2015 Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Case Law

Opinions 1 - 500 of 1064

Brown v. UAL Corp.  
Date: December 31, 2015
Docket Number: 13-2800

Justia Opinion Summary: Brown began working as a United flight attendant in 1991. He suffered from depression and bipolar disorder and was disciplined for absenteeism and unprofessionalism. In 2000, he required psychiatric hospitalization. The...

CFE Group, LLC v. FirstMerit Bank, N.A.  
Date: December 31, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2554

Justia Opinion Summary: FirstMerit Bank sued CFE Group in federal court to enforce a promissory note and guaranties. The district court dismissed without prejudice, with leave to amend. Rather than amend, FirstMerit filed a notice of voluntary...

Jean-Paul v. Douma  
Date: December 31, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3088

Justia Opinion Summary: Jean-Paul was convicted of state drug crimes and sentenced to 13 years’ confinement. His appointed appellate counsel, Donnelly, told Jean-Paul that he intended to file a “no-merit report,” unless Jean-Paul wanted to proc...

Estrada-Martinez v. Lynch  
Date: December 31, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1139

Justia Opinion Summary: Estrada fled Honduras in 1994 after police there detained and tortured him. An immigration judge granted Estrada relief from removal, finding that he will more likely than not face torture if he is removed to Honduras. T...

United States v. West  
Date: December 30, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2514

Justia Opinion Summary: During a consensual search for a stolen television, an old gun that had belonged to West's father was found in the attic. No fingerprints were recovered from the gun and there was conflicting evidence concerning whether...

Zhong Li v. Loretta Lynch
Date: December 30, 2015
Docket Number: 15-2257
Howard v. Pollard  
Date: December 29, 2015
Docket Number: 15-8025

Justia Opinion Summary: Inmates, acting pro se, alleged violations of the Eighth Amendment by overcrowding and provision of inadequate mental-health services. The district court denied their “Motion for Class Certification and Appointment of Co...

Tate v. SCR Med. Transp., Inc  
Date: December 28, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1447

Justia Opinion Summary: Tate filed suit pro se, claiming that his former employer, which provides non‐emergency medical transportation, discriminated against him and then having retaliated against him for complaining about the discrimination, 4...

Dorothy Cain v. City of Muncie
Date: December 28, 2015
Docket Number: 15-2225
Citadel Securities LLC v. Chicago Board Options Exchange
Date: December 23, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2912
Citadel Securities LLC v. Chicago Board Options Exchange
Date: December 23, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3071
Khan v. United States  
Date: December 23, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3292

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, 12 U.S. Marshals waited in Khan’s apartment, then arrested her at gunpoint for making false statements to HUD. When she asked to use the bathroom, a marshal patted her down and watched her pull down her underwea...

United States v. Woods  
Date: December 23, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1495

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was found guilty of multiple counts of health care fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1347, and sentenced to 70 months in prison. The Seventh Circuit affirmed, rejecting defendant’s argument that the judge did not address one of...

Mitchell v. Wall  
Date: December 23, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1881

Justia Opinion Summary: Mitchell, physically a man, psychologically a woman, sought to compel her probation officers to alter conditions of her probation, by allowing her to reside with her family rather than in the men’s homeless shelter, allo...

Egan v. Pineda  
Date: December 23, 2015
Docket Number: 15-2011

Justia Opinion Summary: Lawyer Spicer represented plaintiff Egan in a case that alleged sex discrimination and the creation of a hostile work environment. The complaint included allegations that Egan, at her deposition, emphatically denied. Spi...

Mendoza-Sanchez v. Lynch  
Date: December 23, 2015
Docket Number: 15-2551

Justia Opinion Summary: Mendoza-Sanchez entered the U.S. at age 18, in 1983, and became a lawful permanent resident. He sold cocaine obtained from members of the violent La Linea cartel, known to work with corrupt Mexican police officers. In 20...

Caesars Entm't Operating Co., Inc. v. BOKF, N.A.  
Date: December 23, 2015
Docket Number: 15-3259

Justia Opinion Summary: CEOC, the Chapter 11 debtor, owns and operates casinos. Caesars (CEC) is CEOC's principal owner. CEOC borrowed billions of dollars, issuing notes guaranteed by CEC. As CEOC’s financial position worsened, CEC tried to eli...

Alliance for Water Efficiency v. Fryer  
Date: December 22, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1206

Justia Opinion Summary: Alliance for Water Efficiency engaged Fryer to analyze how water agencies’ programs affect elasticity of water demand during droughts. Fryer prepared a draft report. Alliance was dissatisfied, and sued to prevent Fryer f...

Narayan Chetri v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: December 22, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1220
Earnest Johnson, Jr. v. Federal Marine Terminal of Mil
Date: December 22, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1535
David Davenport v. Brian Rodgers
Date: December 22, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1622
United States v. Vivas-Ceja  
Date: December 22, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1770

Justia Opinion Summary: Vivas-Ceja, a citizen of Mexico, was removed from the U.S. on three occasions. In 2013, he was arrested at an airport in Madison, Wisconsin, for illegally reentering the country. He pleaded guilty to illegal reentry afte...

Wayne Norman v. AllianceOne Receivables Manage
Date: December 22, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1780
USA v. David Tresch
Date: December 22, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1993
Judy Powell v. Webster Smith
Date: December 22, 2015
Docket Number: 15-2009
USA v. Daniel Eckstrom
Date: December 22, 2015
Docket Number: 15-2108
Harkamal Singh v. Loretta Lynch
Date: December 22, 2015
Docket Number: 15-2307
USA v. Margarito Garcia-Fragoso
Date: December 22, 2015
Docket Number: 15-2512
Myron Kykta v. Jeff Ciaccio
Date: December 22, 2015
Docket Number: 15-2533
Salazar-Garcia v. Galvan-Pinelo  
Date: December 22, 2015
Docket Number: 15-2983

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother and father, Mexican citizens, dated in 2001-2002. In 2002, mother gave birth to a child, D.S., in Mexico. Although mother has had physical custody of D.S., father played an active part in the child’s life. In 2013...

Garner v. United  
Date: December 21, 2015
Docket Numbers: 13-3506, 15-3661

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007 Garner was convicted of federal gun and drug crimes and sentenced to 322 months’ imprisonment. Garner appealed, but counsel filed a no-merit “Anders” brief; the Seventh Circuit dismissed. A year later, Garner sou...

USA v. James Jones
Date: December 21, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1129
Kellie Lehouillier v. Carolyn Colvin
Date: December 21, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1516
Carothers v. County of Cook  
Date: December 21, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1915

Justia Opinion Summary: Carothers, an African-American woman, was hired by Cook County Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) in 2005 as an Administrative Assistant-Hearing Officer, inputting data and creating reports, and serving as a hearing officer...

USA v. Frederick Garner
Date: December 21, 2015
Docket Number: 15-3661
Kevin McCarthy v. Patricia Fuller
Date: December 18, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3308
Big Ridge, Incorporated v. NLRB
Date: December 18, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1046
Nat'l Labor Relations Bd. v. Big Ridge, Inc.  
Date: December 18, 2015
Docket Numbers: 15-1103, 15-1046

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, the National Labor Relations Board found that Big Ridge violated the National Labor Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. 158, by threatening employees with mine closure and job loss based on their support of the union and d...

McCarthy v. Fuller  
Date: December 18, 2015
Docket Numbers: 15-1839, 14-3308

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1956, Ephrem, a Catholic nun, experienced apparitions of the Virgin Mary. Devotions to Our Lady of America was launched. Ephrem joined a cloistered house, approved by the Pope. Fuller entered the cloister in 1965. In...

Clarence Brown v. Brad D. Schimel
Date: December 17, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3511
Equal Employment Opportunity Comm'n v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc.  
Date: December 17, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3653

Justia Opinion Summary: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought an enforcement action under Section 707(a) of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000e‐6, claiming that CVS Pharmacy violates Title VII by offe...

Rodriguez-Molinero v. Lynch  
Date: December 17, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1860

Justia Opinion Summary: Rodriguez-Molinero, a Mexican citizen, has lived in the U.S. for many years as a lawful permanent resident. His involvement in the methamphetamine trade led to his conviction of federal drug crimes and a prison sentence...

Cincinnati Ins. Co. v. Vita Food Prods, Inc.  
Date: December 16, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1405

Justia Opinion Summary: Cincinnati Insurance issued a liability policy to Painters, which allowed the insured to add an “additional insured” by oral agreement, if that agreement preceded the occurrence and “a certificate of insurance ... has be...

Ammar Mousa v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: December 15, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1778
Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, In v. Lac Du Flambeau Band of Lake
Date: December 14, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2150
Godfrey & Kahn v. Lac Du Flambeau Band of Lake
Date: December 14, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2287
IN Petroleum Mkters & Convenience Store Ass'n v. Cook  
Date: December 14, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2559

Justia Opinion Summary: An association of Indiana convenience stores filed suit seeking to invalidate a state law that restricts the sale of cold packaged beer. The suit claims the law violates the Equal Protection Clause because some kinds of...

Horsley v. Trame  
Date: December 14, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2846

Justia Opinion Summary: A few months after Horsley turned 18, she mailed in an application for an Illinois Firearm Owner’s Identification Card (FOID) card along with the requisite check for $10. Horsley’s application was returned to her with a...

SirGerald Akbar v. Calumet City, Illinois
Date: December 14, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3610
Linda Reed v. State of Illinois
Date: December 11, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1745
United States v. Ajayi  
Date: December 11, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2183

Justia Opinion Summary: Ajayi, an electrical engineer, wanted to start a business selling MRI products in Africa. He incorporated GRI in Illinois and another company in Africa and sought investors. While traveling, he solicited a $45,000 invest...

Citadel Securities LLC v. Chicago Board Options Exchange
Date: December 11, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2912
Citadel Sec., LLC v. Chicago Bd. Options Exch., Inc.  
Date: December 11, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3071

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants are national securities exchanges registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and operate as self‐regulatory organizations that regulate markets in conformance with securities laws under...

Marshall v. Woodward, Inc.  
Date: December 11, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1866

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, Woodward employees, filed a qui tam action under the False Claims Act, alleging that Woodward falsely certified helicopter engine parts that it sold to the government. Plaintiffs had complained that the senso...

USA v. David Kadlec
Date: December 11, 2015
Docket Number: 15-2292
Todd Michalec v. Carolyn Colvin
Date: December 10, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1825
Patricia Shumaker v. Carolyn Colvin
Date: December 10, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1923
Michael Flournoy v. Winnebago County Sheriff's
Date: December 9, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1728
Barbara Stahl v. Carolyn Colvin
Date: December 8, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1273
USA v. George Van Til
Date: December 8, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1385
Scott McMahon v. LVNV Funding, LLC  
Date: December 8, 2015
Docket Number: 15-8018

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff brought this putative class action under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), claiming that LVNV Funding, Inc. violated the FDCPA when it sought to collect or settle debts that are not legally enforc...

BBL, Inc. v. City of Angola  
Date: December 7, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1199

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs purchased a restaurant in the City of Angola, Indiana and planned to convert it to an adult-entertainment venue featuring dancers wearing only “pasties and a g-string.” Angola reacted to the proposed sexually-...

Deborah Slayton v. Carolyn Colvin
Date: December 7, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1254
Stacy Perkins v. Carolyn Colvin
Date: December 7, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1708
Christopher Goodvine v. George Monese
Date: December 7, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1752
Hughes v. Farris  
Date: December 7, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1801

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff is confined at a treatment and detention facility in Illinois as a result of his designation as a sexually violent person for purposes of Illinois’s Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act. Plaintiff filed this...

USA v. Saulo Salinas-Ospina
Date: December 7, 2015
Docket Number: 15-2564
Dunderdale v. United Airlines, Inc.  
Date: December 3, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2911

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff worked for United Airlines as a ramp serviceman at O’Hare International Airport. Plaintiff twice injured his back at work. When he returned for the second time, he had several permanent work restrictions. Unite...

Hill v. Colvin  
Date: December 3, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1230

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff applied for disability benefits, listing eight impairments. The Social Security Administration denied Plaintiff’s application and did so again on reconsideration. The next year, Plaintiff testified before an Ad...

