2013 Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Case Law

Opinions 1 - 500 of 1255

United States v. Rucker  
Date: December 31, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1297

Justia Opinion Summary: Based on his participation in a mortgage fraud scheme, Rucker was convicted of one count of wire fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343 and sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment, one year of supervised release, and payment...

United States v. Dosen  
Date: December 31, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2223

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit a robbery affecting interstate commerce, a violation of the Hobbs Act, 18 U.S.C. 1951(a), and to carrying firearms in relation to a crime of violence, in violation of 18 U...

Medlock v. Trs. of IN Univ.  
Date: December 30, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1900

Justia Opinion Summary: Medlock, an Indiana University sophomore, lived, by choice in a dormitory, where he was required to allow inspections of his room by graduate students employed by IU. Medlock was given a week’s notice by email and inspec...

Adams v. Adams  
Date: December 27, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1636

Justia Opinion Summary: Creditor appealed the bankruptcy court's denial of her claim against the estate of debtor, her former husband and business partner. The state courts had determined that debtor still owed money to creditor after they divo...

Miller v. FDIC  
Date: December 26, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3458

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against the FDIC, seeking judicial review of his disallowed claims. The district court granted the FDIC's motion to dismiss and plaintiff appealed. Pursuant to the statutory provisions in the Financi...

Fiala, et al. v. B&B Enterprises, et al.  
Date: December 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3890

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed a class action suit against B&B and others, alleging violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), 18 U.S.C. 1962. The alleged scheme involved "Population Equivalents" (PEs...

United States v. Rushton  
Date: December 26, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1343

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of charges relating to his operation of a commodity pool that he used as the vehicle for a Ponzi scheme. The government conceded that the judge erred in adding an abuse of trust enhancement in a f...

Goesel, et al. v. Boley Int'l, et al.  
Date: December 26, 2013
Docket Numbers: 13-2434, 13-2818

Justia Opinion Summary: In consolidated appeals, the court ruled on motions to seal settlement agreements. In Goesel, the law firm filed a motion to maintain under seal documents disclosing the amounts of a personal injury settlement and of the...

USA v. Auzio Hewlett
Date: December 26, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2451
Fortunee Massuda v. Panda Express, Inc.
Date: December 26, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2818
USA v. Edwin Sanchez
Date: December 23, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3529
USA v. Jeffrey Matheson
Date: December 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2165
Swetlik v. Crawford  
Date: December 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2675

Justia Opinion Summary: Manitowoc police brought in a man suspected of stabbing a police officer. The suspect apparently refused to eat, and officers believed he was mentally unstable. Police Chief Kingsbury arranged for the suspect’s mother to...

United States v. Starnes  
Date: December 23, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1148

Justia Opinion Summary: After receiving complaints of drug trafficking, police arranged an undercover controlled purchase of crack cocaine from a lower level apartment in Rockford. Days later, they obtained a warrant to search the “lower apart...

Bruegge v. Farmer State Bank of Hoffman  
Date: December 23, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1277

Justia Opinion Summary: The debtors borrowed money secured by mortgages on real estate. The mortgages were recorded by the lenders to ensure the priority of their liens. The recorded mortgages did not state the maturity date of the secured deb...

USA v. Anthony Taylor
Date: December 23, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1493
Jeffrey Richardson v. Gifford State Bank
Date: December 23, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1518
DeKalb County v. Federal Housing Finance Agency
Date: December 23, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1558
Fannie Mae v. John Acardo
Date: December 23, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1559
Fannie Mae v. Brian Hamer
Date: December 23, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1611
Weiwei Chen v. Eric Holder, Jr.
Date: December 23, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1863
Aeroground, Inc. v. CenterPoint Props. Trust  
Date: December 23, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1956

Justia Opinion Summary: Menzies, an air cargo handling business, leased CenterPoint’s 185,280-square-foot warehouse near O’Hare Airport. Another tenant used the building to store airplane parts until 2006. Under the lease, Menzies is responsibl...

Milwaukee Cnty v. Fed. Nat'l Mortg. Ass'n  
Date: December 23, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2739

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit considered appeals by Illinois and Illinois counties and a Wisconsin county of district court holdings that those governmental bodies cannot levy a tax on sales of real property by Fannie Mae (Federal...

USA v. Luis Munoz
Date: December 20, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3377
United States v. Doss  
Date: December 20, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1001

Justia Opinion Summary: Doss organized an identity theft ring, was indicted for, and pleaded guilty to, possessing with intent to use unlawfully or transfer unlawfully five or more identification documents, a violation of 18 U.S.C. 1028(a)(3);...

First Weber Grp., Inc. v. Horsfall  
Date: December 20, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1026

Justia Opinion Summary: Horsfall worked as a real estate agent for First Weber, 2001-2002, and was the listing agent on First Weber’s contract with Call, who was trying to sell property. The contract gave First Weber exclusive rights collect co...

Vojdani v. Pharmasan Labs, Inc.  
Date: December 20, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1242

Justia Opinion Summary: Immunosciences developed and sold medical tests and testing materials. In 2007, NeuroSciences wanted to expand its offerings. Immunosciences and NeuroScience decided to collaborate, but the relationship fell apart within...

Dalton v. Office of Workers' Compensation Programs  
Date: December 20, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1243

Justia Opinion Summary: Dalton worked in coal mine jobs from 1957 until 1991 and was exposed to substantial coal and rock dust. He developed trouble breathing; he quit his job and was never employed again. In 1999 Dalton sought benefits under...

Aristo Vojdani v. Pharmasan Labs, Incorporated
Date: December 20, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1354
Charleston v. Bd. of Trs. of the Univ. of IL  
Date: December 20, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2081

Justia Opinion Summary: Charleston began his fourth year at the College of Medicine in 2010, having finished his Obstetrics and Gynecology clinical rotation in June. In September, Charleston’s preceptors submitted a complaint, asking that Charl...

Garcia v. Colvin  
Date: December 20, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2120

Justia Opinion Summary: Garcia, previously a construction worker and then age 40, applied for social security disability benefits in 2010, claiming abdominal pain caused by cirrhosis of the liver, severe low platelet count, hepatitis C, and an...

Fluker v. Kankakee Cnty.  
Date: December 20, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2247

Justia Opinion Summary: Riding as a prisoner in the back of a patrol van, Fluker was injured when the van stopped short to avoid a collision and he tumbled off his seat. Roy and his wife filed suit, alleging various injuries. The district court...

Equal Emp't Opportunity Comm'n v. Mach Mining, LLC  
Date: December 20, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2456

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008 the EEOC received a charge of discrimination from a woman who claimed Mach Mining had denied her applications for coal mining jobs because of her gender. After investigation, the agency determined there was reaso...

Planned Parenthood of WI v. Van Hollen  
Date: December 20, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2726

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, the Governor of Wisconsin signed into law a statute that prohibits a doctor, under threat of heavy penalties, from performing an abortion unless he has admitting privileges at a hospital no more than 30 miles fr...

USA v. Dexter Anderson
Date: December 20, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2872
Verser v. Corr. Officer Robinson  
Date: December 19, 2013
Docket Number: 11-2091

Justia Opinion Summary: Inmate Verser began a hunger strike in response to perceived unwarranted prison discipline against him. Prison protocols involve moving a hunger striker to a separate cell after he misses three meals. Verser alleges that...

Diadenko v. Folino  
Date: December 19, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3091

Justia Opinion Summary: Diadenko began working at Schurz High School in 2009 and became aware of practices relating to Individualized Education Plans for the school’s special education department that, in her opinion, were problematic. After vo...

Homeowners Choice, Incorporate v. Aon Benfield, Incorporated
Date: December 19, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1846
USA v. Earl Ross, Jr.
Date: December 19, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2015
Harrison Kishwaukee, LLC v. Rockford Acquisition, LLC  
Date: December 18, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3133

Justia Opinion Summary: The Debtor leased a building and, during liquidation in bankruptcy, assumed the lease, 11 U.S.C. 365, and sold the leasehold interest (and other assets) to Tenant. The bankruptcy judge approved the transaction in 2007, a...

United States v. Loughry  
Date: December 18, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1385

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, the Seventh Circuit reversed Loughry’ss convictions for child pornography offenses because the district court erred in admitting certain “hard core” child pornography videos found on Loughry’s computer. Followin...

Lambros J. Kutrubis v. Gloria Bowman
Date: December 18, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1567
Hanson v. Beth  
Date: December 17, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1535

Justia Opinion Summary: Klinkhammer initiated a traffic stop after he clocked Hanson speeding. Hanson got out and Klinkhammer told Hanson to get back into his car. He later testified that Hanson was yelling and acting bizarrely. Hanson testifie...

Denny Givens v. Carolyn Colvin
Date: December 17, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2000
Shane Bradley v. Charles Lockett
Date: December 17, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2612
Netherlands Ins.. Co. v. Phusion Projects, Inc.  
Date: December 16, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1355

Justia Opinion Summary: Phusion manufactures and distributes an alcoholic beverage called “Four Loko.” Its original formula contained energy stimulants, such as caffeine, guarana, taurine, and wormwood. Phusion purchased a commercial general li...

Kim v. Holder  
Date: December 16, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1626

Justia Opinion Summary: Kim, his wife Ko, and their children are citizens of South Korea who were admitted to the U.S. in 2003, as nonimmigrant visitors for pleasure. Before an extension expired, Ko, obtained an F-1 visa, changing her status to...

USA v. Daniel Moran-Vazquez
Date: December 16, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3288
William Varellas v. United States Parole Commissi
Date: December 16, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1582
Gary Goodman v. YRC, Incorporated
Date: December 16, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1783
United States v. Gonzalez  
Date: December 16, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1832

Justia Opinion Summary: In November 2010, law enforcement intercepted six railcars that crossed from Mexico into the U.S. and discovered that the railcars contained large amounts of marijuana, which had been packed into bricks. The marijuana br...

United States v. Seidling  
Date: December 16, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1854

Justia Opinion Summary: Seidling admitted to knowingly mailing documents containing false information about service of process or publication of notice to small claims courts in Wisconsin and hiding the filings of the actions from named defenda...

Gogos v. AMS-Mech. Sys., Inc.  
Date: December 16, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2571

Justia Opinion Summary: Gogos, a pipe welder for 45 years, has taken blood pressure medication for more than eight years. He began working for AMS in December 2012 as a welder and pipe-fitter. The next month, his blood pressure spiked and he ex...

United States v. White  
Date: December 13, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3240

Justia Opinion Summary: White, Ford, and Helton were involved in a mortgage fraud scheme through White’s company, EHNS. EHNS offered a “mortgage bailout” program, telling homeowners that they could avoid foreclosure by transferring their homes...

USA v. Norton Helton
Date: December 13, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1207
USA v. Felicia Ford
Date: December 13, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1295
Norem v. Lincoln Benefit Life Co.  
Date: December 13, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1816

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1994, Norem purchased a “Flexible Premium Variable Life Insurance Policy” from Lincoln Benefit. With variable life insurance, part of the premium is allocated to the insurer’s investment funds, called subaccounts. Pol...

