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
Horshaw v. Casper  
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3789

Justia Opinion Summary: Horshaw was beaten by other inmates at Menard Correctional Center. Horshaw still suffers from pain and brain trauma. Before the attack Horshaw received an anonymous letter stating that he would be “eradicated” for disres...

Jeffrey Mitchell v. Mary Richard
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 16-4150
United States v. Kuczora  
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2725

Justia Opinion Summary: After Kuczora lost his finance job in 2007, he styled himself as the managing director of KCS Financial, a phony finance firm he ran from his Elgin, Illinois basement. Kuczora falsely represented to unwary investors that...

Terry v. Gary Community School Corp.  
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1270

Justia Opinion Summary: For 35 years, Terry worked as a teacher and an administrator for the District. After the 2013–2014 school year, the District closed the school where Terry served as the Principal because of declining enrollment and reass...

Sinn v. Lemmon  
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1724

Justia Opinion Summary: Sinn was incarcerated within the Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC), 2011-2015. In 2014, at Putnamville Correctional Facility, he suffered injuries from two separate assaults by other inmates. Sinn filed suit (42 U...

Hutchison v. Fitzgerald Equipment Co.  
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2203

Justia Opinion Summary: A forklift backed over Hutchison’s foot while it was loading his tractor‐trailer. Hutchison’s employer, Borkholder, who owned the forklift, had contracted with Fitzgerald to provide maintenance on the forklift. Hutchison...

Marcus Miller v. Doctor Larson
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2347
Betzner v. Boeing Co.  
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2582

Justia Opinion Summary: Betzner filed suit in Madison County, Illinois alleging that during Betzner’s employment, he was exposed to asbestos fibers, which caused his mesothelioma and that defendants, including Boeing, manufactured these product...

Adams v. United States  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Numbers: 16-2177, 16‐3578, 16‐4207

Justia Opinion Summary: Adams was convicted of possessing, with intent to distribute, 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, money laundering, and escaping from federal custody. A 1997 California conviction elevated his statutory maximum term of i...

Quawntay Adams v. USA
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3578
Quawntay Adams v. USA
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 16-4207
Aracelia Ortiz Quinones v. Cook County, Illinois
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2757
USA v. Demone Rule
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1199
USA v. Raphael Campuzano-Benitez
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1236
United States v. Soria-Ocampo  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Numbers: 18-1315, 18-1236

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants pleaded guilty for their roles as middlemen in a cocaine deal, 21 U.S.C. 846. The Seventh Circuit affirmed their 69-month sentences, rejecting arguments that the district court erred on the amount of cocaine t...