United States v. Torres  
Date: December 2, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1538

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was indicted for possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. Defendant was released on a $200,000 bond secured by real property owned by his parents. When Defendant violated a condition o...

USA v. Terrance P. Daniels
Date: December 1, 2015
Docket Number: 13-2078
USA v. Dahveed Dean
Date: December 1, 2015
Docket Number: 13-2982
Payton v. Cannon  
Date: December 1, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1694

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, an inmate at the Illinois Stateville Prison, filed a complaint against members of the prison staff, claiming that a prison prohibition against inmates receiving any magazine that “includes sexually explicit ma...

Yixing Ren v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: November 30, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1543
Jose Vasquez v. Charles Daniels
Date: November 30, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1556
Burritt v. Ditlefsen  
Date: November 30, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1896

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was arrested for an alleged sexual assault, which allegation turned out to be false. Plaintiff brought this lawsuit against Defendants, Polk County and a Polk County investigator, advancing claims under 42 U.S....

Backpage.com, LLC v. Dart  
Date: November 30, 2015
Docket Number: 15-3047

Justia Opinion Summary: Backpage.com provides an online forum for classified ads and includes an “adult section.” The Sheriff of Cook County initiated a campaign to extinguish Backpage’s adult section - and, by extension, all of Backpage - by d...

Ziebell v. Fox Valley Workforce Dev. Bd., Inc.  
Date: November 25, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1780

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was fired from her employment with the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc., a state job-training agency serving central Wisconsin with funding from the federal government. Approximately two years later...

O'Quinn v. Spiller  
Date: November 25, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1836

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial in an Illinois state court, Appellant was found guilty of murdering his girlfriend’s one-year-old daughter. After exhausting his state appeals, Appellant filed a federal habeas petition, claiming, inte...

United States v. Sanford  
Date: November 25, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2860

Justia Opinion Summary: An Illinois state trooper stopped a car that had been speeding. The subsequent search of the car revealed 1.5 kilograms of cocaine, which the police seized. Defendant, who was one of two passengers in the car, was prosec...

Foster v. Principal Life Ins. Co.  
Date: November 25, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3203

Justia Opinion Summary: Francis Foster filed suit against Principal Life Insurance Company, alleging, inter alia, tortious interference with prospective economic advantage. Principal filed a motion to dismiss the complaint on the grounds that F...

United States v. Douglas  
Date: November 25, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1208

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender. A federal district court sentenced Appellant to thirty months in prison, five years of supervised release, a special assessment, and a fine. As part of th...

Moreland v. Johnson  
Date: November 25, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1291

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, an occasional employee of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), filed an administrative claim of discrimination on the basis of her race, age, and...

Neisler v. Tuckwell  
Date: November 25, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1804

Justia Opinion Summary: Mathew Neisler worked as a stockman in food service during his incarceration at the Waupun Correctional Institution. Three months after Neisler suffered work-related injury, he was fired for “medical” reasons. Neisler fi...

Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc. v. Lac Du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians  
Date: November 24, 2015
Docket Numbers: 14-2150, 14-2287

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal was the most recent appeal in a series of lawsuits that have arisen over the sale of bonds by a corporation wholly owned by the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (collectively, “the Triba...

United States v. Coleman  
Date: November 24, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2246

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a plea agreement, Defendant entered a plea of guilty to a drug conspiracy charge. The plea agreement contained a waiver of Defendant’s right to collaterally attack his conviction or sentence. The district jud...

Godfrey & Kahn v. Lac Du Flambeau Band of Lake
Date: November 24, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2287
Dobbey v. Mitchell-Lawshea  
Date: November 24, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2772

Justia Opinion Summary: Sixteen days after Defendant, a dentist, learned Plaintiff, an inmate of Illinois’s Stateville prison, was complaining of a tooth abscess, Defendant diagnosed an abscessed molar, prescribed penicillin to bring the infect...

Curtis v. Costco Wholesale Corp.  
Date: November 24, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3354

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, an employee of Costco Wholesale Corporation, made two requests for a medical leave under the FMLA. Costco granted both requests. During that time, Plaintiff was demoted from optical manager to cashier. Plainti...

Zimmerman v. Doran  
Date: November 24, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1242

Justia Opinion Summary: Anthony Zimmerman, the president and owner of Premier Forest Products Products, Inc. (together, Plaintiffs), was hired to harvest trees on certain property. When the landowner discovered that Zimmerman had been harvestin...

Mid-Central Illinois Reg’l v. Con-Tech Carpentry, LLC  
Date: November 24, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1269

Justia Opinion Summary: Several multi-employer health and welfare funds filed this suit under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act seeking approximately $70,000 in alleged delinquent contributions. The assertedly delinquent employer, Con...

Smith v. Chicago Transit Auth.  
Date: November 23, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2622

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, who is black, filed a complaint against the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) in federal court, alleging that the CTA fired him because of his race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 4...

United States v. Larios-Buentello  
Date: November 23, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1312

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, an alien, has been frequently removed from the United States in light of his criminal record. Appellant has been convicted three times of illegal reentry in violation of 8 U.S.C. 1326(a). In this, Appellant's...

USA v. Demetrius Murphy
Date: November 23, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1602
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Inc. v. Schimel  
Date: November 23, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1736

Justia Opinion Summary: On July 5, 2013, the Governor of Wisconsin signed into a law a statute that the Wisconsin legislature had passed one month earlier prohibiting a doctor from performing an abortion unless he or she has admitting privilege...

Leeb v. Nationwide Credit Corp.  
Date: November 20, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1329

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Nationwide Credit Corporation, a debt-collection agency - telephoned Gregory Leeb about an unpaid medical bill. Leeb mailed and faxed a letter to Nationwide disputing the debt. A few days later, Nationwide sent...

United States v. Austin  
Date: November 20, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3135

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, defendant Jason Austin was the leader of a street-level, retail drug-trafficking operation. Austin received drugs from suppliers and sold the drugs to users, with the help of many others. Money was passed up a c...

USA v. Kevin Brewster
Date: November 19, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1285
USA v. Shuntay Antonio Brown
Date: November 19, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2524
Tonya Vanover v. Carolyn Colvin
Date: November 19, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1185
USA v. Hillard Martin
Date: November 19, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1605
Silha v. ACT, Inc.  
Date: November 18, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1083

Justia Opinion Summary: ACT, Inc. and The College Board (collectively, Defendants) are national testing agencies that administer the ACT and SAT college entrance exams. When a student applies to take a test, Defendants obtain some of the studen...

USA v. Jamonte Allison
Date: November 18, 2015
Docket Number: 15-2412
Crockett v. Butler  
Date: November 17, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2320

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was convicted of first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery. The Illinois Appellate Court reversed Petitioner’s attempted armed robbery conviction and ordered resentencing on the murde...

Winford Bryant v. Keith Brin
Date: November 16, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1542
Carol Butcher v. South Shore Hospital
Date: November 13, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3655
Sean Smith v. Utah Valley University
Date: November 13, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1838
Aaron Douglas v. University of Chicago
Date: November 12, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1498
Alfred McGee v. Nissan Motor Acceptance Corpo
Date: November 12, 2015
Docket Number: 15-2112
United States v. Martin  
Date: November 10, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3187

Justia Opinion Summary: On four occasions, Normal, Illinois, police attached battery‐powered, global‐positioning‐ system devices (GPS) to the Lincoln sedan belonging to Martin, a suspected drug trafficker, in an effort to monitor his movements....

United States v. Rahman  
Date: November 9, 2015
Docket Number: 13-1586

Justia Opinion Summary: A building that housed the Café, other restaurants, and 10 apartments burned to the ground. The Cafe’s owner, Rahman, signed a consent form that allowed investigators to look for the “origin and cause” of the fire. Inves...

USA v. Oral Sekendur
Date: November 9, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2298
United States v. Chatman  
Date: November 9, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2519

Justia Opinion Summary: Chatman was charged with six counts of distributing heroin, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1), based on separate transactions between Chatman and an undercover agent. He pled guilty to one count, his sixteenth criminal conviction sinc...

Jonathan Wilke v. Charles Cole
Date: November 9, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1082
DaJuan Key v. Corporal Brown
Date: November 9, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1549
United States v. Harper  
Date: November 6, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2701

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to fraud consisting of having abused her position as a Chicago public-school board member by accepting kickbacks of more than $500,000 from bus companies to which she steered transportation contr...

Richard Rosa v. John Doe
Date: November 6, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3219
Dannez Hunter v. PepsiCo, Inc.
Date: November 6, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1424
Jonathan Alexi Castillo-Ibarra v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: November 6, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1959
Robert Sarvis v. BMO Harris Bank N.A.
Date: November 6, 2015
Docket Number: 15-2207
Williams, Bax & Saltzman, P.C. v. Boley Int'l (H.K.) Ltd  
Date: November 5, 2015
Docket Number: 13-2434

Justia Opinion Summary: The law firm represented Goesel, a minor, and his parents in a personal-injury suit that settled before trial. The law firm needed judicial approval to finalize the settlement. The contingent-fee agreement entitled the f...

BRC Rubber & Plastics, Incorpo v. Continental Carbon Company
Date: November 5, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1416
United States v. Rogers  
Date: November 5, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1553

Justia Opinion Summary: Rogers has a long criminal record that includes West Virginia convictions for sexually abusing his daughter and stepdaughter. He is required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act to register in each state...

BRC Rubber & Plastics, Inc. v. Cont'l Carbon Co.  
Date: November 5, 2015
Docket Numbers: 14-1555, 14-1416

Justia Opinion Summary: Continental sells carbon black, a material used in rubber products. BRC makes rubber products for the automotive industry. The companies entered into a contract that stated: It is the intent of this agreement that Contin...

Vinyard v. United States  
Date: November 4, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1134

Justia Opinion Summary: Vinyard pled guilty to conspiracy to manufacture, distribute, and possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute. At sentencing, he started to backtrack on whether he was admitting some of the relevant conduct. After...

United States v. Ferrell  
Date: November 4, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2915

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found Ferrell, a licensed psychologist, and Bryce, Ferrell’s employee, guilty of six counts of healthcare fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1347. Ferrell was sentenced to 88 months of imprisonment. The Seventh Circuit affirmed, u...

United States v. Sands  
Date: November 4, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3409

Justia Opinion Summary: Chicago Officer Williams received information from a registered informant that an individual whom the informant personally knew was selling narcotics from a gold Toyota Camry with tinted windows near 71st and Paxton. The...

Ramiro Reyes-Mendez v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: November 4, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3432
USA v. Demettris Cruse
Date: November 3, 2015
Docket Number: 13-2929
USA v. Daniel McClain
Date: November 3, 2015
Docket Number: 13-3008
United States v. Henderson  
Date: November 3, 2015
Docket Numbers: 14-2297, 13-3008, 13-2929

Justia Opinion Summary: Cruse, McClain, Henderson, and eight others were indicted for involvement in a long-running conspiracy to distribute controlled substances in Milwaukee. The indictment centered on two street gangs that controlled the cr...

Zane Holder v. Illinois Department of Correct
Date: November 2, 2015
Docket Number: 12-1456
Larry Johnson v. Michael Randle
Date: November 2, 2015
Docket Number: 13-1892
Ulysses Scott v. L. Altamirano
Date: November 2, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1281
Michelle Welcher-Butler v. Megan J. Brennan
Date: November 2, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1303
Reed v. State of Illinois  
Date: October 30, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1745

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff has a neurological disorder, tardive dyskinesia. Plaintiff’s involuntary movements include tongue thrusting, pursing of the lips, choking, and side-to-side chewing of the jaw. She becomes mute, screams or makes...

United States v. Garcia  
Date: October 29, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2368

Justia Opinion Summary: Garcia pled guilty to two counts of distribution of heroin, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C). The court found that Garcia had a Criminal History Category of V and a total offense level of 19, which led to a guideline...

Pileco, Inc. v. Slurry Systems, Inc.
Date: October 28, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1267
Pileco, Inc. v. Fidelity and Deposit Company
Date: October 28, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1283
Pileco, Inc. v. Slurry Systems, Inc.  
Date: October 28, 2015
Docket Numbers: 14-1342, 14-1283, 14-1267

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005 the Army Corps of Engineers invited bids on a federal reservoir project in Illinois. One of the successful bidders was Slurry, which leased from Pileco a trench cutter made by Bauer. Slurry was a prime contractor...