Mai Thao v. Midland National Life Insuranc
Date: December 13, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1272
United States v. Garcia-Avila  
Date: December 13, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1313

Justia Opinion Summary: As part of an immunity agreement, a confidential informant agreed to pose as an individual looking to buy drugs and met with Quiroz, whom he had known for several years, and three other men: Mendez, Figueroa, and Garcia....

Mai Thao v. Midland National Life Insuranc
Date: December 13, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2366
Reynolds v. Johnson  
Date: December 12, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1010

Justia Opinion Summary: Reynolds, a 62-year-old white male with more than 30 years’ experience with the U.S. General Services Administration, was passed over for a promotion from Building Management Specialist, to Building Manager. Bell, a 32-y...

McDowell v. Hardy  
Date: December 12, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2967

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1996, Martha Castro saw a man dressed in black leaning over her husband on the ground outside their home. Martha’s nephew, Varela, ran outside. Varela struck the man, who fired a gun before running into the alley. Cas...

Jones v. City of Elkhart  
Date: December 12, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3912

Justia Opinion Summary: At 2:15 a.m., Officer Snyder observed Jones’s vehicle traveling faster than the posted 35 mph limit, and confirmed by radar that Jones was traveling at 53 mph. Snyder observed Jones swerving in his lane. He turned on his...

Caterpillar Logistics, Inc. v. Soli  
Date: December 12, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1106

Justia Opinion Summary: A Caterpillar worker developed epicondylitis, an inflammation of tendons near the elbow. A Department of Labor regulation requires employers to report injuries if “the work environment either caused or contributed to the...

USA v. Alberto Ramirez-Ortega
Date: December 12, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1286
Washington v. Parkinson  
Date: December 11, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3042

Justia Opinion Summary: Washington was arrested as a suspect in a double homicide. While charges were pending, he filed a civil suit (42 U.S.C. 1983) against Officer Parkinson, alleging that she kicked him in the face and hit him with a flashli...

United States v. Tucker  
Date: December 11, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1403

Justia Opinion Summary: Chicago police obtained a warrant and searched a two-bedroom apartment leased by Tucker’s mother. Tucker's mother and his niece were present. Officer Edwards found a rifle and documents bearing Tucker’s name under a mat...

Chen v. Holder  
Date: December 11, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1758

Justia Opinion Summary: Chen faced deportation to Fujian Province and claimed to face a significant risk of persecution there because, since coming to the U.S. in 2002, she has given birth to two children in violation of China’s one‐child polic...

Williams v. State of IL  
Date: December 11, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2652

Justia Opinion Summary: Williams filed his complaint listing more than 100 defendants, including the state, its Attorney General, and Illinois State University, claiming that university police arrested him without probable cause and that other...

Alfred Cote v. Sarah Stuecker
Date: December 10, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1062
Carl Tisthammer v. Jeffery Walton
Date: December 10, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1196
Maria Porch-Clark v. Jackie Engelhart
Date: December 10, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2022
USA v. Pierre Dawson
Date: December 10, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2109
Willie Griffin, Jr. v. Belinda Auterson
Date: December 10, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2137
Terrance Edwards v. Belinda Schrubbe
Date: December 10, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2209
Kathy Travis v. Triton College
Date: December 10, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2388
USA v. Joshua Vidal
Date: December 9, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2068
Nadeem Malik v. Eric Holder, Jr.
Date: December 6, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2267
USA v. James Johnson
Date: December 6, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2471
United States v. Caira  
Date: December 5, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2631

Justia Opinion Summary: Caira, a published medical researcher, began producing synthetic drugs, including more than 70,000 pills of MDMA (ecstasy). He was indicted and met with U.S. attorneys to discuss a plea bargain. An attorney subsequently...

Marletha Rankins v. County of Milwaukee
Date: December 5, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1117
USA v. Andrei Stanciu
Date: December 5, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1149
Wells Fargo Bank, NA v. Younan Props., Inc.  
Date: December 5, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1365

Justia Opinion Summary: Wells Fargo sued the Younans for breach of contract. The defendants moved for dismissal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, lack of personal jurisdiction over Sherry Younan because of lack of minimum contacts in Ill...

USA v. Vasile Husti
Date: December 5, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1431
Toni Toston v. Michael Thurmer
Date: December 5, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1709
USA v. Ovidiu Isac
Date: December 5, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1819
Re v. United States  
Date: December 4, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3714

Justia Opinion Summary: Re and Leach owned warehouses in Englewood, Florida. After leasing space in Leach’s warehouse, Daughtry told his agent that he did so because Leach stated that a sewer line essential to Re’s warehouse crossed Leach’s pro...

Jayesh K. Shah v. Eric Holder, Jr.
Date: December 4, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3658
Shah v. Holder  
Date: December 4, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1295

Justia Opinion Summary: Convicted in 1990 for aggravated criminal sexual abuse, Shah was ordered removed to India in 2005. He did not seek judicial review, but unsuccessfully moved for reconsideration, arguing that he should have been granted a...

USA v. Gerardo Torres
Date: December 4, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1428
United States v. Henderson  
Date: December 4, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1736

Justia Opinion Summary: Henderson was convicted of possessing a firearm as a felon, 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1). On appeal, he argued that the district court abused its discretion in excluding an out‐of‐court statement of an unavailable declarant regar...

Jaleh Banaei v. Timothy Messing
Date: December 3, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3516
United States v. Sandoval-Velazco  
Date: December 3, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3878

Justia Opinion Summary: Since about 2009, Velazco and codefendants coordinated the Chicago distribution of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana for a Mexican drug-trafficking organization. Velazco also assisted with collection and transportation of U...

Ortony v. Northwestern Univ.  
Date: December 3, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3897

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, Professor Ortony of Northwestern University, asked Dean Peterson, for a year’s leave to visit another university. Peterson proposed to authorize paid leave during calendar year 2008 and the 2011–12 academic year...

Craig v. Rich Twp. High Sch. Dist.  
Date: December 3, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1398

Justia Opinion Summary: Craig self-published a book of adult relationship advice, “It’s Her Fault,” in which he discussed sexually provocative themes and used sexually explicit terms. Craig’s employer, a school district, learned of the book and...

Quincy Neri v. Sentinel Insurance Company Lim
Date: December 3, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2825
Volkman v. Ryker  
Date: December 2, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1778

Justia Opinion Summary: The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) investigated Burkhardt, a correctional officer at LCC and determined that Burkhardt had taken his cell phone inside and used it to make 30 calls from inside the facility, in...

Bates v. Astrue  
Date: December 2, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3359

Justia Opinion Summary: Bates has suffered from radiating neck pain since 2004, when a truck struck her car. Since then, she has continued to care for her six adopted children and dealt with the loss of her fiancé and her mother. As a result o...

Jessica Walker v. Charles Samuels, Jr.
Date: December 2, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1749
USA v. John J. Miller
Date: December 2, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1874
USA v. Candido Gonzalez-Alvaron
Date: December 2, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2001
Phillips v. Asset Acceptance, LLC  
Date: December 2, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2251

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was sued by Asset Acceptance, a debt collector, for a debt arising from her purchase of natural gas for household use. She sued, claiming that Asset Acceptance sued after the statute of limitations on the cred...

Blanchar v. Standard Ins. Co.  
Date: November 27, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2745

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005, Standard introduced a new financial product into the 403(b) and 457 markets. Blanchar was hired as Director of Institutional Sales/Product Manager for those products. His responsibilities included training staff...

USA v. Michael Gillespie
Date: November 27, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2546
George Wortham v. Chris Hansen Lab Incorporated
Date: November 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3360
Lindsley Chattic v. Illinois Department of Correct
Date: November 26, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1151
Miller v. Herman  
Date: November 26, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1186

Justia Opinion Summary: Attorney Stilp represented Miller in claims concerning the construction of Miller’s house by contractor Herman. The district court dismissed. Stilp recommended that Miller terminate the action based on state law. Miller...

USA v. Stephen Hood
Date: November 26, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1284
Barbara Flint v. Carolyn W. Colvin
Date: November 26, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1421
Lois Trask v. Thomas Boyd
Date: November 26, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1504
Wendy Nora v. Residential Funding Company,
Date: November 26, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1660
Quan Jiang v. Eric Holder, Jr.
Date: November 26, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1745
USA v. Alfonso Lucena
Date: November 26, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1770
Eddie Rainey v. United Parcel Service, Hodgkin
Date: November 26, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1849
Michael Schmidt v. Carolyn Colvin
Date: November 26, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2306
Sikhs for Justice v. Badal  
Date: November 26, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2316

Justia Opinion Summary: Sikhism is an Indian religion. Most Sikhs live in the Indian state of Punjab. The state’s highest official is Badal. SFJ, a U.S.‐based human rights group, accuses Badal of overseeing police and others implicated in killi...

NECA-IBEW Rockford Local Union 364 Health & Welfare Fund v. A&A Drug Co.  
Date: November 25, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3070

Justia Opinion Summary: The NECA-IBEW Health and Welfare Fund provides health benefits to members of a local union of electrical workers. The Fund negotiated a Local Agreement with Sav-Rx, a provider of prescription-drug benefits, under which S...

United States v. Starko  
Date: November 25, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1217

Justia Opinion Summary: Starko pleaded guilty to two counts of producing child pornography, 18 U.S.C. 2251(a). He had produced videos of a five-year-old girl. Starko was a friend of the girl’s mother and was living in their home. Investigatio...

Igor Klyuchenko v. Eric Holder, Jr.
Date: November 25, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1389
Goodpaster v. City of Indianapolis  
Date: November 25, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1629

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005, Indianapolis and Marion County passed an ordinance prohibiting smoking in most buildings frequented by the general public, with exceptions for bars and taverns with liquor licenses that neither served nor employ...

United States v. Misleveck  
Date: November 25, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1855

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a gun, 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1), which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years. The judge found that he had three prior convictions of “violent” felonies under the Arm...

Cerentano v. UMWA Health & Retirement Funds  
Date: November 22, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2037

Justia Opinion Summary: From 1978 to 2000, Cerentano worked as a coal miner. He was injured in 15 mining incidents and received six separate awards of permanent partial disability, but was able to return to work after each injury. In 2000 Ceren...

United States v. Huart  
Date: November 22, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2075

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008 Huart pled guilty to possessing child pornography, and was sentenced to 65 months. In 2011, he was transferred to a private halfway house that contracts with the Bureau of Prisons. Rules provided to Huart includ...

Patriotic Veterans, Inc. v. State of IN  
Date: November 21, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3265

Justia Opinion Summary: Indiana enacted the Automated Dialing Machine Statute, which bans “robocalls” unless the receiver has consented to the calls in advance, Ind. Code 24–5–14–1, with limited exemptions. School districts may send messages to...

