvania v. Rock Island County Sheriff  
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1711

Justia Opinion Summary: Mulvania, arrested for domestic battery, refused to exit the vehicle at the jail. Officers moved her. Mulvania’s speech was slurred, she screamed obscenities, and was physically combative. Mulvania claims she was experie...

Daniel Langreder v. Freeman Expositions, Inc.
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1749
Telamon Corporation v. Charter Oak Fire Insurance Co
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1815
Hill v. Service Employees International Union  
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2327

Justia Opinion Summary: Illinois’ Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) subsidizes childcare services for low-income and at-risk families. The program pays about 60,000 childcare providers. The Home Services Program (HSP) pays about 25,000 “pers...

USA v. Joseph Kozicki
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2434
USA v. John Guevara
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3153
Sheena McMillon v. Joanna Reinstein
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3439
USA v. Shenita Simmons
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3481
USA v. Gerardo Baltierra
Date: March 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1450
Allied Property & Casualty Insurance Co. v. Metro North Condominium Association  
Date: March 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1868

Justia Opinion Summary: A subcontractor, CSC, installed the windows defectively at Metro's Chicago condominium. The building sustained significant water damage following a 2006 storm. The unit owners incurred personal-property damage. In 2009 M...

Baldemar Ugarte Avila v. Illinois Department of Human
Date: March 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2951
Cafferty, Clobes, Meriwether & Sprengel, LLP v. XO Communications Services, LLC  
Date: March 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3472

Justia Opinion Summary: The law firm’s contract with XO Communications provided that the contract would be automatically renewed “for a similar term and at the same rates.” A customer who did not want to renew was required to notify XO at least...

USA v. James Poynor
Date: March 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3587
Matthew Tyler v. Stephanie Wick
Date: March 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3792
Brandon Collins v. State of Wisconsin
Date: March 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4119
Rasho v. Elyea  
Date: March 7, 2017
Docket Number: 14-1902

Justia Opinion Summary: Rasho, an Illinois inmate since 1996, has a history of mental illness. After he stopped taking his medication and had escalating symptoms, he was transferred to Pontiac’s Mental Health Unit, where he remained until 2006,...

United States v. Cook  
Date: March 7, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2529

Justia Opinion Summary: Robbing Community Financial Service Center in Milwaukee, Ferrell tackled the security guard, pointing his firearm at the guard’s face. Cook entered, wearing a mask, and approached the teller, who was in on the robbery an...

Gill v. City of Milwaukee  
Date: March 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2846

Justia Opinion Summary: Gill was in a crowd outside a Milwaukee club when shots were fired, killing Crawley. Detectives collected security videos and interviewed witnesses. Gill’s mother told detectives that Gill had cognitive impairments. Gi...

USA v. Paul Kincaid
Date: March 6, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3794
USA v. Jeremy Cary
Date: March 6, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3858
Ronald Sweatt v. Union Pacific Railroad Compan
Date: March 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1236
McGreal v. McCarthy  
Date: March 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2365

Justia Opinion Summary: McGreal began working as an Orland Park police officer in 2005. Conflict between McGreal and the department arose in 2009, which culminated in McGreal’s firing in 2010. McGreal alleges that he was fired because of his...

USA v. Ricardo Hernandez
Date: March 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2389
USA v. Miguel Vasquez-Torres
Date: March 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3186
Eike v. Allergan, Inc.  
Date: March 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3334

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court certified eight classes, consisting of persons in Illinois and Missouri who take eye drops manufactured by six pharmaceutical companies for treatment of glaucoma. Plaintiffs claimed that the defendants...

Rhonda Ezell v. Virginia Kendall
Date: March 6, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1443
Cannon v. Newport  
Date: March 3, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1339, 16-3216

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, following a court-authorized interception of phone calls involving suspected drug traffickers, Milwaukee police obtained consent from Cannon’s son to search their home, found $14,000 in cash, and arrested Cannon...

Billy Cannon v. Timothy Gray
Date: March 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3216
United States v. Wahi  
Date: March 2, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2094

Justia Opinion Summary: Drs. Gupta and Wahi operated Illinois nutrition clinics. In 2011 they were indicted for mail fraud, healthcare fraud, and conspiracy to defraud Medicaid, private insurers, and patients. Gupta fled the country, but Wahi f...

James Chelmowski v. AT&T Mobility, LLC
Date: March 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1855
James Chelmowski v. AT&T Mobility, LLC
Date: March 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3539
Goodcat, LLC v. David Cook
Date: March 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3462
USA v. Venancio Covarrubias
Date: February 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1407
United States v. Dickson  
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1039

Justia Opinion Summary: Rockford police responded to a report that two individuals were asleep in a running, parked car in a McDonald’s drive-thru. Officers saw a bottle of vodka in the front seat and tried to wake the driver, Dickson. Another...