USA v. Vernon Chapman
Date: October 28, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3311
United States v. Chapman  
Date: October 28, 2015
Docket Numbers: 14-3363, 14-3311

Justia Opinion Summary: Chapman’s sales of heroin and cocaine were recorded by an undercover informant wearing a Hawk recording device, which captured audio-video recordings of each transaction. The recordings were introduced at trial. Followin...

Harry Powell v. Vipin Shah
Date: October 28, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3801
Plaintiff v. Defendant
Date: October 28, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1350
United States v. Navarro  
Date: October 27, 2015
Docket Number: 12-2606

Justia Opinion Summary: Navarro pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. In the plea agreement, the government and Navarro both agreed to refrain from seeking a departure from the se...

Long v. Butler  
Date: October 27, 2015
Docket Number: 13-3327

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2001, Sherman was shot and died from multiple gunshot wounds. When an officer arrived, Sherman lay on the ground with 50-60 people gathered around. Long was tried for first degree murder. No physical evidence tied Lon...

USA v. Christopher Bour
Date: October 27, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2211
United States v. Bour  
Date: October 27, 2015
Docket Numbers: 15-1090, 14-2211

Justia Opinion Summary: Bour and Natisha met on seven or eight occasions for Bour to molest Natisha’s younger daughter, “Jane,” then four to 18 months old. Bour sexually touched Jane, penetrated her mouth and genitals, and filmed at least two e...

USA v. Otis Tate
Date: October 27, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1186
Santiago Ortiz-Reyes v. Loretta Lynch
Date: October 27, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1926
Kevin Birdo v. Leah Urbanosky
Date: October 26, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1157
USA v. Alvaro Lazcano-Leon
Date: October 26, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2036
Hooper v. Proctor Health Care Inc.  
Date: October 26, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2344

Justia Opinion Summary: Hooper, a family practice physician, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2000. He must regularly see a psychologist to maintain his Illinois medical license. In 2009, Proctor hired Hooper to work in its Peoria outpati...

Mark Thompson v. Jorge Ortiz
Date: October 26, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1122
Wang v. Lynch  
Date: October 26, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1261

Justia Opinion Summary: Chinese farmworker Wang married in 1988. His wife gave birth to a daughter. Government officials required his wife to have an intrauterine device implanted. Five years later the IUD “fell off,” and she got pregnant. Offi...

USA v. Tork Rodgers
Date: October 26, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1265
USA v. Dewayne Hill
Date: October 26, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1532
United States v. Armour  
Date: October 26, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1604

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, Armour was sentenced to 51 months in prison and three years of supervised release after he pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon. After he was released from prison in 2012, Armour violated the condit...

Healy v. Metro. Pier & Exposition Auth.  
Date: October 23, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1241

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, a putative class of electrical workers, claimed that their respective employers, in collusion with Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA, which used electricians supplied by the employers) wrongful...

Robert Schindler v. Advocate Healthcare
Date: October 23, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1360
Plaintiff v. Defendant
Date: October 23, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1369
USA v. Ernie Bragg
Date: October 23, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1494
USA v. Brian Small
Date: October 23, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1677
USA v. Alfonso Chavez
Date: October 23, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1679
Rajwinder Kaur v. Michael Hebenstreit
Date: October 23, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1824
USA v. Monte Perry
Date: October 22, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1897
Huri v. Office of the Chief Judge, Cook County  
Date: October 21, 2015
Docket Number: 12-2217

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2000, Huri began working at the Circuit Court of Cook County. Her manner of dress marked her as a follower of Islam. Huri is from Saudi Arabia. From 2002-2010, she worked as a child care attendant—the only one who was...

United States v. Addison  
Date: October 21, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2515

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012 Illinois State Police witnessed and videotaped Addison participating in crack cocaine sales at a drug house in East St. Louis. A jury later found him guilty of possession and distribution of cocaine base. The Sev...

Delia Webster v. Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC
Date: October 21, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1396
Kesi Falls, Sr. v. Eli Lilly and Company
Date: October 21, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1476
USA v. Steven Foster
Date: October 21, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1559
USA v. Miguel Rivera-Bugarin
Date: October 21, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1870
Barrett v. Ill. Dep't of Corrs.  
Date: October 20, 2015
Docket Number: 13-2833

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1995 Barrett began work at the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) as an account technician. IDOC employees can be fired if they accumulate 12 unauthorized absences from work; unauthorized absences accrue on an...

United States v. Hawkins  
Date: October 20, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2210

Justia Opinion Summary: Two men robbed a Chicago bank. When Warfield was arrested on the day of the robbery, he told the FBI that he had robbed the bank with Hawkins. Hawkins and Warfield were indicted. During Warfield’s proffer session with th...

Ohio National Life Assurance v. Steven Egbert
Date: October 20, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3664
Albert Kinkle v. Carolyn Colvin
Date: October 20, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3708
Ohio Nat'l Life Assurance Corp. v. Davis  
Date: October 20, 2015
Docket Numbers: 14-3725, 1-3664

Justia Opinion Summary: Morady sold life insurance policies. Davis, a former lawyer, approached elderly African-Americans and paid them small amounts to become the nominal applicant-buyers of the policies, with Morady as the insurance agent, a...

Donnawell v. Hamburger  
Date: October 20, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1006

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a stockholder in DeVry, which operates for-profit colleges and universities, filed a shareholders’ derivative suit against DeVry’s board of directors. A 2005 incentive plan authorized awards of stock options t...

Horace Townsend v. Anne Herlehy
Date: October 20, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1399
USA v. Humberto Fierro-Rascon
Date: October 20, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1626
USA v. Robert Booker
Date: October 20, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1726
USA v. Clevis Holmes
Date: October 20, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1898
USA v. Dave Anglin
Date: October 19, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1251
Emmanuel Martinez v. USA
Date: October 16, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2737
Vallejo v. United States  
Date: October 16, 2015
Docket Numbers: 14-2818, 14-2737

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005, Martinez, Vallejo, and 47 others were indicted for crimes committed while they were members of the Milwaukee chapter of the Latin Kings gang organization. Martinez and Vallejo pled guilty to a RICO offense, 18 U...

Najah Dawaji v. Morad Askar
Date: October 16, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3238
Gustafson v. Adkins  
Date: October 16, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1055

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, Adkins, a detective at a Chicago Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, installed a hidden surveillance camera in the ceiling of an office used by female officers as a changing area. The camera captured images of...

Woods v. City of Berwyn  
Date: October 15, 2015
Docket Number: 13-3766

Justia Opinion Summary: Woods told a coworker at the Berwyn Fire Department that “he wanted to kill somebody, all of them” and that his children were going to “go over there” and “tune them up,” referring to his coworkers and superiors. Chief...

Ill. League of Advocates for Developmentally Disabled v. Ill. Dep't of Human Servs.  
Date: October 15, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2850

Justia Opinion Summary: The Centralia state-operated developmental center, one of seven Illinois SODCs, houses approximately 200 severely disabled individuals, some having the mentality of an infant or toddler. Many also have serious aggressive...

USA v. Hector Roman
Date: October 15, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3209
Mark Benson v. Timothy Douma
Date: October 15, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1084
United States v. Mullins  
Date: October 14, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3626

Justia Opinion Summary: Mullins lived in apartment 2 in the complex behind the BigFoot Lounge in Rockford, Illinois. Mullins and Washington (called “T”) used Mullins’s apartment as a stash house for their cocaine and marijuana distribution oper...

United States v. Burnett  
Date: October 13, 2015
Docket Numbers: 13-2882, 13-2974

Justia Opinion Summary: A vehicle search turned up 11.4 grams of heroin that Fields had obtained from Burnett. Fields called Burnett and said the heroin had been seized and asked Burnett to leave guns in a certain trash can in exchange for Fiel...

USA v. Rahshone Burnett
Date: October 13, 2015
Docket Number: 13-2974
Brandt v. Horseshoe Hammond, LLC  
Date: October 13, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2174

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1997, Player and his wife established EAR, purportedly to refurbish high-tech machinery . In 2005-2009, EAR defrauded creditors and the couple obtained $17 million in fraudulent transfers from EAR. Before the fraud wa...

United States v. Faruki  
Date: October 13, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2914

Justia Opinion Summary: Faruki, a computer technology consultant, met Tishfield in 2006 while Tishfield was working as a portfolio manager at SAC Capital, a Connecticut-based hedge fund. In 2010, Faruki informed Tishfield that he had launched h...

David Petrovic v. Enterprise Leasing Company
Date: October 13, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1352
Wells Fargo Bank, NA v. Ivan Moore
Date: October 13, 2015
Docket Number: 15-2123
Helicopters, Inc. v. Nat'l Transp. Safety Bd.  
Date: October 13, 2015
Docket Number: 15-3028

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, two people were killed when a Seattle news helicopter crashed. The National Transportation Safety Board investigated, pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 1131(a)(1), “to ascertain measures that would best tend to prevent simi...

Darinchuluun v. Lynch  
Date: October 8, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2212

Justia Opinion Summary: Darinchuluun, a citizen of Mongolia, has a wife and son in Mongolia. He worked for a railroad that was a joint venture between Russia and Mongolia. In 2004 Darinchuluun discovered guns and ammunition in a box that was su...

Burton v. Downey  
Date: October 8, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3591

Justia Opinion Summary: Burton had been treated for back pain, anxiety, acid reflux, herpes simplex, hyperlipidemia, and depression. In addition to other medications, he was intermittently prescribed an opioid pain medication similar to Vicodin...

Maurice Jackson v. Matthew Hoffman
Date: October 7, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3042
Manuel v. Terris  
Date: October 7, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1392

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010 Manuel was sentenced to two concurrent terms of 51 months in federal prison, with “credit for not less than all the time he has spent in federal custody” since May 24, 2010. That was the date on which, having bee...

Dawson v. Brown  
Date: October 7, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1517

Justia Opinion Summary: Officer Stirmell followed a speeding pickup truck and activated his sirens. The driver, Greg, ignored the sirens and continued driving. Stirmell radioed for assistance. Greg drove to his father’s house, ran from his truc...

Jarren Austin v. John Niblick
Date: October 7, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1957
Arroyo v. Volvo Grp. N. Am., LLC  
Date: October 6, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3618

Justia Opinion Summary: Arroyo worked as a Volvo material handler, 2005-2011. Arroyo was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. She deployed twice to Iraq and Kuwait: 2006-2007 and 2009-2010 and took leave for training and other military activities...

USA v. Martin Evanick
Date: October 5, 2015
Docket Number: 13-3476
Bryana Bible v. United Student Aid Funds, Inc.
Date: October 5, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1806
Henderson v. Wilcoxen  
Date: October 5, 2015
Docket Number: 15-2029

Justia Opinion Summary: After serving a term in an Illinois state prison for a sex crime, the plaintiff was committed to a Treatment and Detention Facility, pursuant to the civil Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act. He had a job in the Faci...

Beal v. Foster  
Date: October 2, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2489

Justia Opinion Summary: An inmate of a Wisconsin state prison filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging that Schneider, a guard, had inflicted cruel and unusual punishment on him. The district court dismissed the complaint at “screening,” 28 U....

Caterpillar Inc. v. NLRB
Date: October 2, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3528
Nat'l Labor Relations Bd. v. Caterpillar Inc.  
Date: October 2, 2015
Docket Numbers: 14-3729, 14-3528

Justia Opinion Summary: Caterpillar bought a South Milwaukee factory that manufactures strip-mining equipment and became the employer party to a collective-bargaining agreement with a United Steelworkers local union. Two months later, a crane o...

Carol Sissom v. Robert Snow
Date: October 1, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3355
Pa. Chiropractic Ass'n v. Independence Hosp. Indem., Inc.  
Date: October 1, 2015
Docket Numbers: 15-1274, 14-2322, 14-3174

Justia Opinion Summary: The insurer operates a preferred-provider system that offers patients better benefits, or lower co-payments, for patronizing medical providers who have agreed with the insurer to accept lower reimbursements (per procedur...

