2018 Seventh Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

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Lapre v. City of Chicago  
Date: December 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3024

Justia Opinion Summary: Ofem, age 18, was arrested for a misdemeanor and taken to Chicago lockup. During rounds, officers asked him screening questions. Ofem displayed no signs of pain, injury, or infection; he did not appear to be under the i...

Horshaw v. Casper  
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3789

Justia Opinion Summary: Horshaw was beaten by other inmates at Menard Correctional Center. Horshaw still suffers from pain and brain trauma. Before the attack Horshaw received an anonymous letter stating that he would be “eradicated” for disres...

Jeffrey Mitchell v. Mary Richard
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 16-4150
United States v. Kuczora  
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2725

Justia Opinion Summary: After Kuczora lost his finance job in 2007, he styled himself as the managing director of KCS Financial, a phony finance firm he ran from his Elgin, Illinois basement. Kuczora falsely represented to unwary investors that...

Terry v. Gary Community School Corp.  
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1270

Justia Opinion Summary: For 35 years, Terry worked as a teacher and an administrator for the District. After the 2013–2014 school year, the District closed the school where Terry served as the Principal because of declining enrollment and reass...

Sinn v. Lemmon  
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1724

Justia Opinion Summary: Sinn was incarcerated within the Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC), 2011-2015. In 2014, at Putnamville Correctional Facility, he suffered injuries from two separate assaults by other inmates. Sinn filed suit (42 U...

Hutchison v. Fitzgerald Equipment Co.  
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2203

Justia Opinion Summary: A forklift backed over Hutchison’s foot while it was loading his tractor‐trailer. Hutchison’s employer, Borkholder, who owned the forklift, had contracted with Fitzgerald to provide maintenance on the forklift. Hutchison...

Marcus Miller v. Doctor Larson
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2347
Betzner v. Boeing Co.  
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2582

Justia Opinion Summary: Betzner filed suit in Madison County, Illinois alleging that during Betzner’s employment, he was exposed to asbestos fibers, which caused his mesothelioma and that defendants, including Boeing, manufactured these product...

Adams v. United States  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Numbers: 16-2177, 16‐3578, 16‐4207

Justia Opinion Summary: Adams was convicted of possessing, with intent to distribute, 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, money laundering, and escaping from federal custody. A 1997 California conviction elevated his statutory maximum term of i...

Quawntay Adams v. USA
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3578
Quawntay Adams v. USA
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 16-4207
Aracelia Ortiz Quinones v. Cook County, Illinois
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2757
USA v. Demone Rule
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1199
USA v. Raphael Campuzano-Benitez
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1236
United States v. Soria-Ocampo  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Numbers: 18-1315, 18-1236

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants pleaded guilty for their roles as middlemen in a cocaine deal, 21 U.S.C. 846. The Seventh Circuit affirmed their 69-month sentences, rejecting arguments that the district court erred on the amount of cocaine t...

Rick Ochoa v. State Farm Life Insurance Comp
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1336
Anderson v. Country Life Insurance Co.  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Numbers: 18-1338, 18-1336

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs hold participating life-insurance policies from State Farm and Country Life that guarantee policyholders annual dividends from their insurers’ surpluses. The insurers decide the dividend amounts. Dissatisfied...

Roy Mitchell, Jr. v. David Mahoney
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1382
Roy Mitchell, Jr. v. David Mahoney
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1852
Martinsville Corral, Inc. v. Society Insurance  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1945

Justia Opinion Summary: MCI held a business owners insurance policy with an “Employment-Related Practices Liability Endorsement” from Society Insurance. When DirecTV sued MCI under 47 U.S.C. 521 for publicly displaying its programming in MCI’s...

Crutchfield v. Dennison  
Date: December 12, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1476

Justia Opinion Summary: Crutchfield, charged with drug crimes, faced enhanced penalties based on his criminal record. The prosecutor offered a plea deal that would have capped his sentence at 25 years, explaining that Crutchfield would have to...

USA v. Kit Klehm
Date: December 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2409
USA v. Yousif Pira
Date: December 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3502
Andrea Hirst v. Skywest, Inc.
Date: December 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3643
Hirst v. Skywest, Inc.  
Date: December 12, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-3660, 17-3643

Justia Opinion Summary: Current and former flight attendants challenged a SkyWest Airlines compensation policy of paying for their work in the air but not on the ground, alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. 201 (FLSA),...

Kemper v. Deutsche Bank AG  
Date: December 12, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1031

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, U.S. Army Specialist Schaefer was killed by a roadside bomb while serving a tour of duty in Iraq. Those directly responsible for such attacks are often unidentifiable or beyond the reach of a court’s personal ju...