Whitaker v. Wisconsin Department of Health Services  
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1807

Justia Opinion Summary: Whitaker worked for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, processing applications for benefits and answering phones. In 2009, Whitaker filed a disability form regarding her chronic back pain. She received permiss...

Octavius Jordan v. Milwaukee County House of Corr
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1820
United States v. Jenkins  
Date: February 24, 2017
Docket Number: 14-2898

Justia Opinion Summary: Jenkins was charged with Kidnapping, 18 U.S.C. 1201(a), and Using or Carrying a Firearm to Commit a Crime of Violence, 18 U.S.C. 924(c)(1)(A)(ii). Jenkins agreed to cooperate and entered into a proffer agreement, which...

USA v. Jamar Bailey
Date: February 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1280
Orlander Northern v. John Stroger, Jr.
Date: February 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3697
Ennis Brown v. Michael Hicks
Date: February 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1622
USA v. Patrick Wallace
Date: February 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3714
Glisson v. Indiana Department of Corrections  
Date: February 21, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1419

Justia Opinion Summary: Glisson was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer. His larynx, part of his pharynx, portions of his mandible and 13 teeth were removed. He was fitted with a voice prosthesis, and received postoperative radiation treatment. Lat...

Eric Johnson v. City of South Bend
Date: February 21, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3887
USA v. Frankie Sanders
Date: February 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1830
Ernest Clark v. USA
Date: February 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2296
United States v. Paxton  
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Numbers: 14-2913, 15‐1294

Justia Opinion Summary: Five defendants were arrested as they were preparing to execute a planned robbery of a fictitious narcotics “stash house.” They had been recruited by an undercover agent, posing as a drug courier seeking to rob a Mexica...

USA v. Matthew Webster
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1294
Evergreen Square of Cudahy v. Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority  
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1475

Justia Opinion Summary: The property owners, participants in the “Section 8” federal rental assistance program (42 U.S.C. 1437f(a)), sued the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority for allegedly breaching the contracts that govern...

Kimtylery Heng v. Heavner, Beyers & Mihlar, LLC
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1668
Justin Gierke v. Codilis & Associates, P.C.
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2051
Zuniga v. Pierce & Associates  
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-2052, 16-1668, 16-2051

Justia Opinion Summary: In consolidated cases, the debtors obtained Federal Housing Administration-insured residential mortgage loans and subsequently defaulted due to financial hardship. The law firms represented the loan servicing agents in f...

Wright v. Calumet City  
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2219

Justia Opinion Summary: Wright was arrested by Calumet City police, without a warrant, based on the murder of one individual and the shooting of others. Wright admitted to having a gun. At a minimum, he was to be charged with felony unlawful us...

Indianapolis Airport Authority v. Travelers Property Casualty Co.  
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2675

Justia Opinion Summary: The Indianapolis Airport Authority sued Travelers Property Casualty over Travelers’ partial denial of a claim for coverage arising from an airport construction accident that occurred in 2007. On motions for summary judgm...

Roake v. Forest Preserve District of Cook County  
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2976

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, Roake, an off-duty Forest Preserve District of Cook County police officer, took champagne to a department police station to celebrate the New Year, allegedly with permission from a sergeant. In January 2014, t...

Bruno Mancari v. Nancy A. Berryhill
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3122
United States v. Bradbury  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1532

Justia Opinion Summary: The Millers, from Lafayette, Indiana, shot and killed two police officers and one civilian in Las Vegas. They died in an ensuing shootout. Days later, Bradbury, a Lafayette resident, placed a message on Facebook, referr...

USA v. Gianco Sheridan
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2755
Lake v. Wexford Health Sources, Inc.  
Date: February 15, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2360

Justia Opinion Summary: Lake, a prisoner at Illinois’ Hill Correctional Center, claimed, in his suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, that Dr. Jackson, the prison’s dentist had refused to send him to an outside dentist to extract a decayed tooth that was...

Allen Caffey v. Lucas Maue
Date: February 15, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3772
USA v. Qubid Coleman
Date: February 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2468
Doris Lavender v. UIC College of Dentistry
Date: February 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3388
United States v. Peterson  
Date: February 14, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-2493, 16-2494

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, Peterson was convicted of distributing crack cocaine, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1). He served eight years in prison. Within two weeks after the start of his term of supervised release, Peterson was arrested for drunk dri...

USA v. Michael Peterson
Date: February 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2494
Harper v. Santos  
Date: February 13, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1903

Justia Opinion Summary: Harper, an Illinois prisoner, sued a prison doctor and a nurse under 42 U.S.C. 1983 for deliberate indifference to his pain following nine abdominal surgeries, the management of his diet, and inattention to a possible re...

