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
Muhammad v. Pearson  
Date: August 17, 2018
Docket Number: 15-3044

Justia Opinion Summary: Officer Pearson and other Chicago police officers executed a search warrant for “apartment 1.” There was a problem with the warrant. Apartment 1 did not exist. The building contained apartment 1A and apartment 1B. The o...

McGhee v. Watson  
Date: August 17, 2018
Docket Number: 15-3881

Justia Opinion Summary: An Illinois jury convicted McGhee of murder and attempted murder. McGhee’s defense attorney asked the judge to poll the jury after the verdict was read. The judge said, “[a]ll right,” but did not conduct the poll; he sim...

United States v. Watson  
Date: August 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1651

Justia Opinion Summary: The police received an anonymous 911 call from a 14‐year‐old who borrowed a stranger’s phone and reported seeing “boys” “playing with guns” by a “gray and greenish Charger” in a nearby parking lot. A police officer drove...

Levin v. Miller  
Date: August 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1775

Justia Opinion Summary: Irwin is a holding company for two banks. When the 2007–2008 financial crisis began, regulators and Irwin’s outside legal counsel advised the company to buoy up its sinking subsidiaries. Irwin’s Board of Directors instru...

Martinez v. City of Chicago  
Date: August 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1888

Justia Opinion Summary: Chicago police officers attempted to make a traffic stop after Alberto Martinez ran a stop sign. Alberto fled, discarding a gun. Officer Nunez followed Alberto into a residence, did not immediately see Alberto, and began...

Kenneth Brown v. Michael Knisley
Date: August 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2007
Berg v. Social Security Administration  
Date: August 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2389

Justia Opinion Summary: The Social Security Administration (SSA) reduced the payment of a back-award that it owed Berg by the amount of an earlier overpayment that Berg owed to SSA. Berg contested this setoff because it was taken during the 90-...

Michael L. Winston v. David A. Clarke
Date: August 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3009
Corey J. Ojeda v. Louis Williams, II
Date: August 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3088
Leigh Glass v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: August 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3138
Michael Bargo, Jr. v. Porter County, Indiana
Date: August 17, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1040
Naperville Smart Meter Awareness v. City of Naperville  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3766

Justia Opinion Summary: Through a Department of Energy grant, Naperville received $11 million to update its grid and began replacing its residential, analog energy meters with digital “smart meters.” Traditional energy meters typically collect...

Ralph Mlaska v. Louis Schicker
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1962
Lester Dobbey v. Imhotep Carter
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2430
BRC Rubber & Plastics, Inc. v. Continental Carbon Co.  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2783

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, BRC and Continental entered into a five‐year agreement. Continental was to sell to BRC approximately 1.8 million pounds of prime carbon black, annually, in approximately equal monthly quantities, with baseline p...