2013 Seventh Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

Opinions 501 - 1000 of 1255

Zivkovic v. Holder  
Date: July 31, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2143

Justia Opinion Summary: Zivkovic, a Serbian, was admitted to the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident in 1966. In 1976, he pleaded guilty to burglary and received a sentence of two to six years. In 1978, he was convicted of attempted rape and wa...

Nereida Mendez v. Republic Bank
Date: July 31, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2585
United States v. Sabo  
Date: July 31, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2700

Justia Opinion Summary: U.S. Marshals knocked on Sabo’s trailer door attempting to locate a fugitive, Sabo’s stepson. When Sabo opened the door, they noticed a strong odor of marijuana. Sabo denied that his stepson was there. Asked whether he w...

ADT Security Services, Incorpo v. Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protectio
Date: July 31, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2925
ADT Sec. Servs., Inc. v. Chicago Metro. Fire Prevention Co.  
Date: July 31, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2981

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009 the Fire Protection District passed an ordinance under which it took over fire alarm monitoring for all commercial properties in the District. Private alarm companies that had previously provided that service sue...

Adeyeye v. Heartland Sweeteners, LLC  
Date: July 31, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3820

Justia Opinion Summary: Adeyeye, a native of Nigeria, moved to the U.S. in 2008. He requested several weeks of unpaid leave so he could travel to Nigeria to lead his father’s burial rites. He explained that his participation in the funeral cere...

United States v. Robinson  
Date: July 31, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3874

Justia Opinion Summary: Robinson, the subject of an anonymous tip to Chicago police, was asleep on his grandmother’s living room sofa when officers conducted an early-morning search of her apartment, looking for evidence that Robinson was selli...

USA v. Gregory Blalock
Date: July 31, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1539
United States v. Brown  
Date: July 30, 2013
Docket Number: 11-2737

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant remained in the driver’s seat of his vehicle during a staged drug transaction involving an undercover officer. His loaded gun was found in a secret compartment in the vehicle, at a distance from where defendant...

Taylor v. Dexhiemer  
Date: July 30, 2013
Docket Number: 11-2855

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2002, Taylor was convicted on eight counts for initiating inappropriate relationships with children. After trial, Taylor’s retained attorney withdrew. With new counsel, Taylor moved for a new trial, alleging a variety...

Junior v. Anderson  
Date: July 30, 2013
Docket Number: 11-2999

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a pretrial detainee in a maximum-security tier of Chicago’s Cook County Jail, sued a guard, Anderson, under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging that Anderson failed to protect him from an attack by other inmates. Plainti...

USA v. Michael Brock  
Date: July 30, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3473

Justia Opinion Summary: Brock was convicted of three counts of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1), and was sentenced to a 15-year mandatory minimum term of imprisonment under the Armed Career Criminal Act, 18 U.S.C....

United States v. Nania  
Date: July 30, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2028

Justia Opinion Summary: A.M., a 14-year-old girl, told a worker at a children’s center that she had been sexually abused for three years by Nania. A.M. had babysat for Nania’s twin daughters for several years. Officers searched Nania’s home an...

Estremera v. United States  
Date: July 30, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2043

Justia Opinion Summary: Estremera was convicted of conspiring to distribute cocaine plus possessing a firearm despite an earlier felony conviction and sentenced to life imprisonment. The Seventh Circuit affirmed in 2007. Estremera sought collat...

Gajinder Chawla v. Eric Holder, Jr.
Date: July 30, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3109
USA v. Norma Leonard-Allen
Date: July 30, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3299
United States v. Stern  
Date: July 30, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3663

Justia Opinion Summary: Stern represented Allen in a discrimination suit, after which they became romantically involved. Allen and her husband had separated and had executed a settlement agreement awarding Allen $95,000, to be paid in installm...

Melvin Reed v. Lincare, Inc.
Date: July 30, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3782
Green v. U.S. Cash Advance IL, LLC  
Date: July 30, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1262

Justia Opinion Summary: Green sued under the Truth in Lending Act, 15 U.S.C. 1606, claiming that U.S. Cash Advance misstated her loan’s annual percentage rate. The lender requested arbitration under the loan agreement, which referred to “bindin...

United States v. Zambrano  
Date: July 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1524

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1993, Zambrano, a lawful permanent U.S. resident, pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual abuse of a minor, an aggravated felony that made him deportable. He served four years of probation. Until 1996, permanent resident...

Large v. Mobile Tool Int'l, Inc.  
Date: July 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2673

Justia Opinion Summary: Elliot, which provides construction and maintenance services, owns and leases bucket trucks. In 1996, Elliot entered into a lease with TECO, a manufacturer of such trucks, agreeing agreed to hold TECO harmless from liabi...

USA v. Javier Hernandez
Date: July 26, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3741
Larson v. United Healthcare Ins. Co.  
Date: July 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1256

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, insured under employer health plans, filed a proposed class action alleging that health-insurance companies violated Wisconsin law by requiring copayments for chiropractic care. The insurance code prohibits i...

USA v. Dytaniel McBride
Date: July 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3320
United States v. Townsend  
Date: July 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3326

Justia Opinion Summary: At age 43 Townsend robbed a bank, pretending to have a gun; 36 days later he robbed a payday lender while carrying a gun. He pleaded guilty to violating 18 U.S.C. 2113(a) and was sentenced to 41 months’ imprisonment, the...

Benes v. A.B. Data, Ltd.  
Date: July 26, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1166

Justia Opinion Summary: After working at the company for four months, Benes charged his employer with sex discrimination. The EEOC arranged for mediation in which, after an initial joint session, the parties separated and a go-between relayed o...

USA v. Sylvester Hicks
Date: July 26, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1596
Peter Gakuba v. Kate Kurtz
Date: July 26, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1707
Blake v. United States  
Date: July 25, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3183

Justia Opinion Summary: Blake was indicted for conspiracy to distribute and possess cocaine, 21 U.S.C. 846 and retained attorney Fabbri, not knowing that Fabbri was under investigation. Trial was set for January 9, 2007, within the 70 days requ...

Plaintiff v. Defendant
Date: July 25, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3622
Redmond v. Redmond  
Date: July 25, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2511

Justia Opinion Summary: Mary, who has both U.S. and Irish citizenship, attended college in Ireland.She and Derek lived together in Ireland for 11 years, but never married. Their son was born in Illinois. The three returned to Ireland 11 days la...

Mendez v. Republic Bank  
Date: July 25, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2585

Justia Opinion Summary: An Illinois judgment creditor may, without court action, require a third party to freeze property of a judgment debtor until a court determines whether the creditor has a valid claim, by serving the third party with a ci...

Bathula v. Holder  
Date: July 25, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2596

Justia Opinion Summary: Bathula and her husband, Reddy, citizens of India, separately applied for asylum, claiming that their family had been subjected to persecution at the hands of a local criminal group after Reddy testified against its memb...

Yadwinder Singh v. Eric Holder, Jr.
Date: July 25, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2656
United States v. Mire  
Date: July 25, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2792

Justia Opinion Summary: Mire’s business, the Indianapolis Somali House of Coffee, served as a place where people could get and use khat. Government agents received a tip, after which Mire and Rafle were indicted for conspiracy to possess with i...

USA v. Hassan Rafle
Date: July 25, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2793
USA v. Juan Duran
Date: July 25, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2957
USA v. Mario Morales
Date: July 25, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3032
USA v. David Mendoza-Guzman
Date: July 25, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3409
USA v. Ronald Washington, Jr.
Date: July 25, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3720
Romelle Ross-West v. Bank of New York Mellon
Date: July 25, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1393
Russell Turpen v. Carolyn Colvin
Date: July 25, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1637
Shaw v. Mize  
Date: July 24, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1628

Justia Opinion Summary: Shaw and two others were charged with aggravated battery after King was beaten to death outside a Fort Wayne motel. Shaw denied participating in the beating, but the other defendants, in exchange for prison sentences of...

Seven W. Enters., Inc. v. Comm'r of Internal Revenue  
Date: July 24, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2099

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, the taxpayers filed petitions for redetermination based on IRS notices of deficiency. The cases were consolidated for trial. With respect to Seven W, a calendar-year taxpayer, the Tax Court rejected a deficiency...

Highland Supply Corporation v. CIR
Date: July 24, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2100
Lambert v. Peri Formworks Sys. Inc.  
Date: July 24, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2502

Justia Opinion Summary: Lambert, an African-American was hired as a laborer at a Peri distribution yard in 2003. Lambert claims that co-workers and supervisors often made sexually and racially offensive comments. He complained regularly, but s...

USA v. Jose Medina-Mendoza
Date: July 24, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3930
United States v. Walsh  
Date: July 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1503

Justia Opinion Summary: Walsh and Martin, principals of a futures and foreign currency trading company that acted as a “futures commission merchant” and as a “forex dealer member,” used customer funds for personal expenses, then concealed the c...

USA v. Charles Martin
Date: July 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1504
Nat'l Labor Relations Bd. v. Teamsters "Gen." Local Union 200  
Date: July 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1586

Justia Opinion Summary: Buban participates in union politics as part of the dissident “Teamsters for a Democratic Union,” and served as secretary-treasurer of his local from 2004 to 2006. He lost his bid for reelection in 2006, after an acrimon...

Ball v. Kotter  
Date: July 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1969

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1998, Hedstrom married Kotter, a real estate agent. The marriage lasted two years, but the two were on good terms when Hedstrom died. There is no evidence that Hedstrom lacked mental capacity. In 2006 Hedstrom purchas...

F. H.-T. v. Holder  
Date: July 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2471

Justia Opinion Summary: FH-T joined the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front in 1982 at age 15, while Eritrea and Ethiopia were engaged in a 30-year war. The EPLF refused to let him leave. For nine years he worked in communications and as a drive...

Schultz v. Pugh  
Date: July 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2568

Justia Opinion Summary: A Wisconsin state prison inmate filed suit, 42 U.S.C. 1983, claiming that prison officials retaliated against him for speaking up about two guards allegedly assaulting him. He was placed in segregation and forbidden to d...