Margarita Fitzpatrick v. Jeff Sessions
Date: February 13, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2204
Fitzpatrick v. Sessions  
Date: February 13, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-2204, 16-1864

Justia Opinion Summary: Fitzpatrick, a citizen of Peru, had lived in the U.S. for three years when she applied for an Illinois driver’s license; she displayed her green card and her Peruvian passport, but checked a box claiming to be a U.S. cit...

Long v. United States  
Date: February 13, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2668

Justia Opinion Summary: An officer saw cars maneuvering around a car parked in a McDonald’s drive‐through lane, with Long asleep in the driver’s seat. The car was in drive. The officer knocked on the window. When Long opened the door, the offi...

Eric Hudson v. Ronald Salier
Date: February 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1056
Margarita Fitzpatrick v. Jeff Sessions
Date: February 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1864
Margarita Fitzpatrick v. Jeff B. Sessions
Date: February 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1864
Shirley Thomas v. Nancy A. Berryhill
Date: February 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2006
Rufus West v. Dustin Kingsland
Date: February 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2279
Erin Jessica Eiler v. South Dakota Human Services
Date: February 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2408
USA v. Michael Coleman
Date: February 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2430
Olusegun Olatunji v. Jeff Sessions
Date: February 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3106
Beal v. Beller  
Date: February 10, 2017
Docket Number: 14-2628

Justia Opinion Summary: Kenosha Detective Strelow received an anonymous tip that an African-American man in a yellow shirt was selling heroin on a specific corner. Without corroborating the tip, Strelow and Detective Beller, drove to that inter...

USA v. Adrian Tartareanu
Date: February 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1384
USA v. Daniela Tartareanu
Date: February 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1385
Bird v. Berryhill  
Date: February 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2000

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005, while serving in the Army National Guard, Bird injured a tendon in his right shoulder. He was operated on in 2006. He reported to Veterans Affairs doctors that he suffered hearing loss, migraines, and stiffness...

USA v. Adrian Tartareanu
Date: February 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2248
United States v. Tartareanu  
Date: February 10, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-2249, 16-1384, 16-1385, 16-2248, 16-2330

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendants were indicted for committing and conspiring to commit wire fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1343 & 1349, by extracting money from lenders (including Bank of America) that had financed the sale of defendants' Gary, Indiana...

USA v. Minas Litos
Date: February 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2330
Luke Soule v. M. Potts
Date: February 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3072
Nancy Morrow v. Megan Brennan
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3593
McDaniel v. Polley  
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3638

Justia Opinion Summary: Police found Moore’s body in a parking lot next to a bloody garbage can. Before Moore was identified, Officer Blackman told Detective Brownfield that, at 2 a.m., he had seen a black male, 6’1”, 185 pounds, in his fortie...

United States v. Patton  
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1319

Justia Opinion Summary: Patton was a major Chicago-area drug dealer. ATF Agents eventually arrested Patton during an unrelated firearms investigation. Patton confessed and agreed to cooperate with the ATF. Patton assisted the ATF for about a...

Daniel Keys v. Nancy A. Berryhill
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1745
Nancy Morrow v. Megan Brennan
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1945
Nancy Morrow v. Megan Brennan
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1951
Glenda Cable v. FCA US LLC
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2283
Susinka v. United States  
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1110

Justia Opinion Summary: Susinka filed a third application for permission to file a successive motion under 28 U.S.C. 2255 to vacate his 20‐year sentence for participating in a RICO conspiracy, citing the Supreme Court’s 2016 holding in Hurst v....

Zahn v. North American Power & Gas, LLC  
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2332

Justia Opinion Summary: Until 1997, Illinois residents could only purchase power from a public utility, with rates regulated by the ICC. The Electric Service Customer Choice and Rate Relief Law allows residents to buy electricity from their loc...

Cox v. Nostaw, Inc.  
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1389

Justia Opinion Summary: Cox, the trustee in the Central Illinois Energy Cooperative bankruptcy, appealed a bankruptcy court ruling after it was affirmed by the district court. In the meantime, the parties mediated a settlement and the bankruptc...

United States v. Hoffman  
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1595

Justia Opinion Summary: Hoffman had nude pictures of his girlfriend’s six-year-old daughter on his phone. Although the child testified about multiple instances of sexual conduct, Hoffman was convicted of one count of exploitation of a child an...

Nathaniel Brown v. Michael Randle  
Date: February 7, 2017
Docket Number: 14-2480

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1994 Brown was convicted of four sex offenses and sentenced to prison. His projected release date was July 2009, followed by three years of mandatory supervised release. On that date, the Illinois Department of Correc...

Bell v. Supervisor Kay  
Date: February 7, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2479

Justia Opinion Summary: Illinois prisoner Bell filed a civil rights suit, asserting unsafe conditions at the prison, and an application to proceed in forma pauperis. The court denied his application because Bell did not attach his inmate trust-...