Scott Jenkins v. Bruce Burkey
Date: December 12, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2222
United States v. Kohl  
Date: December 12, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2548

Justia Opinion Summary: Kohl was convicted of three federal controlled substance offenses, 21 U.S.C. 841 and 846. The court assigned Kohl criminal history category IV, including one criminal history point for a 2016 Wisconsin conviction for ope...

United States v. Hamdan  
Date: December 11, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1327

Justia Opinion Summary: Hamdan was arrested after a 2014 traffic stop revealed he was driving on a suspended license. Hamdan consented to a search of his car. Officers found a shoebox containing $67,000 in cash. Police found a card for a Public...

H. P. v. Naperville Community Unit School District 203  
Date: December 11, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2272

Justia Opinion Summary: The District operates Naperville Central High School (NCHS), where H.P. attended three years of high school. In 2006, during her junior year, H.P.’s mother committed suicide. H.P. moved from her mother’s Naperville home...

Joshua Howard v. Lynn Koeller
Date: December 10, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3705
United States v. Balsiger  
Date: December 10, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1708

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2000 Balsiger took the helm of IOS, a large coupon processing companies. IOS contracted with large retail chains and small, independently owned stores to collect and sort coupons redeemed at their stores and to submit...

Julian Miller v. Clint Peachey
Date: December 10, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3337
United States v. Bostock  
Date: December 10, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1897

Justia Opinion Summary: Bostock pleaded guilty to distributing methamphetamine and was sentenced to 125 months’ imprisonment. The Seventh Circuit affirmed. The statute distinguishes by purity in setting minimum and maximum sentences, 21 U.S.C....

Kleen Products LLC v. Georgia-Pacific LLC  
Date: December 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2808

Justia Opinion Summary: Direct purchasers of containerboard charged manufacturers with conspiring to increase prices and reduce output from 2004-2010. The Seventh Circuit affirmed the certification of a nationwide class of buyers. Most of the d...

USA v. Dennis Weathers
Date: December 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3518
Eloise K. Hahn v. Bank of America
Date: December 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3563
USA v. Samuel Gemple
Date: December 7, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1333
O' Boyle v. Real Time Resolutions, Inc.  
Date: December 7, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1936

Justia Opinion Summary: O’Boyle claimed a debt-collection letter sent by RTR violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by “overshadowing” the consumer’s rights under 15 U.S.C. 1692g(b) and failing to communicate the FDCPA rights effective...

United States v. Bishop  
Date: December 7, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2019

Justia Opinion Summary: During a drug deal, Bishop was pepper sprayed by his customer and shot her. He was convicted of discharging a firearm during a drug transaction, 18 U.S.C. 924(c). He argued that the warrant authorizing a search of his ce...

Neighbors Rehabilitation Center, LLC v. United States Department of Health and Human Services  
Date: December 7, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2147

Justia Opinion Summary: Neighbors is a skilled nursing facility participating in Medicare and Medicaid. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) determined that Neighbors inadequately addressed sexual interactions between three cogn...

Roundtree v. Caraway  
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: 14-3696

Justia Opinion Summary: Roundtree was sentenced to life in prison for selling heroin that led to a user’s death, 21 U.S.C. 841(b)(1)(C). Seven years later the Supreme Court held (Burrage) that a judge must tell a jury that the death-resulting c...

USA v. Torrie King
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1275
USA v. Nathaniel Hoskins
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2260
USA v. Julian Martin
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3084
Riffey v. Rauner  
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3487

Justia Opinion Summary: The Illinois Department of Human Services pays personal home health care assistants to care for elderly and disabled persons. The assistants are public employees under the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act, which autho...

United States v. Martin  
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Numbers: 16-4212, 16‐1275, 16‐3084, 16‐2260

Justia Opinion Summary: The Chicago gang called the Imperial Insane Vice Lords controlled drug operations near Thomas Street and Keystone Avenue. In l2010, the government began investigating the gang’s activities, which led to the indictment of...

Craig Strand v. Curtis Minchuk
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1514
Vesuvius USA, Corp. v. American Commercial Lines, LLC  
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1881

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, Vesuvius and ACBL entered into a shipping contract to transport olivine sand from New Orleans to Vesuvius’s Wurtland, Kentucky facility by river barge. The January 2015 shipment arrived at the discharge port on...

Lawrence Brodsky v. HumanaDental Insurance Company
Date: December 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3067
Alpha Tech Pet, Inc. v. Lagasse, LLC  
Date: December 3, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-3506, 17‐3067

Justia Opinion Summary: The lead plaintiffs in consolidated purported class actions received faxed advertisements that allegedly did not comply with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), 47 U.S.C. 227 and the Federal Communication Comm...