Carol Gray v. CIR
Date: July 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2574
Gray v. Comm'r Internal Revenue  
Date: July 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2575

Justia Opinion Summary: Gray filed returns for tax years 2001 through 2004 after the IRS notified her in 2006 that it planned to assess her tax liability on its own. The IRS accepted Gray’s calculations, but imposed statutory penalties for late...

Quintana v. Chandler  
Date: July 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3125

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1999, Quintana and his friends lured a woman into a van. Quintana restrained the woman, while his friend sexually assaulted her. The victim escaped by jumping nude out of the moving van. Quintana was arrested and char...

Gray v. United States  
Date: July 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3523

Justia Opinion Summary: Gray filed returns for tax years 2001 through 2004 after the IRS notified her in 2006 that it planned to assess her tax liability on its own. The IRS accepted Gray’s calculations, but imposed penalties for late filing an...

United States v. Clark  
Date: July 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3603

Justia Opinion Summary: Clark, the owner and president of an East St. Louis Illinois company, was charged with making false statements in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001(a)(3). Clark’s company had entered into a hauling services subcontract with Ga...

Victor Crown, Jr. v. Executive Committee of the Uni
Date: July 23, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1962
Kofi Easterling v. William Pollard
Date: July 22, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1532
Sec. & Exch. Comm'n v. Bauer  
Date: July 22, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2860

Justia Opinion Summary: Bauer served as an officer in investment companies, on the pricing committee, and as chief compliance officer, implementing policies to prohibit employees from trading on nonpublic information regarding the securities he...

USA v. Desmond Cavender
Date: July 22, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1469
USA v. Joel Martinez-Sanchez
Date: July 19, 2013
Docket Number: 11-2667
Smego v. Mitchell  
Date: July 19, 2013
Docket Number: 11-2897

Justia Opinion Summary: Smego agreed to civil commitment under the Illinois Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act. During intake, he was seen by Mitchell, a dentist who found that 12 of his teeth had cavities. Throughout 2006, Smego’s cavitie...

Prestwick Capital Mgmt., Ltd. v. Peregrine Fin. Grp., Inc.  
Date: July 19, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1232

Justia Opinion Summary: PFG and Acuvest had an agreement (later terminated) under which guaranteed Acuvest’s customers that Acuvest would conform its conduct to CEA mandates. Acuvest advised Prestwick with respect to an investment on which it s...

United States v. Maxwell  
Date: July 19, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1809

Justia Opinion Summary: Maxwell was arrested after selling 2.9 grams of crack cocaine, 2.8 grams of powder cocaine, and five ecstasy pills to a confidential informant. The arresting officer searched Maxwell and found two straws and a bag hidden...

USA v. Joe A. Cruz
Date: July 19, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1303
USA v. Ryan Scott
Date: July 18, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2757
Blackout Sealcoating, Inc. v. Peterson  
Date: July 18, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3352

Justia Opinion Summary: Blackout performs asphalt paving work and other construction services and had contracts with the Chicago Transit Authority that were terminable at will. The CTA informed Blackout that it would not do business with the fi...

USA v. Latoya McDaniel
Date: July 18, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1032
USA v. Karen Dooley
Date: July 18, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1105
Victor Crown, Jr. v. Executive Committee of the Uni
Date: July 18, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1962
French v. Wachovia Bank, N.A.  
Date: July 17, 2013
Docket Number: 11-2781

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1968 French founded a successful manufacturing firm that he sold, in 1996, for about $200 million. French executed interlocking irrevocable trusts to benefit his four children upon his death. In 2004 he moved the trus...

Brian French v. Wachovia Bank, N.A.,
Date: July 17, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3437
Certco, Incorporated v. International Brotherhood of T
Date: July 17, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3387
Certco, Inc. v. Int'l Bhd. of Teamsters  
Date: July 17, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3487

Justia Opinion Summary: Ten years ago Certco had one food-distribution warehouse; it now has four. As the new warehouses grew, jobs at the original Madison site dwindled. Certco staffed the three new locations with non-union labor, paid them mo...

Hobbs v. John  
Date: July 17, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3652

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1982 Hobbs was working as a photographer on a Russian cruise ship where he had a brief affair with a Russian waitress. Based on the experience, he wrote a song, “Natasha” about an ill-fated romance between a man from...

USA v. Will Carthan
Date: July 17, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1292
Luevano v. Walmart Stores, Inc.  
Date: July 16, 2013
Docket Number: 11-1917

Justia Opinion Summary: Luevano works as a greeter at Wal-Mart. She complained to her supervisor that a male co-worker was repeatedly harassing her. The supervisor refused to act. The harassment continued. Luevano unsuccessfully complained to t...

Gnutek v. IL Gaming Bd.  
Date: July 16, 2013
Docket Number: 11-1926

Justia Opinion Summary: Hobgood was the subject of repeated, intensive investigations that resulted in disciplinary proceedings and termination of his employment with the Illinois Gaming Board, though another state agency ultimately ordered tha...

Carolina Casualty Insurance Co v. Merge Healthcare Solutions, In
Date: July 16, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2275
Carolina Cas. Ins. Co v. Merge Healthcare Solutions, Inc.  
Date: July 16, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2341

Justia Opinion Summary: Amicas agreed to a merger for $5.35 per Amicas share. Shareholders sued in Massachusetts state court, contesting the adequacy of a proxy statement used to seek approval. A preliminary injunction stopped the vote. The sui...

McDonough Assocs., Inc. v. Schneider  
Date: July 16, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2702

Justia Opinion Summary: McDonough is an engineering firm that frequently does design jobs for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The Illinois Procurement Code provides that, absent required signatures, a contract of the type in...

Hoosier Envtl. Council, v. U.S. Army Corps of Eng'rs  
Date: July 16, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3187

Justia Opinion Summary: The Federal Highway Administration and the Indiana Department of Transportation decided to complete an Indiana segment of I-69, which will eventually run from Canada to Mexico. Environmentalists opposed the route and sue...

United States v. Wright  
Date: July 16, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3425

Justia Opinion Summary: Wright met with an individual who was secretly cooperating with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Chicago Police Department as a confidential informant and was wearing a wire. The CI told Wright that h...

Almy v. Kickert Sch. Bus Line, Inc  
Date: July 16, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1273

Justia Opinion Summary: Almy lives in Indiana. He began working for Kickert School Bus Line in 2000, at a terminal located in Illinois. He picked up children at private schools in Illinois and took them to homes in Indiana, drove charter trips...

Georgakis v. IL State Univ.  
Date: July 16, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1367

Justia Opinion Summary: The pro se plaintiff filed a qui tam suit against the university and nine chemistry professors, charging that they defrauded the United States in violation of several federal statutes by obtaining federal grant money on...

USA v. Claudie Webster
Date: July 16, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1510
United States v. Heron  
Date: July 15, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3471

Justia Opinion Summary: Heron and his friend, Hamilton, worked as truck drivers. Hamilton invited Heron to accompany him on a trip, involving delivering furniture to San Diego, then picking up marijuana for delivery on their way east. They pick...

The Novogroder Companies, Inco v. Hartford Fire Insurance Compa
Date: July 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3163
United States v. Smith  
Date: July 15, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1401

Justia Opinion Summary: Police officers stopped a car in which Smith was a passenger. Smith fled on foot. When police captured him, they found him with a plastic bag containing 9.9 grams of crack. Two weeks later, Smith sold $60 worth of crack...

Gao v. Holder  
Date: July 12, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2635

Justia Opinion Summary: Gao, from Fujian in southeastern China, entered the U.S. without inspection in 2005 with the goal of earning money to send home to his family in China. Shortly after he arrived Gao’s wife (in China) gave birth to the cou...

Almutairi v. Holder  
Date: July 12, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2734

Justia Opinion Summary: Almutairi served in the Kuwaiti Air Force in1990, when Iraq invaded. Almutairi joined a resistance group. Iraqi soldiers captured him and for nine days he was brutally tortured. Almutairi cracked under the pressure and b...

USA v. Emma Thomas
Date: July 12, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2788
Gutierrez v. Kermon  
Date: July 12, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2934

Justia Opinion Summary: Officer Kermon charged Gutierrez with public intoxication and resisting arrest. According to Gutierrez, he was walking home from work, minding his own business, when Kermon, who never identified himself as a police offic...

Valentino Graham v. Illinois DCFS
Date: July 12, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3626
USA v. Terrell Rogers
Date: July 12, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3772
Valentino Graham v. Illinois DCFS
Date: July 12, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3813
Li Ying Zheng v. Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Date: July 11, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3081
United States v. Harmon  
Date: July 11, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1502

Justia Opinion Summary: On May 10, 2011, Harmon was indicted Harmon for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, attempting to possess marijuana with intent to distribute, and using a telephone to faci...

Zheng v. Holder  
Date: July 11, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2566

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1998, Zheng, under the legal age for marriage in China, became pregnant by her boyfriend, who also was under age. The government family planning officials took Zheng to a hospital, where she underwent an abortion. Zhe...

Palomar v. First Am. Bank  
Date: July 11, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3492

Justia Opinion Summary: The Palomars filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 7. The trustee reported that the estate contained nothing that could be sold to obtain money for unsecured creditors. A discharge of dischargeable debts was entered and the...

Terrance Thompson v. City of Chicago
Date: July 10, 2013
Docket Number: 10-2951
Thompson v. City of Chicago  
Date: July 10, 2013
Docket Number: 11-2883

Justia Opinion Summary: Thompson, convicted of a gun crime based entirely on the testimony of Chicago police officers, claimed that the officers planted a gun in the vicinity of his stop and arrest to fabricate a case. While he was imprisoned,...

Sroga v. Huberman  
Date: July 10, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1525

Justia Opinion Summary: Sroga filed a 54-page complaint under 42 U.S.C. 1983 against employees of Chicago Public Schools and the Board of Education, alleging that they got him fired from his job as an instructor. The district court dismissed fo...

United States v. Pulungan  
Date: July 10, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2595

Justia Opinion Summary: Pulungan tried to acquire 100 Leupold Mark 4 CQ/T riflescopes, for export to Saudi Arabia and transship to Indonesia. He did not secure an export license, but later claimed that he was buying small lots, not to avoid the...

Amundson v. WI Dep't of Health Servs.  
Date: July 10, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1351

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011 Wisconsin reduced subsidies for the Wisconsin Care Program, which funds grants for organizations administering programs for disabled persons who live in group homes. The plaintiffs are developmentally disabled an...