Garcia-Hernandez v. Boente  
Date: February 7, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2835

Justia Opinion Summary: Garcia‐Hernandez entered the U.S. from Mexico without inspection in 2000. In 2010, Talavera, the mother of his children, obtained an order of protection against him. Weeks later, Garcia‐Hernandez was charged with violat...

USA v. Francisco Narvaez
Date: February 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2349
USA v. Jose Vasquez
Date: February 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2404
United States v. Nichols  
Date: February 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1628

Justia Opinion Summary: During an altercation at his home, Nichols threatened someone with a weapon. Officers took him into custody. Nichols consented to a search of his property, during which officers found a handgun and ammunition. Nichols, s...

Samuel Dewitt v. USA
Date: February 3, 2017
Docket Number: 14-3762
Delatorre v. United States  
Date: February 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1632

Justia Opinion Summary: Delatorre was a member of the Insane Deuces street gang. Rivera, a gang member acting as a confidential informant, recorded several meetings and conversations, providing evidence of at least four murders, 11 attempted mu...

Patti Lardas v. Slavko Grcic
Date: February 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1685
Danny Christofalos v. Joseph E. Cohen
Date: February 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1704
Lorena Bacerott v. Daniel Smetters
Date: February 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1799
USA v. Scott Bodley
Date: February 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2052
Anthimos Gogos v. AMS-Mechanical System, Incorpo
Date: February 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3603
United States v. Rivera  
Date: February 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1322

Justia Opinion Summary: Rivera and others robbed Brew City Tap; three of them were armed, two with BB guns and one with a .40‐caliber handgun. They left with $857.25. Four days later, they robbed Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, netting more t...

Bey v. Indiana  
Date: February 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1589

Justia Opinion Summary: Bey, a self-described “Aboriginal Indigenous Moorish-American,” sought to enjoin state and county officials from taxing his Marion County real estate, a refund of taxes he has paid, and $11.5 billion in compensation. The...

Aaron Isby v. Bruce Lemmon
Date: February 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2697
USA v. Eugene Moore
Date: February 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2897
Danny Christofalos v. J. Laurence Kienlen
Date: February 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2913
United States v. Covarrubias  
Date: February 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3402

Justia Opinion Summary: A patrolman stopped a car hauler on a New Mexico highway because a digit on its license plate was unreadable. The officer noticed that a car, secured on the trailer, lacked a license plate. He asked to see its paperwork....

Antonio Durand v. John Litscher
Date: February 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3569
Christofalos v. Grcic  
Date: February 3, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-4210, 15‐1685, 15‐1704, 16‐2913

Justia Opinion Summary: In the first case in “a long‐running and acrimonious business dispute,” Lardas claimed fraudulent inducement and breach of contract, arising from a settlement agreement, which Lardas argued was intended to deprive her ne...

S.A.B. v. Boente  
Date: February 2, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-1834, 15‐3874, 16‐1303

Justia Opinion Summary: SAB, 61-year-old Ethiopian citizen, was formerly a member of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), which conducted a ‘low level guerrilla campaign against the Ethiopian security forces’.” SAB came to the U.S. in 2004 on a v...

Glenn Bradford v. Richard Brown
Date: February 2, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3706
S.A.B. v. Dana J. Boente
Date: February 2, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3874
S.A.B. v. Dana J. Boente
Date: February 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1303
National Labor Relations Board v. Columbia College Chicago  
Date: February 2, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-2026, 16‐2080

Justia Opinion Summary: PFAC is the collective‐bargaining representative for more than 1,200 part‐time faculty members at Columbia College Chicago. The parties agreed to continue under a 2006-2010 collective bargaining agreement while they barg...

Columbia College Chicago v. NLRB
Date: February 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2080
USA v. Eugene Moore
Date: February 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2897
United States v. Kohli  
Date: February 1, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3481

Justia Opinion Summary: Dr. Kohli, a board-certified neurologist with extensive training in the treatment of chronic pain, operated the Kohli Neurology and Sleep Center in Effingham, Illinois. Irregularities in the practice eventually caught th...

Doermer v. Callen  
Date: February 1, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3734

Justia Opinion Summary: Richard, Father, Mother, and sister (Kathryn) formed the family Corporation in 1990. Under its articles of incorporation and bylaws, each family member served as a lifetime director. Mother died in 2000. In 2010, the rem...

Brown v. Brown  
Date: February 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1014

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, Wenger was murdered after trying to buy drugs. Bullet casings were found near Wenger’s body, but not other physical evidence was recovered. Investigators relied on information from community members and from inc...

Dana Container, Inc. v. Secretary of Labor  
Date: February 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1087

Justia Opinion Summary: Dana operates a Summit, Illinois truck‐tank washing facility. Dana employees drain residual product from the truck’s metal tank; insert a mechanical spinner that rotates scrubbers, dousing it with soap or solvents; then...

