2018 Seventh Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

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United States v. Smith  
Date: October 16, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3575

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed two discretionary conditions of his supervised release after pleading guilty to two counts of filing fraudulent federal tax returns. The first condition prohibited "excessive use" of alcohol and the se...

Donley v. Stryker Corporation  
Date: October 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1195

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit reversed the district court's grant of summary judgment for Stryker in an action filed by plaintiff, a former employee, alleging a claim of retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964....

Hall v. Berryhill  
Date: October 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2628

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of disability insurance benefits to plaintiff. The court held that substantial evidence supported the ALJ's decision to deny benefits where the opinion's of plaint...

B.G. v. Janice Jackson
Date: October 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1806
Daugherty v. Harrington  
Date: October 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3224

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, an Illinois state prisoner, filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging that prison officials conspired to and did violate his First and Eighth Amendment rights while he was incarcerated at the Menard Correction...

Daron Seymour-Reed v. Forest Preserve District of Du
Date: October 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3610
Barbera v. Pearson Education, Inc.  
Date: October 12, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1085

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against her former employer, Pearson, alleging claims of Title VII sex discrimination and other claims, after she allegedly did not get the same chance to resign with severance pay that three male em...

Ameren Illinois Co. v. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers  
Date: October 12, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1591

Justia Opinion Summary: The employer sought review by the federal district court and obtained a judicial order vacating an award on the ground that the arbitrator improperly applied external law to contradict the terms of the collective bargain...

Jane Doe No. 55 v. Madison Metropolitan School
Date: October 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1521
Jane Doe No. 55 v. Madison Metropolitan School
Date: October 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1521
St. Augustine School v. Evers  
Date: October 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2333

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment for defendants after defendants refused to provide school transportation (or equivalent cash benefits) to plaintiffs' children. The court held t...

Perry v. Coles County, Illinois  
Date: October 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3615

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of an action alleging the violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment because the county placed a disproportionate tax on commercial an...

Webb v. Frawley  
Date: October 11, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1607

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit affirmed defendant's motion to dismiss an action alleging that defendant tortiously interfered with plaintiff's employment contract and knowingly misrepresented company policy, both of which resulted...

Dayton v. Oakton Community College  
Date: October 11, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1668

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of defendants' motion for summary judgment in an action alleging claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 42 U.S.C. 1983, and Illinois law. Pla...

Harrington v. Berryhill  
Date: October 10, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-3179, 17‐3194

Justia Opinion Summary: After plaintiffs successfully prosecuted their cases, the Treasury Department determined that plaintiffs had outstanding debts to various government entities. However, plaintiffs had assigned to counsel any legal fees to...

Harrington v. Berryhill
Date: October 10, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-3179, 17-3194
Eric Ericson v. Phillip Frankenberry
Date: October 10, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1845
Ramirez v. Young  
Date: October 9, 2018
Docket Number: 15-3298

Justia Opinion Summary: Under the Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (PLRA), “[n]o action shall be brought with respect to prison conditions under [42 U.S.C. 1983], … until such administrative remedies as are available are exhausted.” Ramire...

United States v. Burrows  
Date: October 9, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3292

Justia Opinion Summary: Secret Service agents used a peer‐to‐peer sharing network to download eight images of child pornography from a computer using an internet protocol address assigned to Burrows’s home, then executed a search warrant. A for...

USA v. Sebastian Deptula
Date: October 9, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3295
Reed v. Palmer  
Date: October 9, 2018
Docket Numbers: 18-1429, 18-1438

Justia Opinion Summary: Iowa closed the Iowa Girls State Training School. Palmer, Director of the Iowa Department of Human Services, subsequently contracted to use the Wisconsin Girls State Training School (Copper Lake). Plaintiffs claim that,...

Paige Ray-Cluney v. Charles Palmer
Date: October 9, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1438
United States v. Velazquez  
Date: October 9, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1647

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion to suppress evidence after he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. The court held that...

Momo Enterprises, LLC v. Popular Bank
Date: October 4, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3223
Exelon Corporation v. CIR
Date: October 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2964
Exelon Corp. v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue  
Date: October 3, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-2965, 17-2964

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1999, after deregulation of the energy industry in Illinois, Exelon sold its fossil-fuel power plants to use the proceeds on its nuclear plants and infrastructure. The sales yielded $4.8 billion, $2 billion more than...

United States v. Shelton  
Date: October 3, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-3084, 17-3127, 17-3396, 17-3559

Justia Opinion Summary: Eight men stole 104 new Ruger firearms, in original packaging, from a cargo train parked in a Chicago rail yard. The men divided the stolen firearms among themselves and sold them on the black market. Most of the guns ha...

USA v. Frederick Lewis
Date: October 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3127
Doe v. Vigo County  
Date: October 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3155

Justia Opinion Summary: Gray worked in maintenance for the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department, cleaning restrooms and directing volunteers. Some volunteers were completing court‐mandated community service; Gray was responsible for sign...

USA v. Patrick Edwards
Date: October 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3396
USA v. Terry Walker
Date: October 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3559
Minerva Dairy, Inc. v. Harsdorf  
Date: October 3, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1520

Justia Opinion Summary: Minerva, an Ohio‐based, family‐owned dairy company, produces Amish‐style butters in small, slow‐churned batches using fresh milk supplied by pasture‐raised cows. Minerva challenged Wisconsin’s butter‐grading requirement...

United States v. Santiago  
Date: October 2, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3433

Justia Opinion Summary: Santiago was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 1000 grams or more of heroin and five or more kilograms of cocaine, 21 U.S.C. 846; distribution of heroin, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1); and money launderi...

Linda Scully v. Nathan Goldenson
Date: October 1, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2486
Soarus L.L.C. v. Bolson Materials International Corp.  
Date: October 1, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1144

Justia Opinion Summary: Bolson develops products and processes for use in 3D printing. Soarus is a distributor of specialty polymers, including G-Polymer. In 2009, Bolson and Soarus began discussing Bolson’s acquisition and use of GPolymer in c...

Tomas Cuesta, Sr. v. Jamie Barker
Date: October 1, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1965
International Union of Operating Engineers v. Village of Lincolnshire  
Date: September 28, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-1300, 17-1325

Justia Opinion Summary: Lincolnshire's Ordinance 15-3389-116 Section 4 bans union-security agreements within the village by forbidding any requirement that workers join a union, compensate a union financially or make payments to third parties i...

International Union of Operati v. Village of Lincolnshire
Date: September 28, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1325
In re: Lisse  
Date: September 28, 2018
Docket Numbers: 18-1866, 18-1889

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit denied a “Request for Judicial Notice,” publishing an “explanation in the hope of forestalling other, similar applications, which recently have increased in frequency.” Federal Rule of Evidence 201(b)...

Wendy Nora v. HSBC Bank USA, N.A.
Date: September 28, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1889
Joshua Milligan v. Rock on the River, Incorporate
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1204
Richard Redman v. Lori Doehling
Date: September 26, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1036
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen v. Union Pacific Railroad Co.  
Date: September 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1897

Justia Opinion Summary: Union Pacific Railroad hired Griff in the mid-1980s. Griff was promoted from locomotive engineer to management but was fired in 2013 when the railroad discovered that he had falsified safety and training documentation. G...

USA v. Antonio Johnson
Date: September 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2361
Judy Dilley v. Holiday Acres Properties, Inc.
Date: September 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2485
Barrett v. Berryhill  
Date: September 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2878

Justia Opinion Summary: Barrett applied for disability insurance benefits and supplemental security income based on limitations from bipolar disorder and alcohol addiction. If an administrative law judge (ALJ) had found him disabled, then Barre...

Dilley v. Holiday Acres Properties, Inc.  
Date: September 25, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-2970, 17-2485, 17-3289

Justia Opinion Summary: Krier operates a Wisconsin trail-riding facility. Dilley reserved a ride, informing Krier that she had no horseback-riding experience. Dilley was matched with Blue, Krier’s most docile horse. Dilley received no instructi...

Abigail Brown v. Country View Equestrian Center
Date: September 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3289
USA v. Ruby Mohsin
Date: September 25, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1275
Gary Jackson, Sr. v. Bruce Lemmon
Date: September 25, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1585
United States v. Khan  
Date: September 25, 2018
Docket Numbers: 18-1598, 18-1275

Justia Opinion Summary: Mohsin and Khan pleaded guilty to conspiring to sell drugs (commonly known as synthetic marijuana) misbranded as incense or potpourri (18 U.S.C. 371) during approximately eight months in 2011 from a store Mohsin owned in...

Hammer v. United States Department of Health and Human Services  
Date: September 25, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2523

Justia Opinion Summary: The Affordable Care Act’s three premium‐stabilization programs were designed to redistribute money among insurance companies and mitigate each company’s exposure to market risks, 42 U.S.C. 18061–18063. The Department of...

Eddie Hudson v. Stanley Knight
Date: September 24, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1534
Czech v. Melvin  
Date: September 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1838

Justia Opinion Summary: An Illinois jury convicted Czech of first-degree murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm for his role in a gang-related drive-by shooting that resulted in the death of a 14-year-old bystander. Czech argued on direct...

Mark A. Hyzy v. Audrey McCrimon
Date: September 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2128
USA v. Jason Guidry
Date: September 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3166
Donyall White v. Vicki Poore
Date: September 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3553
Marshall Jackson v. Bruce Lemmon
Date: September 21, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1296
Donna Pearson v. Barclay Bank
Date: September 21, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1995
Angel Figueroa v. Lisa Tarquino
Date: September 20, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1294
Brian Burmaster v. Stephen Herman
Date: September 20, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1339
Nojir Jeffries v. Ron Neal
Date: September 20, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1574
United States v. Bradford  
Date: September 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1080

Justia Opinion Summary: Bradford was convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1), 846; transfer of a firearm to a felon, 18 U.S.C. 922(d)(1); two counts of distribution...

Hrobowski v. United States  
Date: September 17, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3549

Justia Opinion Summary: Hrobowski was convicted of federal firearms offenses in 2006 and sentenced to 264 months’ imprisonment under the Armed Career Criminal Act, 18 U.S.C. 924(e) based on prior Illinois state‐law convictions: aggravated batte...

Wessley Gunchick v. Bank of America, N.A.
Date: September 17, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1420
Perez-Gonzalez v. Lashbrook  
Date: September 17, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1480

Justia Opinion Summary: Perez‐Gonzalez pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for his role in a gang‐related killing and agreed to cooperate. His plea agreement stated: Any deviation from that truthful [testimony against a co-defendant] will be...