USA v. Terrance P. Daniels
Date: September 30, 2015
Docket Number: 13-2078
United States v. Dean  
Date: September 30, 2015
Docket Numbers: 13-2982, 13-2078

Justia Opinion Summary: Daniels, Dean, and Jones were indicted for several 2005 armed bank robberies in the Chicago area. Dean moved to sever the cases. The prosecution argued that joinder was appropriate because the defendants participated in...

Defender Sec. Co. v. First Mercury Ins. Co.  
Date: September 29, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1805

Justia Opinion Summary: Brown filed a class action complaint, alleging that she contacted Defender by telephone in response to its advertisement for a home security system; that, during several calls, she provided Defender with personal informa...

Discount Inn, Inc. v. City of Chicago  
Date: September 28, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3678

Justia Opinion Summary: Chicago’s Department of Administrative Hearings determined that Discount Inn had violated city ordinances, providing that “any person who owns or controls property within the city must cut or otherwise control all weeds...

Dana Alfreds v. Carolyn Colvin
Date: September 28, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3711
Smith v. Dart  
Date: September 25, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1169

Justia Opinion Summary: Smith filed a pro se complaint under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging that Smith, as a pretrial detainee and Army veteran, was enrolled in a special program for veterans. Under that program, Smith worked in the jail laundry and...

USA v. Jerry Hendricks
Date: September 25, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2477
Jose Banks v. USA
Date: September 25, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2516
Ramon Montague v. Wexford Health Sources, Incorp
Date: September 25, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3070
James Chelmowski v. AT&T Mobility, LLC
Date: September 25, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1292
Gary Pansier v. CIR
Date: September 25, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1386
Margaret Pulera v. Benjamin Coopman, Jr.
Date: September 25, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1744
Fernando Fontanez v. Time Warner Cable
Date: September 25, 2015
Docket Number: 15-2572
Boutros v. Avis Rent A Car Sys., LLC  
Date: September 23, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1511

Justia Opinion Summary: Boutros worked for Avis Rent A Car as a courtesy bus driver at O’Hare Airport. He had worked for Avis before a short stint in the military. After he was honorably discharged for unsatisfactory performance, Avis did not w...

Cook v. O'Neill  
Date: September 23, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1641

Justia Opinion Summary: Cook committed a home robbery in 2005 and was arrested nine days later in the apartment of a girlfriend, later his fiancée, Thede. Convicted in a Wisconsin state court of armed robbery, armed burglary, battery, theft of...

Rahn v. Bd. of Trs. of N. Ill. Univ.  
Date: September 23, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2402

Justia Opinion Summary: Rahn, a white male who earned a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois, was hired as a visiting professor at NIU. His wife, Regina, was hired as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department...

Gregory H. Little v. Illinois Department of Revenu
Date: September 23, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3251
USA v. Ricardo Juarez
Date: September 23, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1164
Kim Downs v. FNMA
Date: September 23, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1370
German American Financial v. Jerry C. Rigsby
Date: September 23, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1612
Gregory H. Little v. Illinois Department of Revenu
Date: September 23, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1821
Philos Technologies, Inc. v. Philos & D, Inc.
Date: September 22, 2015
Docket Number: 12-3446
Caffey v. Butler  
Date: September 22, 2015
Docket Number: 13-3454

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1995, Evans, then nine months pregnant, was fatally shot and stabbed in her Addison, Illinois apartment. The assailants cut open her womb and removed the unborn baby, Elijah. Debra had three older children— Samantha (...

Philos Technologies, Inc. v. Philos & D, Inc.
Date: September 22, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2007
Philos Techs., Inc. v. Philos & D, Inc.  
Date: September 22, 2015
Docket Numbers: 14-3153, 14-2007, 12-3446

Justia Opinion Summary: Philos Tech, an Illinois company, sent equipment to Korea for delivery to P&D in connection with an alleged joint venture between the companies. The nature and origins of the joint venture are disputed. Defendant Don-He...

Peoples Gas Light & Coke Co, v. Beazer East Inc.  
Date: September 21, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3634

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1920 Peoples Gas and Beazer’s predecessor entered into a contract, Beazer agreed to to operate a plant for coke by-products and carbureted water gas (Chicago Coke), at Crawford Station, Chicago, using its patented cok...

Edwards v. Cross  
Date: September 16, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2205

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1985 Edwards was convicted of cocaine distribution and sentenced to imprisonment, followed by 10 years of “special parole,” an additional penalty for drug offenses. If an individual was reimprisoned for violating spec...

Reyes v. Dart  
Date: September 16, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3441

Justia Opinion Summary: A Cook County Jail pretrial detainee was attacked and stabbed. He cried out for help but was ignored by an unidentified guard standing 10-15 feet from him. The plaintiff regained consciousness three days later in a hospi...

Dansberry v. Pfister  
Date: September 15, 2015
Docket Number: 13-3723

Justia Opinion Summary: Dansberry shot and killed 18-year-old Bass during a 1997 attempted armed robbery. An eyewitness saw the crime and Dansberry admitted his culpability. Dansberry entered a “blind” plea of guilty. The court advised Dansberr...

United States v. Charles  
Date: September 14, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1530

Justia Opinion Summary: A frightened woman called 911, stating that she was in her car in a narrow alley when another driver blocked her exit, got out of his car, was approaching in a menacing manner, screaming obscenities, and had displayed a...

Brown v. Phillips  
Date: September 14, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3325

Justia Opinion Summary: Brown, convicted of raping adult women and diagnosed with paraphilia (specifically, sexual attraction to non-consenting women) and personality disorder with antisocial and narcissistic traits, was civilly committed to th...

USA v. Lamar Cunningham
Date: September 14, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1607
Kevin E. Smith v. Ron Neal
Date: September 11, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1757
United States v. Thompson  
Date: September 11, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3262

Justia Opinion Summary: A judge issued a warrant to search Thompson's house, based exclusively on the affidavit of officer Lane stating that an informant had told him that “a black male” named Sidney “routinely sells cocaine” from his Peoria ho...

Duff v. Central Sleep Diagnostics, LLC  
Date: September 10, 2015
Docket Number: 13-3837

Justia Opinion Summary: Investors in Central Sleep filed suit against the company, Dachman, its promoter, and others, claiming fraud, RICO violations, conversion, fraudulent conveyance, civil conspiracy, and securities fraud. Dachman was also c...

Aamir Abbas v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: September 10, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2838
JNS Power and Control System, v. 350 Green, LLC
Date: September 9, 2015
Docket Number: 13-3365
Common Cause Ind. v. Individual Members of the Ind. Election Comm'n  
Date: September 9, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3300

Justia Opinion Summary: Common Cause is a national organization that advocates for elimination of barriers to voting. ICommon Cause Indiana challenged the constitutionality of Indiana Code 33-33-49-13, which establishes the process for electing...

Bisluk v. Hamer  
Date: September 9, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3365

Justia Opinion Summary: Bisluk, a conservative who votes Republican, was a special agent working in Chicago for the Illinois Department of Revenue’s Liquor Control Commission under former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s Democratic administr...

Thomas Burse v. Mark Gottlieb
Date: September 9, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3492
Thomas Burse v. State of Wisconsin
Date: September 9, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1649
Kingsley v. Hendrickson  
Date: September 8, 2015
Docket Number: 12-3639

Justia Opinion Summary: A deputy noticed paper covering the light above the bed of pretrial detainee Kingsley and ordered him to remove it. Kingsley refused and ignored several subsequent requests. The administrator decided that jail staff woul...

Jensen v. Clements  
Date: September 8, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1380

Justia Opinion Summary: Two weeks before her death, Julie Jensen gave a sealed envelope to her neighbors, stating that if anything happened to her, they should give the envelope to the police. It contained a handwritten letter, stating that he...

United States v. Clarke  
Date: September 8, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3515

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Clarke submitted 2006-2008 tax returns for a trust, each claiming $900,000 in income and $900,000 in fiduciary fees; they did not identify the income’s source. Each reported $300,000 of tax paid to the IRS and r...

USA v. Rodney Davis
Date: September 8, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1189
United States v. Latin  
Date: September 4, 2015
Docket Numbers: 13-3844, 13-1206

Justia Opinion Summary: Anzaldi, DeSalvo, and Latin concocted an $8 million fraudulent tax scheme based on a sovereign citizen-type theory that the U.S. government holds hidden bank accounts for its citizens that can be accessed through various...

USA v. Sharon Anzaldi
Date: September 4, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1206
Grace Schools v. Burwell  
Date: September 4, 2015
Docket Numbers: 14-1430, 14-1431

Justia Opinion Summary: Religious, not-for-profit organizations challenged the “contraceptive mandate” of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), 42 U.S.C. 300gg-13(a)(4), arguing that the ACA’s accommodations for religiou...

Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Be v. Sylvia Mathews Burwell
Date: September 4, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1431
Avila v. CitiMortgage, Inc.  
Date: September 4, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1949

Justia Opinion Summary: Avila bought his Chicago home with a $100,500 CitiMortgage loan. Five years later, a fire made the house uninhabitable. Avila’s insurance carrier paid out $150,000. CitiMortgage took control of the proceeds and paid $50,...

Fontaine v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co  
Date: September 4, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1984

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1989, the Supreme Court held that courts should apply de novo review in suits challenging denials of employee benefits governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. 1132(a)(1), but if the...

AutoNation, Inc. v. Nat'l Labor Relations Bd.  
Date: September 4, 2015
Docket Numbers: 14-2991, 14-3361

Justia Opinion Summary: Libertyville Toyota is a 140-employee car dealership with an 80-person service department. In 2011 Libertyville’s owner, AutoNation, became aware of interest in unionization and held meetings with the affected staff, the...

NLRB v. AutoNation, Inc.
Date: September 4, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3361
United States v. Mullins  
Date: September 3, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1701

Justia Opinion Summary: Beginning in 2008 Mullins served as Cook County’s Director of Public Affairs and Communications. At that time, contracts requiring the county to spend $25,000 or more had to be approved by its Board of Commissioners. Con...

Mario Reyes v. Thomas J. Dart
Date: September 3, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3441
Michels Corp. v. Cent. States, SE & SW Areas Pension Fund  
Date: September 2, 2015
Docket Numbers: 14-3726, 14-3737

Justia Opinion Summary: Michels is a member of the Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA), a trade association that negotiates collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) on behalf of its employer members with unions. In 2006, the PLCA and the Un...

Michels Corporation v. Central States, Southeast and
Date: September 2, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3737
United States v. Rollins  
Date: September 1, 2015
Docket Number: 13-1731

Justia Opinion Summary: Rollins pleaded guilty to selling crack cocaine and was sentenced to 84 months in prison and four years of supervised release. The Seventh Circuit vacated the sentence on limited grounds, noting that the government agree...

USA v. Robert Falor
Date: September 1, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1369
United States v. Jines  
Date: September 1, 2015
Docket Numbers: 14-1603, 14-1369

Justia Opinion Summary: Falor was convicted of two counts of tax evasion, 26 U.S.C. 7201, and sentenced to 74 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release. In an unrelated case, Jines was convicted of conspiracy to manufacture met...

Beugre Nehan v. Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc.
Date: September 1, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2842
White v. Bukowski  
Date: September 1, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3185

Justia Opinion Summary: When she arrived at the Kankakee jail on suspicion of conspiring to commit bank fraud, plaintiff was almost eight months pregnant. She experienced pains 11 days later and was taken to a hospital, where she gave birth. Pl...

Indriolo Distribs., Inc. v. Schreiber Food, Inc.  
Date: September 1, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3239

Justia Opinion Summary: A class action filed against Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a dairy marketing cooperative, Keller’s Creamery, a butter manufacturer, two DFA officers, and two Keller’s officers, alleged a conspiracy to purchase cheese t...

United States v. Grzegorczyk  
Date: September 1, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3460

Justia Opinion Summary: Grzegorczyk met with undercover officers posing as gun suppliers and stated that he wanted to have individuals killed because he held them responsible for his divorce and loss of child custody. The agents agreed to kill...

Dr. Robert L. Meinders, D.C. v. UnitedHealthcare, Inc.  
Date: September 1, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3668

Justia Opinion Summary: Dr. Meinders sued United Healthcare in Illinois state court, alleging that in 2013, United sent him and a number of similarly-situated persons an unsolicited “junk fax” advertising United’s services, which violated the T...