United States v. Hollins  
Date: February 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1442

Justia Opinion Summary: Hollins pleaded guilty to distributing cocaine base, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(B), and was sentenced to 92 months’ imprisonment and eight years of supervised release. After her release, Hollins tested positive for...

Tatum v. Foster  
Date: January 31, 2017
Docket Number: 14-3343

Justia Opinion Summary: Tatum was charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide by use of a dangerous weapon. The case was set for a jury trial on November 29, 2010. On August 12, at Tatum’s request, counsel moved to withdraw. La...

Domanus v. Locke Lord LLP  
Date: January 31, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3647

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs alleged that, beginning in 1997, Swiech Group looted Krakow Business Park’s assets, diluting the value of the firm and of their shares. All of the claimed actions, including sham contracts, took place in Polan...

P.H. Glatfelter Company v. Windward Prospects Limited
Date: January 31, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3847
P.H. Glatfelter Company v. Windward Prospects Limited
Date: January 31, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1197
USA v. Reymundo Molina-Trujillo
Date: January 31, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1210
P.H. Glatfelter Co. v. Windward Prospects Ltd.  
Date: January 31, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1310, 15-3847, 16-1197

Justia Opinion Summary: In the 1990s, the EPA and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources investigated the Lower Fox River's contamination by polychlorinated biphenyls and developed a cleanup plan under the Comprehensive Environmental Res...

Miller v. Marberry  
Date: January 30, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1497

Justia Opinion Summary: On the day he was moved to a new unit at the Terre Haute prison, Miller told a circulating guard, Rogers, that he had a brain tumor and was entitled to a lower bunk. Rogers replied that Miller must follow his assignment...

Casey v. Berryhill  
Date: January 30, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2810

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, the Social Security Administration notified Casey that he needed to repay about $334,000 in disability benefits he should not have received. Casey unsuccessfully sought a waiver. Six months later, Casey submitte...

Avery v. City of Milwaukee  
Date: January 30, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3175

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1998 Maryetta was raped, strangled to death, and left in an abandoned garage. In 2004 Milwaukee police arrested Avery, who was convicted of first-degree homicide. Avery spent six years in prison before DNA evidence pr...

Farley v. Kempff  
Date: January 30, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3200

Justia Opinion Summary: Margaret’s husband, Bart, was general counsel for a Chicago-area real estate developer. He embezzled $1.2 million from his employer while the two were married. To evade detection, he attempted to replenish the stolen fun...

Legato Vapors, LLC v. Cook  
Date: January 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3071

Justia Opinion Summary: Indiana’s 2015 Vapor Pens and E-Liquid Act regulates the manufacture and distribution of vapor pens and the liquids used in e-cigarettes, Ind. Code 7.1-7- 1-1. The Act has extraterritorial reach and imposed detailed requ...

United States v. Schenian  
Date: January 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3132

Justia Opinion Summary: Schenian used and sold illegal drugs. While in jail on drug and firearm charges, he had his girlfriend smuggle drugs to him. His plea bargain included an agreement that the prosecutor would recommend a sentence of 144 m...

Arlington Specialties, Inc. v. Urban Aid, Inc.  
Date: January 27, 2017
Docket Number: 14-3416

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sells personal care kits. Plaintiff’s products include a line of “Minimergency Kits,” which come in small fabric bags designed to look like men’s Dopp Kits (a now-cancelled trademark for travel kits, originally...

Canen v. Chapman  
Date: January 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1621

Justia Opinion Summary: A resident of Elkhart’s housing for low-income elderly people and disabled adults was strangled to death. Canen and Royer, recipients of disability benefits, were also residents. They were convicted of felony murder in I...

USA v. Jimmy Wright
Date: January 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1738
Janel Smith v. USA
Date: January 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3117
McGarry & McGarry, LLC v. Rabobank, N.A.  
Date: January 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3164

Justia Opinion Summary: BMS provides administrative services to bankruptcy trustees. It uses Rabobank as the depositary for banking services that BMS provides through its software. Crane, the trustee in the Integrated bankruptcy, hired BMS; t...

Mitchell v. United States  
Date: January 25, 2017
Docket Number: 14-3759

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner and his associates sold cocaine base to a police informant, Hurd, and were charged in Indiana state court. The county clerk erroneously included Hurd’s name on a public filing. Weeks later, Hurd waskilled. Pet...

James v. Eli  
Date: January 25, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3034

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, Dr. Eli examined Indiana inmate James, diagnosed his ingrown toenail as infected, ordered antibiotics, and referred him to a foot specialist. A week later, Eli prescribed additional drugs because of continuing p...