Mayberry v. Dittmann  
Date: September 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1631

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, Mayberry was convicted in Wisconsin state court of multiple counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of false imprisonment. Mayberry unsuccessfully challenged his convictions on both direct and colla...

Hennen v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.  
Date: September 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3080

Justia Opinion Summary: Hennen worked as a sales specialist for NCR, 2010-2012, and was covered by long-term disability insurance under a group policy provided by MetLife. She sought treatment for a back injury. When physical therapy and surge...

Shonda Martin v. Milwaukee County
Date: September 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3216
Martin v. Milwaukee County  
Date: September 14, 2018
Docket Numbers: 18-1060, 17-3216

Justia Opinion Summary: Milwaukee County hired Thicklen in 2012 as a jail corrections officer. A zero-tolerance policy forbids corrections officers from having any sexual contact with inmates. The county repeatedly instructed Thicklen not to en...

Illinois Liberty PAC v. Madigan  
Date: September 13, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3585

Justia Opinion Summary: Liberty PAC sued Illinois officials under 42 U.S.C. 1983 alleging that campaign contribution limits set by the Illinois Disclosure and Regulation of Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Act, violated the First Amendme...

International Association of Machinists District 10 v. Allen  
Date: September 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1178

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, Wis. Stat. 111.01, changed many provisions of state labor laws. One provision purported to change the rules for payroll deductions that allow employees to pay union dues through dues‐checkoff authorizations. By...

Village of Old Mill Creek v. Star  
Date: September 13, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-2433, 17‐2445

Justia Opinion Summary: Regional transmission organizations manage the interstate grid for electricity, conduct auctions through which many large generators of electricity sell most or all of their power, and are regulated by the Federal Energy...

Electric Power Supply Associat v. Anthony Star
Date: September 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2445
Aregood v. Givaudan Flavors Corp.  
Date: September 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3390

Justia Opinion Summary: More than 20 current and former employees at ConAgra’s Rensselaer, Indiana microwave popcorn plant sued various manufacturers and suppliers of butter flavorings that contained the chemical diacetyl, which if inhaled can...

Reynolds v. Henderson & Lyman  
Date: September 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1999

Justia Opinion Summary: Reynolds claimed that the law firm (H&L) gave bad advice that led him to violate federal disclosure laws when he drafted his LLCs’ financial statements. The district court granted H&L summary judgment, stating that Reyno...

Frey v. Hotel Coleman  
Date: September 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2267

Justia Opinion Summary: Hotel Coleman owned a Holiday Inn Express franchise. Vaughn ran daily operations, including hiring, supervising, and discharging employees, and determining compensation. Frey and other Hotel workers were on Hotel Coleman...

United States v. D. D. B.  
Date: September 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2563

Justia Opinion Summary: D.D.B., then under 18 years of age, with an adult accomplice robbed a pharmacy and was charged with acts of juvenile delinquency that, if committed by an adult, would be robbery, 18 U.S.C. 1951(a), and carrying, using, a...

Manuel v. City of Joliet  
Date: September 10, 2018
Docket Number: 14-1581

Justia Opinion Summary: On March 18, 2011, Manuel was arrested charged with possessing unlawful drugs. He was held in jail pending trial; on May 4, 2011 the prosecutor dismissed all charges after concluding that the pills Manuel had been carryi...

Berry Plastics Corp. v. Illinois National Insurance Co.  
Date: September 10, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1815

Justia Opinion Summary: Packgen's customer, CRI, required a new type of intermediate bulk container (IBC) for a chemical catalyst used in refining crude oil into other petroleum products. The new IBC's outer surface consisted primarily of polyp...

Rhodes v. Dittmann  
Date: September 10, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2223

Justia Opinion Summary: Rhodes was convicted of first‐degree intentional homicide and first‐degree recklessly endangering safety for shooting two victims, killing Davis. The prosecution’s theory was that Rhodes and his brother shot Davis, who w...

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Costco Wholesale Corp.  
Date: September 10, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-2432, 17-2454

Justia Opinion Summary: Suppo, a Costco employee, was stalked by Thompson, a Costco customer, and secured a plenary no-contact order from an Illinois state court. Traumatized by the experience, she also took an unpaid medical leave. When she di...

EEOC v. Costco Wholesale Corporation
Date: September 10, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2454
Cleven v. Soglin  
Date: September 10, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3332

Justia Opinion Summary: Cleven worked as a City of Madison stagehand, classified as an independent contractor and not enrolled in the Wisconsin Retirement System. In 2006, a union sought to represent the stagehands. The Employment Relations C...

USA v. Eric Kelly
Date: September 10, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1426
Andrew Straw v. United States District Court
Date: September 7, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2192
Philip Sebolt v. Charles Samuels, Jr.
Date: September 6, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2845
Supreme Auto Transport, LLC v. Arcelor Mittal USA, Inc.  
Date: September 6, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2910

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, Standard sued, on behalf of itself and “all others similarly situated," alleging that was injured when it “purchased several items of steel tubing [at an inflated price] indirectly … for end use," claiming that...

United States v. Stewart  
Date: September 5, 2018
Docket Number: 16-4105

Justia Opinion Summary: A cocaine courier arrested by Indianapolis police stated that a major customer of his distributor, Colon, lived in a certain apartment complex; he had seen Colon deliver drugs to the customer there and at Colon’s store a...

Haynes v. Indiana University  
Date: September 4, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2890

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008 Indiana University hired Haynes, who is black, as an assistant professor, funding most of his salary through the Strategic Recruitment Fund, which facilitates "recruitment of underrepresented minorities and women...

Estate of Williams, v. Cline  
Date: August 31, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2603

Justia Opinion Summary: After a chase and takedown, a Milwaukee Police Department (MPD officer remained on top of Williams after he was handcuffed. Williams stated, repeatedly that he could not breathe, even after the officer shifted his weight...

United States v. Foster  
Date: August 31, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3236

Justia Opinion Summary: Foster planned, with Hill and Anderson, to rob a credit union. Foster supplied the guns, drove the others to the location, and waited nearby while they entered. Hill directed a teller to empty the cash drawers and threat...

Reynolds v. Hepp  
Date: August 30, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3430

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2002, a Wisconsin jury convicted Reynolds in a fatal carjacking. He unsuccessfully sought habeas relief, 28 U.S.C. 2254, based on alleged violations of his Sixth and Fourteenth Amendment right to counsel. He claims th...

David Scheurich v. Champaign County Sheriff's Of
Date: August 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1277
Milton v. Boughton  
Date: August 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1910

Justia Opinion Summary: Cotton was visiting his sister, Kimberly when he scuffled with three men. Cotton was beaten and shot; he died from the gunshot wounds. Milton and another were tried separately as parties to first‐degree reckless homicide...

USA v. Derek Jackson
Date: August 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2664
Clarence Goree v. J. Serio
Date: August 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3144
Anthony Kaminski v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: August 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3314
Heiman v. Bimbo Foods Bakeries Distribution Co.  
Date: August 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3366

Justia Opinion Summary: JTE, distributed products for Bimbo around Chicago under an agreement with no fixed duration that could be terminated in the event of a non-curable or untimely-cured breach. New York law governed all disputes. According...

Erin Eiler v. South Dakota Human Services Ce
Date: August 30, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1133
Lanaghan v. Koch  
Date: August 29, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1399

Justia Opinion Summary: Oshkosh inmate Lanaghan reported to Health Services on November 21 and was treated only for a rash. He received four further treatments but increasingly experienced problems with activities of daily living, and was rushe...

Robertson v. Allied Solutions, LLC  
Date: August 29, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3196

Justia Opinion Summary: Allied offered Robertson a job, but ran a background check before she reported to work. Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) 15 U.S.C. 1681a(d)(1), Robertson claims that Allied violated a requirement to notify her...

United States v. Nixon  
Date: August 28, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2132

Justia Opinion Summary: During child-custody proceedings, Nixon accused her ex-husband G.G. of physically and sexually assaulting their daughter, S. An Illinois judge limited G.G.’s parental rights to visitation in the presence of another adult...

Alvarenga-Flores v. Sessions  
Date: August 28, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2920

Justia Opinion Summary: Alvarenga-Flores, apprehended crossing the U.S. border, gave a “credible fear” interview while he was detained, stating that he was afraid to return to El Salvador, where he is a citizen, because after witnessing a frien...

USA v. Jose Sanantonio
Date: August 28, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3095
Wetzel v. Glen St. Andrew Living Community, LLC  
Date: August 27, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1322

Justia Opinion Summary: Within months of her arrival at St. Andrew, a residential community for older adults, Wetzel physical and verbal abuse from other residents because she is openly lesbian. She repeatedly asked St. Andrew’s staff to help h...

B.G. v. Jackson  
Date: August 27, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1806

Justia Opinion Summary: B.G. lived alternately with his mother (who speaks only Spanish) and siblings in a small apartment, and with his father, who apparently left B.G. to his own devices. He repeated first grade. B.G. was diagnosed with a spe...

Thompson v. Brown  
Date: August 27, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2085

Justia Opinion Summary: The Indiana Supreme Court affirmed Thompson's 1982 murder and conspiracy to commit burglary convictions. Thompson filed a state post-conviction petition in 1992. In 1997, the final of several public defenders withdrew....

Ward v. Soo Line Railroad Co.  
Date: August 27, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2150

Justia Opinion Summary: Ward injured his shoulder and back when his seat collapsed in the train he was operating. Ward is a U.S. resident who is employed by a U.S. railroad, normally covered by the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), 45 U....

United States v. Stochel  
Date: August 27, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3576

Justia Opinion Summary: An Indiana judge appointed Stochel as receiver for Tip Top Supermarkets, while its proprietors were embroiled in protracted litigation. Over several years Stochel stole more than $330,000 from the receivership. Stochel e...

Sloan v. American Brain Tumor Association  
Date: August 27, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1103

Justia Opinion Summary: Sloan began working for the Association in 2014. She received multiple merit raises. In 2016 she was promoted, making her an exempt salaried employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. 213. Sloan’s rela...

United States v. Rivera  
Date: August 27, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1187

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Rivera of aiding and abetting a pair of Hobbs Act robberies, 18 U.S.C. 1951(a) and his friend’s use of a firearm during them, 18 U.S.C. 924(c)(1)(A)(ii). The same jury acquitted him of, or deadlocked on,...

Angelo Pecoraro v. Menard, Inc.
Date: August 27, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1430
Arnold v. Dittmann  
Date: August 24, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3392

Justia Opinion Summary: Arnold was convicted of repeated sexual assault his son, M.A., who testified that in 2004-2005, when M.A. was 13-14 years old, Arnold engaged in mutual masturbation with him. Arnold had five prior convictions, including...