Gregory Turley v. Danny Bedinger
Date: November 21, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3275
Doris Brown v. Shelley Koeller
Date: November 21, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1315
Apex Digital, Inc. v. Sears, Roebuck & Co.  
Date: November 20, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3115

Justia Opinion Summary: Apex, a manufacturer of electronics, and Sears entered into an agreement in 2003. In 2004, Sears implemented a program to create a return reserve on Apex’s account. The return reserve was an internal accounting mechanism...

Hamilton v. Village of Oak Lawn  
Date: November 20, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3174

Justia Opinion Summary: Hamilton claimed that Lorincz, dying of Parkinson’s disease, hired her to help him at home. She was a friend of Lorincz’s daughter, a former physician who was serving jail time. After Hamilton had worked 88 hours, Lorinc...

Tanya Ammons v. Metropolitan Water Reclamation
Date: November 20, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3662
USA v. Cartez Beard
Date: November 20, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1603
Cyril Korte v. HHS
Date: November 19, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3841
United States v. Lara-Unzueta  
Date: November 19, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1069

Justia Opinion Summary: Deported following a 1996 conviction for attempted first degree murder and armed violence, Lara, a citizen of Mexico, returned to the U.S. and was arrested for armed robbery and attempted armed robbery. After a second il...

William Grote, III v. Kathleen Sebelius
Date: November 19, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1077
Urbina-Dore v. Holder  
Date: November 18, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1679

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners applied for asylum in the U.S., claiming that they had been persecuted as members of the “social group” of timberlands owners and would face risks if returned to Honduras. Organized squatters, “La Via Campesi...

Bailey v. Hardy  
Date: November 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1002

Justia Opinion Summary: Bailey was convicted in Illinois state court of one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder. His trial counsel, Swano, had not filed a discovery motion and did not know that one of the eyewitnesses had testifi...

Antoine Simmons v. Gregory McCulloch
Date: November 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3004
Deon Hampton v. John Rita
Date: November 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3248
Louise Davenport v. John Dovgin
Date: November 15, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1189
United States v. Crundwell  
Date: November 15, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1407

Justia Opinion Summary: Crundwell, Comptroller of Dixon, Illinois since 1983, pleaded guilty to embezzling about $53 million from the city between 1990 and 2012. She used the money to support more than 400 quarter horses and a lavish lifestyle,...

General Association of Regular v. Hugh Scott
Date: November 15, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1438
USA v. Jesus Soto-Ozuna
Date: November 15, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1905
USA v. Byron Miller
Date: November 15, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2011
Kenneth Morris v. City of Chicago
Date: November 15, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2013
USA v. Robert Dawson
Date: November 15, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2117
Eddie Rainey v. Lipari Foods
Date: November 15, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2225
Union Countyv. Merscorp, Inc.  
Date: November 14, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1443

Justia Opinion Summary: MERSCORP operates an online membership organization that records, trades, and forecloses loans on behalf of many lenders. Banks can register their mortgages on the system and assign the mortgages to MERSCORP, which then...

Union County, Illinois v. Merscorp, Incorporated
Date: November 14, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1794
Kraft Foods Grp. Brands LLC v. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.  
Date: November 14, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2559

Justia Opinion Summary: Kraft sued Cracker Barrel Old Country Store for trademark infringement, Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. 1051, and obtained a preliminary injunction against the sale of food products to grocery stores under the name Cracker Barrel,...

USA v. Ahmad Bishawi
Date: November 14, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2753
Edward Ingram v. USA
Date: November 12, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1370
Michael Mejia v. Christopher Harrington
Date: November 12, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1064
Morrow v. May  
Date: November 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1329

Justia Opinion Summary: Four white male Chicago police officers, in plain clothes, in an unmarked car, were driving in a high-crime area that is largely nonwhite. A woman signaled them and, when they stopped, stated that men were gathered in a...

Balthazar v. City of Chicago  
Date: November 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3378

Justia Opinion Summary: Balthazar lived in one of two apartments on the third floor. Police had a warrant to search the other apartment. Both had rear doors about opening on a common landing. The officers climbed the stairs to the landing and...

Cyril Korte v. HHS
Date: November 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3841
William Grote, III v. Kathleen Sebelius
Date: November 8, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1077
Killian v. Concert Health Plan  
Date: November 7, 2013
Docket Number: 11-1112

Justia Opinion Summary: After discovering that she had lung cancer that had spread to her brain, Killian underwent aggressive treatment on the advice of her doctor. The treatment was unsuccessful and she died. Her husband submitted medical bill...

Brumfield v. City of Chicago  
Date: November 6, 2013
Docket Number: 11-2265

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1999 Brumfield was hired as a nonprobationary police officer. In 2006 she began to experience unspecified “psychological problems.” The city required her to submit to four psychological examinations. Each time Brumfie...

Linda Brumfield v. City of Chicago
Date: November 6, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3836
Derek Williams v. Rick Raemisch
Date: November 6, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1727
Acute Care Specialists II v. USA
Date: November 5, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1212
T. G. v. Midland School District 7
Date: November 5, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1467
Grandberry v. Knight  
Date: November 5, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2081

Justia Opinion Summary: Grandberry sought habeas corpus relief under 28 U.S.C. 2254 from a disciplinary sanction, loss of “good time” credits, imposed against him by a state prison. He claimed that the Indiana prison’s disciplinary proceedings...

USA v. Mark Cubie
Date: November 5, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3527
Mhammad Abu-Shawish v. USA
Date: November 5, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1419
Linda Rutledge v. Eli Lilly & Company
Date: November 5, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2113
Shepard v. Madigan  
Date: November 5, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2661

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012 the Seventh Circuit invalidated provisions of the Illinois gun law, 720 ILCS 5/24‐1,‐1.6, which, with limited exceptions, prohibited a person from carrying a ready-to-use gun outside his property or the property...

Schilke v. Am. Sec. Ins. Co.  
Date: November 4, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3422

Justia Opinion Summary: In a proposed class action, Schilke alleged that Wachovia, her lender and holder of a mortgage on her home, fraudulently placed insurance on her property when her homeowner’s policy lapsed. Wachovia secured the replaceme...

United States v. Anobah  
Date: November 4, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1276

Justia Opinion Summary: Anobah was an Illinois-licensed loan officer, employed by AFFC, and acted as a loan officer for at least two fraudulent schemes. Developers Brown and Adams recruited Mason to act as a nominee buyer of a property and refe...

T. G. v. Midland School District 7
Date: November 4, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1467
USA v. Donald Weidenburner
Date: November 4, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2579
USA v. Jeremie Sheneman
Date: November 4, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2841
USA v. Jeremie Sheneman
Date: November 4, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2842
Hardaway v. Meyerhoff  
Date: November 4, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2856

Justia Opinion Summary: Prison official Meyerhoff wrote a disciplinary report on inmate Hardaway, charging damage or misuse of property, forgery, and trading or trafficking of official electronics contract forms. Hardaway was sentenced to six m...

Stephen Susinka v. Paul Copenhaver
Date: November 4, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3300
Henry Butler v. American Foods Group LLC
Date: November 4, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3802
USA v. Jose S. Espinoza
Date: November 4, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3931
Serino v. Hensley  
Date: November 4, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1058

Justia Opinion Summary: Serino was employed as a soccer coach at Oakland City University in Indiana. In September 2008, the university’s Vice President informed Serino that he was suspended from his position then contacted Hensley, Chief of th...

Joseph v. Sasafrasnet, LLC  
Date: November 4, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1202

Justia Opinion Summary: Sasafrasnet, an authorized distributor of BP products, provided Joseph with notice of its intent to terminate his franchise based on three occasions when Sasafrasnet attempted to debit Joseph’s bank account to pay for fu...

Norris Pegues v. Francis Springbob
Date: November 4, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1205
USA v. Shaun Chaney
Date: November 4, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1423
Carressa Lockhart v. St. Bernard Hospital
Date: November 4, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1930
B.R. Brookfield Commons No. 1 v. Valstone Asset Mgmt,, LLC  
Date: November 4, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2241

Justia Opinion Summary: Brookfield owns a shopping center that is subject to a first mortgage of $8,900,000, held by a trust, and a second mortgage for $2,539,375 that has been transferred to ValStone, which also serves as attorney in fact for...

Titan Tire Corp. of Freeport, Inc. v. United Steel, Paper & Forest, Rubber, Mfg., Energy, Allied Indus. Serv. Workers Int'l Union  
Date: November 1, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1152

Justia Opinion Summary: Titan purchased an Illinois tire manufacturing facility, then entered into labor agreements with Local 745, which represented the Titan workers. Titan paid the full union salaries of Local 745's President and Benefit Rep...

Kidd v. Hardy  
Date: November 1, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2614

Justia Opinion Summary: A 1980 fire in a Chicago apartment building killed 10 children. Kidd became a suspect following his arrest on unrelated charges. At his 1987 trial on charges of arson and 10 counts of murder, Strunck, a public defender,...

USA v. Yongxie Zhu
Date: November 1, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1497
Devbrow v. Gallego  
Date: November 1, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1627

Justia Opinion Summary: Devbrow, an Indiana prisoner, filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983 asserting that prison officials denied him access to the courts by confiscating and destroying his legal papers in retaliation for a prior lawsuit (concerning...

DeKeyser v. Thyssenkrupp Waupaca, Inc.  
Date: October 31, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3306

Justia Opinion Summary: Waupaca manufactures iron castings and provides its foundry employees with personal protective equipment (PPE), including hard hats, safety glasses, ear protection, steel-toed footwear, and a fire-retardant uniform. Waup...

Cerajeski v. Zoeller  
Date: October 31, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3766

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff challenged the constitutionality of the Indiana Unclaimed Property Act, Ind. Code 32‐34‐1‐1, as authorizing confiscation of private property without compensation. The Act states that property is presumed abando...

Suesz v. Med-1 Solutions, LLC  
Date: October 31, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1821

Justia Opinion Summary: Med‐1 buys delinquent debts and purchased Suesz’s debt from Community Hospital. In 2012 it filed a collection suit in small claims court and received a judgment against Suesz for $1,280. Suesz lives one county over from...

Nat'l Cas. Co. v. White Mountains Reinsurance Co.  
Date: October 30, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3158

Justia Opinion Summary: Steidl and Whitlock were convicted of 1987 murders, largely based on testimony by two supposed eyewitnesses. Long after the convictions, an investigation revealed that much of the testimony was perjured and that exculpat...

Wells Fargo Bus. Credit v. Hindman  
Date: October 30, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1208

Justia Opinion Summary: Wells Fargo and Hindman were creditors of Clark, whose president and CEO was Hindman’s son. Wells Fargo agreed to extend credit to the companies if Hindman agreed to become a subordinated creditor. Hindman executed subor...

Foster v. United States  
Date: October 30, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1961

Justia Opinion Summary: Foster was charged with distributing crack cocaine and a separate conspiracy-to-distribute charge. Against the advice of appointed counsel, Kupsis, Foster rejected two proposed plea agreements, each of which would have r...