Simpson v. United States  
Date: July 10, 2013
Docket Number: 13-2373

Justia Opinion Summary: Simpson, convicted of drug offenses, was sentenced to 240 months’ imprisonment, which the district court found to be the statutory minimum, 21 U.S.C. 841(b)(1)(A). The Seventh Circuit affirmed. Simpson’s collateral attac...

Rabin v. Flynn  
Date: July 9, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3904

Justia Opinion Summary: Police saw Rabin carrying a holstered gun on his hip in public. He was handcuffed and detained for about 90 minutes while officers sought to confirm the validity of his carrying license. None of the detaining officers we...

United States v. Bey  
Date: July 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1592

Justia Opinion Summary: Bey was convicted of conspiring to possess heroin with intent to distribute and aiding and abetting distribution of heroin, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1) and 846, based on his involvement in a heroin transaction in which the buyer...

Akram v. Holder  
Date: July 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3008

Justia Opinion Summary: Akram, her mother, and her younger sister were citizens of Pakistan. Akram’s mother married Siddique, a U.S. citizen, in 2005 when Akram was 18 years old. The marriage occurred outside the U.S.; Siddique requested K visa...

USA v. Vicente Ramirez-Mendoza
Date: July 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3012
Shailja Gandhi Revocable Trust v. Sitara Capital Mgmt., LLC  
Date: July 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3105

Justia Opinion Summary: After accumulating a fortune in the technology business, Patel became a hedge fund manager. He formed a fund, and Sitara to serve as the fund’s investment adviser, and named himself managing director of Sitara. His acqua...

Peele v. Burch  
Date: July 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3562

Justia Opinion Summary: Peele worked for the Portage Police Department as a detective. In 2007 he supported Charnetzky’s Democratic primary campaign to become mayor. Charnetzky lost. Peele spoke to a local reporter and criticized Sheriff Lain f...

United States v. Midwest Generation, LLC  
Date: July 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1026

Justia Opinion Summary: Between 1994 and 1999 Commonwealth Edison modified five Illinois coal-fired power plants that had been operating on August 7, 1977, and were, therefore, grandfathered against a permitting requirement applicable to any “m...

State of Illinois v. Midwest Generation, LLC
Date: July 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1051
Debra Leveski v. ITT Educational Services, Inc
Date: July 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1369
Motley Rice LLP v. ITT Educational Services, Inc
Date: July 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1967
Debra Leveski v. ITT Educational Services, Inc
Date: July 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1979
Timothy J. Matusheski v. ITT Educational Services, Inc  
Date: July 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2008

Justia Opinion Summary: ITT is a for-profit institution with more than 140 locations and offers post-secondary education. Leveski, who worked at the ITT campus, alleged, under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. 3730(b) th...

Cincinnati Life Ins. Co. v. Beyrer  
Date: July 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2365

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, Kevin and his wife Marjorie moved to Indiana, to manage car dealerships owned by Savoree. In 2007 Savoree proposed selling the dealerships to the couple through a series of stock purchases to be financed by a $3...

Debra Leveski v. ITT Educational Services, Inc
Date: July 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2891
United Food & Commercial Workers Unions v. Walgreen Co.  
Date: July 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2977

Justia Opinion Summary: An employee benefit plan, providing healthcare benefits, believed that Walgreens fraudulently overcharged it and other insurance providers by filling prescriptions for generic drugs with a dosage form that differed from,...

Wehrle v. Cincinnati Ins. Co.  
Date: July 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3052

Justia Opinion Summary: The Wehrles were struck by drunk-driver Barth. Robert Wehrle’s injury claim exceeded $750,000 and his wife's claim exceeded $1.5 million. Barth’s auto insurance policy included a $100,000 per-person liability limit. Each...

Ryan v. United States  
Date: July 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3398

Justia Opinion Summary: Ryan failed to pay federal income taxes 2006-2010 and owed $136,898.93. In 2011, the IRS recorded a tax lien, 26 U.S.C. 6326. Ryan filed a voluntary Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition, 11 U.S.C. 1301. He had personal possess...

United States v. Walker  
Date: July 3, 2013
Docket Number: 10-2173

Justia Opinion Summary: Five died after using heroin distributed by a narcotics trafficking organization; five defendants pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute in excess of one kilogram of heroin, 21 U...

USA v. Eneal Gladney
Date: July 3, 2013
Docket Number: 10-2176
USA v. Jason Lund
Date: July 3, 2013
Docket Number: 10-2355
USA v. Jean Lawler
Date: July 3, 2013
Docket Number: 11-1024
Gregory Turley v. Dave Rednour, et al  
Date: July 3, 2013
Docket Number: 11-1491

Justia Opinion Summary: Turley is serving a life sentence in an Illinois state prison. Between January 7, 2008, and October 4, 2010, administration 25 times placed the prison on lockdown, confining prisoners to their cells without yard time; t...

USA v. Jermaine Stewart
Date: July 3, 2013
Docket Number: 11-1510
United States v. Ritz  
Date: July 3, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3320

Justia Opinion Summary: In the 1980s, the owners bought the Cottonwood seasonal campground in Cedar Grove, Indiana. Each of 50-80 campsites has a water spigot and sewer hookup for recreational vehicles. The property also has two restrooms with...

United States v. Vaughn  
Date: July 3, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1835

Justia Opinion Summary: Vaughn was the leader of a heroin distribution conspiracy in Beloit, Wisconsin. Tips from heroin users led police to one of Vaughn’s distributors, who was arrested with 70 bags of heroin on his person. The distributor si...

USA v. Maurice C. Lockhart
Date: July 3, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1947
Ferraro v. Best Buy Stores, L.P.  
Date: July 3, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2616

Justia Opinion Summary: Ferraro suffered serious burns after falling asleep next to the power adapter of her newly purchased laptop computer. She filed a product liability suit, alleging a design defect that allowed the power adapter to overhea...

Taylor v. Ground  
Date: July 3, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2632

Justia Opinion Summary: Taylor, convicted of murder in Illinois state court, was sentenced to 35 years in prison. In his habeas corpus petition, Taylor claimed that his counsel operated with a conflict of interest by jointly representing him an...

Hill v. Rios  
Date: July 3, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3168

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, Hill filed a petition under 28 U.S.C. 2241, arguing that the district court had erred in deeming him a career offender when calculating his sentence in 1999. The Seventh Circuit held that 28 U.S.C. 2255(e) forec...

Ralph Dalzell, Sr. v. Country View Family Farms, LLC
Date: July 3, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3339
Bobby Johnson, Jr. v. Hix Wrecker Service, Incorpora
Date: July 3, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3475
United States v. Simms  
Date: July 3, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3818

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to gun and drug offenses and was sentenced to 270 months in prison: 240 months for those offenses, with classification as an armed career criminal, 18 U.S.C. 924(e)(1)), plus 30 months for violat...

Vitrano v. United States  
Date: July 1, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1282

Justia Opinion Summary: Vitrano pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a felon, 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1), and possessing a firearm while under a domestic abuse injunction, 922(g)(8)(B). The prosecution argued that, under the Armed Career Criminal...

Illinois v. Chiplease, Inc.  
Date: June 28, 2013
Docket Number: 11-1633

Justia Opinion Summary: The 1987 Public Utilities Act, 220 ILCS 5/8-403.1, was intended to encourage development of power plants that convert solid waste to electricity. Local electric utilities were required to enter into 10-year agreements t...

Yongping Zhou v. Patrick Belanger
Date: June 27, 2013
Docket Number: 11-2991
USA v. Fairleigh Jones
Date: June 27, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3514
Consolidation Coal Co. v. Dir., Office of Workers Comp. Programs  
Date: June 27, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3637

Justia Opinion Summary: The Black Lung Benefits Act, 30 U.S.C. 901, originally included a “15-year presumption” that total pulmonary or respiratory impairment of a coal worker with 15 years of experience in the mines was due to pneumoconiosis...

United States v. Miller  
Date: June 27, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3788

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011 Miller pleaded guilty as a felon in possession of a firearm. The prosecution contended that a mandatory minimum 15-year sentence under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), 18 U.S.C. 924(e)(1), was required becau...

Betty Cook v. Illinois Department of Correct
Date: June 27, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3796
USA v. Bruce Whittler
Date: June 27, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2756
Schultz v. Akzo Nobel Paints, LLC  
Date: June 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1902

Justia Opinion Summary: From 1981 to 1989, Schultz worked painting equipment, floors, walls, ceilings, and pipes at AMC company plants. In 2005 he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). He died 2006. His wife sued paint companies, all...

Alexander v. United States  
Date: June 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2190

Justia Opinion Summary: FBI agents Freeman and Howell investigated the Hinds, who worked for Indiana criminal defense attorney Alexander, for bribery of witnesses, including Kirtz. They equipped Kirtz and Chrisp with recording devices for a mee...

Ronald Terry v. USA
Date: June 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2428
Pro-Pac Inc. v. WOW Logistics Inc.  
Date: June 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2976

Justia Opinion Summary: Pro-Pac, a packaging business, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2006, then filed an adversary proceeding against WOW, a logistics service provider, for aiding and abetting a Pro-Pac employee’s breach of fiduciary duty....

USA v. Kevin Schubert
Date: June 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3075
Oscar Taylor v. Eli Lilly & Company
Date: June 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3499
USA v. Stephen Fleming, Jr.
Date: June 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3635
USA v. Antonyo Stephens
Date: June 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3848
USA v. Ray Legg
Date: June 26, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1167
Irenn Johnson v. Uline
Date: June 26, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1169
United States v. Muratovic  
Date: June 25, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3889

Justia Opinion Summary: Muratovic admitted to planning, with co-conspirators, robbery of a truck that he believed would carry drug money from Illinois to California, by following the truck and robbing it at a rest stop after a passenger exited....

USA v. Edward West
Date: June 25, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1858
USA v. Israel Garcia-Ibar
Date: June 24, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2303
USA v. Isaiah Coleman
Date: June 24, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2919
USA v. Eric Johnson
Date: June 24, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3555
Seitz v. City of Elgin  
Date: June 24, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1045

Justia Opinion Summary: Seitz and Welter were partners in Wasco, a property management company. Greg was also a police officer. Elgin’s police chief confronted Greg with the emails showing that Greg had used the Law Enforcement Agencies Data Sy...