Elizarri v. Sheriff of Cook County  
Date: August 24, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1522

Justia Opinion Summary: New arrivals at the jail must surrender their possessions. A class action under 42 U.S.C. 1983 charged that the Sheriff did not do enough to prevent guards and other employees from stealing or losing those belongings. Ev...

Burton v. City of Zion  
Date: August 24, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1557

Justia Opinion Summary: Unbeknownst to Burton, her license was suspended. Zion Officer Meyers spotted her driving, verified that there was an active warrant for her arrest, and activated his emergency lights. Burton saw his lights but claims sh...

United States v. Scott  
Date: August 24, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1666

Justia Opinion Summary: Wisconsin officials arrested Scott for attempting to have sexual relations with a boy who Scott (age 58) believed was 14 years old. The “boy” was a state Department of Justice agent, impersonating a teenager in response...

United States v. Curtis  
Date: August 24, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1833

Justia Opinion Summary: Curtis led a crew that robbed cell-phone stores in suburban Chicago. He was arrested after the last of the heists and stood trial for four counts of robbery, four counts of aiding in the brandishing of a firearm in relat...

United States v. Thompson  
Date: August 24, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2985

Justia Opinion Summary: Thompson pled guilty as a felon in possession of a firearm, 18 U.S.C 922(g)(1). He admitted he possessed the firearm and initially conceded he was a felon based on his prior conviction of aggravated unlawful use of a wea...

Rowlands v. United Parcel Service, Inc.  
Date: August 24, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3281

Justia Opinion Summary: Rowlands worked at the UPS for 25 years before she was fired in 2012, for changing her time card. Rowlands filed an EEOC Charge and a union grievance. She was reinstated. Rowlands had suffered several injuries, starting...

Wilson v. Adams  
Date: August 23, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1889

Justia Opinion Summary: Since entering the custody of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections in 2009, Wilson has sought medical treatment for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, neck and throat pain, and difficulty breathing and swallowing. He a...

Beley v. City of Chicago  
Date: August 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1449

Justia Opinion Summary: Beley and Montgomery represent a class of sex offenders who allege that Chicago refused to register them under the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) because they could not produce proof of address. If true, t...

Lyons v. Dart  
Date: August 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3170

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, while Koger was serving a 300-day sentence in the Cook County Jail, Lyons sent him at least 10 books, plus magazines and newspapers. More than 30 books were seized from Koger’s cell for violation of Jail policy...

Marrocco v. Funds in the Amount of One Hundred Thousand and One Hundred Twenty Dollars  
Date: August 22, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3238

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2002, officers seized $100,120 in U.S. currency from an Amtrak train passenger. The federal government initiated a civil forfeiture proceeding against the currency. The passenger and the owner of the funds, neither of...

Dolin v. GlaxoSmithKline LLC  
Date: August 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3030

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, a doctor prescribed Paxil, the brand‐name version of paroxetine, to treat Stewart’s depression and anxiety. His prescription was filled with generic paroxetine manufactured by another company (not a defendant)....

USA v. Kelvin Ellis
Date: August 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3445
USA v. Kelvin Ellis
Date: August 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3446
USA v. Kelvin Ellis
Date: August 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3447
USA v. Rudolph Callaso
Date: August 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3515
Beard v. Wexford Health Sources, Inc.  
Date: August 21, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1763

Justia Opinion Summary: Wexford provides medical care to Illinois inmates. Beard experienced chronic ankle pain. In 2010 he consulted with his prison’s doctors, wanting surgery. The doctors ordered conservative treatment. When Beard’s pain pers...

W.G.A. v. Sessions  
Date: August 21, 2018
Docket Number: 16-4193

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, tattooed members of the Mara 18 gang, having previously abducted his brother, held a gun to W.G.A.’s head and threatened to kill him. With its rival, MS‐13, Mara 18 terrorizes the Salvadoran population and gove...

Emirat AG v. WS Packaging Group, Inc.  
Date: August 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1893

Justia Opinion Summary: Sabafon, a telephone company based wanted cards to provide prepaid minutes of phone use plus a game of chance. Both the number for phone time and the symbols representing prizes were to be covered by a scratch-off coatin...

James Pinkney v. USA
Date: August 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2339
Holcomb v. Freedman Anselmo Lindberg, LLC  
Date: August 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2532

Justia Opinion Summary: Holcomb did not pay her credit-card bill. The creditor hired the Freedman law firm, which sued Holcomb on the creditor’s behalf in state court. Holcomb initially appeared pro se but later retained Attorney Finko. When Fr...

USA v. Jordan Williams
Date: August 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2602
United States v. Scott  
Date: August 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2784

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Scott pleaded guilty to engaging in two schemes to defraud investors and potential investors, 18 U.S.C. 1341. One of the supervised release conditions the district court imposed at sentencing was that he could n...

David Baldwin, II v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: August 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2785
Heather Stone v. Doyle Wright
Date: August 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2905
United States v. Tounisi  
Date: August 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3325

Justia Opinion Summary: Tounisi decided to join Jabhat al-Nusrah in Syria after learning about its violent operations and its links to al-Qaida. His parents attempted to stop him by taking away his passport. Tounisi applied for an expedited pas...

Rivas-Pena v. Sessions  
Date: August 21, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1183

Justia Opinion Summary: Rivas-Pena, now 44 years old, entered the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident in 1996. He was convicted of drug-related crimes in 1997 and 2017. For the 2017 conviction for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute...

USA v. Carl Wilson
Date: August 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1101
Walker v. Price  
Date: August 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1345

Justia Opinion Summary: Walker, an inmate, brought a civil rights suit against prison officers. Walker asked the court six times to recruit a volunteer lawyer to represent him. The Seventh Circuit held that the court acted within its discretion...

Blanchard & Associates v. Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  
Date: August 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1903

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009 Blanchard, a Chicago law firm, provided legal services to an Indian pharmaceutical company, Lupin India, and its American subsidiary, Lupin USA, concerning the patentability of a generic birth‐control drug that L...

O'Brien v. Caterpillar Inc.  
Date: August 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2956

Justia Opinion Summary: For more than 50 years, Caterpillar paid unemployment benefits to laid-off employees at its Joliet, Illinois manufacturing plant. Caterpillar and the local union agreed to end the program in their 2012 collective-bargai...

Bijan v. United States Citizenship & Immigrations Services  
Date: August 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3545

Justia Opinion Summary: Bijan, a citizen of Iraq, entered the U.S. in 2004, ostensibly as the unmarried son of a lawful permanent resident. In 2006, Bijan traveled to Jordan, where the mother of his children, Shaoul, still lived. According to B...

Donna Weaver v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: August 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3562
USA v. Manish Patel
Date: August 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3638
Plessinger v. Berryhill  
Date: August 20, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1240

Justia Opinion Summary: Plessinger was born with congenital spinal stenosis. He began experiencing back pain in 2010, at age 23. He worked as a diesel mechanic, electric lineman, fast food worker, welder, and truck driver. A 2012 accident exace...

Muhammad v. Pearson  
Date: August 17, 2018
Docket Number: 15-3044

Justia Opinion Summary: Officer Pearson and other Chicago police officers executed a search warrant for “apartment 1.” There was a problem with the warrant. Apartment 1 did not exist. The building contained apartment 1A and apartment 1B. The o...

McGhee v. Watson  
Date: August 17, 2018
Docket Number: 15-3881

Justia Opinion Summary: An Illinois jury convicted McGhee of murder and attempted murder. McGhee’s defense attorney asked the judge to poll the jury after the verdict was read. The judge said, “[a]ll right,” but did not conduct the poll; he sim...

United States v. Watson  
Date: August 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1651

Justia Opinion Summary: The police received an anonymous 911 call from a 14‐year‐old who borrowed a stranger’s phone and reported seeing “boys” “playing with guns” by a “gray and greenish Charger” in a nearby parking lot. A police officer drove...

Levin v. Miller  
Date: August 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1775

Justia Opinion Summary: Irwin is a holding company for two banks. When the 2007–2008 financial crisis began, regulators and Irwin’s outside legal counsel advised the company to buoy up its sinking subsidiaries. Irwin’s Board of Directors instru...

Martinez v. City of Chicago  
Date: August 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1888

Justia Opinion Summary: Chicago police officers attempted to make a traffic stop after Alberto Martinez ran a stop sign. Alberto fled, discarding a gun. Officer Nunez followed Alberto into a residence, did not immediately see Alberto, and began...

Kenneth Brown v. Michael Knisley
Date: August 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2007
Berg v. Social Security Administration  
Date: August 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2389

Justia Opinion Summary: The Social Security Administration (SSA) reduced the payment of a back-award that it owed Berg by the amount of an earlier overpayment that Berg owed to SSA. Berg contested this setoff because it was taken during the 90-...

Michael L. Winston v. David A. Clarke
Date: August 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3009
Corey J. Ojeda v. Louis Williams, II
Date: August 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3088
Leigh Glass v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: August 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3138
Michael Bargo, Jr. v. Porter County, Indiana
Date: August 17, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1040
Naperville Smart Meter Awareness v. City of Naperville  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3766

Justia Opinion Summary: Through a Department of Energy grant, Naperville received $11 million to update its grid and began replacing its residential, analog energy meters with digital “smart meters.” Traditional energy meters typically collect...

Ralph Mlaska v. Louis Schicker
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1962
Lester Dobbey v. Imhotep Carter
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2430
BRC Rubber & Plastics, Inc. v. Continental Carbon Co.  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2783

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, BRC and Continental entered into a five‐year agreement. Continental was to sell to BRC approximately 1.8 million pounds of prime carbon black, annually, in approximately equal monthly quantities, with baseline p...

Ronald Shea v. Winnebago County Sheriff's De
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3078
Koty v. County of Dupage  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3159

Justia Opinion Summary: Koty, a DuPage County Sheriff’s Department deputy, requested a different squad car model. Koty’s physician indicated Koty should be given a car with more legroom to accommodate a hip condition. The Department denied Koty...

Tamara Simic v. City of Chicago
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3217
United States v. Miller  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3514

Justia Opinion Summary: Miller was arrested after police found him unconscious behind the wheel of his car, which he had crashed into a street light. At the jail, an officer pulled him from the squad car and found a handgun on the floor where h...

Veltor Cotton v. Steve Carpenter
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3574
Lester Dobbey v. Imhotep Carter
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3603
Shane Robbins v. William Pollard
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3612
Lester Dobbey v. Imhotep Carter
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3640
Stephanie West v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1021
Scott Egly v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1030
USA v. William Cosby
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1512
USA v. Roderick Burton
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1590
United States v. Elder  
Date: August 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2207

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, Elder and co-defendants were charged with having conspired to traffic large quantities of methamphetamine from Arizona to southwest Indiana. His co-defendants pleaded guilty. Elder was found guilty of conspiring...