United States v. Pilon  
Date: October 30, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3159

Justia Opinion Summary: Through their companies, Pilon and her husband falsely represented that one investment program would generate significant returns that Pilon would use to pay off the investors’ mortgages within two years, and make a bonu...

Delores Ammons-Lewis v. Metropolitan Water Reclamation
Date: October 30, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1125
Eagle Cove Camp & Conference Ctr., Inc. v. Town of Woodboro, WI  
Date: October 30, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1274

Justia Opinion Summary: Woodboro has about 750 residents on 21,857 acres, within Oneida County. Woodboro’s 1998 Land Use Plan encourages low density single family residential development for waterfront properties and maintaining rural character...

Yoon Kim v. Russell Hoseney
Date: October 30, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1623
Nat'l Union Fire Ins. Co. v. Mead Johnson & Co., LLC  
Date: October 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3478

Justia Opinion Summary: Mead Johnson, purchased a primary Commercial General Liability policy from National Union, with a limit of $2 million for liability for “personal and advertising injury” and an excess liability policy from Lexington, wit...

National Union Fire Insurance v. Mead Johnson & Company LLC
Date: October 29, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1526
Israel Reyes-Cornejo v. Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Date: October 28, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1712
Jackson v. Pollion  
Date: October 28, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2682

Justia Opinion Summary: An Illinois inmate sued under 42 U.S.C. 1983, claiming that a nurse practitioner and a correctional counselor were deliberately indifferent to his serious medical condition, hypertension (high blood pressure). He had bee...

Unted States v. Lyons  
Date: October 28, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2905

Justia Opinion Summary: Patrolling officers spotted a car driven White, with Lyons as a passenger. Officer Dodd recognized White from previous encounters, some of which involved attempts to flee arrest; Dodd knew that White’s license had been s...

Reyes-Cornejo v. Holder  
Date: October 28, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3285

Justia Opinion Summary: Cornejo’s father came to the U.S. in 1983 and, in 1994, brought his family to this country without admission. At age 18, Cornejo began having trouble with the law, including charges of driving without a license, possessi...

Matthew Koch v. Katherine Gregory
Date: October 28, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2080
USA v. Sedgwick Johnson
Date: October 25, 2013
Docket Number: 03-1322
Edgewood Manor Apartment Homes v. RSUI Indemnity Company
Date: October 25, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1480
Southland Mgmt. Corp. v. RSUI Indem. Co.  
Date: October 25, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1508

Justia Opinion Summary: The Gulfport Mississippi apartment complex was damaged in Hurricane Katrina. Its insurer, RSUI paid actual-cash-value proceeds. The parties began negotiating for additional replacement-cost proceeds. During negotiations,...

Larry Banks v. Hector Fuentes
Date: October 25, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1112
Carl Tisthammer v. Jeffery Walton
Date: October 25, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1165
USA v. Travis Davis
Date: October 25, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1595
Lawrence Smizer v. Community Mennonite Early Lear
Date: October 25, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1828
Willie Simpson v. Timothy Haines
Date: October 25, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2146
Alexander de Vryer v. Maryville Academy
Date: October 25, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2566
Williams v. City of Chicago  
Date: October 24, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3249

Justia Opinion Summary: Williams was returning home from work late at night. He smelled smoke, saw that his neighbor’s house was on fire, and went to the porch of the burning home to rouse anyone who might be inside. Chicago police officers O’B...

USA v. Kavlin Harris
Date: October 24, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3875
Lavalais v. Vill. of Melrose Park  
Date: October 24, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1200

Justia Opinion Summary: Lavalais is the only black police officer employed by the Village of Melrose Park, which has about 75 officers. He has been a Melrose Park officer for more than 20 years. In 2010, Lavalais filed a charge with the Equal E...

Perry v. City of Chicago  
Date: October 23, 2013
Docket Number: 10-3979

Justia Opinion Summary: Officers responded to reports of gunfire in a Chicago public housing complex. Two people stated that “gangbangers” were running guns and drugs into the building and pointed to apartment 501. No one answered when they kno...

United States v. Sawyer  
Date: October 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1912

Justia Opinion Summary: Convicted of sex trafficking in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1591(a), and sentenced to 50 years in prison. Sawyer admits that he forced at least seven girls whom he knew to be minors to work as prostitutes for his benefit. He...

Parish Golden v. Mark Stutleen
Date: October 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2060
Schuchman v. State Auto Prop. & Cas.Ins. Co.  
Date: October 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2751

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2000, the Schuchmans purchased homeowner’s insurance from State Auto to insure a residence in Junction City, Illinois. About 10 years later, a fire severely damaged the insured house and the Schuchmans made a claim ag...

USA v. Jason Hinton
Date: October 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2885
United States v. Orillo  
Date: October 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3128

Justia Opinion Summary: Orillo, her husband (a doctor), and another owned Chalice, a home health care provider. Chalice was an enrolled provider with Medicare and could seek reimbursement of home health care through that program. Orillo falsifi...

Johnathan Franklin v. John Burr
Date: October 23, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1154
Abdalla Alsagladi v. Eric Holder, Jr.
Date: October 23, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1649
USA v. Thetis Johnson
Date: October 23, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2094
Vladimir Gorokhovsky v. CIR
Date: October 22, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1110
Unted States v. Berkowitz  
Date: October 22, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1349

Justia Opinion Summary: The Berkowitz family has a history of IRS problems. Yair began participating in his father’s schemes in 1999, acquiring the information of dead people and federal prisoners to prepare fraudulent tax returns. Between 2003...

United States v. Philpot  
Date: October 22, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1465

Justia Opinion Summary: Philpot, former Clerk of Lake County, Indiana, took $25,000 in incentive payments from a federally funded child‐support fund (42 U.S.C. 658a(a)) without the required approval of the county fiscal body. The Indiana Depart...

Johnson v. Gen. Bd. of Pension & Health Benefits of the United Methodist Church  
Date: October 21, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1699

Justia Opinion Summary: Johnson was rejected for four promotions and was terminated in 2004, when her employer, General Board learned that Johnson had been recording conversations with co-workers without their consent. Johnson had filed charges...

USA v. Donald Anderson
Date: October 21, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1003
Julian v. Hanna  
Date: October 21, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1203

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2001 a burglar set fire to Frankton High School, causing millions of dollars in damages. According to the plaintiff, an officer coerced one of the suspects and others to accuse the plaintiff. The plaintiff was convic...

Thompson v. United States  
Date: October 18, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2814

Justia Opinion Summary: Thompson pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess and distribute cocaine and heroin, 21 U.S.C. 846, 841(a)(1), and was sentenced to 540 months in prison. The Seventh Circuit affirmed. Thompson then moved to vacate under 2...

Oneida Tribe of Indians of WI v. Village of Hobart, WI  
Date: October 18, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3419

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007 Hobart, Wisconsin passed an ordinance assessing stormwater management fees on all parcels in the village, including land owned by the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, an Indian tribe, to finance construction and opera...

USA v. Jeffrey Lowrance
Date: October 18, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3687
Transp. Workers Union of Am., AFL-CIO Local Unions v. Transp. Workers Union of Am., Int'l  
Date: October 18, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1722

Justia Opinion Summary: American Airlines filed for bankruptcy and implemented a plan to reduce labor costs. Anticipating a reduction in the number of AA mechanics, resulting in reduction in the number of Transportation Workers Union members, t...

Anil Goyal v. Gas Technology Institute
Date: October 17, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3756
Nancy Lott v. Carolyn W. Colvin
Date: October 17, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1180
Davis v. $304,980.00 in U. S. Currency  
Date: October 17, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1710

Justia Opinion Summary: Davis was driving his tractor‐trailer on I-70 through Illinois toward St. Louis. The sleeping compartment had a hidden compartment in which Davis was hiding $304,980 in cash. Davis passed an unmarked police vehicle con...

Manpower, Inc. v. Ins. Co. of the State of PA  
Date: October 16, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2688

Justia Opinion Summary: Manpower, an international staffing firm, is the parent of Right Management in Paris, France. A building in which Right leased space collapsed, so that Right’s offices were inaccessible. Right relocated without having ac...

Nancy Lott v. Carolyn W. Colvin
Date: October 16, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1180
Jasmina Tucovic v. Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P.
Date: October 16, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1751
Jasmina Tucovic v. Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P.
Date: October 16, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1752
USA v. Kenneth Conley
Date: October 16, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2263
Suzanne Aleshire v. Harris, N.A.
Date: October 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1735
Cordova-Soto v. Holder  
Date: October 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3392

Justia Opinion Summary: Soto entered the U.S. in 1978 as an infant and became a lawful permanent resident in 1991 at age 13. She was convicted of theft in 2002, of passing a worthless check in 2003, and of possessing methamphetamine in 2005, a...

USA v. Shannon Gregory
Date: October 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3440
USA v. Donald Cipra
Date: October 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3645
USA v. Eric Konrady
Date: October 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3855
United States v. Brown  
Date: October 11, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3313

Justia Opinion Summary: Brown was the office manager and accountant for Indiana small businesses owned by the Walker family from 1989 until 2009. The family discovered that Brown was embezzling by using company credit cards and checks to pay fo...

Mullin v. Temco Mach., Inc.  
Date: October 10, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1338

Justia Opinion Summary: Mullin began selling fire trucks and rescue equipment in 1990. In 2006, the employer’s new owner took an account away from Mullin because of criticism by a fire chief. In 2008 and 2009, Mullin won awards for selling the...

United States v. Spiller  
Date: October 10, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1459

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1989, Spiller, age 12, was found delinquent for attempted criminal sexual assault. He was convicted of aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm in 1995. In 2005, while on parole, Spiller...

Williams v. Milwaukee Health Servs., Inc.  
Date: October 10, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1608

Justia Opinion Summary: The pro se plaintiff sued her former employer, a private recipient of federal funding, alleging violation of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 794, by requiring her to complete certain duties as a dental assistan...

Bovee v. Broom  
Date: October 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1582

Justia Opinion Summary: Bovee contends that his sister, Broom, violated the due process clause when, in her role as guidance counselor at his children’s school, she criticized his parenting methods and called him a “bad father.” Bovee claims th...

Lyon Fin. Servs., Inc. v. IL Paper & Copier Co.  
Date: October 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2210

Justia Opinion Summary: Under a 2008 master contract, governed by Minnesota law, Lyon, a Minnesota finance firm, had a right of first refusal to provide lease financing for Illinois Paper’s customers. Lyon had the option to purchase office equi...

United States v. John  
Date: October 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3525

Justia Opinion Summary: Johns was indicted for possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. Count One alleged possession of a .20 caliber shotgun in July, Count Two alleged a .45 caliber rifle in September, and Count Three alleged a loaded .38...