David Grochocinski v. Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw, LLP
Date: June 21, 2013
Docket Number: 10-2057
David Grochocinski v. Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw, LLP
Date: June 21, 2013
Docket Number: 11-1393
Grochocinski v. Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, LLP  
Date: June 21, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3597

Justia Opinion Summary: Spehar, hired by CMGT to assist in finding financing for its business, sued CMGT over a dispute related to this agreement and obtained a $17 million default judgment against CMGT, which had no assets. Spehar Capital devi...

USA v. Christopher Harris
Date: June 21, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1567
Sammy J. Moore v. Dr. Adrian Feinerman
Date: June 21, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1740
Singh v. Holder  
Date: June 21, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2424

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1996, Singh fled India to escape police officers allegedly trying to kill him. In 1997 he was charged as removeable. He sought asylum based on his religion and political beliefs and withholding of removal and protecti...

Bhd. of Locomotive Eng'rs & Trainmen v. Union Pac. R.R. Co.  
Date: June 21, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2913

Justia Opinion Summary: A 1952 collective bargaining agreement still governs aspects of the employment of some members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, including the attendance and leave policy. In 2003 the Union Pacific...

Roy Smith v. Dawn Buss
Date: June 21, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3155
Rosa Choc v. Eric Holder, Jr.
Date: June 21, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3621
USA v. Darnell Murry
Date: June 21, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3676
USA v. Christopher Carthans
Date: June 21, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1155
Chia Lui-Dix v. Eric Holder, Jr.
Date: June 20, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2351
Swanson v. Whitworth  
Date: June 19, 2013
Docket Number: 10-1658

Justia Opinion Summary: Swanson purchased a lakeside home, next to the home of Whitworth, the elected mayor of Chetek. Swanson obtained a permit for “remodel-repair” and began work, including installation of a three-foot high fence between his...

B. Schneider v. Will County, Illinois
Date: June 19, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2122
Unted States v. Loffredi  
Date: June 18, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1124

Justia Opinion Summary: Loffredi’s securities brokerage firm offered investments in certificates of deposit, mutual funds, and Treasury bills. Instead of actually purchasing investments requested by customers, Loffredi diverted their money to h...

Yeftich v. Navistar, Inc.  
Date: June 18, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2964

Justia Opinion Summary: Union members, working at Navistar’s Indianapolis engine-manufacturing plant, were represented by a union and were subject to a collective-bargaining agreement. They claim that on unidentified dates they were laid off, o...

United States v. Gulley  
Date: June 17, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3411

Justia Opinion Summary: During a crack cocaine deal between a confidential informant and a known crack dealer (Blake), a concealed video and audio recording device captured Gulley, Blake’s driver, getting into the CI’s car and exchanging a bag...

Villanueva v. Anglin  
Date: June 17, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1559

Justia Opinion Summary: Serrano pled guilty to attempted first degree murder and possession of cannabis in exchange for a total sentence of 15 years in prison. In an unrelated case, Villanueva pled guilty to first degree murder in exchange for...

USA v. Duane Moore
Date: June 17, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2127
Orencio Serrano v. Zach Roeckeman
Date: June 17, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2177
USA v. Nicolas Gomez
Date: June 14, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1104
United States v. Richards  
Date: June 14, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2790

Justia Opinion Summary: Richards was followed from the scene of a controlled drug buy conducted by an undercover officer and surveillance. Although the car did not commit any traffic violations, an officer stopped him, searched the car, and fo...

USA v. Frank Diaz
Date: June 14, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3117
Findlay v. Lendermon  
Date: June 14, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3881

Justia Opinion Summary: Findlay and his uncle, Howey, live on adjacent lots. Findlay found a surveillance camcorder set up near the property line and called the Sheriff’s Office to file an abandoned property report. Howey had set up the camera...

Kenseth v. Dean Health Plan, Inc.  
Date: June 13, 2013
Docket Number: 11-1560

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1987, Kenseth underwent surgical gastric banding, covered by her insurer. About 18 years later Dr. Huepenbecker, advised another operation for severe acid reflux and other problems resulting from the first surgery. He...

CenterPoint Properties Trust v. Olde Prairie Block Owner, LLC
Date: June 13, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3463
USA v. Trevor K. Ryan
Date: June 13, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1640
Lynn Gossett v. Carolyn W. Colvin
Date: June 13, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1867
USA v. Michelle Siegel
Date: June 13, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2855
United States v. Cate  
Date: June 13, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2870

Justia Opinion Summary: Milwaukee police officer Cates sexually assaulted Lemons while responding to her 911 call and was convicted of violating the woman’s civil rights while acting under color of law, 18 U.S.C. 242. Cates reported problems wi...

USA v. Shannon Dixon
Date: June 12, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2729
Mays v. Springborn  
Date: June 11, 2013
Docket Number: 11-2218

Justia Opinion Summary: A former Illinois state prison inmate filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983 in 2001, alleging that he was subjected to improper strip searches intended to humiliate him in retaliation for his grievances complaining about the e...

Judson Atkinson Candies, Inc. v. Kenray Assocs., Inc.  
Date: June 11, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1035

Justia Opinion Summary: Atkinson filed suits against Kenray. Kenray filed a separate action against Hoosier, seeking insurance coverage for Atkinson’s claims. Atkinson and Kenray settled their suits. Kenray agreed to entry of judgments in favor...

Atkinson Candy Company v. Kenray Associates, Incorporate
Date: June 11, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1036
United States v. Natale  
Date: June 11, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3231

Justia Opinion Summary: Natale,a vascular surgeon, was compensated by Medicare for repairing a patient’s aortic aneurysm. Another doctor reviewed the post-surgical CT scan, which did not match the procedure Natale described in his operative re...

United States v. Johnson  
Date: June 11, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3414

Justia Opinion Summary: Indiana police recovered $ 574,840, cash in a search of the home of Johnson, a suspected drug dealer, and turned the money over to the federal government. The Justice Department filed forfeiture proceedings under 18 U.S....

Hitchcock v. Angel Corps Inc.  
Date: June 11, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3515

Justia Opinion Summary: Hitchcock worked for Angel Corps, which performs non-medical care services. Upon learning that Hitchcock was pregnant, her supervisor questioned Hitchcock about whether she would return to work after giving birth, signif...

United States v. Funds in the amount of $574,840  
Date: June 11, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3568

Justia Opinion Summary: The federal government sought forfeiture of cash seized in searches of an apartment, vehicles, and storage units, possessed or occupied by Unsworth and Pillsbury, who were suspected of drug trafficking. The state court p...

Pamela Mercer v. Cook County
Date: June 10, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2894
United States v. Munoz  
Date: June 10, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3351

Justia Opinion Summary: Munoz pled guilty to distributing and possessing cocaine with intent to distribute, but fled to Mexico before sentencing. After five years he was found and extradited. The district court sentenced him to 181 months, whic...

Johnson v. Chicago Bd. of Educ.  
Date: June 10, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3588

Justia Opinion Summary: Johnson filed an employment discrimination claim against Chicago public schools. The district court granted her motion to proceed in forma pauperis and set a date for a status hearing, warning Johnson that failure to app...

Jacqueline Johnson v. Chicago Board of Education
Date: June 10, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3906
Illinois Commerce Commission v. FERC
Date: June 7, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3421
Hoosier Energy Rural Electric v. FERC
Date: June 7, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3430
FirstEnergy Service Company v. FERC
Date: June 7, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3584
Duke Energy Ohio, Incorporated v. FERC
Date: June 7, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3585
Midwest ISO Transmission Owner v. FERC
Date: June 7, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3586
Am. Mun. Power, Inc. v. Fed. Energy Regulatory Comm'n  
Date: June 7, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3620

Justia Opinion Summary: Control of most of the U.S. electrical grid is divided among Regional Transmission Organizations, voluntary associations of utilities that own interconnected transmission lines. Power plants and other electrical companie...

Coalition of Midwest Transmiss v. FERC
Date: June 7, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3787
Bill Schuette v. FERC
Date: June 7, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3795
Public Service Commission of v. FERC
Date: June 7, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3806
Midwest Independent Transmissi v. FERC
Date: June 7, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1027
USA v. Keith Reiter
Date: June 7, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2359
Atlantic Casualty Insurance Co v. Chicago Masonry Construction,
Date: June 7, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2405
Atlantic Casualty Insurance Co. v. Paszko Masonry, Inc.  
Date: June 7, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2485

Justia Opinion Summary: Prince was the general contractor for construction of an apartment building. Rybaltowski was an employee of a waterproofing company. His boss took Rybaltowski to the project site to perform an unpaid demonstration of the...

USA v. Calvin Lesure
Date: June 7, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2748
Joshua Howard v. David Clarke
Date: June 5, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2740
Joseph Watkins v. Chicago Housing Authority
Date: June 4, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1652
United States v. Zamudio  
Date: June 4, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2480

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant’s sentence, under the heading “additional imprisonment terms,” states that the “defendant is to be turned over to the proper immigration authorities for deportation proceedings upon completion of term of in...

Hans Rapold v. Baxter International, Incorpo
Date: June 3, 2013
Docket Number: 11-2715
United States v. Segura  
Date: June 3, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2522

Justia Opinion Summary: Since entering the U.S. from Mexico in 1993, Garcia-Segura has had arrests. He was first removed in 2003 after serving two years in jail for possessing cocaine. Less than two months later, he was arrested in the U.S. for...

USA v. Fuad Jejna
Date: June 3, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2813
United States v. Weaver  
Date: June 3, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3324

Justia Opinion Summary: Weaver sold methamphetamine on credit to two buyers, who paid off their debts by selling the drugs to their own customers. Weaver pleaded guilty to conspiring with those buyers to possess and distribute methamphetamine,...

Delbert Heard v. Willard Elyea
Date: June 3, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3397
Shu Liu v. Holder  
Date: June 3, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3581

Justia Opinion Summary: The petitioner, a Chinese citizen, entered the U.S. in 2001, at the age of 18, and applied for asylum on the ground that if returned to China she would be punished for having refused to marry a Communist Party official....

