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
Kelley-Lomax v. City of Chicago  
Date: September 28, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2891

Justia Opinion Summary: A person arrested in Chicago can take some property into jail but must surrender other property, including cell phones. The detainee has 30 days to reclaim the property in person (if released) or by a designated friend…

Enedeo Rodriguez, Jr. v. Nick McCloughen
Date: September 28, 2022
Docket Number: 22-1259
Rodriguez v. McCloughen  
Date: September 28, 2022
Docket Number: 22-1259

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2016, law enforcement agents, with a search warrant, broke open the doors and windows of Rodriguez’s home, threw a flash-bang grenade into the living room where his one-year-old daughter was sleeping, and searched for…

Scaife v. United States Department of Veterans Affairs  
Date: September 27, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1152

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, Scaife, an African-American woman, began working as a specialist classifying VA jobs. Scaife received “Outstanding” or “Excellent” ratings on her annual performance reviews. After a few years, Earp, a white…

Accident Fund Insurance Co. v. Schultheis Insurance Agency, Inc.  
Date: September 27, 2022
Docket Numbers: 21-2548, 21-2560, 21-2549

Justia Opinion Summary: Cope, injured on a Kentucky job site, filed a workers’ compensation claim. The subcontractor who hired him for the project, CMC, is based in Southern Indiana, and had an insurance policy with AFICA. Schultheis Insurance…

Accident Fund Insurance Compan v. Custom Mechanical Construction
Date: September 27, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2549
Accident Fund Insurance Compan v. Liberty Mutual Insurance
Date: September 27, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2560
Ruggles v. Ruggles  
Date: September 26, 2022
Docket Number: 22-1138

Justia Opinion Summary: Don and Greg were the only shareholders of their family company, XPAC, a closely held corporation. Greg held all the nonvoting shares (99%). Don held the voting shares (1%). Under the terms of Don’s divorce from Greg’s…

USA v. John Gonzalez
Date: September 22, 2022
Docket Number: 22-1242
USA v. Donte Swinton
Date: September 21, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3380
Daniel Hawk v. Rebecca Burr
Date: September 21, 2022
Docket Number: 22-1526
Fairly Earls v. BOP
Date: September 20, 2022
Docket Number: 22-2023
Steven Hecke v. Unknown Agents of Federal Drug Enforcement Agency
Date: September 20, 2022
Docket Number: 22-2314
White v. Woods  
Date: September 19, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2291

Justia Opinion Summary: White injured his knee while incarcerated and playing basketball at an Illinois prison in June 2015. From the date of his injury through November 2017, White complained about knee pain to various prison nurses and…

USA v. William Hayslette
Date: September 19, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2893