2017 Seventh Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

Opinions 1 - 500 of 871

Ronald Forgue v. City of Chicago
Date: October 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2857
United States v. Oliver  
Date: October 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3611

Justia Opinion Summary: After participating in a scheme that involved “retirement investment seminars,” Oliver pled guilty to wire fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1343, for defrauding investors. Because Oliver used their money for personal expenses or investe...

Jovo Asentic v. Jefferson B. Sessions III
Date: October 17, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1202
Marytza Golden v. Indianapolis Housing Agency
Date: October 17, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1359
Haynes v. United States  
Date: October 17, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1680

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1998 Haynes was convicted of 12 federal crimes and sentenced to life plus 105 years in prison. His direct appeal and a collateral attack under 28 U.S.C. 2255 failed. After the Supreme Court retroactively held that the...

Sanders v. Melvin  
Date: October 17, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1938

Justia Opinion Summary: Sanders has been in solitary confinement for eight years, and the prison plans to keep him there for another ten. He has been diagnosed with intermittent explosive disorder, schizoaffective disorder, and other conditions...

USA v. Karen Zais
Date: October 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4066
USA v. Andrew Nelson
Date: October 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4174
United States v. Al-Awadi  
Date: October 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2643

Justia Opinion Summary: Soon after he began working at a daycare, other teachers expressed concern about 20‐year‐old Al‐Awadi’s interactions with female children. Al‐Awadi was cautioned about his behavior. On a day when the daycare was shorthan...

United States v. Holton  
Date: October 13, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1406

Justia Opinion Summary: Holton pleaded guilty to robbing an Illinois grocery store, carrying and using a firearm, 18 U.S.C. 924(c)(1)(A); a jury found him guilty of conspiring to commit Hobbs Act robbery (robbery affecting interstate commerce),...

Stephanie S. Carlson v. CSX Transportation, Inc.
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1374
United States v. Dearborn  
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-3346, 16-3905

Justia Opinion Summary: Dearborn pled guilty to distributing crack cocaine, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1) & 846.. In 2015, the Seventh Circuit remanded for correction of certain conditions of supervised release. In a second appeal, Dearborn argued that d...

USA v. Bradley Dearborn
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3905
Herman Griffin v. Indiana Department of Correcti
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4272
Cosenza v. Berryhill  
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1081

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Cosenza sought disability benefits on behalf of her minor son. An ALJ determined that J.M.F. was not disabled. The Appeals Council denied her request for review. Cosenza argued that the ALJ improperly found that...

Stephanie Carlson v. CSX Transportation, Inc.
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1217
Stephanie Carlson v. CSX Transportation, Inc.
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1222
Terrance Shaw v. Jon E. Litscher
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1223
Rodriguez-Contreras v. Sessions  
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1335

Justia Opinion Summary: After his conviction for a felony in Illinois, Rodriguez-Contreras, a lawful U.S. permanent resident, was found in possession of a weapon and was convicted under 720 ILCS 5/24–1.1(a). The Board of Immigration Appeals con...

BancorpSouth Inc. v. Federal Insurance Co.  
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1425

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Bancorp, which provides checking and savings accounts to individuals, purchased a bankers’ professional liability insurance policy from Federal. The policy stated: [Federal] shall pay, on behalf of an Insured, L...

Sidney Hillman Health Center of Rochester v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc.  
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1483

Justia Opinion Summary: The FDA approved Depakote for treating seizures, migraine headaches, and conditions associated with bipolar disorder. Physicians may prescribe it for other "off-label" uses, but a drug’s manufacturer can promote it only...

Kirby Smart v. DHL Express, Incorporated
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1498
Garcia v. Sessions  
Date: October 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3234

Justia Opinion Summary: Garcia, a Honduran national, came to the U.S. in 2003. He was ordered removed and departed in 2005. Garcia claims that he was kidnapped and beaten upon his return to Honduras because of his opposition to deforestation. H...

Riffey v. Rauner  
Date: October 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3487

Justia Opinion Summary: The Illinois Department of Human Services Home Services Program pays personal home health care assistants to care for elderly and disabled persons. The assistants are considered public employees under the Illinois Public...

Brook v. McCormley  
Date: October 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4255

Justia Opinion Summary: Cortina, a now-dissolved corporation, was wholly-owned by the Trust. The Trust’s beneficiaries lived in Illinois when the Trust was established; in the 1980s, they relocated to Arizona. In 2011, the Trust became an Arizo...

Daniel Budorick v. Vincent Maneri
Date: October 11, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1112
Flaviano Victoria-Faustino v. Jefferson B. Sessions III
Date: October 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1784
Alvin T. Perkins, Jr. v. Randy Pfister
Date: October 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3190
Tripp v. Scholz  
Date: October 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3469

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, two Green Party members sought to appear on the Illinois general election ballot as candidates for state representative. Because the Election Code (10 ILCS 5/1-1) deemed the Green Party a “new” political party i...

Baez-Sanchez v. Sessions  
Date: October 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3784

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, the Seventh Circuit held that the Attorney General has authority under 8 U.S.C. 1182(d)(3)(A)(ii) to waive an alien’s inadmissibility and to halt removal temporarily while the alien requests a U visa. In Sanchez...

TPG Group, Inc. v. Avon Capital, LLC
Date: October 6, 2017
Docket Number: 17-3044
Thomas D. Philipsborn Irrevoca v. Avon Capital, LLC
Date: October 5, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3368
Illinois Bible Colleges Assoc v. Lindsay K. H. Anderson
Date: October 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1754
Platt v. Brown  
Date: October 5, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1830

Justia Opinion Summary: Cook County criminal defendants could secure pretrial release on personal recognizance; execution of a full deposit bail bond, to be fully returned upon performance of the bond conditions; or execution of a 10% bail bond...

Arlin Calvin v. Sub-Zero Freezer, Co.
Date: October 5, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1968
Ivan Pichimarov v. Jefferson B. Sessions III
Date: October 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3820
United States v. Hayes  
Date: October 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3752

Justia Opinion Summary: Hayes pleaded guilty as a felon in possession of a firearm, 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1). The indictment specifically charged him with possessing a model AK‐47 rifle. The plea agreement stated that the serial number on the AK‐47...

King v. Ford Motor Co.  
Date: October 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3391

Justia Opinion Summary: King worked for many years in Ford’s vehicle assembly plants. She claims that after transferring to Ford’s Chicago plant in 2010, she was sexually harassed by a supervisor, after which she was reassigned to less desirabl...

Ahmad Khorrami v. Michael Rolince
Date: October 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3520
Consolino v. Towne  
Date: October 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3681

Justia Opinion Summary: Consolino is a Cook County Sheriff’s Office correctional officer and a Marine Reservist counterintelligence specialist. Beginning in 1999, Consolino was assigned to the Boot Camp, an alternative sentencing program for no...

United States v. Ranjel  
Date: September 29, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3778

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2002 Ranjel was indicted for participating in a Latin Kings drug-trafficking conspiracy in Aurora, Illinois. He fled to Mexico and remained there for nearly a decade. He surrendered in 2011. A jury later convicted him...

United States v. Feterick  
Date: September 29, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3579

Justia Opinion Summary: Feterick pleaded guilty to two counts of bank robbery, 18 U.S.C. 2113(a), and was sentenced to a total of 49 months’ imprisonment and three years’ supervised release. The conditions of supervised release include one requ...

United States v. Popovski  
Date: September 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4178

Justia Opinion Summary: Popovski pleaded guilty to wire fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1343, for obtaining credit-card or debit-card numbers from abroad, encoding them onto blank cards and using those cards to withdraw money. Popovski was responsible for mor...

USA v. Svetoslav Nedelchev
Date: September 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4202
Frakes v. Peoria School District No. 150  
Date: September 26, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3091

Justia Opinion Summary: From 2002-2012, Frakes was a Peoria special education teacher. All of Frakes’s students were eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 1400. Nunn, like all of Frakes’s former...

United States v. Wagner  
Date: September 25, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3265

Justia Opinion Summary: Wagner responded to "Holly's" internet advertisement. “Holly” was actually an undercover federal officer. Wagner stated that he was 39. Holly replied that she was only 14 and trying to earn $300. Wagner told Holly he wan...

United States v. Alkaramla  
Date: September 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2191

Justia Opinion Summary: Bernstein, an attorney appointed under the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. 3006A, to represent an indigent defendant in federal district court, hired forensic expert Speckin to analyze evidence for the defense. Bernstein...

Larry Goodman v. Cook County, Illinois
Date: September 25, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1343
Parnell Milton v. Iwona Slota
Date: September 25, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1495
Richard Plank v. Denise Symdon
Date: September 25, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1640
Faucett v. United States  
Date: September 22, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2515

Justia Opinion Summary: Faucett possessed large quantities of child pornography, including 59 sexually explicit photos of his five-year-old granddaughter that he took while she was sleeping. When investigators found the collection on his comput...

Luce v. Town of Campbell, Wisconsin  
Date: September 22, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2627

Justia Opinion Summary: Interstate 90 runs through Campbell, Wisconsin, with a speed limit of 65 miles per hour. Two streets and one pedestrian overpass cross the highway within the town. A traffic survey in 2008 found that 23,000-29,000 trucks...

Libertarian Party of Illinois v. Charles W. Scholz
Date: September 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1667
Libertarian Party of Illinois v. Cunningham  
Date: September 22, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1775, 16-1667

Justia Opinion Summary: Under Illinois law, a political party that has not attained sufficient votes in past elections must field candidates for all offices on the ballot in the political subdivision in which it wishes to compete. In the 2012 e...

Elliott Levin v. Verizon Business Global, LLC
Date: September 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1940
Verizon Business Global, LLC v. Levin  
Date: September 22, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1940, 16-2094

Justia Opinion Summary: Telecommunications retailer OneStar paid its supplier, MCI, $1.9 million during the 90 days before OneStar was forced into bankruptcy. OneStar’s bankruptcy trustee sought to recapture those payments under 11 U.S.C. 547(b...

Michael Sommerfield v. Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
Date: September 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4139
Park Pet Shop, Inc. v. City of Chicago  
Date: September 21, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3711

Justia Opinion Summary: Under Chicago’s 2014 “puppy mill” ordinance, pet retailers in the city “may offer for sale only those dogs, cats, or rabbits” obtained from an animal control or care center, pound, or kennel operated by local, state, or...

USA v. Daniel S. Voican
Date: September 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3063
Patricia Clark v. Law Office of Terrence Kennedy
Date: September 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4277
Tony Franklin v. William Warmington
Date: September 21, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1263
Travis Williams v. David Stauche
Date: September 21, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1734
Michael Lenz v. Robert W. Baird & Company
Date: September 21, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1886
USA v. John Gries
Date: September 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2432
United States v. McCullars  
Date: September 20, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-2447, 15-2432

Justia Opinion Summary: For nearly a decade, Gries and McCullars actively participated in a private online chat room frequented by pedophiles sharing large volumes of child pornography. They were indicted for conspiracy to distribute child porn...

Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc.  
Date: September 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3754

Justia Opinion Summary: From 2006-2013, Severson worked for Heartland, a fabricator of retail display fixtures. The work was physically demanding. In 2013, Severson took a 12-week medical leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), 29 U.S....

E.T. Products, LLC v. D.E. Miller Holdings, Inc.  
Date: September 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1204

Justia Opinion Summary: Doug Miller and his son signed a broad noncompetition agreement when Doug sold his fuel-additives business, E.T., in 2011. Doug sold his other company, Petroleum Solutions, to Kuhns about a year later. E.T.’s new owners...