Tyrone Burns v. Dr. Fenoglio
Date: June 3, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3728
Goyal v. Gas Tech. Inst.  
Date: June 3, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3756

Justia Opinion Summary: Gomberg briefly represented Goyal in 2004 settlement negotiations with a former employer over his claims of retaliation for whistle-blowing and gave Goyal’s employer notice of an attorney lien on any settlement or judgme...

Torrence Williams v. Patrick Donahoe
Date: June 3, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3849
David Kindred v. CIR
Date: May 31, 2013
Docket Number: 10-3904
USA v. Raymond Hood
Date: May 31, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2356
Bitsin v. Holder  
Date: May 31, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2717

Justia Opinion Summary: Bitsin, a citizen of Bulgaria, entered the U.S. in 2005. Before his visitor’s visa expired, Bitsin applied for a student visa, assisted by an attorney recommended by the college. Bitsin claimed that he believed that he c...

USA v. Matthew Flaskrud
Date: May 31, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2774
Sams Hotel Grp., LLC v. Environs, Inc.  
Date: May 31, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2979

Justia Opinion Summary: SAMS contracted with Environs to provide architectural services for construction of a Homewood Suites hotel in Fort Wayne. Environs was to be paid a flat fee of $70,000. The contract stated: The Owner [SAMS] agrees that...

Nathan Gillis v. Michael Meisner
Date: May 31, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3928
Jacqueline Stewart v. City of Chicago
Date: May 30, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3056
USA v. Pedro Rodriguez-Ruiz
Date: May 30, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2580
United States v. Delaney  
Date: May 30, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2849

Justia Opinion Summary: A federal prisoner serving a term for unarmed robbery and confined in a two-person cell in the prison’s segregation unit because of a fight he’d had with another inmate, strangled his cellmate. He was convicted of first-...

United States v. Farmer  
Date: May 30, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3132

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Farmer of armed bank robbery, 18 U.S.C. 2113(a),(d), and 2, and use of a firearm during a crime of violence, 18 U.S.C. 924(c)(1)(A)(ii). Several days after the trial, an alternate juror contacted Farmer’...

USA v. Charles Davis
Date: May 30, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1063
Bridgett Outlaw v. Regis Corporation
Date: May 30, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1453
United States v. Schmitz  
Date: May 29, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3269

Justia Opinion Summary: Beginning in 2003, Schmitz convinced financial institutions and others to lend him money, ostensibly for real estate development, by stating that he was the beneficiary of a multi-million dollar trust fund whose assets w...

Navejar v. Iyiola  
Date: May 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1182

Justia Opinion Summary: While proceeding to the Stateville prison cafeteria, Navejar spoke to other inmates in their cells. Officer Iyiola ordered him to get out of the line because prison rules forbid inmates from stopping to speak to other in...

United States v. Harris  
Date: May 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1470

Justia Opinion Summary: Harris was a registered representative with an affiliated broker of MetLife and sold insurance, annuities, and other financial products. Investigations by the Illinois Securities Division, MetLife, and the IRS revealed t...

Commodities Futures Trading Comm'n v. Worth Bullion Grp. Inc.,  
Date: May 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3372

Justia Opinion Summary: The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission served administrative subpoenas on Worth, a precious metal wholesaler, Mintco, a precious metal dealer, and DSD, a depository that stores precious metals, seeking documents r...

United States v. Martin  
Date: May 28, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3154

Justia Opinion Summary: Martin made images and videos depicting child pornography available on a file-sharing network. A search of his home uncovered hundreds more images and several videos of child pornography on computers. Martin pleaded guil...

Earl v. Racine Cnty. Jail  
Date: May 28, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3900

Justia Opinion Summary: Earl was convicted of intentional homicide, jailed, and placed for five days onto “suicide watch” segregation where he was dressed in a “suicide-proof gown,” kept in continuous light for 24 hours, and constantly monitore...

Ramos v. City of Chicago  
Date: May 24, 2013
Docket Number: 10-3425

Justia Opinion Summary: Ramos was arrested in 2007 and charged with residential burglary. After an Illinois state court acquitted him of that charge, he brought an action under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging that Chicago and five police officers viol...

RBS Citizens, N.A. v. Sanyou Import, Incorporated
Date: May 24, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3517
Halyna Ruptash v. Eric Holder, Jr.
Date: May 24, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3118
USA v. Jeremy Hogenkamp
Date: May 24, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3829
Ali Sheikhani v. Wells Fargo Bank
Date: May 24, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1319
Hakim v. Accenture U.S. Pension Plan  
Date: May 23, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3438

Justia Opinion Summary: Hakim was an Accenture employee for nearly 10 years before being let go as part of a workforce reduction. During part of his tenure with the company, he participated in the company’s pension plan. In 1996, Accenture amen...

USA v. Ruby Parker  
Date: May 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1991

Justia Opinion Summary: Parker was employed as a bank teller, assigned to reconcile temporary checks to temporary check issuance forms. Temporary checks were blank checks kept behind the counter for customer use. Investigation of a 2006 robbery...

USA v. Edgardo Lopez-Arroyo
Date: May 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2025
United States v. Flores-Olague  
Date: May 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2232

Justia Opinion Summary: After pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, defendant was sentenced to 168 months of incarceration, applying a relatively...

USA v. Ruben Gaona
Date: May 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2901
Morris v. Nuzzo  
Date: May 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3220

Justia Opinion Summary: Morris died after a 2004 collision in Indiana; he was a passenger in Sampson’s vehicle. Sampson was insured by Mid-Century. The Estate made a claim for $50,000, the highest allowable amount. Nuzzo, a citizen of Ohio, was...

Stanley Felton v. Peter Huibregtse
Date: May 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3551
Atrella Reynolds v. AAA Auto Club Enterprises
Date: May 23, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1280
USA v. Lamar Chapman, III
Date: May 22, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2857
USA v. Styles Sechrist
Date: May 22, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2997
United States v. Davenport  
Date: May 22, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3358

Justia Opinion Summary: Davenport showed his gun to his friends at a bar. A bar employee observed him and called the police, and Davenport, a felon on probation, was arrested and charged with violating 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1). He pleaded guilty and...

United States v. Rosales  
Date: May 22, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3531

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant was a member of a six-man gang of thieves that stole trucks and sold the cargoes to fences. The district court ruled that he was a leader or organizer and increased his base offense level by four levels, ra...

USA v. Raydale Mitchell
Date: May 21, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2342
Sabas Palma-Romero v. Eric Holder, Jr.
Date: May 21, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2725
Michael Bond v. Chase Home Finance LLC
Date: May 21, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3614
United States v. Williams  
Date: May 20, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3129

Justia Opinion Summary: Federal agents and local police executed a search warrant at Williams’ residence and found five kilograms of marijuana, a handgun, and several scales. Williams moved to suppress, arguing that the warrant was invalid beca...

Sirbu v. Holder  
Date: May 20, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2320

Justia Opinion Summary: Husband, Sirbu, and wife, Prodan, entered the U.S. as nonimmigrant tourists in 2009 and overstayed their visas. They then filed a timely application for asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the Convention Aga...

Unted States v. Bloch  
Date: May 20, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2784

Justia Opinion Summary: Elkhart police responded to a report of gunfire at an apartment and were greeted at the door by an obviously intoxicated Bloch. The officers told Bloch to step outside while they checked to see if anyone was injured. The...

Peoples Nat'l Bank v. Banterra Bank  
Date: May 20, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3079

Justia Opinion Summary: Peoples Bank loaned Debtors $214,044, secured by a mortgage recorded in 2004. In 2008, Debtors obtained a $296,000 construction loan from Banterra, secured with a second mortgage on the same property. Banterra was aware...

United States v. Brown  
Date: May 20, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3413

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a high-speed chase, an assault on an officer, and a four-hour standoff at a hotel, Brown was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by an armed career criminal, bank robbery, interference wi...

Johnson v. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.  
Date: May 20, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3869

Justia Opinion Summary: Johnson, sole administrator of the Shirley T. Sherrod Benefit Pension Plan and Trust, sued the Plan’s custodian, Merrill Lynch, alleging that Merrill Lynch refused to abide by his instructions and has exercised control o...

Harbaugh v. Bd. of Educ. of the City of Chicago  
Date: May 17, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3277

Justia Opinion Summary: From 1996 to 2003, Harbaugh worked periodically for Chicago Public Schools as a substitute music teacher. In 2003, she was hired as a “full-time basis substitute,” and tin 2004 she was appointed to a fulltime probationar...

USA v. Eriberto Brito
Date: May 17, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2416
Navarro v. Neal  
Date: May 17, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3572

Justia Opinion Summary: Under Illinois law, a candidate for the state legislature seeking placement on the general election ballot without having participated in a primary (or having replaced a candidate who did) must submit a nominating petiti...

Otto May, Jr. v. Chrysler Group LLC
Date: May 16, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3000
Otto May, Jr. v. Chrysler Group LLC
Date: May 16, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3109
Royce Brown v. John F. Caraway
Date: May 16, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1439
United States v. Collins  
Date: May 15, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3098

Justia Opinion Summary: From 2005 to 2008, Collins obtained drugs from the Flores twins in Mexico. They would contact their couriers, who would deliver 20-50 kilograms of cocaine to Collins in the Chicago area, often on “credit.” Collins would...

Edward Johnson v. Cook County
Date: May 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2431
USA v. Francisco Nunez
Date: May 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2683
USA v. Anthony Alexander
Date: May 15, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1174
Otto May, Jr. v. Chrysler Group LLC
Date: May 14, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3000
May v. Chrysler Group LLC  
Date: May 14, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3109

Justia Opinion Summary: Between 2002 and 2005, May, a Chrysler pipefitter, was the target of graffiti in and around the plant’s paint department. Messages stated: “Otto Cuban Jew fag die,” “Otto Cuban good Jew is a dead Jew,” “death to the Cuba...