Secrease, v. Western & Southern Life Ins. Co.  
Date: September 1, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1328

Justia Opinion Summary: Secrease sued his former employer and some of its supervisors, alleging unlawful discrimination and retaliation, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e–2 and 2000e–3(a). The employer moved to dismiss the suit as untimely, arguing that Secre...

Life Plans Inc. v. Sec. Life of Denver Ins. Co.  
Date: August 31, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1437

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, the two companies signed an agreement under which Life Plans would broker and Security Life would insure life insurance policies financed through arbitrage. Four months later, Security Life terminated the agreem...

Bell v. PNC Bank  
Date: August 31, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3018

Justia Opinion Summary: Bell alleged that her former employer, PNC Bank, failed to pay her overtime wages in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. 201, and the Illinois Minimum Wage and Wage Payment and Collection Acts, and that...

Mary Wyatt v. Francis Gates
Date: August 31, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3327
Wyatt v. Gates  
Date: August 31, 2015
Docket Numbers: 14-3344, 14-3327

Justia Opinion Summary: The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) removes sovereign immunity in actions involving personal injury or death resulting from an act of state-sponsored terrorism, 28 U.S.C. 1605A. Subsection 1610(g) allows plaintif...

USA v. Jarvis Tolbert
Date: August 31, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3586
Rubman v. United States Citizenship & Immigration Servs.  
Date: August 31, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3733

Justia Opinion Summary: H-1B visas allow U.S. companies to hire noncitizen workers with specialized skills. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an agency within the Department of Homeland Security, is responsible for...

United Central Bank v. KMWC 845, LLC  
Date: August 28, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1491

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005, Mutual Bank of Harvey, Illinois, made loans to the defendants, evidenced by promissory notes. As security the defendants executed mortgages. Mortgage I applies to four properties in Appleton, Menasha, and Milwau...

Saint Catherine Hospital v. Indiana Family and Social Serv
Date: August 28, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2420
Unsecured Creditors' Comm. v. Ind. Family & Soc.Servs. Admin.  
Date: August 28, 2015
Docket Numbers: 14-2546, 14-2420

Justia Opinion Summary: The Hospital had to pay a Hospital Assessment Fee (HAF) as part of an Indiana program designed to increase Medicaid reimbursements to eligible hospitals. After it failed to pay its HAF, the Indiana Family and Social Serv...

Kelley v. Zoeller  
Date: August 28, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2961

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1974, Kelley robbed a sandwich shop of $28, using a gun. He was also charged with conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance. Kelley claims to have struck a deal: he would plead guilty and upon successful completion...

United States v. Seifer  
Date: August 28, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3097

Justia Opinion Summary: Seifer was convicted of four counts of mail fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1341, and one count of theft of government property, 18 U.S.C. 641. At Seifer’s trial the district court empaneled 13 jurors without designating the alternate,...

Packer v. Trs .of Ind. Univ.  
Date: August 28, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1095

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1986, Packer, a Ph.D. in physiology, began work as a post-doctoral fellow at Indiana University’s School of Medicine. She was appointed to the tenure-track position of assistant professor in 1994. Packer’s 1999 applic...

Kevin E. Smith v. Ron Neal
Date: August 27, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1757
Gladney v. Pollard  
Date: August 26, 2015
Docket Number: 13-3141

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1996 Gladney was convicted in Wisconsin of murdering Wilson. Wilson died of gunshot wounds, following a struggle for a gun during an argument about money. At trial, Gladney did not dispute that he intentionally killed...

Robert Stinson v. James Gauger
Date: August 26, 2015
Docket Number: 13-3343
Robert Stinson v. Raymond Rawson
Date: August 26, 2015
Docket Number: 13-3346
Robert Stinson v. Lowell Johnson
Date: August 26, 2015
Docket Number: 13-3347
USA v. Brian Wilbourn
Date: August 26, 2015
Docket Number: 13-3715
United States v. Sanders  
Date: August 26, 2015
Docket Number: 13-3727

Justia Opinion Summary: More than 10 years ago, federal authorities investigated a drug conspiracy headed by Freeman at the Cabrini-Green housing projects. Ultimately, 15 persons were charged, 10 pleaded guilty, and five went to trial, includin...

Pendell v. City of Peoria  
Date: August 26, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2158

Justia Opinion Summary: Pendell claimed that a city inspector illegally entered her yard, used information from that unauthorized inspection to swear out an affidavit, and obtained an administrative search warrant. City employees then removed l...

Patrick v. Comm'r of Internal Revenue  
Date: August 26, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2190

Justia Opinion Summary: Patrick discovered a Medicaid fraud scheme in which the government paid more than $75 million in phony billings. Patrick and an associate filed a qui tam suit under the False Claims Act against Kyphon, alleging that the...

C.W. & E.W. v. Textron, Inc.  
Date: August 26, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3448

Justia Opinion Summary: Textron began operations at its fastener manufacturing plant in Rochester, Indiana, in 1954; it remained in operation through 2006. The plant released vinyl chloride, a toxic gas, which eventually seeped into the groundw...

Stinson v. Gauger  
Date: August 25, 2015
Docket Numbers: 13-3343, 13-3346, 13-3347

Justia Opinion Summary: Stinson spent 23 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. He was exonerated by DNA evidence and sued the lead detective and two forensic odontologists who investigated the murder and testified at trial. The odonto...

Robert Stinson v. Raymond Rawson
Date: August 25, 2015
Docket Number: 13-3346
Robert Stinson v. Lowell Johnson
Date: August 25, 2015
Docket Number: 13-3347
Ramirez v. United States  
Date: August 25, 2015
Docket Number: 13-3889

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008 Ramirez pleaded guilty to possessing marijuana with intent to distribute. His presentence investigation report classified him as a career offender based on two convictions for assault. Despite the fact that his c...

Harden v. Marion Cnty. Sheriff's Dept.  
Date: August 25, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1713

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, Harden, a Caucasian, sued the Marion County Sheriff’s Department for retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000. He alleged that the Sheriff’s Department terminated him in retali...

Courtney Thomas v. Jason Landrum
Date: August 25, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2241
United States v. Dvorkin  
Date: August 25, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2799

Justia Opinion Summary: Meyer, the manager of a company that acquired distressed loans guaranteed by Dvorkin, filed suit in Illinois to recover on the debt. The state court entered judgment for $8.2 million. The parties were unable to negotiate...

Olson v. Bemis Co., Inc.  
Date: August 25, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3563

Justia Opinion Summary: Olson worked for Bemis at its Neenah, Wisconsin factory, and was a member of the Union. He was injured on the job and later fired. The Union filed a grievance on Olson’s behalf as permitted under its collective bargainin...

Merry Gentleman, LLC v. George & Leona Prods., Inc.  
Date: August 25, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1195

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff produced the motion picture The Merry Gentleman, which was released in 2009. Despite some critical acclaim, the film was a commercial flop, for which the plaintiff blames Michael Keaton, the film’s lead actor a...

United States v. Dill  
Date: August 25, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1425

Justia Opinion Summary: Dill was placed on supervised release after serving 10 years in federal prison for bank robbery. He was twice returned to prison for multiple violations of conditions of release relating to drug testing and use and trave...

Joseph L. Bell, Jr. v. Laura G. Perez
Date: August 25, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1815
Joseph L. Bell, Jr. v. Gregory W. Nawrocki
Date: August 25, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1829
D. S. v. East Porter Cnty. Sch. Corp  
Date: August 24, 2015
Docket Number: 13-3549

Justia Opinion Summary: D. Stahl claimed she was the victim of vicious, physical bullying by fellow East Porter students. D. complained to school officials. Apart from witnessing the counselor talk to one alleged bully and seeing the principal...

USA v. Robert Maday
Date: August 24, 2015
Docket Number: 13-3711
Jeanne Pace v. Timmermann's Ranch and Saddle
Date: August 24, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1940
United States v. Zuniga-Galeana  
Date: August 24, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1994

Justia Opinion Summary: Zuniga entered the U.S. unlawfully from Mexico in 1989. In 1991, he was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Zuniga, 30 years old, was in a consensual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. Illinois law criminal...

United States v. Maday  
Date: August 24, 2015
Docket Numbers: 14-2154, 13-3711

Justia Opinion Summary: Before Judge Gettleman. Maday pleaded guilty to three 2008 bank robberies. Before sentencing he escaped while being transported to face sentencing for state crimes. He then committed bank robbery, escape from federal cus...

Preddie v. Bartholomew Consol. Sch. Corp.  
Date: August 24, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3125

Justia Opinion Summary: Preddie worked as a fifth-grade teacher in the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation during the 2010–2011 school year. After Preddie was absent 23 times, the BCSC did not renew his contract. Preddie, an African-Ame...

JMB Manufacturing, Inc. v. Harrison Manufacturing, LLC
Date: August 24, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3306
JMB Mfg., Inc. v. Harrison Mfg., LLC.  
Date: August 24, 2015
Docket Numbers: 14-3315, 14-3306

Justia Opinion Summary: Child Craft manufactured furniture. Bienias owns Summit. The parties had a long-standing business relationship. Child Craft contracted with Summit to supply raw wood for a planned line of high-end baby furniture, the “Vo...

Nally v. Ghosh  
Date: August 24, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3426

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, an inmate at Stateville prison in Illinois, filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, claiming that the prison’s medical staff was deliberately indifferent to the results of 11 blood tests, administered over a period o...

Schwartz v. Barclays Capital, Inc.  
Date: August 24, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1416

Justia Opinion Summary: Schwartz was hired as an executive of Barclays, which lent him $400,000 and promised to forgive the loan in equal installments on the first through seventh anniversaries of his start date. Before the second anniversary,...

Bebo v. Sec. Exchange Comm'n  
Date: August 24, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1511

Justia Opinion Summary: Bebo is the respondent in an administrative enforcement proceeding before the Securities and Exchange Commission, alleging that she violated federal law by manipulating internal books and records, making false representa...

USA v. Ismael Garibay
Date: August 21, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2678
CMFG Life Ins. Co. v. RBS Sec., Inc.  
Date: August 21, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2904

Justia Opinion Summary: From 2004-2007, CUNA purchased residential mortgage-backed securities from RBS. The housing market crashed and the securities declined in value. CUNA commissioned a forensic study of the loan pools underlying the securit...

Tarnche Hull v. City of Chicago
Date: August 21, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3455
United States v. Yang  
Date: August 21, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3688

Justia Opinion Summary: Yang pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1). The district court found that Yang had three felony convictions that could be classified as violent under the Armed Career Criminal Act a...

Gevas v. McLaughlin  
Date: August 20, 2015
Docket Number: 13-1057

Justia Opinion Summary: While Gevas was serving a life sentence in Galesburg, Illinois, his cellmate stabbed him in the neck with a pen. Gevas filed a complaint against three prison officials, alleging that they failed to protect him from the a...

Markow v. Southwest Airlines Co.  
Date: August 20, 2015
Docket Numbers: 13-3264, 13-3462, 14-2591, 14-2495, 14-2602

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, Southwest Airlines stopped honoring certain in-flight drink vouchers issued to customers who had bought “Business Select” fares. Customers filed suit, seeking to represent a class of similarly situated plaintiff...

In Re
Date: August 20, 2015
Docket Number: 13-3462
Diaz v. Davidson  
Date: August 20, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1952

Justia Opinion Summary: While he was an inmate, the Pontiac Illinois prison refused to equip Plaintiff with gloves and a hat when he exercised in the prison yard in cold winter weather. His indoor cell was too small for the exercise he needed t...

Adam Levitt v. Southwest Airlines Company
Date: August 20, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2495
Gregory Markow v. Southwest Airlines Company
Date: August 20, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2591
Alison Paul v. Southwest Airlines Company
Date: August 20, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2602
Tawuo v. Lynch  
Date: August 20, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2937

Justia Opinion Summary: Tawuo was born in Cameroon in 1986. He entered the U.S. in 2009 with a nonimmigrant student visa to attend school in New York. He registered, but did not attend for long. Tawuo moved to Illinois, and in 2010 applied for...