USA v. William Campbell
Date: September 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1520
USA v. Toby Jones
Date: September 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2208
USA v. Mario Whitfield
Date: September 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2676
United States v. Ford  
Date: September 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3732

Justia Opinion Summary: Ford and Hoefle were passengers in a car driven by Mincks when the car was stopped in Moline, Illinois for a traffic violation, around 2:00 a.m. Officers noticed open beer bottles and asked the men to exit the car. While...

United States v. Jones  
Date: September 20, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-3975, 16‐2208, 16‐2676

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, a confidential informant informed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives about Toby Jones, the leader of a drug‐distribution operation on Chicago’s West Side. The informant introduced Toby and...

Charles Rice, Sr. v. LSREF3 Sapphire Trust 2014
Date: September 18, 2017
Docket Number: 14-3636
Monroe v. Indiana Department of Transportation  
Date: September 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1959

Justia Opinion Summary: Monroe worked for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) for more than 21 years. His job involved cleaning up human remains after traffic accidents; he witnessed a co‐worker die after a work‐related accident. H...

United States v. Patterson  
Date: September 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2119

Justia Opinion Summary: Patterson was indicted in 2012 on charges arising from his role in a conspiracy to rob a fictitious drug “stash house.” Following delays resulting from a determination that Patterson was not competent and subsequent effo...

Orlowski v. Milwaukee County  
Date: September 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2166

Justia Opinion Summary: Orlowski, a 21-year-old inmate, was asleep in his bunk. At 12:28 a.m. and 1:36 a.m. dorm supervisor Alexander patrolled and did not notice anything unusual. Sergeant Manns toured the dorm and did not note anything unusua...

Estate of James Franklin Perry v. Cheryl Wenzel
Date: September 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2353
Estate of Perry v. Wenzel  
Date: September 18, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-3130, 16‐2353

Justia Opinion Summary: After his arrest, Perry stated that he suffered from seizures as a result of a previous head injury, that his seizures were treated with medication, and that he had not taken his medication. He was placed in a “bullpen”...

Darreyll Thomas v. Michael Reese
Date: September 14, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1742
Lee v. Avila  
Date: September 13, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1976

Justia Opinion Summary: Milwaukee police received a tip that a residence was being used as a drug house and secured a no-knock warrant. Entering, the officers saw Lee, beside a table holding a digital scale, a razor blade, sandwich baggies, a c...

Winfield v. Dorethy  
Date: September 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3316

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2000, Winfield was convicted of attempted murder. On direct appeal and post-conviction review, the Illinois appellate courts rejected Winfield’s challenges to his conviction and 30-year prison sentence. By agreement o...

United States v. Brown  
Date: September 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1603

Justia Opinion Summary: While investigating a tip that illegal drugs were being sold from a south-side convenience store, Chicago Police Officer Brown sucker-punched a store employee for no apparent reason. As the dazed employee attempted to st...

Houlihan v. City of Chicago  
Date: September 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2949

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs were white and Hispanic members of Chicago Mayor Daley’s protective services detail, Unit 542. Each held the rank of patrol officer but was assigned to the security-specialist position, and received a sergeant...

Hicks v. Hepp  
Date: September 7, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3865

Justia Opinion Summary: Hicks admitted to sexually molesting his former stepson, during a recorded phone call from a police station. During the call, before the confession, the victim repeatedly threatened to harm Hicks and to tell Hicks’s othe...

Wilson v. Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation  
Date: September 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1831

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1998, Dr. Wilson’s terminally ill patient was within hours of death. He was in pain and suffocating. Wilson concluded that the only possible palliation was unconsciousness. As Wilson was injecting a drug, the patient’...

Schloesser v. Berryhill  
Date: September 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1862

Justia Opinion Summary: Schloesser worked for 23 years as a dry curer in a meat‐processing factory, regularly lifting more than 70 pounds. After undergoing rotator cuff surgery on his left shoulder in 2001 and then a lactimectomy (disc removal...

Cook County Republican Party v. Sapone  
Date: September 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3457

Justia Opinion Summary: The Republican Party sued the Cook County Board of Election Commissioners, arguing that the Board must include on the ballot a candidate that the Party slated for the House of Representatives in the November 2016 electio...

Otis Grant v. Trustees of Indiana University
Date: September 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1958
Mordi v. Zeigler  
Date: September 5, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3307

Justia Opinion Summary: At 1:10 p.m. on March 12, 2009, Mordi, a Nigerian student at Southern Illinois University, and a passenger were traveling on Interstate 57. An Illinois state police car, driven by Trooper Zeigler, signaled for Mordi to p...

Roberto Trujillo v. American Bar Association
Date: September 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3612
Hisham Abdel-Ghaffar v. Illinois Tool Works Inc.
Date: September 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4039
LaSandra Norman v. Black Entertainment Television
Date: September 5, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1001
Larry Brooks v. Complete Warehouse & Distribut
Date: September 5, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1290
Right Field Rooftops, LLC v. Chicago Cubs Baseball Club, LLC  
Date: September 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3582

Justia Opinion Summary: Rooftops sells tickets to view Cubs games and other events at Wrigley Field from the roofs of buildings it controls. Chicago has an ordinance allowing the rooftop businesses. Before the 2002 season, the Cubs installed a...

Gregory Lee v. CTA
Date: September 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4116
United States v. Paige  
Date: September 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4128

Justia Opinion Summary: A McDonald’s employee called 911 and stated that a vehicle had been sitting in the drive-through lane for an hour and that the driver might be sick. Fire and police units responded. When Officer Sheets-Walker arrived, sh...

Eddie James v. Randy Pfister
Date: September 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4259
Darreyll Thomas v. Michael Reese
Date: September 1, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1742
Christian Ibeagwa v. CIR
Date: September 1, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1930
Krik v. Exxon Mobil Corp.  
Date: August 31, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3112

Justia Opinion Summary: Krik has lung cancer Krik smoked a pack and a half of cigarettes every day for 30 years. From 1954-1960 Krik also worked aboard navy vessels removing insulation produced by Owens‐Illinois, which he claimed exposed him t...

Grant v. Trustees of Indiana University  
Date: August 31, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1958

Justia Opinion Summary: The University of Indiana South Bend employed Professor Grant, an African-American, in 1999. In 2008, several students complained to University administration that Grant inappropriately canceled classes, used obscene lan...

Christopher Pyles v. William Spiller
Date: August 31, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2502
Daniel Ratajczak, Jr. v. Beazley Solutions Limited
Date: August 31, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3418
Land O'Lakes, Inc. v. Daniel Ratajczak, Jr.
Date: August 31, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3490
Owens v. Old Wisconsin Sausage Co.  
Date: August 31, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3875

Justia Opinion Summary: Owens worked as Old Wisconsin's manager of Human Resources and the company’s only female manager, from June 2011 until her termination in April 2012. Kobussen applied for a position at Old Wisconsin. Owens was involved i...

Land O'Lakes, Inc. v. Ratajczak  
Date: August 31, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-3920, 16-3418, 16-3490

Justia Opinion Summary: From 2006-2012 Packerland deceived at least one of its customers about the protein content of its Whey Protein Concentrate. Land O’Lakes purchased Packerland’s protein concentrate for use in making foods for calves and o...

Priddy v. Health Care Service Corp.  
Date: August 31, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4127

Justia Opinion Summary: HCSC is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation that offers Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance through licensed affiliates in five states and contracts with outside affiliates for prescription drug services, claim payme...

Ron Morris v. Randall Knutson
Date: August 31, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1025
USA v. Justin Turner
Date: August 31, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1398
James Barksdale v. Joseph Joyce
Date: August 31, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1863
United States v. Moreno  
Date: August 30, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3312

Justia Opinion Summary: Moreno sold Alpha‐PVP, a designer drug that produces a powerful stimulant effect in its users before that drug was listed as a controlled substance. It was listed on the federal government’s Schedule I of controlled subs...

Jeffrey Golin v. Neptune Management Corporation
Date: August 30, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1262
United States v. Carson  
Date: August 29, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3421

Justia Opinion Summary: Carson raped and threatened a 17-year-old girl, knowing her age, and then arranged encounters, during which time she traded sex for money three or four times a day. He isolated her from outside communications. His other...

USA v. Antonio Walter
Date: August 29, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1209
United States v. Bell  
Date: August 29, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1325, 16-1209

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, more than 100 people, including Bell, were arrested as part of the “Operation Blue Knight” investigation. In 2012, Bell and Walter were both charged with conspiring to sell more than 1,000 grams of heroin, 21...

Illinois Bible Colleges Association v. Anderson  
Date: August 29, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1754

Justia Opinion Summary: Bible Colleges and a student sued the Illinois Board of Higher Education, alleging that the Private College Act, 110 ILCS 1005/0.01, the Academic Degree Act, 110 ILCS 1010/0.01, and the Private Business and Vocational Sc...

United States v. Lopez  
Date: August 29, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2269

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Lopez created financial investment business entities and solicited funds from family and friends. He received approximately $450,000 total from five people, stating that he intended to invest in companies such a...

Archer v. Chisholm  
Date: August 29, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2417

Justia Opinion Summary: While Governor Scott Walker was making controversial changes to Wisconsin’s public union laws, Archer drafted the law and advocated its passage. At the same time, the Milwaukee County State’s Attorney’s Office was invest...

USA v. Earnest Johnson
Date: August 29, 2017
Docket Number: 17-2251
Roppo v. Travelers Commercial Insurance Co.  
Date: August 28, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3171

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Roppo suffered serious injuries in an auto accident with Block, who was insured by Travelers. Travelers and the attorneys it retained for Block disclosed only the limits of Block’s automobile liability policy; t...

Cremation Society of Illinois, Inc. v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters  
Date: August 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2322

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2003, Cremation Society’s predecessor (employer) executed a Compliance Agreement, binding it to the Union’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA), until June 30, 2007, and from year to year thereafter. The Agreement c...

Richards v. U.S. Steel  
Date: August 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2436

Justia Opinion Summary: Richards was hired in 1995. While working with Byrd, Richards had several negative experiences with her supervisors. In 2011, Richards filed a discrimination complaint. Feeling that human resources had not adequately add...

Ernesto Valle v. Kim Butler
Date: August 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2612
Andy Mohr Truck Center, Inc. v. Volvo Trucks North America
Date: August 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2788
Andy Mohr Truck Center, Inc. v. Volvo Trucks North America  
Date: August 28, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-2839, 16‐2788

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, Mohr and Volvo entered into a heavy truck dealership agreement. In 2012, Volvo sought a declaratory judgment that it was entitled to terminate Mohr’s dealership because Mohr had misrepresented that it would buil...

Buren v. Doctor's Associates Inc.  
Date: August 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1652

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, an Australian teenager measured his Subway Footlong sandwich, which was 11 inches long. He photographed it alongside a tape measure and posted the photo on Facebook. It went viral. U.S. plaintiffs’ lawyers sued...

Reed v. Freedom Mortgage Corp.  
Date: August 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3661

Justia Opinion Summary: In November 2012, Freedom hired Reed, an African-American, as a Broker Liaison, reporting to Bidstrup and Sperry (both white). The regular hours for the Downers Grove office were 8 a.m.-5 p.m.. Some employees worked othe...

United States v. Edwards  
Date: August 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2253

Justia Opinion Summary: Edwards is a naturalized U.S. citizen who emigrated from Mongolia in 1996. She was hired as an officer with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in 2009. Edwards went through a federal background investigation in 2009 and...

Conrad v. Boiron, Inc.  
Date: August 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3656

Justia Opinion Summary: Boiron makes homeopathic products, including an over‐the‐counter remedy called Oscillo that retails for between $12 and $20. Oscillo is made by mixing one percent Anas Barbariae Hepatis et Cordis Extractum (duck hearts a...