Augutis v. Uniited States  
Date: October 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3536

Justia Opinion Summary: Augutis had reconstructive surgery on his foot at a VA hospital. Complications led to amputation of his leg. Augutis claims that the amputation was the result of negligent treatment and filed an administrative complaint...

United States v. Womack  
Date: October 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3877

Justia Opinion Summary: Womack, convicted of distributing more than five grams of crack cocaine, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(B), was sentenced to 360 months’ imprisonment. The Seventh Circuit vacated the sentence. On remand the district cour...

Consolidation Coal Co. v. Dir., Office of Workers' Comp. Programs  
Date: October 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1330

Justia Opinion Summary: Burris worked in coal mines for 23 years. He twice sought benefits under the Black Lung Benefits Act, 30 U.S.C. 901, abandoning his first claim in 2001, and pursuing a second claim in 2006. After a hearing on the second...

Axel Bertin Antonio v. Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Date: October 8, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1483
Jimenez v. City of Chicago  
Date: October 7, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2779

Justia Opinion Summary: At age 15 Jimenez was convicted of a murder he did not commit. He spent 16 years in prison before he was exonerated. He filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983 and state law against the City of Chicago and former Chicago detecti...

DeliverMed Holdings, LLC v. Michael Schaltenbrand
Date: October 7, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3773
Swift v. Medicate Pharm., Inc.  
Date: October 7, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3774

Justia Opinion Summary: Swift, Schaltenbrand, and Siddle entered into an informal partnership arrangement to operate a mail-order pharmacy, divide the profits from that business, and eventually sell the book of customers to another pharmacy. Af...

Clifton-Jerel Jones v. State of Indiana
Date: October 7, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2053
Salvador Garcia v. City of Chicago
Date: October 4, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3735
USA v. Donald Anderson
Date: October 4, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1003
USA v. Darius Howard
Date: October 4, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1256
United States v. Britton  
Date: October 3, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3711

Justia Opinion Summary: Brindley and Thompson entered appearances as counsel for one of two defendants charged with drug offenses. A joint trial was scheduled. Both moved for continuance; the court set a hearing and ordered defendants counsel t...

Schomas v. Astrue  
Date: October 3, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1197

Justia Opinion Summary: Schomas, 54 years old, suffers from scoliosis and degenerative disc disease. Following a hearing, the Social Security Administration denied his application for Disability Insurance Benefits. The district court and the Se...

USA v. Francis Sanchez
Date: October 2, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3297
Todd v. Collecto, Inc.  
Date: October 2, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3806

Justia Opinion Summary: Todd alleges that in 2012 he received a recorded telephone message from Collecto asking him to call and help the company locate his mother, Terry. He called; a Collecto representative told him that Terry owed AT&T money...

USA v. Trent Forte
Date: October 2, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1030
Robert Holland v. City of Gary, Indiana
Date: October 2, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1269
Jason Nieman v. Insurance Search Group
Date: October 2, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1739
Addison Automatics, Inc. v. Hartford Cas. Ins. Co.  
Date: October 2, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2729

Justia Opinion Summary: Addison filed a class action, alleging that Domino had sent thousands of “junk faxes” in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. 227, and the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act, and had committed the tort...

Truck Insurance Exchange v. CE Design Limited
Date: October 1, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3731
Williams v. Wahner  
Date: October 1, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1886

Justia Opinion Summary: In a pro se suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983 a prisoner alleges that officials of an Illinois jail willfully failed to prevent other inmates from assaulting him. The district judge conducted a telephonic “merit‐review hearing”...

USA v. Kileb Denderth
Date: October 1, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3309
Asuquo Esang v. Cook County
Date: October 1, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1059
Asuquo Esang v. Cook County
Date: October 1, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1219
Robert Holland v. City of Gary, Indiana
Date: October 1, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1269
USA v. Ronfredrick Boling
Date: October 1, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1316
Truck Ins. Exch. v. CE Design Ltd.  
Date: September 30, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3731

Justia Opinion Summary: CE is a small Chicago-area engineering firm that has filed at least 150 class action suits under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. In this case, CE sued Cy’s Crab House on behalf of a class of junk-fax recipients. T...

USA v. Jose Zuno, Jr.
Date: September 30, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1501
United States v. Zuno  
Date: September 30, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2382

Justia Opinion Summary: The Zuno brothers were charged as members of a conspiracy to possess cocaine and marijuana with the intent to distribute, 21 U.S.C. 846. Ismael also was charged in 19 cocaine distribution counts, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1); Jos...

Perez v. Thorntons, Inc.  
Date: September 30, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3669

Justia Opinion Summary: Perez worked for a gasoline and convenience store, 2005-2009, and was working as the store manager when she sold herself about $127 worth of candy bars for $12. She was fired for failure to “control cash and/or inventory...

Marva Brown v. City of Indianapolis Departmen
Date: September 30, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1244
Bahram Nasserizafar v. Indiana Department of Transpo
Date: September 30, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1827
Michael Sanders v. Illinois Department of Centra
Date: September 27, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3228
Joseph Delgado v. Robert Polk
Date: September 27, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3892
John Gibens v. Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicl
Date: September 27, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2383
United States v. Jin  
Date: September 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3013

Justia Opinion Summary: Jin, a naturalized American citizen of Chinese origin, with a bachelor’s degree in physics from a Chinese university and master’s degrees in physics and computer science from American universities, was employed as a Moto...

Adeoye Adebowale v. Wallace Griffith
Date: September 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3560
James Murray v. BOP
Date: September 26, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1108
Darrin Gruenberg v. Dustin Kingsland
Date: September 26, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1218
Corey Thomas v. USA
Date: September 26, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1442
Maria Herrera v. Illinois Bell Telephone Compa
Date: September 26, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1614
USA v. Charles Martin
Date: September 26, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1617
Kerry Brown v. Deanna Brookhart
Date: September 26, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1977
USA v. Charles Newcomb
Date: September 25, 2013
Docket Number: 10-3051
USA v. Alexandro Vega-Carrillo
Date: September 25, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1346
United States v. Williams  
Date: September 24, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3864

Justia Opinion Summary: Police responded to an anonymous 911 call reporting a group of 25 people acting loudly and displaying hand guns in a parking lot, but actually found a smaller group of individuals, none of whom appeared to be acting inap...

MacNeil Automotive Products Li v. Cannon Automotive Limited
Date: September 20, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1432
Marrocco v. Funds in the Amount of One Hundred Thousand, One Hundred Twenty Dollars.  
Date: September 19, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3706

Justia Opinion Summary: Fallon purchased a one‐way train ticket from Chicago to Seattle, causing DEA Agent Romano to suspect that Fallon might be a drug courier. Romano approached Fallon, who provided identification with an out-of-date address...

USA v. Chad Noble
Date: September 18, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1352
John Baugh v. Cuprum S.A. De C.V.  
Date: September 13, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2019

Justia Opinion Summary: Baugh suffered severe brain injury when the Cuprum ladder he was using to clean his gutters collapsed. In a suit, alleging defective design and negligence, there were no eyewitnesses, and, because of the injury, Baugh co...

USA v. Darius McGee
Date: September 13, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1047
Bolton v. Pierce  
Date: September 12, 2013
Docket Number: 10-3150

Justia Opinion Summary: Bolton was convicted of first degree murder for a 1994 shooting. On appeal, Bolton argued insufficient evidence; ineffective assistance of counsel for failing to join a stipulation between the state and a co‐defendant co...

Shameka Brown v. Fifth Third Bank
Date: September 12, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1781
Nunez v. BNSF Ry. Co.  
Date: September 11, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3018

Justia Opinion Summary: Madden had almost reached the railroad crossing when her car stalled. She re‐started it and drove onto the crossing; the car stalled again. The crossing gates began to descend, the warning lights began flashing, and the...

Unted States v. Hernandez  
Date: September 10, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1719

Justia Opinion Summary: Hernandez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, 21 U.S.C. 846, and two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1). At sentencing, the district court f...

United States v. Scott  
Date: September 10, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2962

Justia Opinion Summary: While executing a search warrant, police found illegal drugs and a firearm in Scott’s home. Scott was indicted for two drug offenses and two firearms offenses. The affidavit submitted to obtain the warrant described two...

Hughes v. Kore of IN Enters., Inc.  
Date: September 10, 2013
Docket Number: 13-8018

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendants, affiliated companies, owned ATMs in Indianapolis bars that were popular with college students. Plaintiffs filed a purported class action, based on violation of the Electronic Funds Transfer Act, 15 U.S.C....

Hooper v. Ryan  
Date: September 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1980

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1981, Hooper was convicted of three murders and sentenced to death. The Supreme Court of Illinois affirmed, but ordered a new penalty trial. That trial ended in another capital sentence, which was affirmed. State cour...

Artis Harris v. Kevwe Akpore
Date: September 9, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1018
USA v. Christopher Spears
Date: September 6, 2013
Docket Number: 11-1683
USA v. Samantha Johnson
Date: September 6, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3006
United States v. Gray  
Date: September 6, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3018

Justia Opinion Summary: Gray’s friend Johnson offered to act as co‐borrower to help Gray buy a house, if Gray promised that she would only be on the loan as a co‐borrower for two years. In return, Johnson received a finder’s fee from the daught...

Brooks v. Pactiv Corp.  
Date: September 6, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1155

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1999 Brooks, an assembly-line operator for Prairie Packaging, was seriously injured on the job and lost his left hand, wrist, and forearm. He filed a workers’ compensation claim seeking recovery for permanent and tota...

United States v. Hodge  
Date: September 6, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2458

Justia Opinion Summary: Evansville police received a tip that Hodge had sent text messages containing sexually explicit images of Hodge and a child. Under questioning, Hodge identified himself in the images. Police seized a computer and data s...

Peterson v. Somers Dublin, Ltd.  
Date: September 6, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2463

Justia Opinion Summary: After the mutual funds, known as the Lancelot or Colossus group, folded in 2008, the trustee in bankruptcy filed independent suits or adversary actions seeking to recover from solvent third parties, including the Funds’...

Ronald R. Peterson v. Castle Creek Fund, LP
Date: September 6, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2464
United States v. Eads  
Date: September 6, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2466

Justia Opinion Summary: Eads, age 26, was charged with possession and distribution of child pornography and tampering with a potential witness. The district court cautioned him, but he chose to represent himself and stipulated that the images c...

Ronald Peterson v. Ozcar Multi Strategies LLC
Date: September 6, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2493
Ronald Peterson v. Ozcar Multi Strategies LLC
Date: September 6, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2494
Ronald Peterson v. Castle Creek International Fun
Date: September 6, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2495
Weigle SPX Corp.  
Date: September 6, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3024

Justia Opinion Summary: Weigle and Moore were experienced mechanics employed by Truckers 24‐Hour in Indianapolis; they undertook a job to rebuild the braking system on a semi‐truck trailer. The trailer somehow moved as both were working underne...