USA v. Melissa Gallagher
Date: May 14, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3270
USA v. Gary Baker
Date: May 14, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3580
Royce Brown v. John F. Caraway
Date: May 13, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1439
USA v. Ana Hernandez-Ortiz
Date: May 13, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1997
USA v. Helen Fort
Date: May 13, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3422
Alfred Stone v. Gregory Ballard
Date: May 13, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3538
USA v. Darrell Wellman, Jr.
Date: May 13, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3605
Colleen Hock v. Village of Bloomingdale
Date: May 13, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3668
United States v. Roux  
Date: May 10, 2013
Docket Number: 10-2192

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2002, Roux moved in with Roberta and her daughters, seven to 14 years old. In 2003, CC, reported that Roux was sexually molesting her. Although the Illinois DCFS determined the charge to be unfounded, CC was removed f...

Brown v. Lockett  
Date: May 10, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1439

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1996, Brown was convicted of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and possession of a firearm by a felon. The district court classified Brown as a “career offender” under U.S.S.G. 4B1.1. Brown filed a 28...

USA v. Christopher Campbell
Date: May 10, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1770
Latonya Burnam v. Carolyn W. Colvin
Date: May 10, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2073
USA v. Rufino Torres-Herrera
Date: May 10, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2174
Eugene Cherry v. Washington County, Wisconsin
Date: May 10, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2647
USA v. Devon Alexander
Date: May 10, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2846
USA v. Victor Thompson
Date: May 10, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3090
Alex Gu v. Aney Abraham
Date: May 10, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3418
Eric Onyango v. Downtown Entertainment, LLC
Date: May 10, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3752
USA v. Demetrise Harper
Date: May 10, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3796
USA v. Jeffrey Glass
Date: May 10, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3918
Eric Onyango v. Downtown Entertainment, LLC
Date: May 10, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1083
Mitchell Wojtanek v. Consolidated Container Company
Date: May 10, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1192
Larry Martin v. Officer Gonzalez
Date: May 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1025
Edison Mancellari v. Eric Holder, Jr.
Date: May 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1425
USA v. Matthew Hendrickson
Date: May 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2519
Chen v. Holder  
Date: May 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2563

Justia Opinion Summary: The petitioner, a Chinese citizen from Fujian Province, entered the U.S. in 1997 and is the mother of two boys born in the U.S. She sought asylum on the ground that she is likely to be forcibly sterilized if returned to...

Sidney Miller v. Atlantic Municipal Corporation
Date: May 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3137
USA v. Hugh McGowan
Date: May 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3396
USA v. Henry Jenkins
Date: May 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3459
Sidney Miller v. Atlantic Municipal Corporation
Date: May 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3540
Plaintiff v. Defendant
Date: May 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3776
Kimberly Sutherland v. Michele M. Leonhart
Date: May 9, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1016
Basden v. Prof'l Transp., Inc.  
Date: May 8, 2013
Docket Number: 11-2880

Justia Opinion Summary: Basden was hired as a PTI dispatcher in 2007, subject to an attendance policy that did not differentiate between absences for medical reasons and other absences. Basden had two absentee incidents in 2007. In January 2008...

United States v. Reynolds  
Date: May 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1206

Justia Opinion Summary: Reynolds and seven others drove to Gary, Indiana, and ambushed Russell, a marijuana dealer, outside his house. Russell turned over $15,000. Reynolds and the others beat and cut Russell, then tied him up, demanding more m...

United State v. Goodwin  
Date: May 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2921

Justia Opinion Summary: Goodwin pleaded guilty to knowingly failing to register and update a registration as a sex offender, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, which makes it a felony for a sex offender knowingly to fail...

Alberto Delgado-Ramos v. Eric Holder, Jr.
Date: May 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3615
Loera v. Unted States  
Date: May 7, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3223

Justia Opinion Summary: Loera was a passenger in a car stopped for traffic violations. The driver consented to a search and the police found cocaine. Arrested, Loera was read his Miranda rights and refused to sign a waiver. Loera stated that he...

United States v. Jacob  
Date: May 7, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3208

Justia Opinion Summary: Jacob was convicted of selling an unregistered security, 15 U.S.C. 77e(a), and was sentenced to 14 months’ imprisonment and $241,630.95 in restitution. He was granted permission to travel to Australia two weeks after sen...

Clifford Linne v. Brian Adams
Date: May 7, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3473
Phillips v. Prudential Ins. Co.  
Date: May 6, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3870

Justia Opinion Summary: Phillips was beneficiary of a life insurance policy purchased by her fiancé, Strang, issued by Prudential. When Strang died, Prudential informed Phillips that the default method of payment was the “Alliance Account settl...

Michael C. Day v. City of Chicago
Date: May 6, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1105
James Smith v. Ronald Schaefer
Date: May 6, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2995
Fidel Munoz-Avila v. Eric Holder, Jr.
Date: May 3, 2013
Docket Number: 10-3203
Fidel Munoz-Avila v. Eric Holder, Jr.
Date: May 3, 2013
Docket Number: 11-2645
Dookeran v. Cook County  
Date: May 3, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3197

Justia Opinion Summary: Dr. Dookeran was hired by Stroger Hospital of Cook County in 2000 subject to biennial reappointment. His 2004 application for reappointment disclosed for the first time that his previous employer had reprimanded him for...

Avila v. Holder  
Date: May 3, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1594

Justia Opinion Summary: Avila applied for adjustment of status based on his marriage to a U.S. citizen in 1999. The couple has two daughters. He has been employed laying countertops since approximately 1997. DHS concluded that Avila was ineligi...

Eddie Robinson v. Aaron Bandy
Date: May 3, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2030
Dhionis Zhidro v. Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Date: May 3, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2187
USA v. Gary Blair
Date: May 3, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2914
Ronda Hamilton v. Carolyn W. Colvin
Date: May 3, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3085
GE Betz, Inc. v. Zee Co., Inc.  
Date: May 3, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3746

Justia Opinion Summary: The CEO and sole shareholder of Zee decided to expand his chemical sales business into the water treatment industry and hired employees who were currently working or had previously worked in the industry. Four employees...

Smiley v. Columbia College Chicago  
Date: April 30, 2013
Docket Number: 10-3747

Justia Opinion Summary: Smiley was a part-time instructor in the college’s Radio Department from 1994 through January 2009. She is of Palestinian and Lebanese descent. Near the end of the fall 2008 semester, one of the nine students in Smiley’s...

United States v. Tucker  
Date: April 30, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1281

Justia Opinion Summary: Tucker was found guilty of conspiracy to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin, 21 U.S.C. 841 (a)(1) and (b)(1)(A), the use of which resulted in death, and sentenced to 480 months’ imprisonment. During the trial, t...

Jeffrey Rowe v. Howard Morton
Date: April 30, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2259
Ya Zhu v. Eric Holder, Jr.
Date: April 30, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2380
USA v. Kenneth Steward
Date: April 29, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3035
USA v. Jose Tovar-Pina
Date: April 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1964
United States v. Tovar-Pina  
Date: April 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1965

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, a Mexican native, first entered the U.S. illegally before June 1988. He was convicted of receiving stolen property, auto theft, attempting to pass a fraudulent check, selling cocaine, and forgeries, and was de...

USA v. Jose Tovar-Pina
Date: April 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1966
Northeastern Rural Electric Me v. Wabash Valley Power Associati
Date: April 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2037
Kamlager v. Pollard  
Date: April 26, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3372

Justia Opinion Summary: Kamlager was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide and use of a dangerous weapon in the death of his girlfriend, Wis. Stat. 940.01(1)(a), and was sentenced to life imprisonment with no possibility for extended s...

Ni v. Holder  
Date: April 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2242

Justia Opinion Summary: Ni came to the U.S. in 2001 from Fujian Province, China. An Immigration Judge ordered him removed in 2003, but he has remained in the U.S., and has started a family. In 2011, following the birth of his second child, Ni m...

Big Ridge, Incorporated v. Federal Mine Safety and Review
Date: April 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2316
Bickett v. Fed. Mine Safety & Review Comm'n  
Date: April 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2460

Justia Opinion Summary: Under the Federal Mine Safety & Health Act of 1977, the Secretary of Labor protects the health and safety of miners, acting through the Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Regulations under the Act requ...

D. W. v. Milwaukee Public Schools
Date: April 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2880
Christopher Hightower v. Salvador Godinez
Date: April 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3449
USA v. Mario Oliea
Date: April 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3585
Global Dairy Solutions Pty Lim v. BouMatic LLC
Date: April 25, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3060
Martino v. W & S Fin. Grp.  
Date: April 25, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1855

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, W&S hired Martino, a naturalized citizen born in Italy, as a sales representative. He signed an agreement that prohibited him from engaging in any other business or work for remuneration or profit without conse...

Willie Hadley, Jr. v. Pat Quinn
Date: April 25, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3282
USA v. Ellis Lard
Date: April 25, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3314
Rameker v. Clark  
Date: April 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1241

Justia Opinion Summary: Retirement accounts are exempt from creditors’ claims in bankruptcy, 11 U.S.C. 22(b)(3)(C) and (d)(12). The debtor inherited, from her mother, a non-spousal individual retirement account worth about $300,000. The bankrup...

Resul Adili v. Brandon Clark
Date: April 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1255
Harrell. v. Am. Red Cross, Heart of Am. Blood Servs. Region  
Date: April 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1264

Justia Opinion Summary: A new union of ARC blood collection specialists was elected in 2007 and certified in 2010. During the unionization process, ARC filed repeated objections, ultimately overruled by the National Labor Relations Board, delay...

Claude Harrell, Jr. v. American Red Cross, Heart of A
Date: April 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1362
Pamela Rohler v. Rolls-Royce Corporation
Date: April 23, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2061
Cent. States SE & SW Areas Pension Fund v. Nagy  
Date: April 22, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3055

Justia Opinion Summary: Central States is a multiemployer pension plan for members of the Teamsters union in the eastern half of the U.S. Ready Mix employed Teamsters labor and participated in the Central States plan. In 2007 Ready Mix ceased e...

Smith v. Sangamon Cnty. Sheriff's Dep't  
Date: April 19, 2013
Docket Number: 11-1979

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005 Smith was charged with impersonating a police officer and was detained in the Sangamon County Detention Facility pending trial. Because he had a parole hold and a history of problems during a prior detention, Smi...

White v. Marshall & Ilsley Corp.  
Date: April 19, 2013
Docket Number: 11-2660

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed a putative class action, claiming that fiduciaries for their retirement plans violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, 29 U.S.C. 1001, by continuing to offer employer stock as an investment...