Julian J. Miller v. Albert B. Gonzales
Date: August 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2386
Penrod v. Berryhill  
Date: August 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2973

Justia Opinion Summary: Penrod applied for disability benefits and supplemental security income in 2010, at age 45, after having a heart attack. The district court affirmed the denial of benefits. Penrod filed a second application for disabili...

Moreland v. Nielsen  
Date: August 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3113

Justia Opinion Summary: Moreland worked as a FEMA Disaster Assistance Employee. Such employees to respond to events declared disasters by the president. Their work is intermittent. They are paid only for hours worked when they are “deployed.” W...

Walker v. Berryhill  
Date: August 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3391

Justia Opinion Summary: Walker has degrees in robotics and electrical engineering and worked for 21 years, primarily as an engineer, before suffering a stroke in 2008. Walker was not able to return to work after his stroke. Medical records show...

United States v. Williams  
Date: August 15, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1002

Justia Opinion Summary: Williams was accused of offenses relating to a wide‐ranging sex‐trafficking scheme. He lured women in desperate circumstances into prostitution by convincing them that he would take care of them and maintained control th...

Nancy Daw v. Consolidated City of Indianapo
Date: August 15, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1376
Johnson v. Winstead  
Date: August 14, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2372

Justia Opinion Summary: In December 2003, Chicago detectives separately questioned Johnson about a shooting death. Johnson admitted that he drove the shooter to the scene but claimed not to know anything about the plan. Johnson was charged with...

Fuery v. City of Chicago  
Date: August 14, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3786

Justia Opinion Summary: Fuery, her friends Sciortino and Tomaskovic, and Chicago police officer Szura were involved in an altercation on the side of the road. The three women were arrested for battery of a police officer; each was acquitted. T...

Helping Hand Caregivers, Ltd. v. Darden Restaurants, Inc.  
Date: August 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1282

Justia Opinion Summary: Helping Hand filed suit against Darden Restaurants, Mid Wilshire Consulting, Kang, and Jones, under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), 47 U.S.C. 227, asserting that Mid Wilshire, through Kang and Jones, sent a...

Tamera Johnson v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: August 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1696
United States v. George  
Date: August 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1714

Justia Opinion Summary: George was charged with conspiracy, 18 U.S.C. 371, and a Medicare‐fraud kickback scheme, 42 U.S.C. 1320a-7b(b)(1) based a scheme whereby George received payments of $500 per person from Rosner Home Health Care, for each...

Rodrigo Ramos-Braga v. Jefferson B. Sessions III
Date: August 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1998
Emerson v. Dart  
Date: August 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2614

Justia Opinion Summary: Emerson, a Cook County Department of Corrections corrections officer, alleged that County employees unlawfully discriminated against her during her “tumultuous” tenure at a County detention facility. During that time, sh...

United States v. Jones  
Date: August 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2658

Justia Opinion Summary: Undercover officers conducted several controlled buys of methamphetamine by contacting Jones and obtaining the drugs from either Jones, Jones’s girlfriend (Rowland), or their housemate. A jury convicted Jones of possessi...

John Barrett v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: August 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2878
Billie Thompson v. Lance Cope
Date: August 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3060
Thomas Slottke, Sr. v. State of Wisconsin - DILHR
Date: August 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3329
Thompson v. Cope  
Date: August 14, 2018
Docket Numbers: 18-1223, 17-3060

Justia Opinion Summary: Heishman was high on amphetamines and running naked in the street. Indianapolis police tried to subdue him. A paramedic administered a sedative to Heishman so he could be moved to an ambulance to be taken to a hospital....

Iowna Portalatin v. Blatt, Hasenmiller, Leibsker
Date: August 13, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1578
Straits Financial LLC v. Ten Sleep Cattle Co.
Date: August 13, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3860
Ten Sleep Cattle Co. v. Jason Perkins
Date: August 13, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3903
Ten Sleep Cattle Co. v. Straits Financial LLC
Date: August 13, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3967
Bishop v. Air Line Pilots Association, International  
Date: August 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1438

Justia Opinion Summary: United Airlines pilot instructors sued their union, ALPA, alleging that ALPA had breached its duty of fair representation in its allocation of a retroactive pay settlement among different groups of pilots. The district c...

Straits Financial LLC v. Ten Sleep Cattle Co.  
Date: August 13, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-2100, 16‐3903, 16‐3967, 16‐3860

Justia Opinion Summary: Carter, through broker Perkins, opened a commodities trading account to secure the prices his Wyoming ranch would receive for its cattle using financial instruments (hedging). After Perkins changed offices, those account...

Walker v. Weatherspoon  
Date: August 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2665

Justia Opinion Summary: The warrant application was supported by statements from “Doe,” that for the previous six months she regularly bought heroin from T (Doe only knew him by sight and street name) in a house, which she identified while driv...

Portalatin v. Blatt, Hasenmiller, Leibsker & Moore, LLC  
Date: August 13, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-3335, 16‐1578

Justia Opinion Summary: Portalatin allegedly owed $1,330.75 in consumer debt. The Blatt law firm, on behalf of Midland, filed a debt‐collection suit against Portalatin in the Circuit Court of Cook County’s First Municipal District (Chicago). Se...

Stephanie West v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: August 13, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1021
Barbara Richards v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: August 13, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1109
Miranda v. County of Lake  
Date: August 10, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1603

Justia Opinion Summary: On October 12, Gomes, a 52-year-old Indian national, was arrested for failing to appear for jury duty. A non-citizen, Gomes, was actually ineligible for jury duty. Gomes pulled away from the officer and was charged with...

Schlaf v. Safeguard Property, LLC  
Date: August 10, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2811

Justia Opinion Summary: The FHA-insured mortgage on the Schlafs’ property is serviced by Green Tree. The Schlafs defaulted. Green Tree was unable to contact them. Green Tree contracts with Safeguard, a “mortgage field servicing company,” to p...

Pronschinske Trust v. Kaw Valley Companies, Inc.  
Date: August 10, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2889

Justia Opinion Summary: Pronschinske entered into a Mining Leasing Agreement, giving Kaw the right to mine the sand, stone and rock products on the Pronschinske land but providing that it was not obligated to extract any materials or sell any p...

Hang Cui v. City of Elmhurst
Date: August 9, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2016
Bryan Collins v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: August 9, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3189
Larry Oruta v. Continental Air Transport Comp
Date: August 9, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3263
Robert Crum v. Advocate North Side Health Net
Date: August 9, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1444
Eugene Riley, III v. Stephanie Dorethy
Date: August 6, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1853
USA v. Terrance Jackson
Date: August 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1528
William R. Lee Irrevocable Trust v. Lee  
Date: August 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1582

Justia Opinion Summary: Lester and William Lee created LIA in 1974 as a public company. William’s sons (Lester's nephews) later joined the business. LIA subsequently bought out the public shareholders, leaving Lester owning 516 shares; Willia...

Eugene Riley, III v. Stephanie Dorethy
Date: August 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1853
United States v. Jackson  
Date: August 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2117

Justia Opinion Summary: Jackson was convicted for conspiracy to distribute over 1,000 grams of heroin, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1) and 846; possession with intent to distribute a substance containing heroin, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1); and distribution of a s...

Edmond v. United States  
Date: August 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2734

Justia Opinion Summary: Chicago Officer Frano obtained the approval of the state’s attorney’s office and obtained a search warrant based on a tip from a confidential informant, who claimed to have purchased heroin from Edmond at 736 North Ridge...

Susan Spicher v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: August 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3399
Spicher v. Berryhill  
Date: August 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3399

Justia Opinion Summary: Spicher suffers from osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, fibromyalgia, and morbid obesity. In 2010, Spicher applied for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits and Supp...

Smith v. Rosebud Farm, Inc.  
Date: August 2, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2626

Justia Opinion Summary: Since 2003, Smith has worked behind the meat counter at Rosebud, a local grocery store. After several years of ongoing sexual and racial harassment from his male coworkers and supervisor, Smith sued, citing Title VII of...

Marshall Spiegel v. James T. Reynolds
Date: August 2, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3344
Markow v. Southwest Airlines Co.  
Date: August 2, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3541

Justia Opinion Summary: A class action stemming from Southwest’s decision to stop honoring drink vouchers for “business select” customers settled with the customers receiving replacement vouchers. The Seventh Circuit affirmed, holding that 28 U...

Carl Reynolds v. Village of Evergreen Park
Date: August 2, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1587
Galindo v. Sessions  
Date: July 31, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1253

Justia Opinion Summary: Galindo, a lawful permanent U.S. resident, had Kentucky convictions for possession of drug paraphernalia and was charged with removability under 8 U.S.C. 1227(a)(2)(B)(i). The IJ applied the categorical approach, under w...

Abu-Shawish v. United States  
Date: July 31, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1283

Justia Opinion Summary: Abu-Shawish, the executive director of a non-profit organization, received a federally-funded (HUD) grant for a plan for revitalizing a Milwaukee street, submitting a plan that was “essentially identical” to a plan submi...

USA v. Caryn Benson
Date: July 31, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1944
McCleskey v. CWG Plastering, LLC  
Date: July 31, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1980

Justia Opinion Summary: Gianino Plastering operated in St. Louis for over 30 years but abruptly closed in 2012. Gianino’s son, Curt, who had worked at Gianino Plastering for over a decade, founded his own company, CWG, taking on some of Gianino...

Sembhi v. Sessions  
Date: July 31, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2746

Justia Opinion Summary: Sembhi, a citizen of India, entered the U.S. in 1995 and overstayed his non-immigrant visa. Two years later, after he unsuccessfully sought asylum, Sembhi was charged as removable. Sembhi expected to obtain an I-130 visa...

Sharon Horr v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: July 31, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3300
Robert Hudson v. Andrew Liaw
Date: July 31, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3528
Charmaine Hamer v. Neighborhood Housing Services  
Date: July 30, 2018
Docket Number: 15-3764

Justia Opinion Summary: Hamer, a former Intake Specialist for Housing Services and Fannie Mae, sued her former employers, citing the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. 621, and Title VII, 42 U.S.C. 2000e. The court granted the defe...

Jermel Pope v. Janet Perdue
Date: July 30, 2018
Docket Number: 16-4217
Lacy v. Cook County, Illinois  
Date: July 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2141

Justia Opinion Summary: Wheelchair-using detainees sued Cook County, alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act, based on purportedly inaccessible ramps and bathroom facilities at six county courthouse...