United States v. Anglin  
Date: January 25, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3625

Justia Opinion Summary: After the 2013 robbery of a Milwaukee auto repair shop, one of the participants, Green, called the ATF and became a confidential informant. Green did not initially admit to the auto shop robbery, but provided information...

Hayes v. Scott  
Date: January 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1262

Justia Opinion Summary: Illinois’ Rushville Treatment and Detention Facility houses persons adjudged to be sexually violent; many have completed prison sentences for sexually violent acts but are considered too dangerous to be released into the...

United States v. Cisneros  
Date: January 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1300

Justia Opinion Summary: Cisneros pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, 21 U.S.C. 846. Cisneros was a high-ranking member of the Latin Kings and was involved in a large-scale drug trafficking operation...

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Flambeau, Inc.  
Date: January 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1402

Justia Opinion Summary: Flambeau adopted an employee wellness program, requiring its employees, as a condition of receiving employer-subsidized health insurance, to fill out a medical questionnaire and to undergo biometric testing. One employee...

Selective Insurance Company of v. Target Corporation
Date: January 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1669
Eagle Cove Camp & Conference C v. Town of Woodboro, Wisconsin
Date: January 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3194
Goldberg v. Bank of America, N.A.  
Date: January 23, 2017
Docket Number: 11-2989

Justia Opinion Summary: If a LaSalle Bank custodial account had a cash balance at the end of a day, the cash would be invested in (swept into) a mutual fund chosen by the client. The Trust had a custodial account with a sweeps feature. After...

Holtz v. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.  
Date: January 23, 2017
Docket Number: 13-2609

Justia Opinion Summary: JPMorgan offers to manage clients’ securities portfolios. Its affiliates sponsor mutual funds in which the funds can be placed. Plaintiffs in a putative class action under the Class Action Fairness Act, 28 U.S.C. 1332(...

Kashamu v. Department of Justice  
Date: January 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1004

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1998, Kashamu and others were charged with conspiracy to import heroin, 21 U.S.C. 963. Kashamu, refusing to appear (which would have required his presence in the U.S.), insisted that the crimes were committed by his d...

Gubala v. Time Warner Cable, Inc.  
Date: January 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2613

Justia Opinion Summary: Gubala subscribed to Time Warner’s cable services in 2004 and, as required, provided Time Warner with his date of birth, address, telephone numbers, social security number, and credit card information. In 2006, he cancel...

United States v. Bloom  
Date: January 19, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1445

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007 Sentinel Management Group collapsed. Sentinel managed short-term cash investments for futures commission merchants, individuals, hedge funds, and other entities. Its bankruptcy left customers and creditors in the...

Velasquez-Banegas v. Lynch  
Date: January 19, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2619

Justia Opinion Summary: Banegas, a then-38-year-old citizen of Honduras, entered the U.S. in 2005, without authorization. In removal proceedings, initiated in 2014, he applied for withholding of removal and for protection under the Convention...

Patrick Tullis v. Vipin Shaw
Date: January 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1130
Roger Day, Jr. v. Charles Daniels
Date: January 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1980
Builders Bank v. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.  
Date: January 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2852

Justia Opinion Summary: Builders Bank is insured and regulated by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), which conducts a “full‐scope, on‐site examination” every 12-18 months, 12 U.S.C. 1820(d). After a 2015 examination, the FDIC ass...

Lamondre Moore v. Michael Vagnini
Date: January 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3097
Ezell v. City of Chicago  
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Numbers: 14-3312, 14-3322

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010 the Seventh Circuit invalidated a Chicago ordinance prohibiting possession of handguns. The city then established a regime that required one hour of range training as a prerequisite to obtaining a permit to posse...

Rhonda Ezell v. City of Chicago
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: 14-3322
USA v. Paul Winfield
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1047
United States v. Winfield  
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1048, 16-1047

Justia Opinion Summary: A police informant, wearing a hidden camera, bought heroin and methamphetamine from Winfield during four controlled buys at Winfield’s apartment. Each time, the informant saw additional drugs and paraphernalia in the apa...

Anthony Allen v. Chad Hasemeyer
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1077
USA v. Orlando Larry
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1088
Mustafa-El Ajala v. William Swiekatowski, et al.,
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1523
Craig Childress v. Gregg Scott
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2093
USA v. Danny Jones
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2820
USA v. Mathew L. Lemberger
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3020
USA v. Jarrett James
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3144
United States v. Syms  
Date: January 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3067

Justia Opinion Summary: After multiple law enforcement agencies investigated drug trafficking in the St. Louis, Missouri area, several conspirators were arrested. Syms, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distr...

United States v. Featherly  
Date: January 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3854

Justia Opinion Summary: Featherly lived in a Wisconsin trailer park when law enforcement discovered that Featherly’s Internet‐service account was sharing child pornography. FBI agent Hauser obtained a warrant to search Featherly’s residence, s...