USA v. Charles Harper
Date: August 24, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1441
Green v. Newport  
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1536

Justia Opinion Summary: Around 8:30 p.m., Milwaukee officers responded to a complaint by a store employee that a Mercury Grand Marquis drove around the store’s parking lot five times. Officer Newport believed this was consistent with preparatio...

Rosewood Care Center of Swansea v. Price  
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3368

Justia Opinion Summary: Rosewood is a skilled nursing facility, 42 U.S.C. 1395i-3(a), participating in Medicare and Medicaid as a provider. The Secretary of Health and Human Services, which enforces the statutory and regulatory provisions gove...

USA v. Joseph Suggs
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3460
Freddie Camacho v. Nicole English
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3509
Freddie Camacho v. Nicole English
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3509
Kolton v. Frerichs  
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3658

Justia Opinion Summary: Kolton deposited money into an interest-bearing bank account in Illinois. Years passed without activity in the account, so the bank transferred Kolton’s money to the state as the Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act req...

Laurens v. Volvo Cars of North America, LLC  
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3829

Justia Opinion Summary: Husband and wife paid $83,475 for a new Volvo T8, plus $2,700 for a charging station. Volvo’s advertisements claimed that the T8’s battery range was 25 miles. In practice their T8 averaged a eight-10 miles of battery‐onl...

St. Vincent Randolph Hospital, v. Price  
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3956

Justia Opinion Summary: St. Vincent Health group acquired Randolph County Hospital and decided to replace the 80-year-old building. In 2002 the Hospital financed the project by borrowing $15.3 million from a fraternal corporation. Within a year...

USA v. Mario Mendoza-Valles
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1013
Watkins v. Trans Union, LLC  
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1142

Justia Opinion Summary: Watkins sued Trans Union for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Trans Union asserted that attorney Cento should be disqualified from representing Watkins because, more than 10 years ago, Cento earned a living defen...

Allen Perres v. SEC
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1365
United States v. White  
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1517

Justia Opinion Summary: While on supervised release following his conviction for failing to register as a sex offender, White pleaded guilty to new charges of credit‐card fraud and theft. The court revoked White’s supervised release and ordered...

USA v. Oliver W. Hamilton
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1800
Elijah Reid v. Michael Melvin
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1907
Zachary Mutter v. William Rodriguez
Date: August 21, 2017
Docket Number: 14-2130
Streckenbach v. Van Densen  
Date: August 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1695

Justia Opinion Summary: Streckenbach, an inmate of Wisconsin's Redgranite Correctional Institution, left two boxes of personal property for his son to pick up. Under the prison’s policy, property on deposit had to be collected within 30 days. I...

Dennis Scott v. Travis Smith
Date: August 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2029
USA v. Raequon Allen
Date: August 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2950
R. Weisskopf v. Philip Marcus
Date: August 21, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1682
Robert Stinson v. James Gauger
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: 13-3343
Robert Stinson v. Raymond Rawson
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: 13-3346
Stinson v. Johnson  
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Numbers: 13-3347, 13‐3343, 13‐3346

Justia Opinion Summary: Stinson spent 23 years in jail for a murder he did not commit. No eyewitness testimony or fingerprints connected him to the murder. Two dentists testified as experts that Stinson’s dentition matched the teeth marks on th...

Mourning v. Ternes Packaging, Indiana, Inc  
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1650

Justia Opinion Summary: Mourning worked for Ternes from 1997 until the company fired her in 2013. In February 2013, Frey, Mourning’s manager, granted Mourning leave under the Family Medical Leave Act, 29 U.S.C. 2615, to treat her encephalopathy...

Murphy v. Rychlowski  
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1662

Justia Opinion Summary: Murphy was convicted of rape by force in Los Angeles 37 years ago and was required, while he resided in the state, to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Murphy moved to Wisconsin 21 years later and was...

Hendricks v. Novae Corporate Underwriting, Ltd.  
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1712

Justia Opinion Summary: Novae issued Cunningham an insurance policy. While insured by Novae, Cunningham entered into an agreement with AP to provide claims-handling services. In 2004 AP sued Cunningham in Texas state court, alleging misreprese...

Doornbos v. City of Chicago  
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1770

Justia Opinion Summary: Doornbos was leaving a Chicago train station when a plainclothes police officer confronted him, grabbed him, and with the help of other plainclothes officers, forced him to the ground. Doornbos was acquitted of resisting...

USA v. Antwon Willis
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2342
United States v. Simmons  
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-2375, 16‐2342

Justia Opinion Summary: Willis and Simmons were convicted of conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and sentenced to 235 months’ and 108 months’ imprisonment, respectively. They appealed, claiming there was an impermissible varian...

Kazimiera Kamyk v. Nancy A. Berryhill
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3647
Richard Smego v. Gregg Scott
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3721
King v. Marion County Circuit Court  
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3726

Justia Opinion Summary: An Indiana county may subsidize private dispute resolution in domestic-relations cases. Under Marion County's Plan, a party to a domestic-relations suit may request subsidized mediation, or the court may order it of its...

Caudill Seed & Warehouse Co. v. Rose  
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4072

Justia Opinion Summary: Rose bought $120,000 of products on credit from Caudill and did not pay. Before a district court ruled for Caudill, Rose gave 440 acres of land to his son Matt, then filed for bankruptcy. Caudill began an adversary proce...

Chiquita Newell v. Elinor Velacruz
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1617
Wine & Canvas Development, LLC v. Theodore Weisser
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2088
Wine & Canvas Development, LLC v. Muylle  
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-3658, 15‐2088

Justia Opinion Summary: Wine & Canvas (W&C) hosts “painting nights.” Patrons, following a teacher’s instructions, create a painting while enjoying wine. W&C operated in Indianapolis, Bloomington, and Oklahoma City. Muylle signed a license agree...

USA v. Richard Geasland
Date: August 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3047
Winebow, Inc. v. Capitol-Husting Co., Inc.  
Date: August 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3682

Justia Opinion Summary: Winebow imports and distributes wines to downstream wholesalers. It wants to cut its ties with two wholesale distributors, which have had the exclusive right to sell and distribute Winebow products within specified regio...

Farmer v. United States  
Date: August 15, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1483

Justia Opinion Summary: Farmer was convicted of armed bank robbery, 18 U.S.C. 2113(a) and (d), and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, section 924(c)(1)(A)(ii). Farmer drove the getaway car and was not in the bank during the robbe...

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Union Pacific Railroad Co.  
Date: August 15, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3452

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, African-Americans, worked for Union Pacific as “Signal Helpers,” an entry‐level job. After a probationary period, both became eligible for promotion. Union Pacific did not respond to their requests to take a...

USA v. Pablo Lopez
Date: August 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1573
Tracie Kolar v. Nancy A. Berryhill
Date: August 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1723
Chessie Logistics Co., LLC v. Krinos Holdings, Inc.  
Date: August 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4257

Justia Opinion Summary: Chessie is a railroad authorized to operate one mile of track in Melrose Park, Illinois. It has apparently been many years since trains have run on that track. Krinos owns and operates an adjacent industrial facility. A...

Walker v. Groot  
Date: August 14, 2017
Docket Number: 14-2478

Justia Opinion Summary: Walker, classified as a sexually violent person, has lived in the Rushville Treatment & Detention Center since 2007 when he finished serving a sentence in an Illinois prison. Walker's treatment team assigned him a “decis...

Hagan v. Quinn  
Date: August 14, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1791

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Plaintiffs, former arbitrators for the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, brought a due process action challenging the implementation of a workers’ compensation reform statute that terminated their six‐y...

Hollins v. Regency Corp.  
Date: August 14, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3607

Justia Opinion Summary: Regency operated for‐profit cosmetology schools in 20 states. Each offered classroom instruction and practical instruction in a salon, where members of the public could receive cosmetology services at low prices. Hollins...

Grede v. FCStone LLC  
Date: August 14, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1896, 16-1916

Justia Opinion Summary: Sentinel managed investments for futures commission merchants (FCMs) like FCStone, which act as financial intermediaries between investors and futures markets. Sentinel itself was an FCM. Sentinel organized its customers...

Frederick Grede v. FCStone LLC
Date: August 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1916
United States v. Hansmeier  
Date: August 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3070

Justia Opinion Summary: Illinois officers arrested Walker after making controlled buys of methamphetamine from him. Walker told Agent Hiland that Hansmeier, who lived in Missouri, was his drug source and dealt large quantities of methamphetamin...

United States v. DiCosola  
Date: August 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3497

Justia Opinion Summary: DiCosola started a business that produced compact discs in novelty shapes, for use as promotional items. The business morphed into a full‐service printing business, reaching about $1 million in gross annual sales and emp...

Barnes v. Sears, Roebuck and Co.  
Date: August 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3554

Justia Opinion Summary: In a class action against Sears concerning a defect in washing machines, the district court awarded class counsel $4.8 million, 1.75 times the fees counsel originally charged for their work on the case. The court reasone...

Owens v. Board of Education of Chicago  
Date: August 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3607

Justia Opinion Summary: Owens became the maintenance supervisor at Phillips Academy. Months later, he came under supervision by Miller. According to Owens, he told Miller that he had an age-discrimination suit pending against the Board of Educa...

Estate of Kevin F. Flynn v. Frances Gecker
Date: August 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1075
Frances Gecker v. Estate of Peer Pedersen
Date: August 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1132
Frances Gecker v. Estate of Kevin F. Flynn
Date: August 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1133
John McMahon v. Frances Gecker
Date: August 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1143
Frances Gecker v. John McMahon
Date: August 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1148
Kevin Larson v. Frances Gecker
Date: August 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1160
Frances Gecker v. Kevin Larson
Date: August 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1161
Frances Gecker v. Joseph McQuaid
Date: August 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1164
Joseph McQuaid v. Frances Gecker
Date: August 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1165
Estate of Pedersen v. Gecker  
Date: August 11, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1235, 16‐1075, 16‐1165, 16‐1164, 16‐1161, 16‐1132, 16‐1133, 16‐1143, 16‐1148, 16‐1160

Justia Opinion Summary: Emerald had an Illinois gaming license to operate in East Dubuque. Emerald operated profitably in 1993 but then struggled to compete with an Iowa casino. By 1996, Emerald had closed the casino and was lobbying for an act...

United States v. Johnson  
Date: August 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3595

Justia Opinion Summary: ATF agents executed an arrest warrant at Coleman’s residence and observed what appeared to be heroin. After receiving his Miranda rights, Coleman stated that it was heroin for his personal use. The agents escorted Colema...

Chambers v. United States  
Date: August 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2977

Justia Opinion Summary: Chambers pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography, 18 U.S.C. 2252A(a)(2)(A), (a)(5)(B). His attorney argued for a downward variance based on Chambers’s diminished capacity, U.S.S.G. 5K2.13. He was sentenced to 16...

Studer v. Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital  
Date: August 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3728

Justia Opinion Summary: Studer worked at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, a not‐for‐profit Dixon, Illinois healthcare provider, as an occupational therapist. After she resigned, she filed a small‐claims state court complaint, alleging that the h...

Mathias v. Mihm  
Date: August 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3808

Justia Opinion Summary: From 1978-1997, Mathias worked for Caterpillar in York, Pennsylvania. In 1997 he experienced serious health issues; the Social Security Administration declared him disabled. Caterpillar covered his health insurance as an...

Sandra Sikorski v. Nancy A. Berryhill
Date: August 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4028
James McQuillen v. PetSmart, Inc.
Date: August 10, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1456
Patel v. Portfolio Diversification Group, Inc.  
Date: August 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2905

Justia Opinion Summary: Patel saved $560,000, enough to purchase a 7-Eleven franchise. He kept the money with Portfolio; the contract gave Wagha discretion over the funds’ deployment. Wagha invested much of the money in options. By the time Pat...

