2017 Seventh Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

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Anthony Allen v. Chad Hasemeyer
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1077
USA v. Orlando Larry
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1088
Mustafa-El Ajala v. William Swiekatowski, et al.,
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1523
Craig Childress v. Gregg Scott
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2093
USA v. Danny Jones
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2820
USA v. Mathew L. Lemberger
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3020
USA v. Jarrett James
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3144
United States v. Syms  
Date: January 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3067

Justia Opinion Summary: After multiple law enforcement agencies investigated drug trafficking in the St. Louis, Missouri area, several conspirators were arrested. Syms, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distr...

United States v. Featherly  
Date: January 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3854

Justia Opinion Summary: Featherly lived in a Wisconsin trailer park when law enforcement discovered that Featherly’s Internet‐service account was sharing child pornography. FBI agent Hauser obtained a warrant to search Featherly’s residence, s...

Primex Plastics Corporation v. Curtis Zamec
Date: January 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3215
David v. Board of Trustees of Community College District 508  
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2132

Justia Opinion Summary: David, an African-American woman over the age of 40, was an employee of the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) from 1980-2012. She announced in 2011 that she planned to retire in 2012. She then requested a change in title an...

Tilden v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue  
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3838

Justia Opinion Summary: Tilden received an IRS notice of deficiency covering his tax years 2005, 2010, 2011, and 2012. The last day to seek review (26 U.S.C. 6213(a)) was April 21, 2015. The Tax Court received Tilden’s petition on April 29,...

Dzik v. Bayer Corp.  
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1333

Justia Opinion Summary: In her case, consolidated for pretrial proceedings as part of multidistrict litigation, Dzik alleged that she suffered a venous thromboembolism because she used a prescription birth control pill, Yasmin. Dzik’s medical r...

Olivet Baptist Church v. Church Mutual Insurance Compa
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1689
Fernando Martinez Alvarez v. Loretta Lynch
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2711
Janada Garner v. Executive Management Services
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3124
King v. Newbold  
Date: January 12, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1302

Justia Opinion Summary: King, an Illinois prisoner, suffers from a severe case of temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Since 2004 he has been confined at different correctional facilities. He receives some medical care from healthcare personnel...

USA v. Donnie R. Purifoy
Date: January 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1058
Walter Pegues v. Gregg Scott
Date: January 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1396
USA v. Brian George
Date: January 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1486
Jay Schmitt v. Central Processing Corporation
Date: January 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1707
USA v. Charles Colson
Date: January 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2391
Rivera v. Lynch  
Date: January 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3225

Justia Opinion Summary: Rivera, a 58‐year‐old citizen of El Salvador, has resided unlawfully in the U.S. for 35 years, having immigrated illegally. In 2014, having fought off a previous deportation effort, Rivera was convicted of possessing a...

Perron v. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.  
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2206

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs’ Indianapolis home had a mortgage serviced by J.P. Morgan Chase. In 2011 plaintiffs accused Chase of paying the wrong homeowner’s insurer using $1,422 from their escrow account. They had switched insurers with...

Baugh v. Cuprum S.A. de C.V.  
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1106

Justia Opinion Summary: Baugh fell off a five‐foot, A‐frame aluminum ladder while working on a gutter. Baugh sustained significant bleeding in his brain, which caused seizures, dementia, and quadriplegia. In a suit against Cuprum, which design...

Allin v. City of Springfield  
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1155

Justia Opinion Summary: Allin and Baskett lived together in Allin’s residence. Allin, in poor health, signed over the titles to several vehicles, including a 2001 FLSTS Harley Davidson motorcycle, to “make it easier for his survivors.” The Illi...

Brenda Kleven v. Carolyn Colvin
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1183
USA v. Anthony Williams
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1392
USA v. Timmothy Williams
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1446
USA v. Yamango Jiles
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3030
Grace Akinlemibola v. Pennsylvania Higher Education
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3183
United States v. Thomas  
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2691

Justia Opinion Summary: Thomas was charged with conspiracy to possess, with intent to distribute, a mixture or substance containing heroin, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1), 846, and two counts of possessing, with intent to distribute, a mixture or substanc...

USA v. Terrance Griggs
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1114
Antonio Robledo-Soto v. Lynch  
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2954

Justia Opinion Summary: Robledo‐Soto, a Mexican citizen facing deportation, sought to postpone his removal proceeding so that he could expunge a drunk‐driving conviction and then try to persuade the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to exer...

Clemons v. Pfister  
Date: January 9, 2017
Docket Number: 14-3797

Justia Opinion Summary: Smith's attacker chased her down an alley and onto the street, firing shots as she fled, screaming. Clemons was the father of Smith’s infant son. Several eyewitnesses identified him as the shooter. Clemons was convicted...

Tracy Wink v. Miller Compressing Company
Date: January 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2336
Wink v. Miller Compressing Co.  
Date: January 9, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-2339, 16-2336

Justia Opinion Summary: Wink had been employed by Miller since 1999. In July 2011, Miller granted Wink’s request for intermittent Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA, 29 U.S.C. 2612(a)(1)) leave through July 2012 to take her autistic two-year-ol...