United States v. Watts  
Date: August 20, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2944

Justia Opinion Summary: Watts brought a federal civil rights suit against a police officer whom Watts accused of having broken his arm while arresting him. When the judge announced the verdict, in favor of the officer, Watts stood up, picked up...

Panfil v. Nautilus Ins. Co.  
Date: August 20, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3084

Justia Opinion Summary: Castro-Cortes was working for Astro, a subcontractor of JRJ, when he fell through a hole on the jRJ property. He sued JRJ for personal injury in Illinois state court. After being served in that suit, JRJ’s two members,...

United States v. Meza-Rodriguez  
Date: August 20, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3271

Justia Opinion Summary: When Meza-Rodriguez, a citizen of Mexico, was arrested in August 2013, he was carrying a .22 caliber cartridge and did not have documentation showing that he is lawfully in the United States, which made his possession of...

United States v. Ford  
Date: August 20, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3452

Justia Opinion Summary: After pleading guilty to a drug offense in 2001, Ford was sentenced to a term of imprisonment followed by supervised release. While on supervised release, he committed an act of prostitution and other violations of the c...

Pioneer Trail Wind Farm, LLC v. Fed. Energy Regulatory Comm'n  
Date: August 19, 2015
Docket Numbers: 13-2326, 13-3023

Justia Opinion Summary: MISO, an organization of independent transmission-owning utilities, has linked the transmission lines of its members into a single interconnected grid across 11 states. The Generators, which operate 150-megawatt wind-pow...

Dunnet Bay Constr. Co. v. Borggren  
Date: August 19, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1493

Justia Opinion Summary: Dunnet, a highway construction company, is prequalified to bid and work on Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) projects and competes for federally assisted highway construction contracts. Dunnet is owned and con...

United States v. Jones  
Date: August 19, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2787

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1988 Jones pled guilty to three counts of attempted sexual battery (the victim was a child) and was sentenced to 12 years in prison plus 10 years of probation. Jones was released from prison in 1994, with a lifelong o...

Settlers Trail Wind Farm, LLC v. FERC
Date: August 19, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3023
Rowe v. Gibson  
Date: August 19, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3316

Justia Opinion Summary: Indiana inmate Rowe was diagnosed with reflux esophagitis, (GERD), which may cause esophageal bleeding and can increase the risk of esophageal cancer. The prison physician told him to take Zantac pills. Rowe was permitte...

United States v. Hernandez Flores  
Date: August 19, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1515

Justia Opinion Summary: Flores was pulled over on an Illinois highway for driving with an obstructed license plate—his rear plate was affixed to his car by a standard frame that covered the plate’s periphery. After Flores consented to a search...

United States v. Pust  
Date: August 18, 2015
Docket Number: 13-3747

Justia Opinion Summary: Pust and Anderson ran a $10 million Ponzi scheme for over two years getting clients to invest in a phony low-income housing investment program in the Chicago area. Anderson pled guilty, but Pust proceeded to trial. He wa...

Bible v. United Student Aid Funds, Inc.  
Date: August 18, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1806

Justia Opinion Summary: Bible defaulted on a loan under the Federal Family Education Loan Program, but entered into a rehabilitation agreement. She remains current on her reduced payments, but a guaranty agency assessed $4,500 in collection cos...

Alaura v. Colvin  
Date: August 18, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1727

Justia Opinion Summary: Alaura, age 22, was struck in the back of his head by an assailant wielding a bar stool. The blow shattered his skull, necessitating emergency surgery to remove part of his brain and place a metal plate in his skull. Dur...

Doe v. Teamsters Local Union  
Date: August 17, 2015
Docket Number: 10-2746

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1999, detainees at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center claimed that Center personnel abused detainees. Eight years into the certified class action, the court appointed a “Transitional Administrator” to...

United States v. Black  
Date: August 17, 2015
Docket Number: 13-3908

Justia Opinion Summary: Black repeatedly tried to pay off a more than $5 million tax debt with checks drawn on checking accounts that he knew were closed to prevent the IRS from collecting taxes from him. A jury convicted Black of one count of...

Hart v. Mannina  
Date: August 17, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1347

Justia Opinion Summary: The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department participated in a reality television program, The Shift. The film crew followed homicide detectives investigating a deadly 2008 home invasion. Police eventually arrested Ha...

Kramer v. United States  
Date: August 17, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3049

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1988, Kramer was convicted of conspiring to distribute marijuana, 21 U.S.C. 846, and engaging in a Continuing Criminal Enterprise (CCE), 21 U.S.C. 848(b). Based on a motion filed under 28 U.S.C. 2255, Kramer’s section...

Earl R. Key v. Lumar Griggs
Date: August 14, 2015
Docket Number: 12-2094
Margaret Wright v. Illinois Department of Childre
Date: August 14, 2015
Docket Number: 13-1552
Wright v. Ill. Dept. of Children & Family Servs.  
Date: August 14, 2015
Docket Numbers: 13-1553, 13-1552

Justia Opinion Summary: Wright retired after working 1982-2007 as a caseworker at the Peoria Field Office of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services after the Department ordered her to undergo a fitness-for-duty evaluation. The...

Boyd v. Boughton  
Date: August 14, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2809

Justia Opinion Summary: Boyd was arrested and released from jail pursuant to a bond agreement, subject to bond conditions, including that he not engage in any criminal activity. While on release, Boyd was arrested and charged in Wisconsin state...

Adams v. City of Chicago  
Date: August 14, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2862

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, Seneca and Tari Adams endured vicious beatings by Chicago police officers and prolonged detentions. Along with their sister, Sicara, they sued the city and the officers. The city admitted its liability to all th...

Sanchez-Rengifo v. J. Caraway  
Date: August 14, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2876

Justia Opinion Summary: Based on his forcible rape of a 15-year-old, Rengifo was convicted of three counts of first-degree child sexual abuse while armed and one count of second-degree child sexual abuse while armed. After exhausting state reme...

Riker v. Lemmon  
Date: August 14, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2910

Justia Opinion Summary: While working as an employee of a contractor at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, Rebecca Riker engaged in a romantic relationship with inmate Vest. When the relationship became known, her employment ended. She la...

Spierer v. Rossman  
Date: August 14, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3171

Justia Opinion Summary: After a night of heavy drinking, Lauren Spierer, a 20-year-old Indiana University student, left the apartment of a classmate and disappeared. Four years later, she remains missing. Lauren’s parents sued three students wh...

Earl Key v. Indiana University Health Bloo
Date: August 14, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1823
USA v. Jesus Miranda-Camarena
Date: August 13, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1265
Tyler Williams v. Indiana State Police Dept.
Date: August 13, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2523
Miller v. Polaris Labs., LLC  
Date: August 13, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2621

Justia Opinion Summary: Miller began work as a technician at Polaris Laboratories in Indianapolis in 2009. About eight months later, Miller was fired for repeated failures to meet an average daily quota of 260 samples processed per day. Miller...

Brown v. Blanchard  
Date: August 13, 2015
Docket Numbers: 14-2808, 14-2523

Justia Opinion Summary: In both cases, consolidated on appeal, family members called police officers to their home because a family member had locked himself in a room of his home and was threatening suicide. The officers responded to the distr...

Yongge Yang v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: August 13, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1268
Barr v. Bd. of Tr. of W. Ill. Univ.  
Date: August 12, 2015
Docket Number: 13-2063

Justia Opinion Summary: Barr was a tenure-track journalism professor at Western Illinois University from the fall of 2007 through the spring semester 2010, when the University declined to retain her for the next academic year. Barr contends tha...

Kubsch v. Neal  
Date: August 12, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1898

Justia Opinion Summary: Kubsch was twice convicted of the 1998 murders of his wife, her son, and her ex-husband and was sentenced to death. After exhausting state remedies, he filed an unsuccessful petition for federal habeas relief. The Sevent...

United States v. Raney  
Date: August 12, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3265

Justia Opinion Summary: Raney was convicted of interstate travel with intent to engage in a sexual act with a minor, 18 U.S.C. 2423(b), and attempt to manufacture child pornography, 18 U.S.C. 2251(a). He was sentenced to 145 months’ imprisonmen...

Jackson v. Clements  
Date: August 12, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1145

Justia Opinion Summary: Jackson was serving an 18-month sentence in Illinois when he was extradited to Wisconsin to face charges of identity theft. In Wisconsin, Jackson sought habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. 2241 challenging the extradition. Jac...

Jason Edwards v. USA
Date: August 11, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2548
Richer v. Morehead  
Date: August 11, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2618

Justia Opinion Summary: The Richers filed for bankruptcy. Morehead, who had invested in commercial real estate owned by a trust controlled by Richer, filed an unsecured claim for $945,000 in the proceeding. The Richers filed an adversary action...

United States v. Collins  
Date: August 11, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3427

Justia Opinion Summary: Collins was on supervised release when he attempted to buy cocaine and marijuana from an undercover officer. Collins gave a statement about his “wholesale” Illinois drug purchases and “retail” Wisconsin distribution. Col...

Jose A. Dominguez v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: August 11, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3661
United States v. Williams  
Date: August 10, 2015
Docket Number: 13-2359

Justia Opinion Summary: The IRS assessed deficiencies against Williams in connection with his income tax for 1996-2005, totaling, with interest and penalties, about $1.3 million. He did not pay. The IRS filed tax liens in Clark County, Indiana,...

Firestone Fin. Corp. v. Meyer  
Date: August 10, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3075

Justia Opinion Summary: JHM rents commercial laundry machines to Chicago-area apartment buildings. Firestone made four loans to JHM, totaling $254,114.99. JHM defaulted on each. Firestone sued. JHM filed an answer, asserting a counterclaim...

Tierney v. Advocate Health & Hosp. Corp.  
Date: August 10, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3168

Justia Opinion Summary: Burglars stole four desktop computers from Advocate Health and Hospitals Corporation’s Illinois administrative offices. The computers contained unencrypted private data relating to approximately four million Advocate pat...

Mohns, Inc. v. Bruce Lanser  
Date: August 10, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1150

Justia Opinion Summary: The bankruptcy court awarded a fee of $28,030.33 to the bankruptcy trustee, Lanser, in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The district court affirmed, over a challenge by the debtors’ principal unsecured creditor, Mohns, which had...

Norton v. City of Springfield  
Date: August 7, 2015
Docket Number: 13-3581

Justia Opinion Summary: Springfield has an ordinance that prohibits panhandling in its “downtown historic district”—less than 2% of the city’s area, containing its principal shopping, entertainment, and governmental areas. The ordinance defines...

Oscar Thomas v. Marc Clements
Date: August 7, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2539
Chicago Teachers Union v. Bd. of Educ. of the City of Chicago  
Date: August 7, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2843

Justia Opinion Summary: When the Chicago Board of Education deems a school to be deficient, it implements a reconstitution, replacing all administrators, faculty, and staff. A school may be subject to turnaround if it has been on probation for...

Indiana v. Envtl. Prot. Agency  
Date: August 7, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3214

Justia Opinion Summary: Under the Clean Air Act (CAA), 42 U.S.C. 7401, the EPA sets the maximum permissible atmospheric concentrations for harmful air pollutants, including ozone and classifies geographic areas as “attainment” or “nonattainment...

United States v. Witzlib  
Date: August 7, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1115

Justia Opinion Summary: His aunt and uncle reported to police that Witzlib was making M-80s in the basement of his grandmother’s house, where he and his grandmother lived. A federal license is required for manufacture of the highly explosive de...

Jerry Jones v. Harris Associates
Date: August 6, 2015
Docket Number: 07-1624
Carter v. Douma  
Date: August 6, 2015
Docket Number: 13-3312

Justia Opinion Summary: At Carter’s trial, for possessing between five and 15 grams of cocaine with intent to deliver, an officer testified about his work with an informant who had said Carter was involved in distributing drugs and that he hear...

D. Z. v. Buell  
Date: August 6, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1490

Justia Opinion Summary: D.Z., a minor, filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, claiming that, Evanston Police Officer Buell, violated his rights under the Fourth Amendment when he detained D.Z. in connection with a reported burglary. The district cour...