United States v. De La Cruz  
Date: July 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2263

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, a long-time leader of the Chicago-area Latin Kings street gang, had 10 convictions, including a 2008 Illinois conviction for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He served his prison sentence; the statute was...

Patrick Werner v. City of Green Bay
Date: July 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2426
United States v. Lee  
Date: July 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2537

Justia Opinion Summary: Lee was sentenced to life imprisonment. His sentence was reduced for his substantial assistance to the government and was later reduced to 112 months because of a retroactive Sentencing Guidelines change. After he was di...

USA v. Donald Bowen
Date: July 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2567
United States v. Swallers  
Date: July 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2568

Justia Opinion Summary: Indiana Child Protective Services removed Swallers’s daughter from his custody. Swallers responded with a deluge of federal filings and filed “Common Law Liens” (each $10,000,000) against all the judges in the Southern D...

Patricia Westmore v. David Hyde
Date: July 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3178
United States v. Perillo  
Date: July 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3436

Justia Opinion Summary: The husband of the attorney representing the ex-wife of Perillo’s boyfriend called 911. Perillo was arrested in possession of multiple weapons and disguises while hiding in the caller’s SUV. Perillo was released on bond...

Vernon Ellison v. James Jorgensen
Date: July 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3516
David Wilson v. Michael Dittmann
Date: July 30, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1075
Doug Bernacchi v. United States District Court
Date: July 30, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1265
Bonjour Mack v. CTA
Date: July 30, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1283
Varnador Sutton v. Juval Scott
Date: July 30, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1571
Camp Drug Store, Inc. v. Cochran Wholesale Pharmaceutic, Inc.  
Date: July 27, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2086

Justia Opinion Summary: Camp Drug Store filed a proposed class action, alleging that Cochran Wholesale had violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. 227, by faxing unsolicited advertisements to class members. The parties entered...

Squires-Cannon v. Forest Preserve District of Cook County  
Date: July 26, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3131

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, plaintiffs purchased a 400-acre Barrington horse farm with Amcore financing. In 2009, Amcore filed for foreclosure in Illinois state court. Amcore failed and the FDIC became its receiver. BMO bought Amcore’s loa...

United States v. Thomas  
Date: July 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1002

Justia Opinion Summary: Blackwell stole cash and drugs from Thomas. To punish her and recover his cash and drugs, Thomas kidnapped Blackwell’s younger brother and sister in Indiana and had them taken to Michigan and Kentucky before law enforcem...

Jane Doe No. 55 v. Madison Metropolitan School District  
Date: July 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1521

Justia Opinion Summary: Doe claims that she was sexually assaulted by a security guard at her middle school while she was in eighth grade. She filed suit under Title IX, 20 U.S.C. 1681(a). To obtain damages, Doe was required to prove that a sch...

Sarbjit Singh v. Jefferson B. Sessions III
Date: July 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1579
Tarence Banks v. Leslie Patton
Date: July 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1586
Christopher Fliger v. Kirstjen M. Nielsen
Date: July 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2492
Entertainment USA, Inc. v. Moorehead Communications, Inc.  
Date: July 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2847

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, Entertainment USA sold cellular telephones and service contracts in central Pennsylvania through a network of retail dealers. Moorehead, an Indiana company, sought to break into that geographic market by offerin...

Singh v. Sessions  
Date: July 26, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-2852, 17-1579

Justia Opinion Summary: Singh entered the U.S. in 1993. An IJ denied his applications for asylum and withholding of removal (alleging religious persecution) and issued an exclusion order. Before the BIA ruled, he married a U.S. citizen. In 2000...

Delbert Heard v. John Baldwin
Date: July 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3255
Boris Mudd v. City of Fort Wayne
Date: July 26, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1643
Scott Schmidt v. Brian Foster
Date: July 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1727
Planned Parenthood of Indiana v. Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Health  
Date: July 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1883

Justia Opinion Summary: Indiana requires that, at least 18 hours before a woman has an abortion, she must be given information provided by the state about the procedure, facts about the fetus and its development, and alternatives to abortion. T...

United States v. DeHaan  
Date: July 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2005

Justia Opinion Summary: For five years, DeHaan, a licensed family‐practice physician working in the Chicago and Rockford areas, was affiliated with agencies providing medical services to homebound patients, and served as medical director of sev...

Berkowitz v. Automation Aids, Inc.  
Date: July 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2562

Justia Opinion Summary: Berkowitz's company, Complete Packaging, holds a General Service Administration (GSA) multiple award schedule contract, under which it sells office supplies to government agencies. The defendants hold competing GSA sched...

Sandra Riederer v. United Healthcare Services, In
Date: July 24, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3041
Todd Fortier v. Terani Law Firm
Date: July 24, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3571
McCabe v. Caribbean Cruise Line, Inc.  
Date: July 24, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-1626, 17-1778, 17-1953, 17-1969, 17-1984, 17-2857

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011-2012 a million people received phone calls asking them to take political surveys in exchange for a chance to go on a free cruise. Some recipients filed a class action under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act,...

Kevin McCabe v. Caribbean Cruise Line, Inc.
Date: July 24, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1778
Freedom Home Care Inc. v. Grant Birchemeier
Date: July 24, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1953
Grant Birchmeier v. Berkley Group, Incorporated
Date: July 24, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1969
Grant Birchmeier v. Caribbean Cruise Line, Incorpo
Date: July 24, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1984
World Outreach Conference Center v. City of Chicago  
Date: July 24, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2476

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005, World Outreach, a Christian religious organization, purchased a Chicago building from the YMCA, which had operated a community center and 168 single-room occupancies (SROs) for 80 years. The community center was...

United States v. Davis  
Date: July 24, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2814

Justia Opinion Summary: Davis was convicted of two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1). Count One arose from an incident on July 20, 2016. Davis got into a fight at the home of Jackie and Wamue. Police arrive...

Freedom Home Care, Inc. v. Caribbean Cruise Line, Incorpo
Date: July 24, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2857
Kevin Sroga v. Charles Williams
Date: July 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2048
USA v. Kenneth Taylor
Date: July 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3560
Patricia Williams v. Wisconsin Department of Workf
Date: July 23, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1518
Yvonkia Stewart v. Nancy A. Berryhill
Date: July 20, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2284
Yvonkia Stewart v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: July 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1182
USA v. Debra Schultz
Date: July 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2544
USA v. Pedro Ortega-Cervantes
Date: July 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2619
Joseph Hoban v. Wexford Health Sources, Inc.
Date: July 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2794
USA v. Karl McKenzie, Sr.
Date: July 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2993
Lambert v. Berryhill  
Date: July 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1627

Justia Opinion Summary: Lambert applied for Disability Insurance Benefits in 2012 at age 41 alleging disabling lower back pain. In 2004 discs in his lumbar spine had been surgically fused with a rod. In 2008 surgeons repaired the rod. In 2010 L...

Amy Dunbar v. Kohn Law Firm, S.C.
Date: July 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2134
Smith v. Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co.  
Date: July 19, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-2165, 17-2134

Justia Opinion Summary: The Kohn collection law firm sent Dunbar a letter seeking to collect a debt originally owed to a bank. The letter stated that the full balance due was $4,049.08 and offered to settle the debt for $2,631.90, but warned: “...

Owens v. Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  
Date: July 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3416

Justia Opinion Summary: Owens began using Testim, a topical gel containing 1% testosterone, in July 2011 when his doctor diagnosed him with hypogonadism. Owens used Testim sporadically. Although the medication guide directs users to apply a f...

Christopher McCoy v. USA
Date: July 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1904
USA v. Anthony Lomax
Date: July 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2440
Chavez v. Berryhill  
Date: July 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2978

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, Chavez, then 21, was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent five surgeries. Chavez experienced depression and anxiety. She struggled to maintain concentration to complete simple household tasks and suffered...

USA v. Dennis Franklin
Date: July 17, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1580
USA v. Dennis Franklin
Date: July 17, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1580
USA v. Shane Sahm
Date: July 17, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1872
USA v. Shane Sahm
Date: July 17, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1872
Pension Trust Fund for Operati v. Kohl's Corporaton
Date: July 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2697
Dhakal v. Sessions  
Date: July 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3377

Justia Opinion Summary: Dhakal, a member of the Nepali Congress political party, which is targeted by the Maoist party, worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development. In 2012, he received a letter from the Maoists, ordering him to c...

Karum Holdings LLC v. Lowe's Companies, Inc.  
Date: July 13, 2018
Docket Numbers: 18-1007, 18-1074

Justia Opinion Summary: Lowe’s expanded its retail home improvement stores into Mexico. Lowe’s Mexico contracted with Karum to provide private-label credit card services there. The program failed to meet expectations. Karum sued, claiming breac...

Karum Latin America S. de R.L. v. Lowe's Companies, Incorporate
Date: July 13, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1074
Vicky Knapp v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: July 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2491
Pension Trust Fund for Operating Engineers v. Kohl's Corp.  
Date: July 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2697

Justia Opinion Summary: Kohl’s operates more than 1000 stores, 65 percent of which are leased. In 2011, Kohl’s announced that it was correcting several years of its financial filings because of multiple lease accounting errors. Plaintiffs, led...

Vasquez v. Foxx  
Date: July 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1061

Justia Opinion Summary: Vasquez and Miguel, convicted child sex offenders, must register as sex offenders and comply with state restrictions on where they may live. A child sex offender may not knowingly live within 500 feet of a school, playgr...

Cehovic-Dixneuf v. Wong  
Date: July 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1532

Justia Opinion Summary: Cehovic’s employer offered its employees an insurance benefit plan through ReliaStar. Cehovic had two ReliaStar policies: a basic policy with a death benefit of $263,000, and a supplemental policy with a death benefit of...

Knopick v. Jayco, Inc.  
Date: July 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2285

Justia Opinion Summary: Knopick purchased a Jayco recreational vehicle from an independent Iowa dealer for $414,583, taking title through an LLC he alone controlled. Jayco’s two-year limited manufacturer’s warranty disclaims all implied warrant...

Alan Best v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: July 11, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1369
Mitchell v. Kallas  
Date: July 10, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3350

Justia Opinion Summary: Mitchell is a transgender person who has identified as a woman her entire life. In 2008, Mitchell received a diagnosis of gender dysphoria. She was convicted of a crime and sent to Wisconsin’s Columbia Correctional Insti...

United States v. Norweathers  
Date: July 10, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1311

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Norweathers was charged with transporting child pornography, 18 U.S.C. 2252A(a)(1) and possessing a computer containing images of child pornography, section 2252A(a)(5)(b). The FBI had executed a search warrant...