Parker v. Four Seasons Hotels, Ltd.  
Date: January 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1244

Justia Opinion Summary: Parker and her sister, Schiavon, checked into adjoining rooms at the Four Seasons. In each, a sliding glass door separated the shower area from the vanity area. As Parker exited the shower area by opening that door, it...

United States v. Gibbs  
Date: January 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1747

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to distribute, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C). Because of the quantity and his criminal history, his guideline sentencing range was 151-188 months and his sta...

Geiger v. Aetna Life Insurance Co.  
Date: January 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2790

Justia Opinion Summary: Geiger, an account executive, received Aetna group disability insurance coverage. In 2009, Geiger stopped working and obtained short term disability precipitated by lumbar back pain and a 2007 L5S1 discectomy and bilater...

Hart v. Amazon.com, Inc.  
Date: January 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2793

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sued Amazon, claiming that it permitted third parties to advertise counterfeit copies of books, Vagabond Natural and Vagabond Spiritual, that the plaintiff wrote and self‐published, detailing his experiences as...

McWilliams v. Cook County  
Date: January 5, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1729

Justia Opinion Summary: Williams filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, based on an injury he suffered in Cook County jail. For his in forma pauperis (IFP) applications, McWilliams used a form provided by the Northern District of Illinois clerk’s off...

McCaster v. Darden Restaurants, Inc.  
Date: January 5, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3258

Justia Opinion Summary: Darden operates restaurants throughout Illinois under brand names including Olive Garden and Red Lobster. The plaintiffs worked intermittently as hourly employees at Darden-owned restaurants from 2004-2012. After quittin...

Nancy Pinno v. Patti Wachtendorf
Date: January 5, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3375
Seaton v. Smith  
Date: January 5, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-3495, 15‐3375

Justia Opinion Summary: In Presley v. Georgia (2010), the Supreme Court held that the Sixth Amendment right to a public trial extends to voir dire. In one of the cases consolidated for appeal, Pinno was convicted of assisting in the mutilation...

USA v. Thomas Cureton
Date: January 5, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3575
United States v. Cureton  
Date: January 5, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-3581, 15‐3575

Justia Opinion Summary: While Cureton was under investigation for dealing crack cocaine, he used a gun to demand ransom from his roommate’s family; her grandfather agreed by telephone to wire Cureton $4,500. A jury convicted Cureton of interst...

Jabateh v. Lynch  
Date: January 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1112

Justia Opinion Summary: Liberia’s civil war, 1989-1997, claimed the lives of 200,000 people and displaced a million others. Petitioner was exiled to Guinea, where he became close with Conneh, the head of LURD, an organization devoted to the ov...

Bauer v. Home Depot U.S.A., Inc.  
Date: January 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3938

Justia Opinion Summary: Tri-State sued the Bauers in small claims court for the cost of a water treatment system it had installed following a free, in-home assessment of their water. The Bauers answered and filed a counterclaim, asserting a mul...

M.G. Skinner and Associates v. Norman-Spencer Agency, Inc  
Date: January 4, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2290

Justia Opinion Summary: WCPP is a risk purchasing group for commercial property insurance. MGSA, an insurance broker, acts as WCPP’s program administrator, representing more than 600 properties. In 2011, MGSA sought renewal coverage for the WCP...

Childress v. Colvin  
Date: January 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1601

Justia Opinion Summary: Childress unsuccessfully sought Social Security Administration disability benefits in 2008, at age 35. He appealed to the district court, which remanded for reevaluation of the medical opinions in the record and reconsid...

United States v. Gates  
Date: January 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2193

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1). The judge increased his sentencing guidelines range by four levels, U.S.S.G. 2K2.1(b)(6)(B), for possessing the firearm in connec...

Turner v. Brown  
Date: January 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1592

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1995, Turner was convicted of murder, criminal confinement, and class A felony attempted robbery resulting in serious bodily injury. The Indiana Supreme Court affirmed. He did not seek certiorari to the U.S. Supreme C...

Murdock v. Dorethy  
Date: January 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1660

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2003, Murdock was convicted of first-degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm. In connection with his post-conviction claim of ineffective assistance of counsel, a suppression hearing was held to determine...

Wang v. Lynch  
Date: January 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1526

Justia Opinion Summary: Wang, a Chinese citizen, came to the U.S. in 2010 on a student visa. Wang never attended school, but worked part‐time. In 2011, Wang unsuccessfully sought asylum. Wang testified that he started practicing Christianity a...

Frye v. Auto-Owners Insurance Co.  
Date: January 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1677

Justia Opinion Summary: Frye was seriously injured in an accident while driving for his job. Frye accepted $100,000, the per-person limit, from the other driver’s insurer, assigning it to his lawyer and to his employer’s insurer, Auto-Owners, f...

Patriotic Veterans, Inc. v. State of Indiana  
Date: January 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2059

Justia Opinion Summary: A veterans’ group challenged an anti‑robocall statute, Ind. Code 24‑5‑14‑5, under the First Amendment. The law prohibits automated calls with recorded messages unless the recipient has previously consented or the messag...

Xiang v. Lynch  
Date: January 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2189

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Xiang came to the U.S. on a visitor’s visa. She sought asylum and withholding of removal, alleging that, after the 1992 birth of her son, she suffered persecution under China’s strict family planning policies. S...