Eugene Cherry v. Duke Realty Investments Inc.
Date: August 6, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1531
Thornton v. M7 Aerospace, L.P.  
Date: August 6, 2015
Docket Numbers: 14-1707, 14-2481

Justia Opinion Summary: On May 7, 2005, a commuter aircraft, operated by Transair, crashed into terrain on its way to the Lockhart River airfield in Queensland, Australia. All 15 people on board died. The estates sued several companies and one...

Westfield Ins. Co. v. Vandenberg  
Date: August 6, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2009

Justia Opinion Summary: Vandenberg, attending a cruise on a chartered yacht, was injured when he fell from the upper deck because the bench on which he was sitting tipped over, while the boat was anchored in Lake Michigan. The bench was not sec...

Sweatt v. Union Pac. R.R. Co.  
Date: August 6, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2451

Justia Opinion Summary: Sweatt , an African-American male, worked for Union Pacific, performing manual labor jobs. After a few years, Sweatt experience pain in his shoulder and hands. It progressed to the point that Sweatt could no longer do hi...

Trad Thornton v. Jeppesen Sanderson, Inc.
Date: August 6, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2481
Nat'l Am. Ins. Co. v. Artisan & Truckers Cas. Co.  
Date: August 6, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2694

Justia Opinion Summary: Viktor Barengolts was driving a tractor-trailer on Route 30 in Wheatland Township, Illinois when he rear-ended the Bernals in their pickup truck, causing serious injuries and property damage. The Bernals sued Unlimited C...

Chapman v. First Index, Inc.  
Date: August 6, 2015
Docket Numbers: 14-2773, 14-2775

Justia Opinion Summary: Chapman, proposed to represent a class, under 47 U.S.C. 227, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, who received faxes from First Index despite not having given consent. First Index responded that it always had consent,...

Arnold Chapman v. First Index, Incorporated
Date: August 6, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2775
Conley v. Birch  
Date: August 6, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3173

Justia Opinion Summary: On December 24, 2009, inmate Conley’s hand was examined by a prison nurse, who described Conley’s symptoms to Dr. Birch over the phone; throbbing pain, severe swelling, discoloration, and loss of function throughout the...

Michael B. Wharton v. James Furrer
Date: August 6, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3264
United States v. McGuire  
Date: August 6, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3545

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, McGuire was charged her with concealing and laundering drug proceeds (about $141,000), 18 U.S.C. 1956, based on her receipt of proceeds of marijuana and cocaine sales from her nephew that she deposited into her...

United States v. Reaves  
Date: August 6, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3554

Justia Opinion Summary: Reaves was suspected of dealing heroin. From an informant, Peoria police learned that Reaves drove to Detroit in a white Chrysler Pacifica to get his heroin supply. Police confirmed that Reaves owned a white Chrysler Pac...

United States v. Taylor  
Date: August 6, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3790

Justia Opinion Summary: Taylor entered an online chat room and connected with “elliegirl1234,” identified as a 13–year–old girl. Taylor responded that he was 37, and asked whether Ellie had engaged in sexual acts with her boyfriend. Taylor want...

USA v. Jose Medina-Mora
Date: August 5, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1243
United States v. Medina-Mora  
Date: August 5, 2015
Docket Numbers: 14-1420, 14-1243

Justia Opinion Summary: When sentenced in 2009 for unlawful reentry by an alien, 8 U.S.C. 1326, Medina-Mora was serving undischarged terms in an Illinois state prison on a drug charge and a weapons charge. In open court, the judge said that Med...

United States v. Purham  
Date: August 5, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3424

Justia Opinion Summary: Purham pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine, 21 U.S.C. 841, 846. Purham agreed to the quantity and acknowledged the 20-year mandatory minimum sentence. The court denied Purham’s subs...

Williams v. Werlinger  
Date: August 5, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3746

Justia Opinion Summary: FRCP 4(c)(3) requires a court to order that service be made by a U.S. marshal or deputy marshal or by a person specially appointed if the plaintiff is authorized to proceed in forma pauperis under 28 U.S.C. 1915. Plainti...

Pace v. Timmermann's Ranch & Saddle Shop, Inc.  
Date: August 4, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1940

Justia Opinion Summary: Timmermann’s sued its former employee, Pace, for conversion, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and unjust enrichment, claiming that Pace had stolen merchandise and money from the company. Pace filed her answer and a coun...

Hong Liu Yang v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: August 4, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2631
United States v. Gregory  
Date: August 4, 2015
Docket Numbers: 14-2747, 14-2759, 14-2792

Justia Opinion Summary: Cipra, Gregory, and Konrady ran a cannabis grow operation at in Lee County, Illinois for two years. Shannon Gregory’s brother, Scott, contacted the DEA and provided detailed information about the operation. DEA Agent Was...

USA v. Eric Konrady
Date: August 4, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2759
USA v. Donald Cipra
Date: August 4, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2792
United States v. Sturdivant  
Date: August 4, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1059

Justia Opinion Summary: Two men committed four armed robberies of Peoria, Illinois businesses. They left a plastic bag at the scene of the final robbery. Officers sent it to the State Bureau of Forensic Science. A latent fingerprint impression...

United States v. Pons  
Date: August 4, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1193

Justia Opinion Summary: Pons was charged with wire fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1343, and equity skimming, 12 U.S.C. 1715z-19, and was released from custody pending trial. Two months before trial was to begin, he fled the country. He eventually turned hims...

Price v. United States  
Date: August 4, 2015
Docket Number: 15-2427

Justia Opinion Summary: Price, a convicted felon, was convicted of possessing a gun, 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1). Applying the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), 18 U.S.C. 924(e), the court concluded that Price had three qualifying convictions and impos...

Bulk Petroleum Corp. v. Ky. Dep't of Revenue  
Date: July 31, 2015
Docket Number: 13-1870

Justia Opinion Summary: Bulk, a gasoline distributor with gas stations in Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee, leases stations and equipment to tenant-operators. Bulk receives monthly rent plus payment for gasoline. The Kentucky Department of Reve...

Cocroft v. HSBC Bank USA, N.A.  
Date: July 31, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1640

Justia Opinion Summary: The Cocrofts acquired a home in Country Club Hills, Illinois. In 2007, they refinanced their mortgage. As part of the transaction, the Cocrofts’ mortgage and loan were pooled into a mortgage loan trust. A year later, the...

Stepp v. Carolyn Colvin  
Date: July 31, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3163

Justia Opinion Summary: Stepp, a former correctional officer, training secretary and coordinator, and parole probation officer, applied for a period of disability and disability insurance benefits under the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 401. S...

Milan v. Bolin  
Date: July 31, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1207

Justia Opinion Summary: Evansville police became aware of Internet threats against police, coming from an IP address at the home of 68-year-old Louise Milan and her 18-year-old daughter. They had an unsecured wifi network. Before they searched,...

USA v. Robert Lee
Date: July 30, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2010
USA v. Robert Lee
Date: July 30, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2010
Silk v. Bd. of Trs., Moraine Valley Cmty. Coll.  
Date: July 30, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2405

Justia Opinion Summary: Silk began working in 1986 at Moraine Valley Community College as a part-time, non-tenure track, adjunct professor. Silk’s typical teaching load included four courses during fall and spring semesters and two or three sum...

Dennis A. Ball v. Franklin Williamson Properties
Date: July 30, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2475
Petties v. Carter  
Date: July 30, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2674

Justia Opinion Summary: Illinois prisoner Petties was climbing stairs when he felt a “pop” and extreme pain in his left ankle. At the prison infirmary, the examining physician prescribed Vicodin and crutches and a week of “meals lay-in.” The me...

United States v. Lee  
Date: July 29, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2010

Justia Opinion Summary: While Lee was on supervised release, his probation officer learned that he had assaulted his girlfriend, Pulliam, with a small souvenir baseball bat. The court issued a warrant for Lee’s arrest and initiated proceedings...

Turnell v. Centimark Corp.  
Date: July 29, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2758

Justia Opinion Summary: CentiMark, a commercial roofer, hired Turnell as a laborer in 1978. In 1988 CentiMark promoted him to Chicago District Operations Manager. In his employment agreement, Turnell agreed to a non-disclosure provision and to...

National American Insurance v. Harleysville Lake States Insur
Date: July 29, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3699
United States v. Bentley  
Date: July 28, 2015
Docket Number: 13-2995

Justia Opinion Summary: A police officer followed a vehicle after discovering that its owner’s driver’s license had expired 18 years earlier. He initiated a traffic stop after observing the vehicle cross into another lane on an Illinois highway...

Northbound Grp., Inc. v. Norvax, Inc.  
Date: July 28, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1651

Justia Opinion Summary: Northbound generates and sells life insurance leads, using the brand name “Leadbot,” but ran out of cash with a frozen line of credit and revenue that did not support its overhead. Norvax generates and sells health insur...

Terry Wagner v. Marcus Hardy
Date: July 28, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2470
Sec. & Eexch. Comm'n v. Yang  
Date: July 28, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2636

Justia Opinion Summary: Just before investing in Zhongpin on behalf of Prestige, Yang, a Chinese citizen employed at a U.S. investment firm, purchased Zhongpin shares and option contracts for himself. Yang was Prestige’s only officer and employ...

United States v. Funds in the Amount of $239,400  
Date: July 28, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3451

Justia Opinion Summary: Valdes was traveling by train. During a layover, DEA agents approached Valdes because he fit their profile of a drug courier, searched Valdes’s luggage, and found bundles of cash totaling $239,400. Each bundle was covere...

Sec. & Exch. Comm'n v. Custable  
Date: July 28, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1442

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2003, the SEC filed a civil suit against Custable, charging fraud involving “penny stocks” that yielded him at least $4 million. Criminal proceedings resulted in a long prison sentence for Custable. In 2010 he consent...

Mullins v. Direct Digital, LLC  
Date: July 28, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1776

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiff alleged consumer fraud by the seller of a dietary supplement, and the district court certified a plaintiff class of individuals “who purchased Instaflex within the applicable statute of limitations of the r...

Rogers Cartage Company v. Monsanto Company
Date: July 27, 2015
Docket Number: 12-3624
Rogers Cartage Co. v. Monsanto Co.  
Date: July 27, 2015
Docket Numbers: 13-3052, 12-3624

Justia Opinion Summary: Monsanto operated chemical plants and disposed of waste, including PCBs, at sites within Sauget Area 1. In 1999, the government filed suit under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (C...

Tsareff v. Manweb Services, Inc.  
Date: July 27, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1618

Justia Opinion Summary: ManWeb, an Indianapolis engineering and installation company, entered into an asset purchase agreement with Tiernan, another Indianapolis electrical contractor. Unlike ManWeb, Tiernan was party to a collective bargaining...

Miller v. Campanella  
Date: July 27, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1990

Justia Opinion Summary: Illinois inmate Miller sued under 42 U.S.C. 1983, claiming deliberate indifference to his gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which can cause severe heartburn. When Miller arrived at the prison he was taking Zantac f...

Bentrud v. Bowman, Heintz, Boscia & Vicia, P.C.  
Date: July 27, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2384

Justia Opinion Summary: Bowman law firm filed suit in Hendricks County Indiana, to recover Bentrud’s credit card debt owed to Capital One. Months later, Bowman moved for summary judgment. Bentrud responded by invoking the arbitration provision...

United States v. Dupriest  
Date: July 27, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2419

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, DuPriest pled guilty to “Use of a Telephone to Facilitate a Drug Trafficking Crime.” Judge Stadtmueller sentenced DuPriest to a 48-month term of imprisonment and a 12-month term of supervised release, to run co...

Green Valley Inv., LLC v. Winnebago Cnty.  
Date: July 27, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2473

Justia Opinion Summary: Stars is a nude dancing establishment in Neenah, Wisconsin. When Stars opened in 2006, the County had a zoning ordinance governing Adult Entertainment Overlay Districts. Stars’s application was stalled because, all parti...

USA v. Carl Kieffer
Date: July 27, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2650
USA v. Carl Kieffer
Date: July 27, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2652
United States v. Kieffer  
Date: July 27, 2015
Docket Numbers: 14-2653, 14-2652, 14-2650

Justia Opinion Summary: Kieffer robbed the Bank of O’Fallon and led police officers on a high-speed chase. Kieffer confessed; police retrieved the $3,330 he had stolen. Kieffer confessed that he had robbed six other banks (five outside Illinoi...