Giles v. Tobeck
Date: July 10, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1707
Mason-Funk v. City of Neenah  
Date: July 10, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3380

Justia Opinion Summary: Flatoff took hostages at a Neenah, Wisconsin motorcycle shop. After Flatoff threatened to start shooting, police unsuccessfully attempted an entry. Hostage Funk escaped out the back door of the shop and was shot and kil...

Illinois Department of Revenue v. Hanmi Bank
Date: July 9, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1575
Illinois Department of Revenue v. First Community Financial Bank  
Date: July 9, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-2004, 17-1575

Justia Opinion Summary: The bankrupt businesses had debts that far exceeded the value of their assets. Bankruptcy courts authorized the sale of their principal assets (gasoline stations and a movie theater and café). Under Illinois law, the Ill...

Wallace v. Baldwin  
Date: July 9, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2427

Justia Opinion Summary: Wallace was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without parole in 2006. A few months after he entered prison, he assaulted a guard. He has been in solitary confinement ever since. Wallace lodged a proposed complain...

Robinett v. City of Indianapolis  
Date: July 9, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2609

Justia Opinion Summary: After Indianapolis police officers Anders and Carmack divorced, Anders stalked and threatened Carmack. The police department eventually opened a criminal investigation and placed a GPS tracking device on Anders's car wi...

Kaminski v. Berryhill  
Date: July 9, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3314

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2000, Kaminski fell down a flight of stairs, suffering a head wound that caused a traumatic brain injury and a seizure disorder. He applied under the Social Security Act for disability insurance benefits and supplemen...

Della Cooley v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: July 6, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2239
Ricardo Sanchez v. Jefferson B. Sessions III
Date: July 5, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1673
Cortina-Chavez v. Sessions  
Date: July 5, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2116

Justia Opinion Summary: Cortina-Chavez, a citizen of Mexico, entered the U.S. on an unknown date and place, without inspection. He was arrested for DUI in 2010. In subsequent removal proceedings, Cortina-Chavez sought cancellation of removal, a...

Brenda Parker v. Capital One Auto Finance, Inc
Date: July 5, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2123
Brenda Parker v. David Loyal
Date: July 5, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3101
Lovelace v. McKenna  
Date: July 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1393

Justia Opinion Summary: On November 6, 2011, Lovelace and another inmate fought over pencils. Officers handcuffed Lovelace and walked him to a van to be taken to the segregation unit. Lovelace kicked through the van window. Lovelace claims that...

Wisconsin Central Limited v. Tienergy, LLC  
Date: July 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2343

Justia Opinion Summary: Allied contracted to ship railroad ties with Wisconsin Central’s parent company, Canadian National, providing that demurrage would begin to accrue after two days of unloading time. Rail carriers are statutorily required...

Hoffman v. Knoebel  
Date: July 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2750

Justia Opinion Summary: Indiana uses “drug courts” to tackle substance-abuse problems more flexibly than traditional sentencing regimes, Ind. Code 33-23-16-5. These non-traditional court programs have been shown to reduce recidivism rates in so...

Spangler v. Perales  
Date: July 2, 2018
Docket Numbers: 16-2291, 16‐3390

Justia Opinion Summary: Lieutenant Perales (Hispanic) asked Officer Robinson (biracial) why he did not shave his facial hair in compliance with Department policy. Robinson’s doctor’s note was deemed inadequate. Robinson has folliculitis, a pain...

Anthony Robinson v. Alfred Perales
Date: July 2, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3390
USA v. Gary Mays
Date: July 2, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2786
USA v. Guadalupe Quintanilla
Date: July 2, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2843
Chinyere Nwoke v. Consulate of Nigeria,
Date: July 2, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1622
Chicago Joe's Tea Room, LLC v. Village of Broadview  
Date: June 29, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1989

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006 Conway contracted to sell land in Broadview to Donahue, who assigned the contract to Chicago Joe’s Tea Room, LLC. Chicago Joe’s sole manager applied for the required special-use permit. Broadview denied the appl...

Vincent Raygoza v. Wexford Healthcare Administrat
Date: June 29, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3188
Capps v. Drake  
Date: June 29, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1876

Justia Opinion Summary: Capps sued six law enforcement officers under 42 U.S.C. 1983, for failure to intervene in an unlawful search and for use of excessive force. The parties attempted to negotiate a settlement: the defendants offered $47,500...

Christopher Jones v. Andrea Nelson
Date: June 29, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2573
Christopher Fillmore v. Indiana Bell Telephone Co.,
Date: June 29, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3367
USA v. Terry N. Taylor
Date: June 29, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3450
Otgonnamar Yuchin v. Jefferson Sessions III
Date: June 29, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3622
Jam Productions, Limited v. NLRB
Date: June 28, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2042
National Labor Relations Board v. Jam Productions, Ltd.  
Date: June 28, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-2111, 17-2042

Justia Opinion Summary: The Union sought to represent Jam’s employees, part-time stagehands who handle equipment at various venues; their employment is sporadic. On September 30, 2015, Jam and the Union identified the potential bargaining unit...

United States v. Moose  
Date: June 27, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3536

Justia Opinion Summary: Moose solicited investors with a stock tip; instead of investing all the $680,000 he received from 16 investors, Moose invested only $200,000. The remaining $480,000 he took for himself. Without a plea agreement, Moose...

McCaa v. Hamilton  
Date: June 27, 2018
Docket Number: 16-4209

Justia Opinion Summary: McCaa suffers from mental illnesses, with a history of suicide attempts. In his 42 U.S.C. 1983 suit, he alleged that prison officials and staff were deliberately indifferent to his self‐harm on four occasions. After scre...

Orchard Hill Building Co. v. United States Army Corps of Engineers  
Date: June 27, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3403

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1995, Orchard purchased the Warmke Parcel, 13 acres of wetlands, for residential development. Orchard requested a determination from the Army Corps of Engineers that the wetlands were not jurisdictional “waters of the...

USA v. David C. Martin
Date: June 27, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1033
Khowaja v. Sessions  
Date: June 27, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1155

Justia Opinion Summary: Khowaja was an Immigration Enforcement Agent, 2008-2012. He then began employment as an FBI Special Agent on a two-year probationary term. Khowaja’s lack of judgment was frequently cited as a concern by his immediate sup...

Kowalski v. Boliker  
Date: June 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1952

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983 and 1985, alleging that several state judges and officials have been unfair to him in divorce and child custody proceedings. The Seventh Circuit affirmed the dismissal of the act...

Frank v. Target Corp.  
Date: June 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2275

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal arose after the district court approved a settlement in an action alleging that Target violated consumer protection laws by making false claims about the efficacy of glucosamine dietary supplements. Objector-...

DiPerna v. Chicago School of Professional Psychology  
Date: June 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3351

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against TCSPP, alleging breach of contract and negligence after the school disciplined plaintiff for posting an image to her personal Instagram account that TCSPP considered offensive. Plaintiff late...

Deppe v. National Collegiate Athletic Association  
Date: June 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1711

Justia Opinion Summary: Deppe, a punter, enrolled at Northern Illinois University (NIU), a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I school, in 2014 without an athletic scholarship. Deppe decided to “red shirt” his first year; he prac...

Sutula-Johnson v. Office Depot, Inc.  
Date: June 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1855

Justia Opinion Summary: Sutula‐Johnson sold office furniture. In 2010, OfficeMax adopted a compensation plan that paid a commission rate depending on the sale’s profit. Commissions were earned either when a customer paid or 90 days after the cu...

Teledyne Technologies Incorpor v. Raj Shekar
Date: June 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2171
United States v. Canfield  
Date: June 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2199

Justia Opinion Summary: After pleading guilty in 2007 to possessing digital images of child pornography, 18 U.S.C. 2252A(a)(5)(B), Canfield was sentenced to 78 months of imprisonment and three years of supervised release, with conditions requir...

Richard Hoeft v. Bruce Joanis
Date: June 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2701
David Hurn v. Macy's, Incorporated
Date: June 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3055
Planned Parenthood of Indiana v. Commissioner of the Indiana St
Date: June 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3163
Roosevelt Williams v. Brian Smith
Date: June 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3265
USA v. Derrick Barber
Date: June 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3346
Patricia Williams v. Wisconsin Department of Workf
Date: June 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3363
Kevin Brooking v. Michael Branham
Date: June 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3438
Sonya Davis v. Bank of America Corporation
Date: June 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3656
USA v. Hagop Demirjian
Date: June 25, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1446
USA v. Adalberto Santiago
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2030
Felix J. Bruette, Jr. v. Ryan Zinke
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3011
USA v. Jose Maldonado
Date: June 21, 2018
Docket Number: 16-4083
United States v. Masias  
Date: June 21, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-1402, 16‐4083

Justia Opinion Summary: The Defendants were charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine, plus six other counts. The court gave a multiple conspiracies jury instruction and refused to give a proposed “meeting of the minds” instruction. The jur...

Dr. Toney Ford, Sr. v. Derek Sessoms
Date: June 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2335
Fiorentini v. Paul Revere Life Insurance Co.  
Date: June 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3137

Justia Opinion Summary: Fiorentini is the owner and president of a small technology company. When cancer treatment left him unable to perform his job, he received total disability benefits under a Paul Revere policy. Five years later, after Fio...

Goplin v. WeConnect, Inc.  
Date: June 21, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1193

Justia Opinion Summary: When Goplin began working at WeConnect, he signed the “AEI Alternative Entertainment Inc. Open Door Policy and Arbitration Program,” which referred to AEI throughout; it never mentioned WeConnect. Goplin brought a collec...

Darren Wilson v. Kul Sood
Date: June 20, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3686
United States v. Harden  
Date: June 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1270

Justia Opinion Summary: Harden was convicted of conspiring to distribute heroin, the use of which resulted in the death of Schnettler, and was sentenced to life in prison under 21 U.S.C. 841(b)(1)(B). That provision imposes sentencing enhanceme...

Pain Center of SE Indiana, LLC v. Origin Healthcare Solutions LLC  
Date: June 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1276

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2003, Pain Center contracted with SSIMED for medical-billing software and related services. In 2006, the parties entered into another contract, for records-management software and related services. In 2013, Pain Cent...

Comsys Inc. v. Pacetti  
Date: June 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2053

Justia Opinion Summary: Kenosha used Comsys as its information-technology department. Comsys had its offices inside City Hall and stored its electronic information on the City’s servers. Their contract automatically renewed from year to year un...

Simpkins v. DuPage Housing Authority  
Date: June 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2685

Justia Opinion Summary: Simpkins began working for DuPage Housing Authority (DHA) in 2009 under an “Independent Contractor Agreement” for “general labor” to rehabilitate vacant properties to make them suitable for occupants. In 2011, the rehab...