John Moore, II v. SPX Corporation
Date: September 6, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3025
Peterson v. Winston & Strawn, LLP  
Date: September 6, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3512

Justia Opinion Summary: After the mutual funds, known as the Lancelot or Colossus group, folded in 2008, the trustee in bankruptcy filed independent suits or adversary actions seeking to recover from solvent third parties, including the Funds’...

United States v. Claybrooks  
Date: September 5, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1413

Justia Opinion Summary: The FBI obtained court orders for wiretaps on two of Atkins’s phones and began recording his telephone conversations. Agents intercepted several calls between Atkins and Claybrooks, concerning the details of various coca...

USA v. James Ray
Date: September 5, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3319
Maus v. Baker  
Date: September 5, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2420

Justia Opinion Summary: The inmate filed suit against prison officials under 42 U.S.C. 1983 for using excessive force on multiple occasions. The trial court dismissed. He sought an order that he be given the trial transcript for free, to aid hi...

United States v. Phillips  
Date: September 4, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3822

Justia Opinion Summary: After being rejected for a mortgage because Hall had a bankruptcy and their joint income was too low, Hall and Phillips applied with Bowling, a mortgage broker, under the “stated income loan program.” Bowling prepared an...

USA v. Erin Hall
Date: September 4, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3824
Quad/Graphics Incorporated v. One2One Communications LLC
Date: September 4, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2558
Quad/Graphics, Incorporated v. One2One Communications LLC
Date: September 4, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2620
USA v. Fernandez White
Date: September 3, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1322
Wilson v. Career Educ. Corp,  
Date: August 30, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2383

Justia Opinion Summary: Wilson worked as an admissions representative, recruiting students to enroll in CEC’s culinary arts college. CEC admissions representatives worked under a contract that gave them a bonus for each student they recruited,...

United States v. Ghiassi  
Date: August 30, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3596

Justia Opinion Summary: ATF agent Foreman investigated Wiseman’s purchase of eight handguns at Indiana outdoor‐gear retail stores. Wiseman told Foreman that she purchased the guns for Ghiassi, who was prohibited from possessing firearms because...

United States v. Howard  
Date: August 30, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1256

Justia Opinion Summary: Wiza was staking out a parking lot, to arrest Johnson for an attack at a bar and as a suspect in a recent shooting. A van known to be associated with Johnson arrived. Johnson exited the vehicle with Carthans; Wiza exite...

Elouise Bradley v. Wisconsin Department of Childr
Date: August 30, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1609
Mannie Maddox v. Wexford Health Sources, Incorp
Date: August 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1810
Gregory Gordon v. J. Van Hollen
Date: August 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2504
USA v. Nimionwantue Idahor
Date: August 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2576
Laskin v. Siegel  
Date: August 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3041

Justia Opinion Summary: Laskin worked for Jefco from 1966-1974 and participated in the company pension plan, accumulating a fully vested retirement account balance of $5,976.09. Soon after she left the company Laskin contacted Siegel, a trustee...

Aponte v. City of Chicago  
Date: August 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3099

Justia Opinion Summary: Aponte sued four officers under 42 U.S.C. 1983 for a search in violation of the Fourth Amendment. He brought one claim against each officer for unreasonably executing a warrant, and one against each for failing to preven...

Laskin v. Siegel  
Date: August 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3153

Justia Opinion Summary: Laskin worked for Jefco from 1966-1974 and participated in the company pension plan, accumulating a fully vested retirement account balance of $5,976.09. Soon after she left the company Laskin contacted Siegel, a trustee...

USA v. Norma Leonard-Allen
Date: August 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3299
USA v. Walter Stern , III
Date: August 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3663
USA v. Ivan Thomas
Date: August 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3702
USA v. Darin Davenport
Date: August 29, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1397
USA v. Randy Ramirez
Date: August 29, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1809
Corey H. v. Chicago Board of Education
Date: August 28, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2834
Watson v. King-Vassel  
Date: August 28, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3671

Justia Opinion Summary: After researching qui tam actions and meeting with an attorney, Dr. Watson placed an ad in a Sheboygan newspaper soliciting minor Medicaid patients who had been prescribed certain psychotropic medications. The ad referre...

Salim v. Holder  
Date: August 28, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3858

Justia Opinion Summary: Salim, an Indonesian citizen of Chinese ethnicity and Christian faith, claims that while living in Indonesia as a teenager, he endured ongoing harassment from Muslim students at nearby public schools because of his Chine...

United States v. Iacona  
Date: August 27, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1632

Justia Opinion Summary: Iacona worked as a process server for D&L, an investigation service owned by Clymer and agreed to purchase the business. Clymer structured the arrangement so that she would retain ownership of the business while Iacona p...

United States v. Medina  
Date: August 27, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1930

Justia Opinion Summary: After a search of Medina’s garage revealed 9.5 kilograms of cocaine, packaging materials, $124,124 in cash, and $51,890 worth of jewelry, Medina pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and possession of cocaine w...

Bridewell v. Eberle  
Date: August 27, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2738

Justia Opinion Summary: After a collision, the driver of the struck vehicle chased the fleeing vehicle (Chandler), who turned into a dead-end alley. Rhodes, accompanied by Bridewell, Manuel, and Watkins, pulled up behind him and confronted Chan...

Carl Gallo v. Adrian Feinerman
Date: August 27, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3073
Frederick Grede v. Bank of New York Mellon Corpor
Date: August 26, 2013
Docket Number: 10-3787
Frederick Grede v. Bank of New York Mellon Corp.
Date: August 26, 2013
Docket Number: 10-3990
In re Sentinel Mgmt. Grp., Inc.  
Date: August 26, 2013
Docket Number: 11-1123

Justia Opinion Summary: Before its 2007 bankruptcy, Sentinel was an investment manager. Its customers were not typical investors; most were futures commission merchants (FCMs), which operate in the commodity industry like to the securities indu...

Holtzman v. Turza  
Date: August 26, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3188

Justia Opinion Summary: Attorney Turza sent out a fax, titled the “Daily Plan-It,” containing business advice. The fax was sent to CPAs who were not Turza’s clients, about every two weeks. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, 47 U.S.C...

Bond v. Atkinson  
Date: August 26, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3275

Justia Opinion Summary: Bond was shot three times by her husband, who then killed himself. She survived and filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, acknowledging that the state is not obliged to protect residents from crime but arguing that when the s...

Stephanie Bond v. Dan Walsh
Date: August 26, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3559
Ira Holtzman v. Gregory Turza
Date: August 26, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3746
Rogers v. Comm'r of Internal Revenue  
Date: August 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2652

Justia Opinion Summary: The Tax Court found that in 2003 Rogers and his wife failed without justification to report $984,655 of taxable income attributable to income of PPI, an S corporation wholly owned by Rogers, and to a distribution that he...

Superior Trading, LLC v. CIR
Date: August 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3367
Superior Trading, LLC v. CIR
Date: August 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3368
Superior Trading, LLC v. CIR
Date: August 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3369
Superior Trading, LLC v. Comm'r of Internal Revenue  
Date: August 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3370

Justia Opinion Summary: The Tax Court upheld the IRS’ disallowance of losses claimed by various LLCs that had been created by a tax attorney as tax shelters and a 40 percent penalty for a “gross valuation misstatement,” 26 U.S.C. 6662(a). An LL...

Superior Trading, LLC v. CIR
Date: August 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3371
Mach Mining, LLC v. Sec'y of Labor, Mine Safety & Health Admin.  
Date: August 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3598

Justia Opinion Summary: Mach operates an Illinois underground coal mine, using the “longwall” method, which begins with drilling tunnels for ventilation and access. A machine then shears coal from the wall and transports it out of the mine. Mac...

United States v. Hacha  
Date: August 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2142

Justia Opinion Summary: Hacha and his wife, Solano, extorted money from Solano’s former boyfriend, Tenorio. Hacha told Tenorio that he had kidnapped Solano and her children and would harm them and would harm Tenorio and Tenorio’s parents unless...

BCS Services, Incorporated v. BG Investments, Incorporated
Date: August 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3235
Phoenix Bond & Indemnity Comp v. BG Investments, Incorporated
Date: August 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3241
Phoenix Bond & Indemnity Comp v. MD Sass Investors Services, In
Date: August 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3281
Phoenix Bond & Indemnity Comp v. MD Sass Investors Services, In
Date: August 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3292
Phoenix Bond & Indemnity Comp v. MD Sass Investors Services, In
Date: August 23, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1052
BCS Services, Incorporated v. MD Sass Investors Services, In
Date: August 23, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1055
BCS Services, Incorporated v. BG Investments, Incorporated
Date: August 23, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1056
Phoenix Bond & Indemnity Comp v. BG Investments, Incorporated
Date: August 23, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1060
Phoenix Bond & Indemnity Comp v. MD Sass Investors Services, In
Date: August 23, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1433
BCS Servs., Inc. v. BG Inv., Inc.  
Date: August 23, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1435

Justia Opinion Summary: When a Cook County, Illinois property owner fails to timely pay property, the amount of tax past due becomes a lien on the property. The county sells tax liens at auctions, with bids stated as percentages of the taxes pa...

BCS Services, Incorporated v. BG Investments, Incorporated
Date: August 23, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1449
BCS Services, Incorporated v. BG Investments, Incorporated
Date: August 23, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1450
Walker v. Trailer Transit, Inc.  
Date: August 23, 2013
Docket Number: 13-8015

Justia Opinion Summary: Representing a class of truck owner-operators, Walker sued Trailer Transit, a broker of trucking services, for breach of contract in Indiana state court. Trailer Transit removed the suit to federal court under the Class...

USA v. Michael Jackson
Date: August 22, 2013
Docket Number: 11-1321
Larry Butler v. Sears, Roebuck & Company
Date: August 22, 2013
Docket Number: 11-8029
Acute Care Specialists II v. United States  
Date: August 22, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1212

Justia Opinion Summary: During the 1970s and 1980s, American Agri‐Corp organized several limited partnerships, for which the company served as general partner. American solicited high‐income individuals to serve as limited partners, investing i...

Butlerl v. Sears, Roebuck & Co.  
Date: August 22, 2013
Docket Number: 12-8030

Justia Opinion Summary: Buyers of Sears washing machines complained of a defect that causes mold, others complained of a control unit defect that stops the machine inopportunely. The district court denied certification of the class complaining...

Rosiles-Camarena v. Holder  
Date: August 21, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3086

Justia Opinion Summary: Camarena, a Mexican citizen, was admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence in 1977, at age 10. He did not become a citizen. After a felony conviction for indecent solicitation of a minor, his permanent-residence statu...

Sharif v. Wellness Int'l Network  
Date: August 21, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1349

Justia Opinion Summary: After entry of a judgment of $650,000 in the Northern District of Texas as a sanction for failure to engage in discovery, Sharif filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in the Northern District of Illinois. WIN, a judgment credit...