Bernard Henneberger v. Ticom Geomatics, Inc.
Date: August 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3290
In re: Husain  
Date: August 8, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-3308, 16‐1254

Justia Opinion Summary: The U.S. Trustee alleged that Husain’s bankruptcy filings regularly failed to include debtors’ genuine signatures. Bankruptcy Judge Cox of the Northern District of Illinois made extensive findings, disbarred Husain, and...

Bellevue v. Universal Health Services of Hartgrove, Inc.  
Date: August 8, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3473

Justia Opinion Summary: Hartgrove, a psychiatric hospital, is enrolled with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to receive Medicaid reimbursement. Hartgrove agreed to comply with all federal and state laws and “to be fully...

In re
Date: August 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1254
Biagio Stragapede v. City of Evanston
Date: August 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1344
Richardson v. Griffin  
Date: August 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1700

Justia Opinion Summary: Mobley was shot in the leg; the shooter fled. The only physical evidence found by Gary, Indiana police was one spent shotgun shell. Earlier that day, Richardson had argued with his girlfriend while standing in Mobley’s y...

Secure Leverage Group, Inc. v. Ira Bodenstein
Date: August 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3424
Robert Miller v. Ira Bodenstein
Date: August 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3425
Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co., v. Fireman's Fund Insurance Compa
Date: August 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3563
Haley v. Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co.  
Date: August 8, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-3648, 16‐3563

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, Haley and others filed a putative class action against Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork, claiming that windows purchased from Kolbe were defective and had allowed air and water to leak into (and damage) the plaintiffs’ ho...

BT Bourbonnais Care, LLC v. Norwood  
Date: August 8, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-3655, 16-3968

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs purchased Illinois nursing homes and obtained new state licenses and federal Medicare provider numbers. Most of the residents in the 10 homes qualify for Medicaid assistance. The Illinois Department of Healthc...

BT Bourbonnais Care, LLC v. Felicia Norwood
Date: August 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3968
McKinney v. Sheriff's Office of Whitley County  
Date: August 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4131

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013 the Sheriff of Whitley County, Indiana hired the county’s first black police officer, McKinney. Nine months later, McKinney was fired. He sued for race discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 19...

United States v. Harden  
Date: August 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1227

Justia Opinion Summary: Based on a tip, DEA officers followed Harden and attempted a traffic stop. In attempting to evade officers, Harden attained speeds that were at least 21 miles per hour over the 25 mph speed limit. During the chase, he th...

United States v. Coscia  
Date: August 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3017

Justia Opinion Summary: Most commodities trading takes place with the participants using computers to execute hyper‐fast trading strategies at speeds, and in volumes, that far surpass those common in the past. Coscia commissioned and used a com...

United States v. Anderson  
Date: August 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3134

Justia Opinion Summary: Anderson and three accomplices had robbed a Milwaukee bank in 2014. As they drove away, a dye pack burst inside a bag of currency, leaving some of the bills stained and singed. The robbers tossed the bag from the car. A...

Secure Leverage Group, Inc. v. Ira Bodenstein
Date: August 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3424
Miller v. Bodenstein  
Date: August 7, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-3425, 16-3424

Justia Opinion Summary: Peregrine was a registered futures commissions merchant, a registered forex dealer member of the National Futures Association, and dealt in retail foreign currency (retailforex) and spot metal transactions. The Commodi...

Pine Top Receivables of Illinois, LLC v. Banco de Seguros del Estado  
Date: August 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3499

Justia Opinion Summary: From 1977-1984 Banco reinsured 2% of the Insurer’s business. The Insurer stopped writing policies in 1985, went into receivership in 1986, and began liquidating in 1987. Through 1993 the liquidator complied with contract...

United States v. Schreiber  
Date: August 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3847

Justia Opinion Summary: An officer saw a car in front of a Summit, Illinois liquor store, took down the license number, and prepared to make a traffic stop, but was called to another incident. After hearing that the store was robbed and seeing...

USA v. Charles Weatherman
Date: August 7, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1354
United States v. Jackson  
Date: August 4, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3693

Justia Opinion Summary: Jackson was convicted of three counts of transporting a minor in interstate commerce with the intent that she engage an illegal sexual activity, 18 U.S.C. 2423(a), three counts of sex trafficking of a minor, 18 U.S.C. 15...

Stephenson v. Neal  
Date: August 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1312

Justia Opinion Summary: Stephenson was convicted, in Indiana, of the 1996 murders of three people and of theft of ammunition from the trailer in which one victim was staying. Shell casings at the murder scene matched those taken from the traile...

USA v. Donald Maggard
Date: August 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1776
USA v. David Bell
Date: August 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1777
USA v. Jeremy Jackson
Date: August 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1780
United States v. Neeley  
Date: August 4, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1832, 16‐1776, 16‐1777, 16‐1780

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendants were involved in a North Vernon, Indiana methamphetamine‐distribution conspiracy. Neeley supplied much of the methamphetamine that she and Maggard distributed to other dealers, including Bell and Jackson....

Brendan Dassey v. Michael Dittmann
Date: August 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3397
Koehn v. Tobias  
Date: August 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3482

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, Koehn filed a pro se complaint against his former employers. A magistrate held a settlement conference and appointed counsel for Koehn. The parties did not settle. Koehn obtained new counsel. The court held a te...

Patrick Harlan v. Charles Scholz
Date: August 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3547
Harlan v. Orr  
Date: August 4, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-3597, 16‐3547

Justia Opinion Summary: Two-and-a-half months before the November 2016 general election, Harlan, the Republican Party’s candidate for an Illinois congressional seat, and the Crawford County Republican Central Committee filed suit, seeking a pre...

United States v. Castetter  
Date: August 4, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1327

Justia Opinion Summary: With a warrant, police installed and monitored a GPS locator on Holst's car, while investigating Holst’s participation in methamphetamine sales. Police tracked Holst’s car as it stopped at a particular place for more th...

Allen v. City of Chicago  
Date: August 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1029

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, current and former members of the Chicago Police Department’s Bureau of Organized Crime, claim that the Bureau did not compensate them for work they did off-duty on their mobile electronic devices (Blackerrys...

Syl Johnson v. UMG Recordings, Incorporated
Date: August 3, 2017
Docket Number: 17-2260
Gray v. Zatecky  
Date: August 2, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2482

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2000, Gray and another went to Jones’s home to buy marijuana. Avant, was present and saw the three retire to the rear of the house. The third man returned and robbed Avant.Gray ran past carrying a bag, firing into the...

Anderson v. United States  
Date: August 2, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2683

Justia Opinion Summary: When Anderson pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, the district court had only a general knowledge of Anderson’s mental‐health problems. The court knew that Anderson had been diagnosed as a paranoi...

Coexist Foundation, Inc. v. Fehrenbacher  
Date: August 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3332

Justia Opinion Summary: Coexist was formed by Hubman, an admitted con man, after a court found that his previous enterprise, Hubman Foundation was not a charity but a sham designed to insulate Hubman from his debts and obligations. Hubman was i...

Nischan v. Stratosphere Quality, LLC  
Date: August 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3464

Justia Opinion Summary: Nischan had a history of performance problems and had made mistakes that had resulted in her demotion. One of her mistakes was serious, implicated safety concerns, and occurred in front of Sabbah, who was the employee of...

Prevatte v. Merlak  
Date: August 1, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2378

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1992, Prevatte was convicted of detonating a pipe bomb that destroyed property and resulted in the death of a bystander, Antkowicz, 18 U.S.C. 844(i). If the bomb had not caused a death, the maximum sentence Prevatte c...

City of South Bend v. South Bend Common Council
Date: August 1, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3315
City of South Bend v. South Bend Common Council  
Date: August 1, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-3385, 15-3315

Justia Opinion Summary: South Bend’s Police Department records some of the desk phones supplied to officers. Bishop’s phone was added to those being recorded, at his request. In 2010, Richmond took Bishop’s former office. Richmond kept his phon...

Victoria-Faustino v. Sessions  
Date: August 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1784

Justia Opinion Summary: Victoria‐Faustino, a Mexican national who entered the U.S. illegally in 1991, is the father of five U.S. citizens. He returned to Mexico to visit his family in 1999 but re‐entered illegally in January 2000. During a 2000...

Cory Groshek v. Time Warner Cable
Date: August 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3355
Berry v. Wells Fargo Bank, NA  
Date: August 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3544

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006 Berry signed a $270,000 mortgage to fund improvements to his Chicago home. He denies missing any payments but the mortgage was foreclosed later that year. Years of protracted litigation ensued, with Berry arguing...

Groshek v. Great Lakes Higher Education Corp.  
Date: August 1, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-3711, 16-3355

Justia Opinion Summary: Over about 18 months, Groshek submitted 562 job applications to employers. The job application, which the employers provided, included a disclosure and authorization form stating that a consumer report might be procured...

Richard Morens v. Michael Meisner
Date: August 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3831
Harper v. Brown  
Date: July 31, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2276

Justia Opinion Summary: Police executed a warrant at Harper’s home and recovered a stolen firearm, 109.9 grams of methamphetamine (about 400 individual uses), a digital scale, plastic baggies, and 0.61 grams of heroin in small foil packages. Ha...

United States v. Campbell  
Date: July 31, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3869

Justia Opinion Summary: Campbell, age 69 years, has been diagnosed with schizoaffective and post‐traumatic stress disorders. In 2012, Campbell was residing in a Chicago Reentry Center, completing his sentence for a 2005 conviction for entering...

Stragapede v. City of Evanston  
Date: July 31, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1344

Justia Opinion Summary: Stragapede worked in Evanston’s water services department for 14 years. In 2009 he suffered a traumatic brain injury at home. The city placed him on a temporary leave of absence during his recovery and rehabilitation. Wh...

Lanigan v. Berryhill  
Date: July 31, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2894

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Lanigan injured his back at his job and hurt his neck in a car accident; in 2011 he was diagnosed with diabetes. Since then his medical impairments have been complicated by mental illness. Lanigan applied for Su...

USA v. Deshaun Brown
Date: July 28, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2933
United States v. Pagan  
Date: July 28, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1496, 15-2933, 16-3149

Justia Opinion Summary: The Imperial Insane Vice Lords (Double-Is) street gang controlled the “Keystone Drug Market” in Chicago. Pagan and Hawthorne were members and began selling narcotics in 2000 and 2005, respectively. Brown a member of the...

United States v. Enoch  
Date: July 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1546

Justia Opinion Summary: Enoch pleaded guilty to robbing a person having custody of property belonging to the United States, 18 U.S.C. 2114(a) and brandishing a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, 18 U.S.C. 924(c)(1)(A)(ii). He reserved...

USA v. Gregory Hawthorne
Date: July 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3149
United States v. Simpson  
Date: July 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3286

Justia Opinion Summary: Simpson, convicted of possession with intent to distribute heroin, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1); 841(b)(1), moved for a new trial, alleging that his counsel was ineffective by: failure to interview and call witnesses with potent...

United States v. Thompson  
Date: July 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3741

Justia Opinion Summary: Thompson found a 15-year-old runaway and promised her modeling work. She got into his truck. He and his wife stole a camper. The three embarked on a six-week trip, during which he sold the girl’s sexual services to at le...

USA v. Viet Nguyen
Date: July 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3283
United States v. Williams  
Date: July 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3373

Justia Opinion Summary: Williams and Carpenter entered a Homewood, Illinois, bank, each carrying a nine‐millimeter handgun. Williams pointed his gun and forced several employees to the ground while Carpenter ordered others to open the vault. Th...