United States v. Norton  
Date: June 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2898

Justia Opinion Summary: Norton was part of a cocaine and heroin distribution conspiracy, driving to Chicago and Akron to move drugs and proceeds, and distributing drugs at his Indiana home. Law enforcement recruited a conspiracy member to recor...

Robert Orth v. CIR
Date: June 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3348
Beverly Palmer v. University of Illinois
Date: June 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3569
Adam Delgado v. Merit Systems Protection Board
Date: June 19, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1313
Adam Delgado v. Merit Systems Protection Board
Date: June 19, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1313
Carmody v. Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois  
Date: June 19, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1335

Justia Opinion Summary: The University fired Carmody, an information technology manager, after printed copies of a professor’s privileged emails suspiciously ended up in Carmody’s home newspaper box. The emails allegedly exposed inconsistencies...

Oliver v. Joint Logistics Managers, Inc.  
Date: June 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1633

Justia Opinion Summary: Joint Logistics (JL) hired Oliver, an African-American, as a truck driver in 2012, subject to a Collective Bargaining Agreement, which outlined two seniority units: the Motor Vehicle Repair Employees and the Motor Vehicl...

Bennie Kennedy v. Schneider Electric
Date: June 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1645
Kennedy v. Schneider Electric  
Date: June 19, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-1786, 17-1645

Justia Opinion Summary: Kennedy had decades of experience working for Schneider Electric and taught classes, part-time, in electrical and industrial safety at Prairie State community college. Schneider requires its employees to obtain advance a...

USA v. Michael Martinez
Date: June 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2405
Milliman v. Prim  
Date: June 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2687

Justia Opinion Summary: Milliman, then a McHenry County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) deputy, gave a deposition in which he accused Sheriff Nygren of corruption, bribery, securing fraudulent loans, trafficking illegal aliens, and soliciting two m...

United States v. Lamon  
Date: June 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2764

Justia Opinion Summary: Sentencing judges ordinarily “group” counts of conviction when they involve “substantially the same harm,” U.S.S.G. 3D1.2. In 2014, the Seventh Circuit ruled (Sinclair) that when facing a particular combination of counts...

Loertscher v. Anderson  
Date: June 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1936

Justia Opinion Summary: 1997 Wisconsin Act 292, designed to address the effects of prenatal substance abuse, brings unborn children and their mothers within the jurisdiction of the juvenile courts if the mothers exhibit a habitual lack of self‐...

Flanagan v. Office of the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County  
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1927

Justia Opinion Summary: Flanagan sued under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. 20003, alleging that two coworkers threatened her life because she previously successfully sued their shared employer, the Cook County Adult Probation Department, for discriminati...

Weaver v. Nicholson  
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2400

Justia Opinion Summary: Weaver was arrested for the murder of Sanders. The court disqualified Weaver’s attorney because he represented a potential state witness. Callico testified that he and Sanders sold drugs together and that on April 4, 20...

Israel Arce v. CTA
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2882
Israel Arce v. CTA
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1625
Henson v. Department of Health and Human Services  
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1750

Justia Opinion Summary: Under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act, “Class III” medical devices are those that support or sustain human life, that are of substantial importance in preventing impairment of human health, or that present a potential,...

Eli Lilly and Co. v. Arla Foods USA, Inc.  
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2252

Justia Opinion Summary: Arla, a Denmark-based global dairy conglomerate, launched a $30 million advertising campaign aimed at expanding its U.S. cheese sales, branded “Live Unprocessed.” The ads assure consumers that Arla cheese contains no “we...

Peter Long v. Michael Hammer
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2742
Part-time Faculty Association v. Columbia College Chicago  
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3492

Justia Opinion Summary: The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that full-time staff members who also teach part-time (50-75 individuals, “FTST”) were included in the Part-Time Faculty Association at Columbia College Chicago (PFAC) barg...

Mark Shannon v. Rebecca Trivett
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3500
Jones v. Qualkinbush  
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1227

Justia Opinion Summary: Jones, a Calumet City alderman, wants to be mayor. His supporter, Grant, tried to prevent the incumbent, Qualkinbush, from running for reelection in 2017 by circulating a referendum to set a three-term limit on the mayor...

USA v. Stephen Angerman
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1457
Michael A. Wilson v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2423
USA v. Kenneth E. Mason
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2732
Daniel Brown, Jr. v. USA
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3383
Harold McKay v. Shaliza Odom
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3594
Robert Maday v. Randy Pfister
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1401
USA v. Todd Dyer
Date: June 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1580
United States v. Dyer  
Date: June 13, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-1776, 17-1580

Justia Opinion Summary: Dyer was charged in a fraudulent real estate (farmland) investment scheme. Dyer represented himself, with standby counsel. The judge admonished Dyer in the presence of the jury, that he must “follow the same rules of eve...

McMahan v. Deutsche Bank AG  
Date: June 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2988

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2001, McMahan and his wholly owned corporation participated in a tax shelter called “Son of BOSS” that “is a variation of a slightly older alleged tax shelter,” BOSS, an acronym for ‘bond and options sales strategy.’”...

Fischer v. Magyar Allamvasutak Zrt.  
Date: June 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3487

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, Hungarian survivors of the Holocaust filed a purported class action in the Northern District of Illinois, alleging that in 1944 the Hungarian national railway transported Fischer and up to 500,000 other Jews fro...

Estate of Jones v. Children's Hospital and Health System, Inc. Pension Plan  
Date: June 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3524

Justia Opinion Summary: Linda worked for Children’s Hospital for 37 years, covered by its employer-funded Pension Plan. In 2015, Linda faced recurring cancer, and, at age 60, retired. The Plan describes a normal retirement pension, an early ret...

USA v. Anthony Darling
Date: June 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2175
Village of Barrington v. Surface Transportation Board  
Date: June 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3586

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, Canadian National Railway (CN) sought approval from the Surface Transportation Board of its acquisition of the EJ & E rail line near Chicago. The Board considered the impact of the acquisition on 112 railroad cr...

Johnson v. Advocate Health and Hospitals Corp.  
Date: June 8, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3848

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs claim that they faced racial discrimination while working as Environmental Service Technicians (EVS techs) at Advocate, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. 2000e; 42 U.S.C. 1981. In 20...

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc.  
Date: June 8, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1828

Justia Opinion Summary: Ramos, filed a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding her severance agreement's broad release of claims and covenant not to sue, with exceptions for “rights that Employee cannot lawfully...

Planned Parenthood of Indiana v. Commissioner of the Indiana St
Date: June 8, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3163
USA v. Florentina Segura
Date: June 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2072
De'Angelo Cross v. United States  
Date: June 7, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-2282, 17-2724

Justia Opinion Summary: When the district court sentenced Cross (2000) and Davis (1992), the then-mandatory sentencing guidelines prescribed an elevated sentence for career offenders. A defendant qualified as a career offender upon his third fe...

USA v. Florentina Segura
Date: June 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2325
Carl Leo Davis v. USA
Date: June 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2724
Susan Grund v. Julie Murphy
Date: June 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3025
David Bielfeldt v. Lee Graves
Date: June 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3422
David Bielfeldt v. Lee Graves
Date: June 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3571
Wheeler v. Hronopoulos  
Date: June 6, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2073

Justia Opinion Summary: A confidential informant told Officer Hronopoulos that Wheeler had guns in his Chicago apartment. This informant had previously given good information, so Hronopoulos drove the informant by Wheeler’s apartment to confirm...

United States v. Williams  
Date: June 6, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2244

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2003, Williams, behind on paying SCCA condominium association fees, filed the first of five, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy petitions so that creditors were stayed from initiating collection. Her scheme was to not make payment...

Brian Broadfield v. Brian McGrath
Date: June 6, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3071
Highway J Citizens Group v. United States Department of Transportation  
Date: June 5, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1036

Justia Opinion Summary: Wisconsin proposes to renovate 7.5 miles of Highway 164 (formerly Highway J), a two-lane Washington County road, with repaving, reconstruction near hill crests to improve visibility, widening lanes and shoulders, updatin...

Alliance for Water Efficiency v. Fryer  
Date: June 5, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1326

Justia Opinion Summary: Fryer and the Alliance for Water Efficiency collaborated on a study about drought. The Alliance worked on funding. Fryer circulated a draft of the report. The Alliance expressed concern with the methodology and sued Frye...

United States v. Solomon  
Date: June 5, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1747

Justia Opinion Summary: As CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, Byrd-Bennett worked behind the scenes to assure that companies headed by Solomon and Vranas received lucrative contracts. In exchange, Solomon and Vranas agreed that they would pay B...

John Covington v. National University
Date: June 5, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2508
Xiu Zhang v. Jefferson Sessions III
Date: June 5, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2758
John Crane, Incorporated v. Shein Law Center, Ltd.
Date: June 4, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1809
John Crane, Inc. v. Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett  
Date: June 4, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-1814, 17-1809, 17-1926

Justia Opinion Summary: JCI is a manufacturing company with its principal place of business in Illinois. The Shein Law Center is a law firm based in Pennsylvania. Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett is a law firm based in Texas, with offices in...

John Crane, Incorporated v. Shein Law Center, Ltd.
Date: June 4, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1926
Dalton v. Teva North America  
Date: June 4, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1990

Justia Opinion Summary: Dalton’s doctor implanted Teva’s Intrauterine Device (IUD) in her uterus for long-term birth control. Dalton became dissatisfied with the IUD and asked her doctor to remove it. The doctor did so by grasping its strings w...

USA v. Donald Hinkle
Date: June 4, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2154
Ricky Alexander v. Richard Rasmussen
Date: June 4, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2891
Cynthia Herndon v. Housing Authority of South Ben
Date: June 4, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3572
Marlon Watford v. Thomas LaFond
Date: June 1, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1436
Justin Knopp v. Wells Fargo Bank, NA
Date: June 1, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3062
Kelly Rucker v. Donna Fasano
Date: June 1, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3608
Mendoza v. Sessions  
Date: May 31, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3568

Justia Opinion Summary: Macias, a six-year-old citizen of Mexico, entered the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident in 1976. In 1990, he was convicted of attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated battery, and burglary. While in pri...

Elpidio Juarez v. Carol Walter
Date: May 31, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2458
USA v. Salvador Navarro
Date: May 31, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2613
Mayle v. United States  
Date: May 31, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3221

Justia Opinion Summary: Mayle, an adherent of “non-theistic Satanism,” sued to enjoin the printing of the national motto, “In God We Trust,” on U.S. currency. The Seventh Circuit affirmed the dismissal of his complaint, rejecting claims under t...