Michael Coleman v. Parthasarathi Ghosh
Date: July 27, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3417
United States v. Gonzalez-Ruiz  
Date: July 24, 2015
Docket Numbers: 13-1353, 13-1441

Justia Opinion Summary: Sergeant Laha stopped Ruiz after a license-plate check revealed that his driver’s license was suspended. The stop was captured by Laha’s dash-mounted video camera and lapel microphone. Laha explained the ticket and asked...

USA v. Juan Gonzalez-Ruiz
Date: July 24, 2015
Docket Number: 13-1441
Varga v. Colvin  
Date: July 24, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2122

Justia Opinion Summary: Varga, now 42, had a 1994 medical discharge from the military because of severe endometriosis (a condition which causes pelvic pain). She then worked as a correctional officer, and later an office worker, at the Federal...

McCormick v. Independence Life & Annuity Co.  
Date: July 24, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2959

Justia Opinion Summary: McCormick bought a single-premium variable life-insurance policy that permits borrowing against its cash value. Loans are secured by moving an equivalent amount from sub-accounts that the policyholder can invest to a “ge...

Swanson v. Village of Flossmoor  
Date: July 24, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3309

Justia Opinion Summary: Swanson resigned from the Village of Flossmoor’s police department after suffering two strokes in 2009, six weeks apart, the second of which left him unable to perform as a detective. Swanson claimed that the Village fai...

Mike Russell v. Timothy Bukowski
Date: July 24, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3667
Miykael Muhammad v. Anjanette Jesse
Date: July 24, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1044
Cerajeski v. Zoeller  
Date: July 24, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1313

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013 the Seventh Circuit held unconstitutional a provision of the Indiana Unclaimed Property Act, Ind. Code 32-34-1-1 that stated that “property” is “presumed abandoned if the owner or apparent owner has not communica...

Price v. Colvin  
Date: July 24, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1444

Justia Opinion Summary: Price, an almost illiterate, mentally retarded 44-year-old who also suffers from psychiatric ailments, intermittently received Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, having been adjudged disabled in 1988, 1991, and...

Trovare Capital Grp., LLC v. Simkins Indus., Inc.  
Date: July 23, 2015
Docket Number: 13-2005

Justia Opinion Summary: Trovare sought to purchase an affiliated group of family-owned companies. The parties executed a Letter of Intent that included a provision requiring the companies, if they terminated negotiations in writing before a cer...

Billhartz v. Comm'r of Internal Revenue  
Date: July 23, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1216

Justia Opinion Summary: Billhartz left more than $20 million to his four children when he died. His estate tax return claimed a deduction for more than $14 million because the amounts paid to the children through a trust were paid pursuant to B...

Balshe LLC v. Alan Ross
Date: July 23, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1274
Robinson v. Sweeny  
Date: July 23, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1936

Justia Opinion Summary: Attacked by a fellow prisoner while being transported from a court hearing to an Illinois jail, Robinson, pro se, filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, claiming that guards were deliberately indifferent to his safety in faili...

Balshe LLC v. Alan Ross
Date: July 23, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2497
Bernard Williams v. Randy Davis
Date: July 23, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2709
USA v. Sinovel Wind Group Co., Ltd
Date: July 23, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3013
Sinovel Wind Grp. Co., Ltd v. Crabb  
Date: July 23, 2015
Docket Numbers: 14-3105, 14-3013

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States delivered a criminal summons to the office of Sinovel Wind (USA) in Texas in order to serve process on Sinovel Wind Group, a Chinese corporation and the owner of 100% of the shares of Sinovel (USA), whi...

United States v. Pickering  
Date: July 23, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3730

Justia Opinion Summary: Pickering was mailed a summons for federal jury duty, and later was sent a reminder. When she neither responded nor appeared, the judge asked the Justice Department to institute criminal contempt proceedings. The governm...

Carter v. Homeward Residential, Inc.  
Date: July 23, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1156

Justia Opinion Summary: Carter lost his home in Crete, Illinois, after its mortgage foreclosed. He sued the financial institutions involved in making, servicing, or foreclosing his mortgage, alleging constitutional claims based on the fact that...

Stephanie Gray-Brock v. Illinois American Water Compan
Date: July 23, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1238
USA v. Emanuel Newman
Date: July 23, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1326
United States v. Newman  
Date: July 23, 2015
Docket Numbers: 15-1474, 15-1326

Justia Opinion Summary: More than 20 years ago, Newman was sentenced to 540 months’ imprisonment for drug offenses, including distributing 40-50 kilograms of cocaine. Congress and the Sentencing Commission have several times reduced permissible...

McGhee v. Dittmann  
Date: July 22, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1763

Justia Opinion Summary: Based on 2004 Milwaukee muggings, McGhee was charged with armed robbery, theft of movable property from a person, and operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent. Public defender Thomey was appointed. On the first da...

United States v. Miller  
Date: July 22, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2779

Justia Opinion Summary: A man robbed Standard Bank in Hammond, wearing thigh-length leather coat, sneakers with red stitching, and a green Chicago Bulls baseball cap. He approached employees with a note demanding money. They turned over $5,000....

Contrell Plummer v. Wexford Health Sources, Incorp
Date: July 22, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3314
Tetzlaff v. Educ. Credit Mgmt. Corp.  
Date: July 22, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3702

Justia Opinion Summary: Tetzlaff, age 56, lives with his mother, is unemployed, and owes approximately $260,000 in student loan debt, which is guaranteed by Educational Credit Management Corporation. When Tetzlaff filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy...

USA v. Artanada White
Date: July 22, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3802
Tubonimi Bob-Manuel v. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
Date: July 22, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1337
United States v. Blagojevich  
Date: July 21, 2015
Docket Number: 11-3853

Justia Opinion Summary: Before the 2008 presidential election, federal agents were investigating then-Governor Blagojevich and obtained warrants authorizing the interception of his phone calls. When Barack Obama, then a Senator from Illinois, w...

Rocio Galvan v. NCO Portfolio Management, Inco
Date: July 21, 2015
Docket Number: 13-2264
Hawthorne v. NCO Fin. Sys., Inc.  
Date: July 21, 2015
Docket Numbers: 13-2266, 13-2264

Justia Opinion Summary: From 2006-2011, NCO purchased consumers’ defaulted debt and referred collections to its sister corporation Financial, an Illinois-licensed debt collector, and to outside attorneys, who are exempt from the Illinois Collec...

Howlett v. Hack  
Date: July 21, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1351

Justia Opinion Summary: Officer Beasley was dispatched and spoke to Hack, who stated that he had been asleep when his neighbor, Howlett, grabbed and threatened him, and thrust a hand down the front of Hack’s pants. Hack guessed that Howlett had...

Nationwide Agribusiness Ins. v. Dugan  
Date: July 21, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1913

Justia Opinion Summary: Dugan was involved in an automobile accident with a vehicle owned by Rainey and claimed more than $200,000 in damages. Rainey’s insurer, American Family, offered $100,000 (the limit under Rainey’s policy). The Dugans acc...

United States v. McClellan  
Date: July 21, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2449

Justia Opinion Summary: McClellan operated T&M Daycare. Nearly all of its clients participated in an Illinois program that reimbursed daycare centers. To qualify, a parent or guardian had to reside in Illinois, be employed or attend school, and...

USA v. Keon Thomas
Date: July 20, 2015
Docket Number: 13-2814
United States v. Taylor  
Date: July 20, 2015
Docket Numbers: 13-3469, 13-2814

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2000 an almost totally deaf 73‐ year‐old, the federally licensed owner of a gun store in Hammond, Indiana, was shot to death and the store robbed of many of its guns. Taylor and Thomas, drug dealers, were indicted for...

Higgins v. Koch Dev. Corp.  
Date: July 20, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2207

Justia Opinion Summary: The Higginses visited an Indiana amusement park. The filter pump connected to the park’s lazy river malfunctioned. As staff worked to fix the problem, pool chemicals—bleach and hydrochloric acid—accumulated in the pump....

Dibble v. Quinn  
Date: July 20, 2015
Docket Numbers: 14-2328, 14-2746

Justia Opinion Summary: Dibble and Akemann were arbitrators for the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. At the time of their appointments, the Workers’ Compensation Act, 820 ILCS 305/14, provided that each arbitrator would be appointed f...

Peter Akemann v. Patrick J. Quinn
Date: July 20, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2746
United States v. Smith  
Date: July 20, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2982

Justia Opinion Summary: Two Milwaukee police officers on bicycle patrol were investigating gunshots around 16th and Center Street. They saw Smith crossing 16th Street as he prepared to enter an alley. The officers rode ahead of Smith into the a...

Taylor v. Caiarelli  
Date: July 20, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3017

Justia Opinion Summary: Taylor’s brother died in an accident. Caiarelli, the decedent’s ex-spouse and guardian of their minor child, obtained a state court declaration that the child was entitled to assets distributed to Taylor ($1.4 million)....

Remijas v. Neiman Marcus Group, LLC  
Date: July 20, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3122

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, hackers attacked Neiman Marcus and stole the credit card numbers of its customers. In December 2013, the company learned that some of its customers had found fraudulent charges on their cards. On January 10, 201...

DKCLM, Ltd. v. Miller  
Date: July 20, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3388

Justia Opinion Summary: Apollo owned Franklin, Wisconsin property, which it rented to DKCLM, for the sale and servicing of boats. DKCLM subleased part of the property to Kreil, an officer of DKCLM, who lived in a house on his leased part of the...

Giri v. Lynch  
Date: July 17, 2015
Docket Number: 13-3767

Justia Opinion Summary: Giri, a citizen of Nepal, was living in the U.S. as a conditional permanent resident based on his marriage to a U.S. citizen, Tammy, until USCIS terminated his conditional resident status after finding that his marriage...

HSBC Bank USA, N.A. v. Townsend  
Date: July 16, 2015
Docket Number: 13-1017

Justia Opinion Summary: Townsend signed a note and a mortgage to purchase a condominium. After Townsend defaulted, HSBC sought foreclosure under Illinois law. Representing himself, Townsend answered the complaint. HSBC moved for summary judgmen...

Hinkle v. White  
Date: July 16, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2254

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, while Hinkle was finishing his elected term as Sheriff of Wayne County, his 14-year-old step-daughter accused him of sexually abusing her while helping her apply chigger medicine. A Charleston police officer int...

United States v. Nicoson  
Date: July 16, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2557

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant claims that he does not molest girls, but solicits, obtains, views, and distributes videos and images of very young girls in lewd poses. He pleaded guilty to two counts of transportation of child pornograph...

United States v. Poke  
Date: July 15, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2331

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, age 35, was sentenced to 420 months in prison for possessing 1.2 grams of crack cocaine with intent to sell; possessing a gun as a felon; and using the gun in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offense, 21 U.S....

Timothy D. Bartlett v. Fifth Third Bank
Date: July 15, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2508
USA v. Horatio Sumrall
Date: July 15, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2732
United States v. Faulkner  
Date: July 15, 2015
Docket Number: 14-3332

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011 Faulkner pleaded guilty to two counts of the use of a communication facility in facilitation of a drug-related felony; he was sentenced to a 91-month term of imprisonment. Two years later, he and other members of...

Demetrius Boyd v. William Pollard
Date: July 15, 2015
Docket Number: 15-1013
Welch v. Hepp  
Date: July 14, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1164

Justia Opinion Summary: Armed men were robbing Milwaukee businesses, wearing dark sweatshirts and ski masks. Officers saw three men approach a store in dark clothing, with hoods pulled over their faces. One attempted to enter, while the others...

Hurem v. Tavares  
Date: July 14, 2015
Docket Number: 14-1269

Justia Opinion Summary: Quadri bought an apartment in Chicago at a foreclosure sale. Later, she learned that the police had investigated a disturbance there, and visited the apartment with her real estate agent and a locksmith. Quadri’s agent c...

Instant Technology LLC v. Elizabeth DeFazio
Date: July 14, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2132
Mohamed Bouras v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: July 14, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2179
Mohamed Bouras v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: July 14, 2015
Docket Number: 14-2179