USA v. Alexis Miranda-Sotolongo
Date: July 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3881
Saskatchewan Mutual Insurance Co. v. CE Design, Ltd.  
Date: July 26, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3332

Justia Opinion Summary: CE, an Illinois corporation that litigates claims under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), 47 U.S.C. 227, filed a class action in Illinois state court accusing Homegrown, a Canadian marketing firm, of sending...

Brownlee v. Hospira, Inc.  
Date: July 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2005

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sued her former employer, claiming that discharging her had violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The parties agreed in writing to settle the litigation but their agreement provided that there would be “...

Joshua Lanigan v. Nancy A. Berryhill
Date: July 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2894
United States v. Wearing  
Date: July 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3312

Justia Opinion Summary: Hoping to earn money as a pimp, Wearing recruited a 15‐year‐old acquaintance, KV, to work as a prostitute. He posted a Craigslist ad with her photo, took her to a hotel where he had her “audition” on him, and twice tried...

Estate of Clark v. Walker  
Date: July 26, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-3560, 16‐3644

Justia Opinion Summary: Clark, who had a long history of alcoholism and depression, committed suicide five days after entering the custody of the Green Lake, Wisconsin, County Jail. The officers on duty at the time of his death did not know tha...

Estate of Ryan L. Clark v. Tina Kuehn
Date: July 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3644
Carson v. Lake County  
Date: July 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3665

Justia Opinion Summary: Lake County had cash flow of $51 million in 2007. In 2009, it was operating at a deficit; by 2013 its general fund was more than $1 million in the red. The county’s self-insurance fund had a balance of $10 million in 200...

Thomas Carter v. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.
Date: July 26, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1801
Orellana-Arias v. Sessions  
Date: July 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1874

Justia Opinion Summary: Orellana‐Arias, a citizen of El Salvador, was detained as he entered the United States in 2013. He had previously entered illegally and been removed in 2001 and had entered and worked undetected from 2007-2011. Orellan...

United States v. Parkhurst  
Date: July 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3102

Justia Opinion Summary: Parkhurst posted advertisements on Craigslist’s “casual encounters” section, looking for “a very young white boy … little to no body hair … 18 or slightly older (younger the better) … prefer … a virgin.” Decatur Detectiv...

United States v. Snyder  
Date: July 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3779

Justia Opinion Summary: Mars, age 19, drove the getaway car for Snyder and Vogt when they robbed a convenience store. The men became nervous that Mars would disclose their crime. Vogt lured Mars to the Decatur sanitation district and murdered h...

Lennon v. City of Carmel  
Date: July 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3836

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs were cited for violating Carmel City Ordinance 8-2, which incorporated Indiana’s traffic regulations. Some paid a fine. Some had a default judgment entered against them. Some were convicted; others entered in...

Oliva v. Blatt, Hasenmiller, Leibsker & Moore, LLC  
Date: July 24, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2516

Justia Opinion Summary: The Blatt firm filed a collection lawsuit against Oliva in the first municipal district of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Oliva resided in Cook County. Under the Seventh Circuit’s 1996 “Newsom” decision, interpreting...

United States v. Marks  
Date: July 24, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2862

Justia Opinion Summary: Marks pled guilty to conspiring to distribute heroin. Marks had been convicted of state controlled‐substance offenses in 1994, 1995, 1996, and 2000. For the career‐offender Guideline (U.S.S.G. 4B1.1) to apply, at least...

Murphy v. Smith  
Date: July 24, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3384

Justia Opinion Summary: Murphy was an inmate in the Illinois Vandalia Correctional Center when correctional officers hit him, fracturing his eye socket, and left him in a cell without medical attention. Murphy sued under 42 U.S.C. 1983 and stat...

Davis v. Cross  
Date: July 24, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3681

Justia Opinion Summary: Davis and Haslip entered a Kansas bank. Davis approached Ashenfelter, requesting change. Haslip approached Anderson’s window, drew a handgun, and demanded money. Davis told Ashenfelter to open the drawers at both teller...

Jose A. Mendoza-Solis v. Jefferson B. Sessions III
Date: July 24, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1171
Lewis v. McLean  
Date: July 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1220

Justia Opinion Summary: Lewis, a Wisconsin prisoner, claimed in his suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, that staff at the Wisconsin Secure Program Facility violated the Eighth Amendment by delaying medical attention for a painful back condition and then...

Vanprooyen v. Berryhill  
Date: July 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3653

Justia Opinion Summary: By 2009 Vanprooyen’s physician had prescribed Xanax to treat her panic attacks. She was treated for anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. She had a history of addiction. In 2010, Vanprooyen, then age 26, fell down...

United States v. Ali  
Date: July 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4218

Justia Opinion Summary: Ali, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Pakistan, took his three small children out of the U.S. without his wife’s knowledge, intending to go to Pakistan. His wife had been granted custody of the children by a court orde...

Alamo v. Bliss  
Date: July 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2849

Justia Opinion Summary: Alamo worked for the Chicago Fire Department. He alleges that in 2009, after a transfer, other firefighters began harassing him, calling him “spic” and “f--king Puerto Rican,” and stealing Alamo’s food. Alamo also allege...

National Power Corp. v. Federal Aviation Administration  
Date: July 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3770

Justia Opinion Summary: National manufactures battery packs, including the lithium battery packs at issue (Batteries), which were regulated as hazardous materials. A Federal Aviation Administration agent inspected National’s Chicago facility...

Chen v. Sessions  
Date: July 20, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1130

Justia Opinion Summary: Chen, a lawful permanent resident who came from China at age 11, was ordered removed from the U.S. as an alien convicted of a controlled‐substance crime, 8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(2)(A)(i)(II). He had drug convictions in 2010 and...

Dentrell Brown v. Richard Brown
Date: July 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1014
Schneider v. United States  
Date: July 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1089

Justia Opinion Summary: Facing the possibility of two life sentences, Schneider pleaded guilty to sexually abusing his minor daughter, 18 U.S.C. 2243(a)(1). The court warned Schneider five times that it could impose a sentence as high as 15 yea...

Terence S. Chancellor v. Select Portfolio Servicing
Date: July 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2475
Squires-Cannon v. Forest Preserve District of Cook County  
Date: July 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3118

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff owned and lived on a 400-acre estate and horse farm in Barrington Hills, Illinois, leasing the horse farm, “Horizon Farms,” to their company, Royalty Farms, LLC, which managed the farm’s operations. Their mortg...

Summers v. Berryhill  
Date: July 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3849

Justia Opinion Summary: Summers was fired from her job as an Elkhart, Indiana production-line worker. She applied for disability insurance benefits, alleging that she became disabled on the date she was fired. The Social Security Administration...

Carroll v. Takada  
Date: July 18, 2017
Docket Number: 14-3576

Justia Opinion Summary: Catherine’s parents, Mary and Henry, settled an inter vivos trust with real estate as the trust property. The trust document included a standard spendthrift provision meant to shield the trust’s future benefits from the...

United States v. Sandidge  
Date: July 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2180

Justia Opinion Summary: Officers found a loaded revolver in Sandidge’s living room while investigating a report that he attempted to sexually assault a woman at gunpoint. Sandidge pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a felon, 18 U.S.C. 922...

United States v. Fifer  
Date: July 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2812

Justia Opinion Summary: Police used a confidential source to buy heroin from registered sex offender Fifer. They obtained a state court warrant to search for evidence including cell phones and computers. They discovered a half‐naked 16‐year‐old...

USA v. Salvador Navarro
Date: July 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3092
Streit v. Metropolitan Casualty Insurance Co.  
Date: July 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3203

Justia Opinion Summary: Streit set fire to the house where he lived with his parents, which was insured by Metropolitan. Under the Streits’ policy, the act of arson triggered a contractual exclusion of coverage. The Streits still submitted a cl...

Scheurer v. Fromm Family Foods, LLC  
Date: July 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3327

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, Scheurer applied to work at Richelieu which outsourced its staffing needs to Remedy, a temporary staffing agency. The application form she signed with Remedy for placement with Richelieu contained an arbitration...

Oaks v. Pfister  
Date: July 14, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2924

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1992, Oaks was indicted in Illinois for the murder of his girlfriend’s three‐year‐old son. Oaks had no income or assets. His family provided $2,000 to retain an attorney, who asked for state funds for expert witnesses...

Estate of Simpson v. Gorbett  
Date: July 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2899

Justia Opinion Summary: Simpson fell off an upper bunk while incarcerated in the Bartholomew County Jail for a drunken driving conviction. Simpson was intoxicated when he reported to the jail to serve his weekend stay. Officers placed him in a...

United States v. Mojica  
Date: July 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2985

Justia Opinion Summary: The FBI investigated a large-scale Chicago cocaine-trafficking organization operated by “Gallo,” with court-authorized wiretaps on Gallo’s phones and charged 40 individuals, including Mojica, with various drug-traffickin...

Pittman v. Madison County  
Date: July 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3291

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, Pittman, a pretrial detainee in the Madison County, Illinois, jail, hanged himself in his cell. He did not die, but he sustained brain damage that has left him in a vegetative state, cared for entirely by his mo...

Gary Jet Center, Inc. v. AFCO AvPORTS Management, LLC  
Date: July 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1233

Justia Opinion Summary: Gary Jet began operating as a Fixed Base Operator (FBO) at the Authority's Gary/Chicago International Airport in 1991. The 2006 “Minimum Standards,” regulations governing FBOs, contained a 1.5% charge on gross revenue f...

Westfield Insurance Co. v. National Decorating Service, Inc.  
Date: July 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1439

Justia Opinion Summary: A newly-constructed multi‐story condominium building suffered water damage, allegedly caused by the painting subcontractor, National, failing to apply an adequate coat of sealant to the exterior. In Illinois state court,...

Proctor v. Sood  
Date: July 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1942

Justia Opinion Summary: Proctor, an Illinois prisoner who was confined for seven years at Hill Correctional Center, suffers from chronic abdominal pain and spasms in his colon. He sued medical providers working at Hill for Wexford Health Source...

Lauth v. Covance, Inc.  
Date: July 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2939

Justia Opinion Summary: Lauth, then 54, began working at Covance in 2006, as a shift supervisor. His performance reviews noted needed improvements in his communication style and that staff members had expressed discontent with Lauth’s supervisi...

United States v. Young  
Date: July 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3733

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, Young was convicted of two counts of burglary, committed under the influence of cocaine. As a condition of probation, he was subject to random drug screenings. In 2015, he appeared for a drug test wearing a pros...

Tate & Lyle v. Glatt Air Techniques Inc.
Date: July 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3893
United States v. Trent  
Date: July 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3960

Justia Opinion Summary: Trent was charged with distributing heroin that killed Corzette. At trial, Trent objected to the testimony of government witnesses Hull and Land, who had also been charged with distribution of heroin resulting in Corzett...

Tate & Lyle Americas LLC v. Glatt Air Techniques Inc.  
Date: July 13, 2017
Docket Numbers: 17-1045, 16-3893

Justia Opinion Summary: Tate, sells ingredients to the food and beverage industry. Glatt sells processing equipment to the food industry. In 2008 the two entered a contract: Glatt would, for $7,042,022, design and build a three-story food-manuf...

Shaft Jones v. 353,443.00 in U.S. Currency
Date: July 13, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1115
Detlef Sommerfield v. City of Chicago
Date: July 12, 2017
Docket Number: 12-1506
Sommerfield v. City of Chicago  
Date: July 12, 2017
Docket Numbers: 13-1265, 12‐1506

Justia Opinion Summary: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found reasonable cause to believe that Chicago Police Department violated Title VII by harassing Officer Sommerfield based on his national origin, German, and religion, Jewish....

USA v. Omar Coria
Date: July 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2038
Hudson v. Lashbrook  
Date: July 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3152

Justia Opinion Summary: Awaiting trial on state charges for armed robbery and unlawful restraint, Hudson's public defender advised that he faced a sentence of six-60 years. He rejected a plea deal that offered 16 years. Hudson was convicted. A...

