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
United States v. Kelerchian  
Date: August 22, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1320

Justia Opinion Summary: Kelerchian was a licensed firearms dealer. His co-conspirators were Kumstar, the Deputy Chief of the Lake County, Indiana, Sheriff’s Department, and Slusser, a patrolman who was the armorer for the department’s SWAT team...

Refined Metals Corp. v. NL Industries Inc.  
Date: August 22, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3235

Justia Opinion Summary: Refined has owned the contaminated Beech Grove, Indiana lead smelter site since 1980 when it acquired it from NL. After years of litigation, Refined entered into a settlement with the federal Environmental Protection Age...

Rozumalski v. W.F. Baird & Associates, Ltd.  
Date: August 22, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3586

Justia Opinion Summary: Rozumalski started out as a water resources engineer at Baird’s Madison, Wisconsin, office in 2010.Rozumalski was sexually harassed by her direct supervisor, Riedel. When Rozumalski reported the harassment to her employe...

Janusiak v. Cooper  
Date: August 22, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1198

Justia Opinion Summary: Janusiak called 911 to report that Payten, a friend’s baby in her care, was not breathing. Paramedics took Payten to the hospital while officers talked to Janusiak. The police returned about eight hours later, and Janusi...

Whole Woman's Health Alliance v. Hill  
Date: August 22, 2019
Docket Number: 19-2051

Justia Opinion Summary: For two years, Alliance was unable to obtain a license from the Indiana State Department of Health to open a South Bend clinic to provide medication abortion care. After two unsuccessful applications, a statutory amendme...

Sullivan v. Flora, Inc.  
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Numbers: 17-2241, 18-2534

Justia Opinion Summary: Sullivan, a graphic design artist, produced 33 illustrations for Flora, an herbal supplement company, to use in two advertising campaigns. Upon noticing that Flora was using the illustrations in other ads, Sullivan broug...

United States v. Lee  
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-1687, 18-1950

Justia Opinion Summary: U.S. Customs Officer Parra spent December 8, 2010 “cracking open containers” at a warehouse near the Los Angeles seaport. Opening one from South Korea to inspect its freight, Parra found a fully assembled, five-foot-tall...

USA v. Heon Seok Lee
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1950
United States v. Simon  
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2442

Justia Opinion Summary: Simon was stopped for failing to signal sufficiently ahead of turning. A drug-sniffing dog alerted on Simon’s car. Officers searched it. They did not find drugs, but found a gun. The government charged Simon as a felon-i...

Amy Sullivan v. Flora, Inc.
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2534
Federal Trade Commission v. Credit Bureau Center, LLC  
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-2847, 18-3310

Justia Opinion Summary: Brown is the sole owner and operator of a credit-monitoring service. Brown’s websites used a “negative option feature” to attract customers, offering a “free credit report and score” while obscuring in much smaller text...

Smith v. Illinois Department of Transportation  
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2948

Justia Opinion Summary: During his probationary employment period, Smith challenged and failed to follow directions, was confrontational, engaged in unsafe conduct, and received unsatisfactory evaluations. He filed internal and union complaints...

FTC v. Credit Bureau Center, LLC
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3310
Emmis Communications Corporati v. Illinois National Insurance Co
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3392
Vanzant v. Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.  
Date: August 20, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3633

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs own cats with health problems. Their veterinarians prescribed Hill’s cat food. They purchased this higher-priced cat food from PetSmart stores using their veterinarian’s prescriptions before learning that the...