Primex Plastics Corporation v. Curtis Zamec
Date: January 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3215
David v. Board of Trustees of Community College District 508  
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2132

Justia Opinion Summary: David, an African-American woman over the age of 40, was an employee of the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) from 1980-2012. She announced in 2011 that she planned to retire in 2012. She then requested a change in title an...

Tilden v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue  
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3838

Justia Opinion Summary: Tilden received an IRS notice of deficiency covering his tax years 2005, 2010, 2011, and 2012. The last day to seek review (26 U.S.C. 6213(a)) was April 21, 2015. The Tax Court received Tilden’s petition on April 29,...

Dzik v. Bayer Corp.  
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1333

Justia Opinion Summary: In her case, consolidated for pretrial proceedings as part of multidistrict litigation, Dzik alleged that she suffered a venous thromboembolism because she used a prescription birth control pill, Yasmin. Dzik’s medical r...

Olivet Baptist Church v. Church Mutual Insurance Compa
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1689
Fernando Martinez Alvarez v. Loretta Lynch
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2711
Janada Garner v. Executive Management Services
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3124
King v. Newbold  
Date: January 12, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1302

Justia Opinion Summary: King, an Illinois prisoner, suffers from a severe case of temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Since 2004 he has been confined at different correctional facilities. He receives some medical care from healthcare personnel...

USA v. Donnie R. Purifoy
Date: January 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1058
Walter Pegues v. Gregg Scott
Date: January 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1396
USA v. Brian George
Date: January 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1486
Jay Schmitt v. Central Processing Corporation
Date: January 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1707
USA v. Charles Colson
Date: January 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2391
Rivera v. Lynch  
Date: January 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3225

Justia Opinion Summary: Rivera, a 58‐year‐old citizen of El Salvador, has resided unlawfully in the U.S. for 35 years, having immigrated illegally. In 2014, having fought off a previous deportation effort, Rivera was convicted of possessing a...

Perron v. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.  
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2206

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs’ Indianapolis home had a mortgage serviced by J.P. Morgan Chase. In 2011 plaintiffs accused Chase of paying the wrong homeowner’s insurer using $1,422 from their escrow account. They had switched insurers with...

Baugh v. Cuprum S.A. de C.V.  
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1106

Justia Opinion Summary: Baugh fell off a five‐foot, A‐frame aluminum ladder while working on a gutter. Baugh sustained significant bleeding in his brain, which caused seizures, dementia, and quadriplegia. In a suit against Cuprum, which design...

Allin v. City of Springfield  
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1155

Justia Opinion Summary: Allin and Baskett lived together in Allin’s residence. Allin, in poor health, signed over the titles to several vehicles, including a 2001 FLSTS Harley Davidson motorcycle, to “make it easier for his survivors.” The Illi...

Brenda Kleven v. Carolyn Colvin
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1183
USA v. Anthony Williams
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1392
USA v. Timmothy Williams
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1446
USA v. Yamango Jiles
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3030
Grace Akinlemibola v. Pennsylvania Higher Education
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3183
United States v. Thomas  
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2691

Justia Opinion Summary: Thomas was charged with conspiracy to possess, with intent to distribute, a mixture or substance containing heroin, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1), 846, and two counts of possessing, with intent to distribute, a mixture or substanc...

USA v. Terrance Griggs
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1114
Antonio Robledo-Soto v. Lynch  
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2954

Justia Opinion Summary: Robledo‐Soto, a Mexican citizen facing deportation, sought to postpone his removal proceeding so that he could expunge a drunk‐driving conviction and then try to persuade the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to exer...

Clemons v. Pfister  
Date: January 9, 2017
Docket Number: 14-3797

Justia Opinion Summary: Smith's attacker chased her down an alley and onto the street, firing shots as she fled, screaming. Clemons was the father of Smith’s infant son. Several eyewitnesses identified him as the shooter. Clemons was convicted...

Tracy Wink v. Miller Compressing Company
Date: January 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2336
Wink v. Miller Compressing Co.  
Date: January 9, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-2339, 16-2336

Justia Opinion Summary: Wink had been employed by Miller since 1999. In July 2011, Miller granted Wink’s request for intermittent Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA, 29 U.S.C. 2612(a)(1)) leave through July 2012 to take her autistic two-year-ol...

Parker v. Four Seasons Hotels, Ltd.  
Date: January 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1244

Justia Opinion Summary: Parker and her sister, Schiavon, checked into adjoining rooms at the Four Seasons. In each, a sliding glass door separated the shower area from the vanity area. As Parker exited the shower area by opening that door, it...

United States v. Gibbs  
Date: January 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1747

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to distribute, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C). Because of the quantity and his criminal history, his guideline sentencing range was 151-188 months and his sta...