Michael Aldous v. City of Galena, Illinois
Date: July 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3212
Baines v. Walgreen Co.  
Date: July 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3335

Justia Opinion Summary: Baines alleged that when her former employer, Walgreens, refused to rehire her in 2014, it intentionally retaliated against her for complaining about race discrimination several years earlier. She sued under 42 U.S.C. 19...

Southern Illinois Power Cooper v. EPA
Date: July 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3398
International Union of Operati v. Brad Schimel
Date: July 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3736
Milwaukee Police Association v. Flynn  
Date: July 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3743

Justia Opinion Summary: Vidmar, Manney, and Gomez were discharged from the Milwaukee Police Department, for cause, by Police Chief Flynn. Their benefits and pay stopped immediately. They appealed their terminations to the Board of Fire and Poli...

United States v. Bennett  
Date: July 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3769

Justia Opinion Summary: Bennett pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon, 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1). Ordinarily, the maximum punishment for that crime is 120 months in prison but the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), 18 U.S.C. 924(e), req...

International Union of Operating Engineers v. Schimel  
Date: July 12, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-3834, 16-3736

Justia Opinion Summary: The Union (IUOE) challenged Wisconsin’s right-to-work law, which provides: No person may require, as a condition of obtaining or continuing employment, an individual to do any of the following: … Become or remain a membe...

United States v. Bogdanov  
Date: July 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4106

Justia Opinion Summary: Bogdanov pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to transport stolen goods in interstate commerce, 18 U.S.C. 2314, and one count of substantive violation of the same law, stemming from his family’s multi‐million dollar...

USA v. Alejandro Lopez
Date: July 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4172
Adrian Pintea v. Matthew Gurvey
Date: July 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4173
Baker v. Federal Bureau of Investigation  
Date: July 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4188

Justia Opinion Summary: Baker, sued (Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(4)(B)) to obtain records connected to an FBI investigation into a protection racket run by Chicago police officers. The FBI gave him redacted records. He so...

Southern Illinois Power Cooperative v. Environmental Protection Agency  
Date: July 12, 2017
Docket Numbers: 17-1442, 16-3398

Justia Opinion Summary: The Environmental Protection Agency designated Williamson County, Illinois, as a nonattainment area for national air quality standards for sulfur dioxide. The rule is not limited to Williamson County; it makes attainment...

Monarch Beverage Co., Inc. v. Dale Grubb
Date: July 11, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3440
Monarch Beverage Co., Inc. v. Dale Grubb
Date: July 11, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3440
United States v. Tyson  
Date: July 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2194

Justia Opinion Summary: Tyson pled guilty as a felon in possession of a firearm. The plea agreement included a stipulation that, under U.S.S.G. 2K2.1(a)(2), the applicable base offense level was 24; Tyson had a prior federal conviction for poss...

Wilson-Trattner v. Campbell  
Date: July 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2509

Justia Opinion Summary: Wilson-Trattner dated Roeger, a Hancock County Sheriff’s Department deputy. The relationship became combative. On one occasion Roeger threw Wilson-Trattner against a wall and choked her; other incidents involved lewd and...

Haley v. Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co.,  
Date: July 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3192

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed a putative class action against Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork, alleging that Kolbe sold them defective windows that leak and rot. Plaintiffs brought common-law and statutory claims for breach of express and imp...

Cojocari v. Sessions  
Date: July 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3941

Justia Opinion Summary: Cojocari, a citizen of the former Soviet republic of Moldova, sought asylum, 8 U.S.C. 1158(b)(1)(A); withholding of removal, 8 U.S.C. 1231(b)(3)(A); and protection under the United Nations Convention Against Torture. His...

United States v. Gonzalez  
Date: July 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1932

Justia Opinion Summary: A man entered a Rock Falls bank and handed the teller (Miller) a robbery note. Miller handed over $1,870. Miller immediately filled out a form, describing the robber's appearance and clothing. Police thought, based on...

Jorge Baez-Sanchez v. Jefferson B. Sessions III
Date: July 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3784
Bishop v. Air Line Pilots Association, International  
Date: July 10, 2017
Docket Numbers: 17-1438, 16‐3784

Justia Opinion Summary: Seventh Circuit Rules 3(c)(1) and 28(a) require the same jurisdictional information for docketing and briefing. With an exception for pro se submissions, the court screens all filed briefs to ensure that they include all...

United States v. Mabie  
Date: July 7, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-1899, 16-2432

Justia Opinion Summary: Mabie was unhappy with police response to a burglary at his place of business and started sending vulgar and threatening messages to officers. He was convicted of sending threatening letters through the mail, 18 U.S.C. 8...

USA v. William Mabie
Date: July 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2432
Unite Here Local 1 v. Hyatt Corp.  
Date: July 6, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3668

Justia Opinion Summary: Hyatt and Local 1 are parties to a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that prohibits the hotel’s managerial employees from performing work normally performed by bargaining-unit employees absent an emergency. The CBA p...

United States v. Perry  
Date: July 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1635

Justia Opinion Summary: Perry bought shotgun shells at a Wal‐Mart. Hours later, police were dispatched to a restaurant, where Perry was arguing with his ex‐girlfriend, Tice. The officers asked Perry to leave. Perry complied, but returned, confr...

United States v. Sayyed  
Date: July 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2858

Justia Opinion Summary: From 2003-2006, while employed as Director of Application for the American Hospital Association (AHA), Sayyed directed overpriced contracts to companies in exchange for kickbacks. Sayyed eventually pled guilty to mail fr...

Ronald Ruhl v. Marcus Hardy
Date: July 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3477
Dothan Rogers v. Gregg Scott
Date: July 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3716
Jimmie Paige v. Gregg Scott
Date: July 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3717
John Swanson v. Gregg Scott
Date: July 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3731
Jamie Cosenza v. Nancy A. Berryhill
Date: July 6, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1081
USA v. Michael Jackson, III
Date: July 6, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1235
Andrew Straw v. Indiana Supreme Court
Date: July 6, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1338
Mitchell v. City of Chicago  
Date: July 5, 2017
Docket Numbers: 14-2957, 14-2957

Justia Opinion Summary: Chicago Police Officers pulled over 18-year-old Jackson for a missing front license plate. The officers claim that Jackson fired a weapon toward the squad car and ran away. The officers shot him three times in the back;...

United States v. Dingle  
Date: July 5, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-3871, 16-1002

Justia Opinion Summary: The Illinois Department of Public Health furnishes funds to organizations that provide health services, including the Broadcast Ministers Alliance, Access Wellness and Racial Equity, and Medical Health Association, which...

USA v. Karin Dingle
Date: July 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1002
Chancellor v. Select Portfolio Servicing  
Date: July 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2475

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiff reached an oral agreement to settle a litigation arising out of a home mortgage loan, but the defendants insisted that as part of the settlement he would have to release any claims he had against another ba...

Monarch Beverage Co., Inc. v. Grubb  
Date: June 30, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3440

Justia Opinion Summary: Indiana’s alcohol regulatory scheme, like that of many states, divides the market into three tiers of the distribution chain (producers, wholesalers, and retailers) and three kinds of alcohol (beer, liquor, and wine). Wi...

Meadows v. Rockford Housing Authority  
Date: June 30, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3897

Justia Opinion Summary: Meadows worked for the Rockford Housing Authority (RHA), and leased, for $10 per month, an RHA apartment in a high-rise occupied by elderly and disabled tenants. RHA tenants complained that someone else was living in Me...

United States v. Jones  
Date: June 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1494

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2002, Jones was convicted of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(B).; he was sentenced to 262 months’ imprisonment and eight years’ supervised release. The district co...

United States v. King  
Date: June 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3572

Justia Opinion Summary: King obtained personal identifying information for more than 100 people, including the Director of the National Security Agency, then created and attempt to use 185 credit and debit cards. He also prepared and submitted...

USA v. Vincent Jones
Date: June 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4254
James Hunt v. Moore Brothers, Inc.  
Date: June 29, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2055

Justia Opinion Summary: Hunt worked as a truck driver. In 2010, he signed an Independent Contractor Operating Agreement with Moore Brothers, a small Norfolk, Nebraska company. Three years later, Hunt and Moore renewed the Agreement. Before the...

Lexington Insurance Co. v. Horace Mann Insurance Co.  
Date: June 29, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2352

Justia Opinion Summary: Drake was involved in a car accident with Burley, who offered to settle the matter with Drake’s automobile insurer, Horace Mann Insurance. The offer expired before Horace Mann accepted it, however, and Burley sued Drake...

Aguilar v. Gaston-Camara  
Date: June 28, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3894

Justia Opinion Summary: Aguilar, an inmate, filed a pro se complaint under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging that he was confined for 90 days without a hearing based on a purported violation of extended supervision, in violation of his rights under the...

Oakland Police & Fire Retirement System v. Mayer Brown, LLP  
Date: June 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2983

Justia Opinion Summary: General Motors (GM), represented by the Mayer Brown law firm, entered into secured transactions in which JP Morgan acted as agent for two different groups of lenders. The first loan (structured as a secured lease) was ma...

Prime Choice Services Inc. v. Schneider Logistics Transloading & Distribution, Inc.  
Date: June 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4197

Justia Opinion Summary: Freight entering the port of Savannah was trucked to Schneider Logistic’s building, unloaded on one side, sorted, and reloaded on the other side of the building onto outgoing trucks; such reloading is called “cross-docki...

United States v. Jones  
Date: June 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4254

Justia Opinion Summary: Jones lived with Kelley. Kelley’s daughter (MK) went to a neighbor to call the police to report that Jones sexually assaulted her. Westville police officers went to the scene. Kelley stated that she was afraid of Jones;...

Liberty v. City of Chicago  
Date: June 27, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3444

Justia Opinion Summary: On June 15, 2013, Johnson was shot by police while running down a Chicago alley. He died of his injuries. On March 23, 2015, Johnson’s mother, Liberty, filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, naming the city and unknown polic...

Home Care Providers, Inc. v. Kelly Hemmelgarn
Date: June 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2054
Moseley v. Kemper  
Date: June 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2247

Justia Opinion Summary: Milwaukee police arrested Moseley at his house after M.K. accused him of domestic violence. While searching Moseley’s apartment, officers found handcuffs, rope, and other items associated with sexual bondage and seized M...

PQ Corp. v. Lexington Insurance Co.  
Date: June 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3280

Justia Opinion Summary: Lexington Insurance denied a claim by its insured, Double D Warehouse, for coverage of Double D’s liability to customers for contamination of warehoused products. One basis for denial was that Double D failed to document...

Freddy Hernandez-Alvarez v. Jefferson B. Sessions III
Date: June 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3516
Nightingale Home Healthcare v. USA
Date: June 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3668
Nightingale Home Healthcare, Inc. v. United States  
Date: June 27, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-3669, 16-2054, 16-3668

Justia Opinion Summary: Nightingale provided home health care and received Medicare reimbursements. The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) visited Nightingale’s facility and concluded that Nightingale had deficiencies that placed patient...

USA v. Deandre Armour
Date: June 26, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2170
Walter Brzowski v. Michael Melvin
Date: June 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2107
Simpson v. Brown County  
Date: June 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2234

Justia Opinion Summary: In rural Brown County, most buildings depend on septic systems. Simpson, who installed and repaired septic systems, received a letter demanding immediate repair of the septic system on Simpson’s mother’s property and thr...

McGaugh v. Commissioner Internal Revenue  
Date: June 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2987

Justia Opinion Summary: McGaugh has a Merrill Lynch Individual Retirement Account (IRA). In 2011, he requested that Merrill Lynch use money from that IRA to purchase 7,500 shares of FPFC stock. Merrill Lynch refused. McGaugh initiated a $50,00...