TKK USA, Incorporated v. Safety National Casualty Corp
Date: August 21, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1988
TKK USA, Inc. v. Safety Nat'l Cas. Corp.  
Date: August 21, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2091

Justia Opinion Summary: Safety National sold an excess liability insurance policy to TKK, to cover excess losses resulting from liability imposed “by the Workers’ Compensation or Employers’ Liability Laws” of Illinois. The widow of a former TKK...

Louis Capra v. Cook County Board of Review
Date: August 21, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2540
Satkar Hospitality, Incorporat v. Cook County Board of Review
Date: August 21, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2848
Satkar Hospitality, Inc. v. Rogers  
Date: August 21, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3116

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, a political blog and a Chicago television station began reporting that Illinois State Rep. Froehlich offered his constituents reductions in county property taxes in exchange for political favors. The reports hig...

Pippen v. NBC Universal Media LLC  
Date: August 21, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3294

Justia Opinion Summary: Scottie Pippen won six championship rings with the Chicago Bulls and was named to the National Basketball Association’s list of the 50 greatest players in its history. Since he retired in 2004, he has lost much of the fo...

Gloria Swanson v. Baker & McKenzie
Date: August 21, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1740
McElvaney v. Pollard  
Date: August 20, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2357

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005, 10‐year‐old “Jessica” reported that she had been sexually assaulted by a man named “Ron” several years earlier. Based on her description, where she lived at the time, and the sleeping arrangements of the home, J...

Currie v. Chhabra  
Date: August 20, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2709

Justia Opinion Summary: Okoro was arrested without a warrant on suspicion of a misdemeanor property crime. For unknown reasons, Okoro never received a “Gerstein hearing” to determine probable cause during his two months of incarceration. Okoro,...

USA v. Terrence Vance
Date: August 20, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3707
Scott Wallis v. Executive Committee of the Uni
Date: August 20, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3789
Deborah Cooney v. Rhonda Casady
Date: August 19, 2013
Docket Number: 10-3842
Cooney v. Casady  
Date: August 19, 2013
Docket Number: 11-1757

Justia Opinion Summary: Cooney divorced; she obtained sole custody of their sons. Later, her ex‐husband petitioned for change of custody. A court‐appointed expert diagnosed Cooney as having Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, in which a person produc...

Green. v. Huibregtse  
Date: August 19, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3121

Justia Opinion Summary: Norman Green was convicted of first-degree murder. While an inmate, Green decided to adopt a spiritual name: Prince Atum-Ra Uhuru Mutawakkil. Atum-Ra was an Egyptian deity representing a fusion of the gods Atum and Ra; u...

Obriecht v. Thurmer  
Date: August 16, 2013
Docket Number: 08-1641

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1999 Obriecht was convicted of attempted second‐degree sexual assault of a child, five counts of fourth‐degree sexual assault and one count of disorderly conduct and sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment and probatio...

USA v. Marvin Peugh
Date: August 16, 2013
Docket Number: 10-2184
Boika v. Holder  
Date: August 16, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3655

Justia Opinion Summary: Boika, a Belarusian citizen, entered the U.S. legally in 2006, but overstayed. At her removal proceedings, she applied for asylum under 8 U.S.C. 1158, withholding of removal under 8 U.S.C. 1231(b)(3), and relief pursuant...

USA v. Tyrone Kirklin
Date: August 16, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2765
Larry Hayes v. Roger Walker, Jr.
Date: August 16, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2799
USA v. Gary Cheetham
Date: August 16, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3197
Westmoreland Cnty. Emps. Retirement Sys. v. Parkinson  
Date: August 16, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3342

Justia Opinion Summary: Baxter’s Colleague Infusion Pump, an electronic device used to deliver intravenous fluids to patients, was known to have a range of defects. The FDA sent Baxter warning letters. Baxter’s response was not satisfactory. In...

Frey Corp. v. City of Peoria  
Date: August 16, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3571

Justia Opinion Summary: Frey has owned the Peoria commercial property, which contains a shopping center, for more than 40 years, without prior incident. In 2009, a tenant, ShopRite, was found to be illegally selling Viagra without a licensed ph...

USA v. Ann Piper
Date: August 16, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3705
United States v. Evans  
Date: August 16, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3726

Justia Opinion Summary: Evans, convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2), and of possessing cocaine and marijuana with intent to distribute it, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(C), and (b)(1)(D), was se...

Healix Infusion Therapy, Inc. v. HHI Infusion Servs., Inc..  
Date: August 16, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3768

Justia Opinion Summary: Healix and HHI compete in the business of infusion therapy services: administration of substances such as pharmaceuticals intravenously or by any method other than ingestion. Some medical care providers offer these servi...

Kaufman v. Pugh  
Date: August 16, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1009

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit previously held that Kaufman’s request to form an atheist prison study groups must be treated as a request for a “religious” group rather than a nonreligious activity group. Kaufman was later moved to...

Slimmarie Perrywatson v. UAL
Date: August 16, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1247
Willie Simpson v. Scott Walker
Date: August 16, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1720
Susan Shott v. Vedder Price
Date: August 16, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1732
Martins Ocholi v. Wal-Mart Stores, Incorporated
Date: August 16, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1887
United States v. Simon  
Date: August 15, 2013
Docket Number: 11-1837

Justia Opinion Summary: Simon is a CPA, a professor of accounting, and an entrepreneur “whose business dealings require a flowchart to unravel” and included managing three foreign companies. For tax years 2003 through 2006, the Simon family rec...

Kathy Horvath v. West Bend Mutual Insurance Co
Date: August 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1520
USA v. Maurice Maxwell
Date: August 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1809
United States v. Kirklin  
Date: August 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2765

Justia Opinion Summary: Kirklin asked Jones whether she wanted to help rob a bank. Kirklin promised it would be “easy,” showed her two firearms he had stashed in his van, and Jones agreed to participate. They were caught. A jury convicted Kirkl...

USA v. Darren Dunham
Date: August 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2858
WI Res. Prot. Council v. Flambeau Mining Co.  
Date: August 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2969

Justia Opinion Summary: The Wisconsin DNR decided to terminate a separate Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) permit for Flambeau’s mining operation and to regulate Flambeau’s storm water discharge under its mining permit, allowing m...

Wisconsin Resources Protection v. Flambeau Mining Company
Date: August 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3434
Vincent Piscopo v. State Farm Insurance
Date: August 15, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1300
United States v. Volpentesta  
Date: August 14, 2013
Docket Number: 11-2187

Justia Opinion Summary: Volpentesta owned and operated a construction business and used the company to defraud customers, investors, subcontractors, and the government. Charged with six counts of mail and wire fraud and 17 counts of federal tax...

United States v. Rosen  
Date: August 14, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2101

Justia Opinion Summary: Rosen, as owner of Kully Construction, submitted a development plan to the city of East St. Louis for a $5,624,050 affordable housing project to be constructed with a combination of private and public funds: $800,000 in...

Liles v. Motorola Solutions, Inc.  
Date: August 14, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2339

Justia Opinion Summary: A class of Motorola investors claimed that, during 2006, the firm made false statements to disguise its inability to deliver a competitive mobile phone that could employ 3G protocols. When the problem became public, the...

Eric Silverman v. Motorola, Incorporated
Date: August 14, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2354
USA v. Charles Austin
Date: August 14, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3175
Pouhova v. Holder  
Date: August 13, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1665

Justia Opinion Summary: Pouhova is a Bulgarian citizen who entered the U.S. on a student visa in 1999. She overstayed her visa, married a U.S. citizen and applied for an adjustment of status. She was charged as removeable for assisting an alien...

Brandon Stollings v. Ryobi Technologies, Inc.
Date: August 13, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2984
Pamela Thomas v. Carolyn W. Colvin
Date: August 13, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3354
Andre Harrison v. Deere & Company
Date: August 13, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3452
USA v. Reginald Purvis
Date: August 13, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3856
USA v. Jose Gonzalez-Zavala
Date: August 12, 2013
Docket Number: 11-2877
Minor Scott, III v. Chuhak & Tecson, PC
Date: August 12, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3449
United States v. Brown  
Date: August 12, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2743

Justia Opinion Summary: Brown was convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and sentenced to nearly 25 years in prison. The Seventh Circuit affirmed, rejecting Brown’s claim that he was only a customer to his suppliers, not a co-conspirator...

USA v. Victor Johnson
Date: August 12, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3092
Neri v. Monroe  
Date: August 12, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3204

Justia Opinion Summary: Neri designed a glass sculpture that Architectural Building Arts (ABA) installed in the ceiling of the entrance to Hughes’s Madison condominium. Sager designed lighting for the area. With Hughes’s consent, Ferguson took...

Belbachir v. McHenry Cnty., IL  
Date: August 12, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1002

Justia Opinion Summary: Belbachir, an Algerian citizen, 27 years old, entered the U.S. as a visitor in 2004. She overstayed and, in 2005, flew from Chicago to England, where immigration authorities returned her to Chicago. She was placed in the...

Cece v. Holder  
Date: August 9, 2013
Docket Number: 11-1989

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, using a fake Italian passport, came to the U.S. in 2002, at age 23. Less than a year later, she applied for asylum and withholding of removal, claiming that she feared returning to Albania because, as a youn...

Hurlow v. United States  
Date: August 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1374

Justia Opinion Summary: A child services case worker and detectives went to the home Hurlow shared with his fiancée, Funk, to check on Funk’s children. Hurlow claims that he requested that they leave unless they had a search warrant; the detect...

Bates v. City of Chicago  
Date: August 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1500

Justia Opinion Summary: Bates, a black firefighter, joined the Chicago Fire Department in 1977 and rose through the ranks. In 2000, Fire Commissioner Joyce appointed Bates to one of seven District Chief positions. A District Chief is a member o...

United States v. Kennedy  
Date: August 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2630

Justia Opinion Summary: Kennedy pleaded guilty to mail fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1341, wire fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1343, and threatening an informant, 18 U.S.C. 1513(b), for his role in a scheme to sell counterfeit art online and at art shows. At sentencing h...

Ruppert v. Alliant Energy Cash Balance Pension Plan  
Date: August 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3067

Justia Opinion Summary: Participants in a cash balance defined benefit pension plan filed a purported class action, alleging that the plan violated ERISA, 29 U.S.C. 1132(a)(1)(B), and seeking recovery of benefits denied the participants as a co...

Hester v. IN Dep't of Health  
Date: August 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3207

Justia Opinion Summary: Hester, a white male, began working for the Department’s laboratory in 1994. In 2007 he was reprimanded for failing to timely report test results. Hester later applied for promotion. Liu interviewed him, but chose anothe...

USA v. Jose Maciel
Date: August 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3218
Melvin Newman v. Michael Atchinson  
Date: August 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3725

Justia Opinion Summary: After Newman, then 16 years old, turned himself in to police and was arrested, his mother told Newman’s attorney that her son was a “special child” who attended a “school for the handicapped, the mental school.” She gave...