USA v. Fred Robinson
Date: April 19, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1928
Tallevette Mueller v. Carolyn W. Colvin
Date: April 19, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2657
USA v. Derrick Shannon
Date: April 19, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3296
USA v. Quincy Hubbard
Date: April 19, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3584
Michelle McDonald v. Village of Palatine, Illinois
Date: April 19, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3679
Lynn Pettis v. General Manager Cory
Date: April 19, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3909
Raul Hurtado v. Seven Eleven
Date: April 19, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1043
Lakesha Norington v. Madeline Brown
Date: April 19, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1237
USA v. Shaon Arch
Date: April 18, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2953
United States v. Collins  
Date: April 18, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3317

Justia Opinion Summary: Collins fled police officers by car and then by foot after he was stopped for speeding. An officer kicked Collins repeatedly and dosed him with pepper spray, but Collins did not stop resisting until another officer deplo...

Lees v. Carthage Coll.  
Date: April 16, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3061

Justia Opinion Summary: Lees was sexually assaulted in her Carthage dorm room by men she believed to be Carthage students. She brought a negligence action against the college, seeking to introduce the opinion testimony of Dr. Kennedy, a premise...

United States v. Conaway  
Date: April 16, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3246

Justia Opinion Summary: Days after a widely-publicized threat by a Florida pastor to burn 200 copies of the Quran on the 2010 anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Conaway posted on Facebook his plans to burn the “holy quaran” and...

Robert Leimkuehler v. American United Life Insuranc
Date: April 16, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1081
Robert Leimkuehler v. American United Life Insuranc
Date: April 16, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1213
Michael Williams v. Mark Boozer
Date: April 16, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1279
Leimkuehler v. Am. United Life Ins. Co.  
Date: April 16, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2536

Justia Opinion Summary: The 401(k) services industry engages in “revenue sharing,” an arrangement allowing mutual funds to share a portion of the fees that they collect from investors with entities that provide services to the mutual funds, the...

Majors v. Gen. Elec. Co.  
Date: April 16, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2893

Justia Opinion Summary: Majors worked at GE’s Bloomington plant for 32 years. In 2000, she suffered a work-related injury to her right shoulder that left her limited to lifting no more than 20 pounds and precluded her from work above shoulder l...

Lisa Gillems v. Hapag-Lloyd (America) Incorpor
Date: April 16, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3384
Mackenzie Burse v. Nurse Komorowski
Date: April 16, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3640
USA v. Kyle Pittenger
Date: April 16, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3693
United States v. Zitt  
Date: April 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1277

Justia Opinion Summary: Zitt and Wampler were charged in a multi-count, multi-defendant indictment alleging a heroin conspiracy and substantive counts of distribution, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1), 846. Zitt was convicted after a jury trial of conspirin...

Steven Schmidt v. Division of Vocational Rehabil
Date: April 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1550
Bennie Ellison v. Cook County Sheriff
Date: April 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1613
Stitts v. Wilson  
Date: April 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2255

Justia Opinion Summary: Stitts was convicted of murder in Indiana state court and sentenced to 60 years’ imprisonment. The district court denied his petition for habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. 2254. Stitts claimed that his trial counsel was inef...

Lawrence Lingle v. Alfreda Kibby
Date: April 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2720
Ronald P. Wurst v. Carolyn W. Colvin
Date: April 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2721
USA v. Joshua Wampler
Date: April 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2865
Gregory Muse v. Mearl Justus
Date: April 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3047
Jesse Phillips v. Wexford Health Sources, Incorp
Date: April 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3054
Teresa Graves v. St. Joseph County Health Depar
Date: April 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3386
USA v. Latonya Clavielle
Date: April 15, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3569
Unted States v. Annoreno  
Date: April 12, 2013
Docket Number: 11-2783

Justia Opinion Summary: Annoreno was an administrator of an internet chat room called “Kiddypics & Kiddyvids,” on which users broadcast live videos of people sexually abusing young children, including infants. The chat room allowed users to int...

Cromwell v. City of Momence  
Date: April 12, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1541

Justia Opinion Summary: Cromwell was fired from his position as a Momence police lieutenant, after an incident of alleged misconduct involving alcohol that was followed by lying and insubordination during the investigation. Cromwell sued, argui...

USA v. Alberta Pierce
Date: April 11, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3626
USA v. Joseph Faulkner
Date: April 11, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2298
United States v. Irons  
Date: April 11, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2377

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1999 Irons was sentenced to 240 months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine base, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1), and 846, and two counts of possession with intent to distribute c...

Derrick Dotson v. AT&T Services, Incorporated
Date: April 11, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2875
USA v. Seth Brissey
Date: April 11, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3000
Burke v. 401 N. Wabash Venture, L.L.C.  
Date: April 10, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3208

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, when the real estate market was strong, Burke, a citizen of Ireland, signed a contract with the developer for the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, to buy a condominium unit and two parking spaces in...

Kevin McCarthy v. Patricia Fuller
Date: April 10, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2157
Kevin McCarthy v. Patricia Fuller
Date: April 10, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2257
McCarthy v. Fuller  
Date: April 10, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2262

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1956, Sister Ephrem of the Most Precious Blood, experienced apparitions of the Virgin Mary, during which, Sister Ephrem claimed, she was told: “I am Our Lady of America.” The Archbishop supported a program of devotion...

Gilbert Galinato v. Shaun Donovan
Date: April 10, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3271
Steven Avery v. Kenneth Kratz
Date: April 10, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3467
Krieger v. Educ. Credit Mgmt. Corp.  
Date: April 10, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3592

Justia Opinion Summary: Krieger, age 53, cannot pay her debts. She lives with her mother in a rural community; they have only monthly income from governmental programs. She is too poor to move and her car, more than 10 years old, needs repairs....

USA v. Benjamin Johnson
Date: April 10, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3775
United States v. Jones  
Date: April 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1497

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found Terrance Jones guilty of possessing cocaine with intent to distribute, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1), and of using a telephone to facilitate possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, 21 U.S.C. 843(b). Jones mov...

USA v. Linda Townsend
Date: April 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1544
USA v. Roshunda Smith
Date: April 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1589
United States v. Westerfield  
Date: April 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1599

Justia Opinion Summary: Westerfield was a lawyer working for an Illinois title insurance company when she facilitated fraudulent real estate transfers in a scheme that used stolen identities of homeowners to “sell” houses that were not for sale...

Cloe v. City of Indianapolis  
Date: April 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1713

Justia Opinion Summary: Cloe started working for the City of Indianapolis in 2007 as an Unsafe Buildings/Nuisance Abatement Project Manager. In 2008, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a chronic, incurable neurological disorder that ren...

United States v. Robinson  
Date: April 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2015

Justia Opinion Summary: Convicted of possessing child pornography, defendant was sentenced to 108 months in prison. The judge increased his base offense level by 15 levels, including a two-level enhancement for actually distributing the pornogr...

United States v. Berg  
Date: April 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2118

Justia Opinion Summary: Berg ran a cross-border smuggling scheme that traded American arms for Canadian cannabis. He supplied several bags of cocaine to a dealer who unwittingly resold them to a government agent. Berg confessed to both sets of...

Walterina Miranda-Murillo v. Eric Holder, Jr.
Date: April 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3374
United States v. Davis  
Date: April 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3552

Justia Opinion Summary: Davis repeatedly gave false addresses when purchasing guns, six of which were later recovered from persons who could not lawfully possess them. Davis claimed that the guns were stolen, but pleaded guilty to two counts of...

USA v. Santiago Guatemala-Pacheco
Date: April 9, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3690
Modrowski v. Pigatto  
Date: April 8, 2013
Docket Number: 11-1327

Justia Opinion Summary: Allegedly in retaliation for Modrowski’s unwillingness to skimp on building repairs, defendants fired him, withheld $11,000 in wages, had Modrowski jailed, and locked Modrowski out of his personal Yahoo email account. Mo...

Mark Winger v. Guy Pierce
Date: April 8, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3480
NES Rentals Holdings, Inc.l v. Steine Cold Storage, Inc.  
Date: April 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1401

Justia Opinion Summary: Steine was a subcontractor for installation of thermal units at a Wal-Mart store in Gas City, Indiana. Steine rented a boom lift from NES. Steine foreman Crager signed a one-page, two-sided NES “Rental Agreement” with a...

United States v. Meherg  
Date: April 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1860

Justia Opinion Summary: When Meherg was arrested on an outstanding warrant, police discovered that he had been carrying a firearm and ammunition. Meherg pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm after having previously been convicted of a felony,...

David Johnson v. Trans Union LLC
Date: April 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2083
USA v. Christopher Consago
Date: April 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2559
Richard M. Fogel v. Ronald Shabat
Date: April 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3888
In re: Draiman  
Date: April 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3902

Justia Opinion Summary: Draiman filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009, but converted to a Chapter 7 bankruptcy one day short of two years after his initial filing. That same day Fogel was appointed interim trustee. He became the permanent tru...

Richard M. Fogel v. Lifescan Laboratory, Inc.
Date: April 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3903
Samuel Lipshitz v. Richard Fogel
Date: April 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3904
Larry Hall, Jr. v. Village of Flossmoor Police De
Date: April 8, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3913
Suleman Merchant v. Eric Holder, Jr.
Date: April 5, 2013
Docket Number: 10-1950
United States v. Scheuneman  
Date: April 5, 2013
Docket Number: 11-1554

Justia Opinion Summary: After years of paying taxes on wages he received for his work as a carpenter, Scheuneman stopped paying federal income tax in 1998. In 1999, in an effort to prevent the IRS from discovering his income, Scheuneman purchas...

Maniscalco v. Simon  
Date: April 5, 2013
Docket Number: 11-2402

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007 Maniscalco hosted a party for a local politician at his Gurnee restaurant. Maniscalco capped the night with celebratory shots of tequila and a trip to McDonald’s, where he encountered Fidel Castro at the drive-th...

United States v. Gomez  
Date: April 5, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1104

Justia Opinion Summary: Gomez was convicted of four drug-related crimes and sentenced to four concurrent 84-month terms. The Seventh Circuit affirmed, rejecting arguments that the trial court erred in admitting evidence of his possession of co...