1st Source Bank v. Joaquim Neto
Date: June 26, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1058
Walter Brzowski v. Michael Melvin
Date: June 26, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1289
Smith v. United States  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4085

Justia Opinion Summary: Smith was transported from the Rock Island County Jail to the federal courthouse for arraignment. U.S. marshals took Smith to an interview room to meet his lawyer. The Marshals Service inspects the interview rooms weekly...

United States v. Ogoke  
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1297

Justia Opinion Summary: Leonard was appointed to defend Ogoke, who was charged with wire fraud. Ogoke’s codefendant, Okusanya entered into a cooperation plea agreement. Based on the government's motion in limine, Judge Guzmán entered an order t...

DeKeyser v. Thyssenkrupp Waupaca, Inc.  
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2159

Justia Opinion Summary: Workers in Waupaca foundries alleged violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. 201, by not treating the time that workers spend changing clothes and showering on-site after a shift to be compensable “wo...

Dassey v. Dittmann  
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3397

Justia Opinion Summary: Halbach disappeared on Halloween 2005. Her family contacted police after she did not show up at the photography studio where she worked and her voice mailbox was full. Officers focused on the Avery Auto Salvage yard in T...

Frager v. Indianapolis Colts, Inc.  
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4183

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, the Indianapolis Colts NFL professional football team established an online marketplace for owners of season tickets to transfer their season ticket rights upon payment of a fee equal to 30 percent of the sale p...

USA v. William Curtis
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1363
Affordable Recovery Housing v. City of Blue Island  
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3677

Justia Opinion Summary: The Sisters own Blue Island buildings: a convent, a church, and a boarding school that closed long ago. The buildings were used as a public high school until 2009. Affordable wanted to use the buildings as a recovery hom...

Scott Oberst v. Amy Ardikovic
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3734
Lombardo v. United States  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2860

Justia Opinion Summary: Lombardo, a long-time member of the Chicago Outfit, the lineal descendant of Al Capone’s gang, is serving a life sentence on his convictions for racketeering, murder, and obstruction of justice. After the Seventh Circuit...

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. AutoZone, Inc.  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3201

Justia Opinion Summary: From 2008-2012, Stuckey worked as an AutoZone manager and was transferred between Chicago-area stores several times. None of the transfers entailed any loss in pay, benefits, or responsibilities. In 2012 he was transferr...

Barnett v. Neal  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3559

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2002, Barnett was charged with felony battery. At the time, Indiana courts established an “omnibus date” for substantive amendments to charges. The court set Barnett’s omnibus date so the last day for substantive amen...

Owens v. Godinez  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3892

Justia Opinion Summary: Owens, an Illinois state prisoner, filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging that nearly two dozen prison employees deliberately ignored his medical needs and retaliated against him for filing grievances and lawsuits. He...

United States v. Lunn  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1791

Justia Opinion Summary: Lunn was convicted of five counts of bank fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1344, based on his operation of a Chicago investment advisory firm that advised mostly high-net-worth clients. The charges arose from Lunn’s conduct surrounding...

United States v. Betts-Gaston  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2034

Justia Opinion Summary: Betts‐Gaston and Ross formed a company that defrauded homeowners and mortgage lenders. They found homeowners facing foreclosure and convinced them to sign documents that deeded their homes to a trust; arranged for straw...

Fulton Dental, LLC v. Bisco, Inc.  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3574

Justia Opinion Summary: Fulton received an unsolicited fax from Bisco and sued for damages under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. 227. Before Fulton moved for class certification, Bisco tried to moot its claim by tendering an of...

Hanson Cold Storage Company of v. NLRB
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3617
National Labor Relations Board v. Hanson Cold Storage Co. of Indiana  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-3671, 16‐3617

Justia Opinion Summary: Hanson provides public refrigerated warehousing and transportation services. It employs dozens of workers in Michigan and Indiana. Teamsters Union Local 142 filed a petition to be the exclusive collective‐bargaining rep...

Nicholson v. City of Peoria  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4162

Justia Opinion Summary: Nicholson has been a Peoria police officer since 1991. In 2003, she became the Asset Forfeiture investigator. Five years later, Nicholson had serious issues with fellow officer Wilson, whom she accused of using departmen...

Amin Ijbara Equity Corp v. Village of Oak Lawn  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2655

Justia Opinion Summary: Ijbara owned a strip mall in Oak Lawn, Illinois, but defaulted on his mortgage payments, precipitating a foreclosure. He blamed Oak Lawn officials for waging a campaign of regulatory harassment that included frivolous in...

Ferrill v. Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3805

Justia Opinion Summary: Ferrill was hired as Edgewood Elementary School's principal for an initial two-year term with an automatic third-year rollover unless the Board of Education opted out. Ferrill is black; the district serves predominantly...

Tibbs v. Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1671

Justia Opinion Summary: Tibbs, an administrative assistant in the Illinois court system, was suspended the day she returned to work after taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, 29 U.S.C. 2601. She was then fired after she chose no...

USA v. Calvin Sanders
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1675
United States v. Smith  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2035

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Smith, a Putnam County police officer, of violating 18 U.S.C. 242, by subjecting two men to the intentional use of unreasonable and excessive force, and violating their civil rights. Smith’s fellow polic...

1000 Friends of Wisconsin, Inc v. Wisconsin Department of Trans
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2321
1000 Friends of Wisconsin, Inc v. Wisconsin Department of Transportation  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-2586, 16-2321

Justia Opinion Summary: Because the state proposed to use federal highway funds to widen Wisconsin Route 23, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) issued an environmental impact statement (EIS). USDOT made a record of decision (ROD) per...

Coleman v. Department of Labor Review Commission  
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3254

Justia Opinion Summary: Coleman was hired to work at Carmen High School and was fired about three weeks later, based on allegations of sexual harassment. Coleman filed a pro se suit, alleging racial discrimination. The suit ended with a stipula...

Jackson v. United States  
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2470

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Jackson was convicted and Kelly pleaded guilty to cocaine-related charges. The Seventh Circuit remanded Jackson's 360-month sentence for consideration under the Fair Sentencing Act (FSA) based on the Supreme Cou...

United States v. Jennings  
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2861

Justia Opinion Summary: An individual attempted to purchase prescription drugs from Jennings in Hudson, Wisconsin. Jennings put a gun to his head; Jennings’ girlfriend stole the purchaser’s money from his truck. After the victim reported the ro...

Thaddeus Karow v. Larry Fuchs
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3049
USA v. Cortez Sanders
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3389
Aman Singh v. Syed Shah
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3750
Jarrett Hamilton v. City of New Albany, Indiana
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3901
Hector Amaya v. Jefferson B. Sessions III
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4042
Tracy Hertel v. Yolanda Miller-Lewis
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1192
USA v. Morris Brown
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1472
Otgonbaatar Tsegmed v. Jefferson B. Sessions III  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1036

Justia Opinion Summary: Tsegmed, a citizen of Mongolia, overstayed a nonimmigrant visa and has lived in the U.S. since 2004. In 2008, after his second DUI arrest, the government placed him in removal proceedings. He sought asylum, withholding o...

USA v. Tommy Webster
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1377
USA v. Jaime Aguirre
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3184
Herrera-Ramirez v. Sessions  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4204

Justia Opinion Summary: Herrera-Ramirez is a citizen of Mexico but has lived in the U.S. since she was six years old. She is married and has four U.S.-citizen children. She was at a Milwaukee bar when her friends got into a fight with other pat...

Angel Chavez-Lagunes v. Jefferson B. Sessions III
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4223
USA v. Kyrie Tetzlaff
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4237
Driver v. Marion County Sheriff's Department  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4239

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs brought a class action under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging that the practices of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department and the Consolidated City of Indianapolis and Marion County caused them to be detained in jail...

Gregory Dabbs v. Peoria County, Illinois
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1305
Aman Singh v. Syed Shah
Date: June 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3750
United States v. Jackson  
Date: June 13, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1995, 16-2113

Justia Opinion Summary: Between 2003 and 2011, Jackson operated three Cicero, Illinois daycares in succession, housed in a building next to the Ark of Safety Apostolic Faith Temple where he served as pastor. Subsidies from the State of Illinois...

USA v. Jannette Faria
Date: June 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2113
Dupree v. Hardy  
Date: June 13, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-2212, 16-3515

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit affirmed the dismissal of two prisoner cases for failure to prosecute. Dupree had sued Illinois prison staff under 42 U.S.C. 1983 for allegedly prolonging his incarceration. Proceedings were protracte...

United States v. Reed  
Date: June 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3428

Justia Opinion Summary: Reed operated companies that he claimed would make loans of $50 million to $1 billion to entrepreneurs. Reed charged advance fees of $10,000 to $50,000 to apply for these loans. Reed’s companies actually had no funds to...

B. Michael Schneider v. Will County, Illinois
Date: June 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3515
United States v. Mejia  
Date: June 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3649

Justia Opinion Summary: Mejia pled guilty as a felon in possession of a firearm without a plea agreement. He did not admit any factual allegations beyond the essential elements of the 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1) charge. He declined to discuss the offen...

United States v. Minney  
Date: June 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4057

Justia Opinion Summary: Officers executed a search warrant at Minney’s apartment. The warrant listed items to be seized: a Panasonic television, a Sony television, a Nintendo Wii, an Xbox 360, and 10 Xbox games. While searching Minney’s bedroom...

Lopez v. Sessions  
Date: June 13, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1047

Justia Opinion Summary: Lopez, a citizen of El Salvador, entered the U.S. without inspection around 1996. In 1997, he was convicted of felony possession of marijuana. In 2015, DHS charged Lopez as removable as an alien present in the U.S. wit...

United States v. Klemis  
Date: June 12, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2057

Justia Opinion Summary: Klemis sold heroin. One of his young customers overdosed on heroin in Klemis’s driveway and nearly died. McKinney, age 19, another regular customer and occasional driver for Klemis, fatally overdosed on heroin supplied b...

James Owens v. Salvador Godinez
Date: June 12, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3892
United States v. Waldrip  
Date: June 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2294

Justia Opinion Summary: After leaving rehab, Sweeney asked Wilson if he “wanted to get high one more time.” Wilson agreed and called Waldrip, who supplied the heroin, then left. Sweeney drove Wilson to purchase supplies for injecting heroin....

United States v. Tepiew  
Date: June 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2543

Justia Opinion Summary: Menominee Tribal Officer Nickodem was summoned to a school, concerning seven-year-old T. T. told a school counselor that her one-year-old brother had a head injury and that her mom’s boyfriend beat her mom and hurt her...

United States v. Davis  
Date: June 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3735

Justia Opinion Summary: FBI agents investigating online pornographic images executed a search warrant on a Shutterfly photo-share site that had about 50 members, including “Jimmy D.,” who had posted 2,000 images. An agent determined that most d...

United States v. Lockett  
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2753

Justia Opinion Summary: Lockett was arrested while carrying a bag containing individually wrapped bags of heroin and cocaine. He pled guilty to two counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1)—one c...

United States v. Chagoya-Morales  
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1198

Justia Opinion Summary: Chagoya‐Morales, a citizen of Mexico, illegally entered the U.S. In 2008, he was convicted of aggravated robbery. In 2009, he was deported. Chagoya‐Morales did not obtain permission to reenter. In 2015, Chicago Police co...

USA v. Keith Carr
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1326
Methodist Health Services Corp v. OSF Healthcare System  
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3791

Justia Opinion Summary: Methodist and Saint Francis are the two largest hospitals in Peoria, Illinois. Saint Francis is considerably larger and more profitable. Methodist filed suit, charging Saint Francis with violating the Sherman Act by ente...