United States v. Taylor  
Date: December 3, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1545

Justia Opinion Summary: Taylor pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography, 18 U.S.C. 2252(a)(4)(B). His plea agreement contemplated an offense level of 31, which reflected a two-level reduction because Taylor had not sought...

NewSpin Sports, LLC v. Arrow Electronics, Inc.  
Date: December 3, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1666

Justia Opinion Summary: NewSpin's “SwingSmart” product is a sensor module that attaches to sports equipment and analyzes the user’s swing technique, speed, and angle. Arrow representatives met with NewSpin several times in 2010-2011; NewSpin be...

United States v. Sanders  
Date: December 3, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2165

Justia Opinion Summary: Sanders pleaded guilty to a federal drug offense. About 20 years earlier, she had been convicted of a felony drug offense in California, so the government sought to impose a 10-year mandatory minimum term of imprisonment...

USA v. Antwan Jones
Date: November 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1543
McCann v. Ogle County  
Date: November 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3139

Justia Opinion Summary: McCann was severely burned while attempting to commit arson at his mother’s house and spent three weeks in the hospital before being released to police custody. McCann died from a doctor’s over-prescription of methadone...

Seventh Avenue, Inc. v. Shaf International, Inc.  
Date: November 30, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1829

Justia Opinion Summary: Shaf, a New Jersey company, sells apparel. Seventh Avenue, a Wisconsin-based catalog merchandiser, sells clothing protected by a trademark. After a dispute over Shaf’s alleged infringement of Seventh Avenue’s trademark,...

W.A. Griffin v. Teamcare
Date: November 30, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2374
W.A. Griffin v. Teamcare
Date: November 30, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2374
Larry Harris v. Jackie Miller
Date: November 29, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2218
Daniels v. Fanduel, Inc.  
Date: November 29, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3051

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants conduct online fantasy‐sports games. Participants pay an entry fee and select a roster, subject to a budget cap that prevents every entrant from picking only the best players. Results from real sports contests...

USA v. Steven Paul
Date: November 29, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3606
United States v. Hatch  
Date: November 29, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1282

Justia Opinion Summary: Hatch illegally brought handguns into Chicago three times. Over the next year, Chicago police recovered five of these guns—some from felons and one from a minor. Hatch told his friend Driver, who had used her identificat...

Debradre Jackson v. Dominic Corrao
Date: November 29, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1462
Lewis v. Wilkie  
Date: November 29, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1702

Justia Opinion Summary: Lewis, an employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs, worked as a cook in the Nutrition and Food Service Department in 2008-2009 and again from December 2013 until April 2015. The four‐year gap in employment occurred...

Lebamoff Enterprises, Inc. v. Rauner  
Date: November 28, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-2495, 17-2495

Justia Opinion Summary: The Twenty-first Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, section 2, forbids the “transportation or importation” of liquor into a state in violation of that state’s law. The Supreme Court has decreed that states may not infri...

Garrick W. Truelove v. Nancy A. Berryhill
Date: November 28, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2119
USA v. Kevin Davis
Date: November 27, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3085
Abdulkarim Ali Ahmed Al Hababi v. Matthew G. Whitaker
Date: November 27, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2062
Huber v. Anderson  
Date: November 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1302

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1988, Huber pleaded guilty to making fraudulent credit card charges of $800. He spent the next 25 years either on probation or in prison for violating his probation, although Wisconsin had no lawful basis for extendin...

Durwyn Talley v. Mary Miller
Date: November 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2789
United States v. Jackson  
Date: November 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3350

Justia Opinion Summary: Jackson was convicted, based on a scheme to defraud mortgage lenders, of wire fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1343, and mail fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1341, and was sentenced to 112 months’ imprisonment on each of three counts, to be served con...

USA v. DeVante Reed
Date: November 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3635
USA v. Reanne Taylor
Date: November 26, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1108
Darreyll Thomas v. Meredith Mashak
Date: November 26, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1456
Gary Wilson v. City of Evansville
Date: November 26, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1561
Kennedy LaFayette v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: November 26, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1594
USA v. Maurice Johnson, Jr.
Date: November 26, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1634
Bogart v. Vermilion County  
Date: November 26, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1719

Justia Opinion Summary: Bogart, a Democrat, worked as the Financial Resources Director of Vermilion County, Illinois. Marron, a Republican, assumed control of the County Board and fired her. She brought claims under the First Amendment and Equa...