USA v. Ezra Miranda
Date: April 5, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2534
Bankmanagers Corp. v. Fed. Ins. Co.  
Date: April 5, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3202

Justia Opinion Summary: From 1997 through 2009 Sachdeva, the vice president for accounting at Koss, instructed Park Bank, where Koss had an account, to prepare more than 570 cashier’s checks, payable to Sachdeva’s creditors and used to satisfy...

Bankmanagers Corporation v. Federal Insurance Company
Date: April 5, 2013
Docket Number: 13-1506
Williamson v. Curran  
Date: April 4, 2013
Docket Number: 09-3985

Justia Opinion Summary: Lisa Williamson and her husband Lance were arrested on a charge that they had stolen someone else’s horse. The facts are disputed, but the horse had apparently been boarded at Lance’s stable, by an agent of its owner, bu...

Monroe v. Birkey  
Date: April 4, 2013
Docket Number: 10-3407

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1996, Stalker was fatally bludgeoned and stabbed following a drug sale. Witnesses led Chicago police to Monroe and three fellow members of the Black P-Stone Nation street gang: Thomas, Curry, and Jackson, who had been...

Jordan v. Binns  
Date: April 4, 2013
Docket Number: 11-2134

Justia Opinion Summary: Binns was driving a truck on an interstate highway, transporting parts on behalf of U.S. Xpress. Binns was in the center lane negotiating a curve when he saw, in his mirror, a motorcycle sliding down the right lane. Afte...

United States v. Dill  
Date: April 4, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1733

Justia Opinion Summary: Dill was charged with possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1), possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime, 18 U.S.C. 924(c), and possession of...

Pepper v. Astrue  
Date: April 4, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2261

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, Pepper, then 54 years old, applied for Supplemental Security Disability Insurance Benefits, alleging that she became unable to work in November 1998 as a result of numerous physical and mental impairments. The a...

United States v. Dotson  
Date: April 4, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2945

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, arrested after assaulting a woman and pointing a pistol at her, was convicted as a felon in possession of a firearm, 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1) and sentenced to 188 months in prison. He argued that the pistol was not...

Warren v. Baenen  
Date: April 3, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1148

Justia Opinion Summary: Warren shot and killed a man in 2002, during a marijuana sale. Although Warren was originally charged in state court with first-degree intentional homicide, he eventually pled no contest to first-degree reckless homicide...

Jose D. Soriano v. Town of Cicero
Date: April 2, 2013
Docket Number: 10-3352
United States v. Lomax  
Date: April 2, 2013
Docket Number: 11-2468

Justia Opinion Summary: Lomax pleaded guilty in 2008 to one count of distributing crack cocaine, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1). By the time he was sentenced in 2011, Congress had enacted the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, 124 Stat. 2372, which increased th...

Budd v. Motley  
Date: April 2, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3425

Justia Opinion Summary: Following his arrest in 2009, Budd spent 45 days in the Edgar County Jail. In newspaper articles, the sheriff described the jail as not “livable” and violating “acceptable standards.” During his detention, Budd was confi...

Koransky, Bouwer & Poracky, P. C. v. Bar Plan Mut. Ins. Co.  
Date: April 2, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1579

Justia Opinion Summary: The law firm represented a potential buyer in the purchase of a drugstore. Buyer and Seller executed the sales contract separately. The firm misfiled the contract executed by Buyer, however, and Seller subsequently attem...

Jabr v. Holder  
Date: April 2, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2593

Justia Opinion Summary: For more than two years, members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), an organization that violently opposes the existence of Israel, tried to recruit Jabr to join their group. Jabr resisted because he is a member of...

United States v. Burge  
Date: April 1, 2013
Docket Number: 11-1277

Justia Opinion Summary: Burge joined the Chicago Police Department in 1970 and rose to commanding officer of the violent crimes section in the 1980s, but his career was marked by accusations from more than individuals who claimed that he and of...

Scott Wallis v. USA Baby, Inc.
Date: April 1, 2013
Docket Number: 11-2233
Brady v. Hardy  
Date: April 1, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3365

Justia Opinion Summary: McDaniel arrived at the emergency room in May, 2001, with a gunshot wound to the head. She died two days later. Her death was ruled a homicide, and Brady, her boyfriend and the father of her child, became a suspect. Afte...

Thomas Riley v. Chad Kolitwenzew
Date: April 1, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3666
USA v. Darius Jiggetts
Date: April 1, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1112
USA v. Dori McGeshick
Date: April 1, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1914
Hernandez v. Cook Cnty. Sheriff's Dep't  
Date: April 1, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1941

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs are correctional officers and were part of a specialized unit, the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) that guarded inmates in the Cook County Jail’s Abnormal Behavioral Observation Unit (ABO). In 2006, si...

USA v. Cornelius Mitchell
Date: April 1, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2879
USA v. Bertrand R. Edwards
Date: April 1, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3183
Arteaga v. United States  
Date: April 1, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3189

Justia Opinion Summary: During her birth in 2004, the 11-pound baby became lodged in the mother’s pelvis, so that nerves in her shoulder were injured (brachial plexus injury), resulting in a limited range of movement in her right arm A few mont...

Harris N.A. v. Acadia Invs. L.C.  
Date: March 29, 2013
Docket Number: 11-1550

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, Harris N.A. loaned Acadia money on a revolving basis. Acadia is a limited liability company consisting of members of the Hershey family and three trusts. The loan was personally guaranteed by Loren Hershey, a ma...

Hall v. City of Chicago  
Date: March 29, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3279

Justia Opinion Summary: Although Hall has been a plumber for the City of Chicago since 1995, she was on disability leave from 1999 to 2003 due to a work-related injury. Hall returned to the City’s employ with the limitation that she could not l...

Robert D. Fletcher v. Rick Harrington
Date: March 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1087
Estate of Joe Brown v. Arc Music Group
Date: March 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1287
United States v. Gutierrez-Ceja  
Date: March 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1388

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant pleaded guilty to being in the U.S. illegally after having been removed. The judge sentenced him to 84 months in prison. The statutory maximum prison sentence for illegal reentry is usually 2 years, 8 U.S.C...

USA v. Christopher Reid
Date: March 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1635
DeAndria Campbell v. Adventist Health System
Date: March 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1885
Samuel Anderson v. Robert Bales
Date: March 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2244
USA v. Arthur Woodson
Date: March 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2358
USA v. Ollie Peterson
Date: March 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2484
Unted States v. Scott  
Date: March 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2555

Justia Opinion Summary: Scott pleaded guilty to distribution of 50 or more grams of crack cocaine, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1). His plea agreement, entered under FRCP 11(c)(1)(C), specified a prison term of 192 months; the district court accepted the a...

Bryan D. Hinnen v. Emerald Hills Condominium Asso
Date: March 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2922
Jackson v. Bank of Am. Corp.  
Date: March 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3338

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2003 the Jacksons obtained a $282,500 home mortgage refinancing loan with a 30-year fixed interest rate of 5.875% from AWL. They used a mortgage broker, MFMS, to apply for the loan. The Jacksons allege that other defe...

Earnest Johnson, Jr. v. International Longshoremen's
Date: March 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3590
Andre Webster v. Eric Holder, Jr.
Date: March 29, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3688
Peter Lewis v. Jerry Sternes, et al  
Date: March 28, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3297

Justia Opinion Summary: An inmate filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983 and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), 42 U.S.C. 2000cc, complaining that officials denied him an accommodation of his religious observances. He i...

USA v. Rade Manojlovic
Date: March 28, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1998
United States v. Peterson  
Date: March 28, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2484

Justia Opinion Summary: Peterson pled guilty to one count of bank robbery, 18 U.S.C. 2113(a), after robbing a bank to pay off a debt with a drug dealer. During Peterson’s sentencing hearing, the district court read from a portion of the probati...

Zheng v. Holder  
Date: March 27, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2427

Justia Opinion Summary: Zheng, a native of China, arrived in the U.S. in 1991 and applied for asylum, which was denied. The INS charged him with removability in 1998, but Zheng renewed his request for asylum, asserting that his wife (who arrive...

Sharon Schreiber v. Carolyn W. Colvin
Date: March 27, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2602
USA v. Shaun Brooks, Jr.
Date: March 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1643
City of Livonia Emps' Ret. Sys. v. Boeing Co.  
Date: March 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1899

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed a class action on behalf of stock purchasers, alleging that Boeing committed securities fraud under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 15 U.S.C. 78j(b), and SEC Rule 10b-5. The suit related to statemen...

City of Livonia Employees' Ret v. Boeing Company
Date: March 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2009
Ronald Schroeder v. Doug Drankiewicz
Date: March 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2305
Jay Vermillion v. Mark Levenhagen
Date: March 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2436
Brian Teed v. Thomas & Betts Power Solutions
Date: March 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-2440
Teed v. Thomas & Betts Power Solutions, L.L.C.  
Date: March 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3029

Justia Opinion Summary: The original named defendants in the case, alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act with respect to overtime pay, were JT Packard, the plaintiffs’ employer, and Packard’s parent, Bray. A parent corporation is...

USA v. Thaddeus Speed
Date: March 26, 2013
Docket Number: 12-3483
United States v. Westmoreland  
Date: March 25, 2013
Docket Number: 10-3961

Justia Opinion Summary: Westmoreland was convicted first for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, and in a second trial, for additional counts stemming from the murder of the wife of his partner in drug-dealing: causing the death of...

USA v. Matthew Martin
Date: March 25, 2013
Docket Number: 11-1696
Anthony Conley v. Keith Anglin
Date: March 25, 2013
Docket Number: 11-3262
Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. American International Group
Date: March 25, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1157
Safeco Insurance Company v. American International Group
Date: March 25, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1158
American International Group v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.
Date: March 25, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1186
Safeco Insurance Company v. American International Group
Date: March 25, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1730
Am. Int'l Grp. v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co  
Date: March 25, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1753

Justia Opinion Summary: Companies underwriting workers’ compensation insurance participate in a reinsurance pool administered by the National Workers Compensation Reinsurance Association. Insurers share in the pool’s profit or loss according to...

Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. American International Group
Date: March 25, 2013
Docket Number: 12-1764