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
USA v. Adalberto Santiago
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2030
Felix J. Bruette, Jr. v. Ryan Zinke
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3011
USA v. Jose Maldonado
Date: June 21, 2018
Docket Number: 16-4083
United States v. Masias  
Date: June 21, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-1402, 16‐4083

Justia Opinion Summary: The Defendants were charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine, plus six other counts. The court gave a multiple conspiracies jury instruction and refused to give a proposed “meeting of the minds” instruction. The jur...

Dr. Toney Ford, Sr. v. Derek Sessoms
Date: June 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2335
Fiorentini v. Paul Revere Life Insurance Co.  
Date: June 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3137

Justia Opinion Summary: Fiorentini is the owner and president of a small technology company. When cancer treatment left him unable to perform his job, he received total disability benefits under a Paul Revere policy. Five years later, after Fio...

Goplin v. WeConnect, Inc.  
Date: June 21, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1193

Justia Opinion Summary: When Goplin began working at WeConnect, he signed the “AEI Alternative Entertainment Inc. Open Door Policy and Arbitration Program,” which referred to AEI throughout; it never mentioned WeConnect. Goplin brought a collec...

Darren Wilson v. Kul Sood
Date: June 20, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3686
United States v. Harden  
Date: June 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1270

Justia Opinion Summary: Harden was convicted of conspiring to distribute heroin, the use of which resulted in the death of Schnettler, and was sentenced to life in prison under 21 U.S.C. 841(b)(1)(B). That provision imposes sentencing enhanceme...

Pain Center of SE Indiana, LLC v. Origin Healthcare Solutions LLC  
Date: June 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1276

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2003, Pain Center contracted with SSIMED for medical-billing software and related services. In 2006, the parties entered into another contract, for records-management software and related services. In 2013, Pain Cent...

Comsys Inc. v. Pacetti  
Date: June 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2053

Justia Opinion Summary: Kenosha used Comsys as its information-technology department. Comsys had its offices inside City Hall and stored its electronic information on the City’s servers. Their contract automatically renewed from year to year un...

Simpkins v. DuPage Housing Authority  
Date: June 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2685

Justia Opinion Summary: Simpkins began working for DuPage Housing Authority (DHA) in 2009 under an “Independent Contractor Agreement” for “general labor” to rehabilitate vacant properties to make them suitable for occupants. In 2011, the rehab...

United States v. Norton  
Date: June 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2898

Justia Opinion Summary: Norton was part of a cocaine and heroin distribution conspiracy, driving to Chicago and Akron to move drugs and proceeds, and distributing drugs at his Indiana home. Law enforcement recruited a conspiracy member to recor...

Robert Orth v. CIR
Date: June 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3348
Beverly Palmer v. University of Illinois
Date: June 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3569