USA v. Zachary Rodriguez
Date: May 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2176
Mary Meyers v. Indianapolis Public Schools
Date: May 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2446
Kilburn-Winnie v. Town of Fortville  
Date: May 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2498

Justia Opinion Summary: In July 2014, Allen‐Gregory filed a putative class action alleging that Fortville violated class members’ due process rights by terminating their water service without a hearing. Fortville revised its procedures, institu...

USA v. Larry A. Bechel
Date: May 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3129
United States v. Schock  
Date: May 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3277

Justia Opinion Summary: Schock resigned from Congress in 2015, after disclosures about trips he took at public expense, the expense of his elaborate office furnishings, and how he had applied campaign funds. Schock was charged with mail and wir...

Nathan Antoine v. Robert Robertson
Date: May 29, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1897
Schmidt v. Foster  
Date: May 29, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1727

Justia Opinion Summary: Schmidt admitted to murdering his wife but tried to rely on the Wisconsin-law defense of “adequate provocation” to mitigate the crime from first- to second-degree homicide. A state trial judge held a pretrial hearing on...

John H. Davis v. Jeanne W. Anderson
Date: May 29, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1732
United States v. Peterson  
Date: May 29, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2062

Justia Opinion Summary: Charged with two counts of financial institution fraud, making a false statement to a financial institution, and bankruptcy fraud (18 U.S.C. 1344, 18 U.S.C. 1014) for submitting false documents concerning his sale of tw...

Donald Eastman v. Biomet, Inc.
Date: May 29, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3463
Melnik v. Sessions  
Date: May 25, 2018
Docket Numbers: 15-2212, 15‐2929, 15‐3615

Justia Opinion Summary: Gnatyuk entered the U.S. on a visitor’s visa in 2003. His wife, Melnik, arrived a year later but was apprehended on entry because she presented a fraudulent passport. She requested asylum and passed a credible fear inte...

Ruslana Melnik v. Jefferson B. Sessions III
Date: May 25, 2018
Docket Number: 15-2929
Ruslana Melnik v. Jefferson B. Sessions III
Date: May 25, 2018
Docket Number: 15-3615
Geraci v. Union Square Condominium Association  
Date: May 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1945

Justia Opinion Summary: Geraci owns and lives in a unit at Union Square. After an incident in a Union Square’s elevator, involving another individual and several dogs, Geraci sought psychological treatment and was diagnosed with post‐traumatic...

Boogaard v. National Hockey League  
Date: May 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2355

Justia Opinion Summary: Derek Boogaard was a professional hockey player with the Minnesota Wild. Team doctors repeatedly prescribed Derek pain pills for injuries. He became addicted. In 2009 the NHL placed Derek into its Substance Abuse and Beh...

David Scheurich v. John Doe 1
Date: May 24, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1789
Ignacio Abarca-Martinez v. Jefferson Sessions III
Date: May 24, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3097
USA v. Celvin Cortez
Date: May 24, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3106
United States v. Groce  
Date: May 23, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3845

Justia Opinion Summary: Groce faced nine counts: three for sex trafficking; conspiracy to engage in interstate transportation for prostitution; interstate transportation for prostitution; maintaining a drug house; using or carrying a firearm in...

Terrance Mack v. City of Chicago
Date: May 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2511
New West, L.P. v. City of Joliet  
Date: May 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2865

Justia Opinion Summary: Landlord sued in 2005, contending that Joliet had interfered with the way in which it set rents apartments under the mark-to-market program for rates at subsidized apartments and violated the Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 U...

James Tanksley v. Jon Litscher
Date: May 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2867
Olusegun Olatunji v. Jefferson Sessions III
Date: May 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2895
ProLite Building Supply, LLC v. Ply Gem Windows  
Date: May 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3149

Justia Opinion Summary: Prolite Building Supply bought Ply Gem windows, which it resold to Wisconsin builders. Some homeowners were not satisfied with the windows, which admitted air even when closed. Contractors stopped buying from Prolite, wh...

Ramos-Braga v. Sessions  
Date: May 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1998

Justia Opinion Summary: Ramos-Braga's São Paulo neighborhood was controlled by a gang (PCC), which tried to recruit him and attacked him many times. Police did not help but beat him when he made reports. After a beating hospitalized him for two...

Lashon Browning v. USA
Date: May 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2514
Billy Cannon v. Dean Newport
Date: May 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2753
Jacek Samson v. LABR
Date: May 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2862
Dwayne Rhoiney v. Ron Neal
Date: May 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3092
Larry Scruggs, Jr. v. Wauwatosa Savings Bank
Date: May 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3240
Shane Robbins v. Brian Foster
Date: May 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3345
Lee Love, Jr. v. Illinois Supreme Court
Date: May 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3489
Harris v. Allen County Board of Commissioners  
Date: May 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2577

Justia Opinion Summary: Indiana juvenile courts may establish juvenile facilities; the judge must appoint staff and determine budgets. The county must pay the facility's expenses from general funds. The Allen Superior Court established a juveni...

United States v. Wade  
Date: May 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3177

Justia Opinion Summary: Presiding over Wade’s 2008 sentencing for possessing child pornography, Judge Gilbert imposed a sentence of just 36 months, although the guidelines recommendation was 120 months’ imprisonment. Judge Gilbert also granted...

Michael Whitlow v. Bradley University
Date: May 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3246
Laux v. Zatecky  
Date: May 17, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3282

Justia Opinion Summary: Laux broke into his ex‐wife’s home and murdered her with a crowbar. An Indiana jury decided that the aggravating circumstance that he committed murder during a burglary outweighed the primary mitigating circumstance that...

USA v. Corey Williams
Date: May 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3392
USA v. Deangelo Anderson
Date: May 16, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3112
Van Cannon v. United States  
Date: May 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2631

Justia Opinion Summary: Van Cannon pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a felon, 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1). He was sentenced under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), which imposes higher penalties on section 922(g) violators who have three pr...

USA v. Keefer Jones
Date: May 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3152
Edward Tobey v. Brenda Chibucos
Date: May 15, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3927
Tobey v. Chibucos  
Date: May 15, 2018
Docket Numbers: 16-4037, 16-3927

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Tobey placed an order with an internet site advertising “videos of young girls.” When the videos arrived at Tobey’s Florida home, he signed for them and was arrested by U.S. Postal Inspectors as part of a sting...

Angela Brinley v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: May 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1706
Perrone v. United States  
Date: May 14, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2437

Justia Opinion Summary: Learn died after Perrone injected her with cocaine in 2008. Perrone pleaded guilty to unlawful drug distribution and stipulated that his distribution of the cocaine caused Learn’s death, claiming that they had made a “su...

United States v. Key  
Date: May 14, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3970

Justia Opinion Summary: Romeoville Police received a call from a Wisconsin mother who stated that her 15-year-old daughter (April) left Wisconsin with an unknown man and called her from a motel, wanting to come home. Officers went to the motel,...

Collier v. SP Plus Corp.  
Date: May 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2431

Justia Opinion Summary: SP operates Dayton International Airport parking facilities and is headquartered in Chicago. Plaintiffs allege that they used these parking lots and received receipts that included the expiration date of their credit or...

Shannon Patterson v. Randall Hepp
Date: May 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2787
Marshaun Laws v. Wexford Health Sources, Inc.
Date: May 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1660
Zachary Winters v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: May 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2083
USA v. Michael Shaffier, Jr.
Date: May 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2450
Willie Jones v. Heartland Employment Services
Date: May 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2519
David Dyson v. Megan Brennan
Date: May 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2552
Trina Carpenter v. Jesse White
Date: May 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3269
Manley v. Law  
Date: May 10, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3846

Justia Opinion Summary: Manley, a school board member, was not up for reelection but her allies were when she had a verbal altercation with a student who was leaf-letting for Manley’s political opponents outside a high school play. The student...

Tucker v. United States  
Date: May 10, 2018
Docket Number: 16-4182

Justia Opinion Summary: Tucker and co-defendants were charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin, with an allegation that a 2009 death resulted from the use of heroin distributed by the conspiracy. Tucker’s co-defendants pleaded guilty. Tuck...

Mimms v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc.  
Date: May 9, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1918

Justia Opinion Summary: Mimms, an Indiana-licensed physician, prescribes controlled substances to patients. Several times, CVS Pharmacy employees informed Mimms’s patients that they would not fill their prescriptions. Mimms sued, alleging defa...

Heath v. Indianapolis Fire Department  
Date: May 9, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2564

Justia Opinion Summary: Quinn applied to become an Indianapolis firefighter. He passed the written examination, oral interview, and Certified Physical Agility Test and was placed on a ranked list for hiring consideration. The Department hired t...

United States v. Jones  
Date: May 9, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2818

Justia Opinion Summary: Jones took off running as officers in an unmarked police car approached. Officers Milone and Dillman gave chase, identifying themselves as police officer. At trial, Milone testified that, using a flashlight, he observed...

Patty Frazee v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: May 9, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3022
Davis v. City of Chicago  
Date: May 8, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1430

Justia Opinion Summary: Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) investigated complaints against police, including domestic violence, excessive force, and death in custody, and made disciplinary recommendations: allegations were “su...

LimeCoral, Ltd. v. CareerBuilder, LLC  
Date: May 8, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1733

Justia Opinion Summary: The initial six-month agreement between LimeCoral and CareerBuilder specified that all graphic designs created for CareerBuilder would constitute the exclusive property of CareerBuilder and said nothing about renewal fee...

Webb v. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority  
Date: May 8, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2526

Justia Opinion Summary: Brokers Webb and Beversdorf were fired by Jefferies. They challenged their termination. As their employment contracts required, they filed claims in the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s arbitration forum. They s...

USA v. Miguel Barrios-Ramos
Date: May 7, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1798
Chicago Board Options Exchange v. Securities and Exchange Commission  
Date: May 7, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3423

Justia Opinion Summary: In “Citadel” the Seventh Circuit held that “the district court did not abuse its discretion in dismissing [the] case [of certain securities firms] for failure to exhaust administrative remedies.” After that decision, Sec...

Daryise Earl v. Brian Foster
Date: May 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2799
Calvin Brown v. Beverly Felten
Date: May 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2830
HH-Indianapolis, LLC v. Consolidated City of Indianapolis  
Date: May 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3023

Justia Opinion Summary: HH intended to open an Indianapolis retail establishment, “Hustler Hollywood,” entered a 10-year lease, and applied for sign and building permits. HH’s proposed store was located in a zoning district that prohibited “adu...

USA v. Warren E. Stepney, Jr.
Date: May 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3190