Sharif Hamzah v. Woodman's Food Market, Inc.
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3943
Cynthia Johnson v. Brian Hartwell
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4071
Futrell v. United States  
Date: June 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3079

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff began his military career in 1983, serving in the Indiana National Guard, the Army, and the Army Reserve. He was a Captain and served in combat in Iraq. In 2007-2011 he sustained several injuries and was diagno...

Garcia v. Sessions  
Date: June 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3234

Justia Opinion Summary: Garcia, a Honduran national, came to the U.S. in 2003. He was ordered removed in absentia and eventually departed in 2005. Garcia claims that he encountered persecution upon his return to Honduras because of his unpopula...

United States v. Fuentes  
Date: June 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3504

Justia Opinion Summary: Fuentes pleaded guilty to illegal reentry by a deported alien, 8 U.S.C. 1326(a) and (b)(2), and was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment. The Seventh Circuit affirmed, stating that Fuentes had waived his argument that th...

Higher Society of Indiana v. Tippecanoe County  
Date: June 7, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1089

Justia Opinion Summary: Higher Society, a nonprofit advocating for the legalization of marijuana, wants to hold a rally on the steps of the Tippecanoe County Courthouse in Lafayette, Indiana. In 1999, in response to controversy over a nativity...

Cripe v. Henkel Corp.  
Date: June 7, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1231

Justia Opinion Summary: While working on his employer’s roof, Cripe was exposed to fumes from PUR‐FECT LOK® 834A, a glue made by Henkel. and containing methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI). Cripe claims that exposure to MDI caused him neurolog...

Janet Pecher v. Owens-Illinois, Inc.
Date: June 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1799
Dianne Jacobs v. Weyerhaeuser Company
Date: June 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2376
Masephol v. Weyerhaeuser Co.  
Date: June 6, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-2377, 16‐1799, 16‐2376, 16‐2378, 16‐2379, 16‐2380

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1952, the patent for a “Composite Fire Door,” issued to Owens‐Illinois. The patent claims never specifically mention asbestos, but describe a fire door with a “core of inorganic, rigid, fireproof, lightweight material...

Robert Sydow v. Owens-Illinois, Incorporated
Date: June 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2378
Kathy Boyer v. Weyerhauser Company
Date: June 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2379
Janice Seehafer v. Weyerhaeuser Company
Date: June 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2380
Design Basics, LLC v. Lexington Homes, Inc.  
Date: June 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3817

Justia Opinion Summary: Design Basics claims rights to about 2700 home designs and sued Lexington for copyright infringement, contending that Lexington built homes that infringed four Design Basics’ designs. The district court granted Lexington...

Ward v. United States  
Date: June 5, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2599

Justia Opinion Summary: ATF confidential informant Potts recruited Mayfield for an armed robbery of a fictional cocaine stash house and introduced Mayfield to undercover Agent Gomez, posing as a disgruntled drug courier. Gomez instructed Mayfi...

Anthony Wheeler v. Paul Talbot
Date: June 5, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3325
Jesse Swinson v. Tim Haines
Date: June 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1076
United States v. Moshiri  
Date: June 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1126

Justia Opinion Summary: Moshiri, other physicians, and hospital administrators were charged (42 U.S.C. 1320a-7b(b)) based on a kickback scheme. The former director of the podiatry residency program (Noorlag) testified that teaching contracts we...

United States v. Montez  
Date: June 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1188

Justia Opinion Summary: Federal agents placed court‐authorized wiretaps on Gallo's phones. They intercepted a call between Montez and Gallo, and another between Montez and Gallo’s brother. The government charged multiple individuals, including...

Douglas v. United States  
Date: June 5, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1104

Justia Opinion Summary: Douglas pleaded guilty as a felon possessing a firearm, 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1). The judge found that at least three of Douglas’s 16 other felony convictions were “violent felonies” under the Armed Career Criminal Act, 18 U....

USA v. Willie Woods
Date: June 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2344
Armani Bell v. City of Chicago
Date: June 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2874
United States v. Sanchez-Lopez  
Date: June 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3872

Justia Opinion Summary: Sanchez-Lopez pleaded guilty to unauthorized presence in the U.S. after removal, 8 U.S.C. 1326(a), and was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment—90 days above the guidelines range. The district court stated that, in an ef...

United States v. Fadiga  
Date: June 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3870

Justia Opinion Summary: An officer stopped a car for expired license plates. Barry, the driver, did not have registration papers, and professed not to know who owned the car or where he was going. Fadiga, the passenger, replied that “a friend”...

Charles Smith v. Kevwe Akpore
Date: May 31, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3608
United States v. Paulette  
Date: May 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1099

Justia Opinion Summary: Paulette helped found an East St. Louis, Illinois street gang during the late 1980s. By 2012 he and the gang were trafficking large amounts of drugs. Paulette led the gang and managed its drug trade, even controlling the...

USA v. Akeelan Paulette
Date: May 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1366
USA v. John Wysinger
Date: May 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2289
Alvin Perkins, Jr. v. Brian Givens
Date: May 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3240
Jermaine Carpenter v. Dawn Sullivan
Date: May 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3318
Whitaker v. Kenosha Unified School District  
Date: May 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3522

Justia Opinion Summary: Ashton, a transgender high school senior, requested to use the boys’ restroom while at school. The Kenosha School District denied the request, indicating that Ashton’s mere presence would invade the privacy rights of his...

Robert Allen v. Partha Ghosh
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1373
Jeremy Schloss v. Aimee Wilczynski
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1708
Deion Turner v. Salvador Godinez
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2091
Davis v. Fenton  
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-2121, 16-2165

Justia Opinion Summary: Davis sued, asserting malpractice and breach of contract claims, and federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) and Civil Rights Act claims, arising out of Fenton’s legal representation of Davis in a mortgage foreclosure action in w...

Tonya Davis v. Ernest Fenton
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2165
Victor Watkins v. Anthony Martin
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3031
Ronnie Nicholson v. Scott Eckstein
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3308
Tingia Wheeler v. Cynthia Radtke
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1316
Conway Family Trust v. Commodity Futures Trading Commission  
Date: May 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3289

Justia Opinion Summary: During October 2008 the Trust lost $3.6 million trading futures contracts. Contending that errors by Dorman, a futures commission merchant, caused some of these losses, in October 2011 the Trust asked the Commodity Futur...

Parungao v. Community Health Systems, Inc.  
Date: May 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3021

Justia Opinion Summary: Dr. Parungao began practicing surgery at Galesburg Cottage Hospital in 2006. He accepted employment with Knox Clinic, which supplies doctors for the hospital. Knox told Dr. Parungao in 2013 that it was discharging him wi...

Webb v. Frawley  
Date: May 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3336

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, Jefferies, a securities and investment-banking firm, hired Frawley as its vice chairman and global head of metals and listed products. On the same day, Jeffries hired Webb, a sales executive in the global metals...

Sanchez v. Sessions  
Date: May 24, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1673

Justia Opinion Summary: An illegal immigrant, Sanchez conceded his removability at a hearing before an immigration judge, but applied for cancellation of removal under 8 U.S.C. 1229b(b), which required that he show that he had been physically p...

Veljkovic v. Carlson Hotels, Inc.  
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3723

Justia Opinion Summary: The “Old Mill” in Belgrade, Serbia, was confiscated, allegedly from plaintiffs' ancestors, in 1945, without compensation, and later sold to private developers. Prigan now holds title and, with Carlson, renovated the Old...

Ben-Yisrayl v. Neal  
Date: May 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1013

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1984, Ben-Yisrayl was convicted in Indiana state court of capital murder, rape, criminal confinement, and burglary. The case bounced back and forth for many years in the state courts as the death sentence and other is...

Davis v. Moroney  
Date: May 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2471

Justia Opinion Summary: Illinois inmate Davis sued prison officials under 42 U.S.C. 1983, asking the court to recruit counsel. He stated that he had tried to secure counsel, referring to a letter from a law firm corroborating his efforts; no le...

United States v. Radford  
Date: May 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3768

Justia Opinion Summary: Radford boarded a train in Flagstaff, to deliver heroin to Toledo. The train stopped in Galesburg. Officer Mings, who goes to the station daily to study passengers, noted indicators of drug trafficking. Radford had purch...

USA v. Erik Dillard
Date: May 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1760
United States v. Wheeler  
Date: May 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3435

Justia Opinion Summary: Wheeler pleaded guilty to an attempt to commit Hobbs Act robbery, 18 U.S.C. 1951(a)), and to discharging a gun during that crime, 18 U.S.C. 924(c)(1)(A)(iii). The plea did not reserve any issue for appeal. The court se...

Kennedy v. Lilly Extended Disability Plan  
Date: May 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2314

Justia Opinion Summary: Seventh Circuit affirms award of permanent disability benefits for fibromyalgia. Kennedy was hired by Lilly in 1982 and became an executive director in Lilly’s human resources division, with a monthly salary of $25,011....

United States v. Armand  
Date: May 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2991

Justia Opinion Summary: On remand, court was entitled to rely upon the record established at the original sentencing concerning the Guidelines range. Armand pleaded guilty to distributing crack and powder cocaine, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1). Applying...

USA v. Theodore Longust
Date: May 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3984
Kathryn Gillette v. Gaming Entertainment
Date: May 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3662
Pedro Diaz v. Salvador Godinez
Date: May 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2639
Vega v. New Forest Home Cemetery, LLC  
Date: May 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3119

Justia Opinion Summary: Dismissal for failure to exhaust collective bargaining agreement (CBA) grievance process was improper where it was unclear that CBA required resort to that process for claims under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Vega...

Mona Mustafa v. NSI International, Inc.
Date: May 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4270
United States v. Naglevoort  
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-2766, 15-2821

Justia Opinion Summary: Substantial evidence supported finding that hospital’s contracts with physicians violated Anti-Kickback statute. Novak and Nagelvoort participated in a scheme under which Sacred Heart Hospital paid illegal kickbacks to...

USA v. Edward Novak
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2821
Jesus Delgado-Arteaga v. Jeff Sessions
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1816
Nathaniel Jackson v. Alton Angus
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1888
Willie Henderson v. Nageswararao Vallabhaneni
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3416
Paul Chatman v. Illinois Department of Correct
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3646
USA v. Mark Harder
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1196
Baker v. Lindgren  
Date: May 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2203

Justia Opinion Summary: Seventh Circuit upholds award of attorneys’ fees to some plaintiffs and of costs to some defendants in civil rights case. Ghidotti, an employee of Reliable Recovery, attempted to repossess a car from Baker’s step‐daughte...

Isby v. Brown  
Date: May 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3334

Justia Opinion Summary: Seventh Circuit finds that 10 years of prison segregation raised serious constitutional concerns. In 1989, Isby was incarcerated for robbery resulting in serious bodily injury. Months later, Isby hit a prison counselor....

Medici v. City of Chicago  
Date: May 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3610

Justia Opinion Summary: Appeal of dismissal of challenge to city’s order requiring that police officers cover tattoos was rendered moot by city’s revocation of the order. Plaintiffs, military veterans employed as Chicago police officers, have t...

Plata v. Eureka Locker, Inc.  
Date: May 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2030

Justia Opinion Summary: Dead Man’s Act barred testimony regarding now-deceased employer’s response to being told employee would file a worker’s compensation claim. Plata sued Eureka under 42 U.S.C. 2000e, claiming that he was fired in retaliati...

Samuel Sledge v. State Farm Mutual Insurance Co
Date: May 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3325
Anthony Atkinson v. SG Americas Securities, LLC
Date: May 9, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1059
Magin Villasenor v. USA
Date: May 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1547