Xuelai Li v. Eric Holder, Jr.
Date: August 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3886
USA v. Matthew Smith-Meck
Date: August 9, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1466
Wachovia Sec., LLC v. Loop Corp.  
Date: August 8, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3860

Justia Opinion Summary: Greenblatt, the “bad boy of Chicago arbitrage” became involved in litigation concerning use of his “web of corporations,” including Loop Corporation and Banco. In 2000, Banco extended a $9.9 million line of credit in e...

Johnson v. Koppers, Inc.  
Date: August 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2561

Justia Opinion Summary: Johnson, an African-American woman, was employed at Koppers’ plant from 1995 until her termination in 2008. She had been disciplined for sleeping at her desk in the laboratory, for smoking in the lunch room, for not punc...

Bank of America, N.A. v. Knight  
Date: August 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2698

Justia Opinion Summary: Bank of America lost approximately $34 million when the Knight companies went bankrupt. BOA sued, claiming that Knight’s directors and managers looted the firm and that its accountants failed to detect the embezzlement....

Carter v. Hodge  
Date: August 8, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2243

Justia Opinion Summary: Carter, an Illinois prison inmate, sought habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. 2254. His petition was transferred to Illinois in June, 2010. On December 5, having heard nothing about the status of his case, Carter inquired. The...

Abbott v. Lockheed Martin Corp.  
Date: August 7, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3736

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs claim that Lockheed breached its fiduciary duty to its retirement savings plan, under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, 29 U.S.C. 1132(a)(2). The Plan is a defined-contribution plan, (401(k)); emplo...

Crosby v. Cooper B-Line, Inc.  
Date: August 7, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1054

Justia Opinion Summary: Part of Crosby’s finger was amputated while using a “kicking method” of removing metal from bundles. His employer, Cooper, discouraged that method as dangerous. Crosby claimed medical and temporary total disability benef...

Papazoglou v. Holder  
Date: August 6, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2372

Justia Opinion Summary: Papazoglou, a citizen of Greece, entered the U.S. on a visitor’s visa in 1986. In 1987, he married a U.S. citizen, Hariklia, and adjusted his status to lawful permanent resident in 1990. He has four children. In 2008, Pa...

USA v. Carl McMahan
Date: August 6, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3291
Anthony Cooper v. Asset Acceptance, LLC
Date: August 6, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3482
Norman Bernstein v. Patricia Bankert
Date: August 5, 2013
Docket Number: 11-1501
Norman Bernstein v. Auto Owners Mutual Insurance C
Date: August 5, 2013
Docket Number: 11-1523
Scott v. Chuhak & Tecson, PC  
Date: August 5, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3449

Justia Opinion Summary: The Kivers retained C&T, an Illinois law firm, to prepare trusts to benefit their daughters, Diane and Maureen, among others. Maureen and Diane each served as trustee of various trusts. Maureen died in 2007. Her husband,...

Margulis v. Holder  
Date: August 5, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3611

Justia Opinion Summary: Canadian immigration officers refused to allow Margulis to “enter” Canada, but when he attempted to return, U.S. customs officers discovered that he had a criminal record and placed him in removal proceedings under 8 U.S...

USA v. Lynn Rowe
Date: August 2, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3177
Terrence Barber v. City of Chicago, et al  
Date: August 2, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2562

Justia Opinion Summary: In December, 2005, Chicago police officers Malaniuk and Shields arrested then-14-year-old Barber. Barber claims that the arrest was without probable cause and that Malaniuk used excessive force in shoving him into a hold...

Chrzanowski v. Bianchi  
Date: August 2, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2811

Justia Opinion Summary: From 2006 until he was fired in 2011, Chrzanowski was an assistant state’s attorney. In 2011, a special prosecutor began investigating Chrzanowski’s boss, Bianchi. Bianchi allegedly had improperly influenced cases involv...

Kurtis B. v. Kopp  
Date: August 2, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2818

Justia Opinion Summary: Six-year-old D.B. and five-year-old twins C.C. and her brother W.C., were “playing doctor” in D.B.’s backyard when the twins’ mother arrived. She interpreted D.B.’s conduct as a sexual assault of her daughter and reporte...

Zambrano v. Holder  
Date: August 2, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2882

Justia Opinion Summary: Reyes, a citizen of Mexico, entered the U.S. in 1979 and was granted lawful permanent resident status in 1989. In 1993, he pled guilty to two felony counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a minor. He was sentenced to six m...

Stollings v. Ryobi Techs., Inc.  
Date: August 2, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2984

Justia Opinion Summary: Stollings lost his index finger and portions of other fingers in a table saw accident and sued Ryobi, the saw’s manufacturer, alleging defective design because it failed to equip the saw with either a riving knife, a sma...

KM Enters. Inc. v. Global Traffic Techs., Inc.  
Date: August 2, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3406

Justia Opinion Summary: KME and GTT are competitors in the specialized market for devices that permit emergency vehicles to send a signal that preempts traffic lights and allows the vehicle to pass through an intersection with, rather than agai...

Citizens Health Corp. v. Sebelius  
Date: August 2, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3924

Justia Opinion Summary: Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, Indiana is a municipal corporation that operates a major hospital and other facilities, including a health center operated in partnership with Citizens Health to serve th...

Peel v. Peel  
Date: August 2, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1547

Justia Opinion Summary: Gary and Deborah divorced in 2003 and agreed to a marital settlement. Gary purchased an annuity, to pay him $200 per month until his death; the settlement required him to pay her “$200 per month…in lieu of her interest i...

McGee v. Adams  
Date: August 1, 2013
Docket Number: 11-2666

Justia Opinion Summary: McGee was convicted of rape, home invasion, aggravated battery, and burglary, and was incarcerated in Illinois from 1980 until 2005, when, pursuant to the Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act, 725 ILCS 207/1, he was c...

United States v. Stokes  
Date: August 1, 2013
Docket Number: 11-2734

Justia Opinion Summary: Stokes was a public school teacher for more than 10 years. In 2000, he pleaded no contest to a charge of misdemeanor battery for indecently touching two boys who were his students. Stokes was sentenced to probation, with...

Weddington v. Finnan  
Date: August 1, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3303

Justia Opinion Summary: Weddington was convicted in two separate Indiana state trials of four counts of rape, two counts of criminal confinement, one count of criminal deviate conduct, and one count of robbery. He was sentenced to 133 years’ im...

Tradesmen International, Incor v. John Black
Date: August 1, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3715
United States v. Lee  
Date: August 1, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1718

Justia Opinion Summary: Hurt was a retail seller of crack cocaine, assisted by Holcomb and Clardy. The government, led to the group by a customer (Pickett), believed that Lee was one of Hurt’s suppliers. Controlled purchases, along with discove...

Tradesmen Int'l, Inc. v. Black  
Date: August 1, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2032

Justia Opinion Summary: Four upper-level managers at Tradesmen, a construction staffing company, formed a competing company in 2009. Tradesmen filed suit alleging breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential informatio...

United States v. Stinefast  
Date: August 1, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2435

Justia Opinion Summary: Stinefast delivered a compact disc full of child pornography to an FBI informant; he was arrested and his home was searched. Agents discovered Stinefast’s collection of more than 190,000 images of child pornography, incl...

DeGuelle v. Camilli  
Date: August 1, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2541

Justia Opinion Summary: DeGuelle, an accountant, worked from 1997 to 2009 in the tax department of S.C. Johnson & Son. He alleges that during his employment he discovered that the company had committed tax fraud. The company fired him. He took...

Lippert Tile Co., Inc. v. Int'l Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen  
Date: August 1, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2658

Justia Opinion Summary: The Lippert tile installation business employs union workers. Some customers require or prefer union workers for tile installation projects, but others prefer nonunion labor. In 2004 the Lipperts created a new tile insta...

United States v. Davis  
Date: August 1, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2769

Justia Opinion Summary: Davis was convicted of three Milwaukee-area bank robberies, 18 U.S.C. 2113(a). Four robberies were committed in a similar fashion and surveillance photos also suggested that the robberies had been committed by the same i...

Abdoulaye v. Holder  
Date: August 1, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3023

Justia Opinion Summary: Abdoulaye, a citizen of Niger, entered the U.S. on a nonimmigrant visa in 2002 and, several months later, sought asylum, withholding of removal, 8 U.S.C. 1231 and protection under the Convention Against Torture, claiming...

Dana Alfreds v. SSA
Date: August 1, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3199
Williams v. Dieball  
Date: August 1, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3348

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, Williams was pulled over for allegedly running a stop sign. Because he had no proof of insurance, he and his car were taken to a Chicago police station. The next day, officers approached Williams on the street a...

Anthony Hill v. Martha Johnson  
Date: August 1, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3447

Justia Opinion Summary: Hill, an African American, began working for the General Services Administration in 2008 through the Federal Career Intern Program. Realizing that his Master’s degree entitled him to a higher pay rate, he filed a complai...

Yasinskky v. Holder  
Date: August 1, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3561

Justia Opinion Summary: Yasinskyy, a Ukrainian citizen came to the U.S. in 2007 with an H-2B nonimmigrant visa, sponsored by a New York company for work as a temporary employee at a grocery store, 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H); 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(h). A...

Marcus Morgan v. SVT, LLC, et al  
Date: August 1, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3589

Justia Opinion Summary: SVT hired Morgan, an African-American, to work as a security guard at one of its Ultra grocery stores. Morgan had previously worked security for a grocery store that previously occupied the location and at Home Depot. Mo...

Pactiv Corp. v. Rupert  
Date: August 1, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3704

Justia Opinion Summary: Reynolds acquired Pactiv in 2010 under an agreement that calls for severance pay to any non‐union employee terminated without cause, within a year, as a result of the acquisition. Pactiv established a severance‐pay plan...

Pactiv Corporation v. Chad Rupert
Date: August 1, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3804
United States v. Rabiu  
Date: August 1, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3884

Justia Opinion Summary: abiu worked as a bank teller, 2003-2007. He searched account records for account holders with balances exceeding $100,000, then stole their information and, along with codefendants, compromised that information to divert...

Hawkins v. United States  
Date: July 31, 2013
Docket Number: 11-1245

Justia Opinion Summary: Hawkins has a long history of violent crimes, gun offenses, escapes, drug use, and violations of supervised release. In 2003 he assaulted U.S. marshals and pleaded guilty to violent assault with a weapon that inflicted b...

Bernstein v. Bankert  
Date: July 31, 2013
Docket Number: 11-1501

Justia Opinion Summary: Third Site is a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) site that was part of a larger area, under common ownership by the Bankerts, used for recycling industrial wastes. Cleanup ini...

Norman Bernstein v. Auto Owners Mutual Insurance C
Date: July 31, 2013
Docket Number: 11-1523
Kagan v. Kagan  
Date: July 31, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1840

Justia Opinion Summary: Allen suffered a fatal heart attack in 2009, leaving a wife of three years, Arlene, and three adult children from a previous marriage. At the time of Allen’s death, his daughter and her children lived with Allen and Arle...