Geiger v. Aetna Life Insurance Co.  
Date: January 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2790

Justia Opinion Summary: Geiger, an account executive, received Aetna group disability insurance coverage. In 2009, Geiger stopped working and obtained short term disability precipitated by lumbar back pain and a 2007 L5S1 discectomy and bilater...

Hart v. Amazon.com, Inc.  
Date: January 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2793

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sued Amazon, claiming that it permitted third parties to advertise counterfeit copies of books, Vagabond Natural and Vagabond Spiritual, that the plaintiff wrote and self‐published, detailing his experiences as...

McWilliams v. Cook County  
Date: January 5, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1729

Justia Opinion Summary: Williams filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, based on an injury he suffered in Cook County jail. For his in forma pauperis (IFP) applications, McWilliams used a form provided by the Northern District of Illinois clerk’s off...

McCaster v. Darden Restaurants, Inc.  
Date: January 5, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3258

Justia Opinion Summary: Darden operates restaurants throughout Illinois under brand names including Olive Garden and Red Lobster. The plaintiffs worked intermittently as hourly employees at Darden-owned restaurants from 2004-2012. After quittin...

Nancy Pinno v. Patti Wachtendorf
Date: January 5, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3375
Seaton v. Smith  
Date: January 5, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-3495, 15‐3375

Justia Opinion Summary: In Presley v. Georgia (2010), the Supreme Court held that the Sixth Amendment right to a public trial extends to voir dire. In one of the cases consolidated for appeal, Pinno was convicted of assisting in the mutilation...

USA v. Thomas Cureton
Date: January 5, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3575
United States v. Cureton  
Date: January 5, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-3581, 15‐3575

Justia Opinion Summary: While Cureton was under investigation for dealing crack cocaine, he used a gun to demand ransom from his roommate’s family; her grandfather agreed by telephone to wire Cureton $4,500. A jury convicted Cureton of interst...

Jabateh v. Lynch  
Date: January 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1112

Justia Opinion Summary: Liberia’s civil war, 1989-1997, claimed the lives of 200,000 people and displaced a million others. Petitioner was exiled to Guinea, where he became close with Conneh, the head of LURD, an organization devoted to the ov...

Bauer v. Home Depot U.S.A., Inc.  
Date: January 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3938

Justia Opinion Summary: Tri-State sued the Bauers in small claims court for the cost of a water treatment system it had installed following a free, in-home assessment of their water. The Bauers answered and filed a counterclaim, asserting a mul...

M.G. Skinner and Associates v. Norman-Spencer Agency, Inc  
Date: January 4, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2290

Justia Opinion Summary: WCPP is a risk purchasing group for commercial property insurance. MGSA, an insurance broker, acts as WCPP’s program administrator, representing more than 600 properties. In 2011, MGSA sought renewal coverage for the WCP...

Childress v. Colvin  
Date: January 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1601

Justia Opinion Summary: Childress unsuccessfully sought Social Security Administration disability benefits in 2008, at age 35. He appealed to the district court, which remanded for reevaluation of the medical opinions in the record and reconsid...

United States v. Gates  
Date: January 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2193

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1). The judge increased his sentencing guidelines range by four levels, U.S.S.G. 2K2.1(b)(6)(B), for possessing the firearm in connec...

Turner v. Brown  
Date: January 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1592

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1995, Turner was convicted of murder, criminal confinement, and class A felony attempted robbery resulting in serious bodily injury. The Indiana Supreme Court affirmed. He did not seek certiorari to the U.S. Supreme C...

Murdock v. Dorethy  
Date: January 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1660

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2003, Murdock was convicted of first-degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm. In connection with his post-conviction claim of ineffective assistance of counsel, a suppression hearing was held to determine...

Wang v. Lynch  
Date: January 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1526

Justia Opinion Summary: Wang, a Chinese citizen, came to the U.S. in 2010 on a student visa. Wang never attended school, but worked part‐time. In 2011, Wang unsuccessfully sought asylum. Wang testified that he started practicing Christianity a...

Frye v. Auto-Owners Insurance Co.  
Date: January 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1677

Justia Opinion Summary: Frye was seriously injured in an accident while driving for his job. Frye accepted $100,000, the per-person limit, from the other driver’s insurer, assigning it to his lawyer and to his employer’s insurer, Auto-Owners, f...

Patriotic Veterans, Inc. v. State of Indiana  
Date: January 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2059

Justia Opinion Summary: A veterans’ group challenged an anti‑robocall statute, Ind. Code 24‑5‑14‑5, under the First Amendment. The law prohibits automated calls with recorded messages unless the recipient has previously consented or the messag...

Xiang v. Lynch  
Date: January 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2189

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Xiang came to the U.S. on a visitor’s visa. She sought asylum and withholding of removal, alleging that, after the 1992 birth of her son, she suffered persecution under China’s strict family planning policies. S...