Coralynn White v. Joseph Fitzpatrick
Date: November 26, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1741
Bridget Imse v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: November 26, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1817
McCann v. Brady  
Date: November 26, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2175

Justia Opinion Summary: After Illinois State Senate Minority (Republican) Leader Brady decided to remove McCann from the Illinois Senate Republican Caucus and to deny McCann certain resources, McCann and his constituent sued Brady under 42 U.S....

Dawn Delebreau v. Christina Danforth
Date: November 26, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2332
Griffin v. Teamcare  
Date: November 26, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2374

Justia Opinion Summary: Dr. Griffin provided medical care to T.R., a participant in a Central States health plan. Before receiving treatment, T.R. assigned to Griffin the rights to “pursue claims for benefits, statutory penalties, [and] breach...

Gary Wilson v. City of Evansville
Date: November 26, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2755
USA v. Willie Dabney
Date: November 21, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1020
Hye-Young Park v. Board of Trustees of the Unive
Date: November 21, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2101
Charles Sweeney, Jr. v. USA
Date: November 21, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2328
Riley v. City of Kokomo, Indiana, Housing Authority  
Date: November 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1701

Justia Opinion Summary: Riley worked for the Kokomo Housing Authority (KHA) for eight years before she was terminated in 2014. During her employment, Riley suffered from seizures, anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disord...

USA v. Jerome Merriweather
Date: November 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2625
Taylor v. City of Lawrenceburg  
Date: November 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2803

Justia Opinion Summary: Taylor, a former Lawrenceburg, Indiana police officer, also held positions with the civil-city, parks, and electric departments. Taylor ran for a City Council position and improperly appeared in police uniform at a campa...

SEC v. First Choice Management Servi
Date: November 20, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1516
United States v. Zamudio  
Date: November 20, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1529

Justia Opinion Summary: An FBI investigation into Indianapolis drug‐trafficking included judicial authorization to intercept calls from 10 cell phones. During its authorized surveillance, the government intercepted calls between the apparent he...

Michael Daley v. Jones Motor Company, Incorpor
Date: November 20, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1924
Rogers v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue  
Date: November 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3358

Justia Opinion Summary: Frances and her husband John filed a joint return for 2004. The IRS subsequently found the return deficient and informed them that they owed an additional $488,177 in income taxes and underreporting penalties of $138,732...

Ignacio Medina-Araujo v. Matthew G. Whitaker
Date: November 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3578
DeCoster v. Waushara County Highway Department  
Date: November 15, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2387

Justia Opinion Summary: Waushara County wanted to improve a rural highway. A dispute erupted about who owned land on which DeCoster had erected a fence. State court litigation settled for a $7,900 payment to DeCoster, who then sought more than...

Thomas v. Anderson  
Date: November 14, 2018
Docket Number: 15-2830

Justia Opinion Summary: Thomas, an Illinois prisoner formerly confined at Hill Correctional Center, alleged that prison guards attacked him with excessive force and that the beating and subsequent disciplinary proceedings were in retaliation fo...

Michael Finegan v. Christine Brannon
Date: November 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2967
Carlos Vasquez v. Caterpillar Logistics, Inc.
Date: November 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3372
Sylvester Jackson v. Jon Litscher
Date: November 14, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1062
United States v. Hudson  
Date: November 14, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1130

Justia Opinion Summary: Hudson pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The Seventh Circuit corrected two conditions of supervised release, holding that resentencing was not required. Hudson's presentence investigation re...

Richard Bell v. Vacuforce, LLC
Date: November 14, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1159
USA v. Robert Turner
Date: November 14, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1342
Overhauser v. Bell  
Date: November 14, 2018
Docket Numbers: 18-1368, 18-1159

Justia Opinion Summary: Bell sued Vacuforce for copyright infringement, accusing it of publishing his photograph of the Indianapolis skyline on its website without a license. Vacuforce hired attorney Overhauser. The parties quickly settled; the...

Courthouse News Services v. Brown  
Date: November 13, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1230

Justia Opinion Summary: Courthouse News Service (CNS) sought injunctive relief under 42 U.S.C. 1983, arguing that the First Amendment requires the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, to release newly filed complaints to the pre...

USA v. Hector Barnes
Date: November 13, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1951
Hardy v. Berryhill  
Date: November 8, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3264

Justia Opinion Summary: Hardy, a 55-year old man who worked previously as a maintenance mechanic, had a discectomy in 2005 and a lumbar spinal fusion in 2006. His previous application for Disability Insurance Benefits was denied in 2012. Hardy...

Strand v. Minchuk  
Date: November 8, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1514

Justia Opinion Summary: Strand, a truck driver, stopped to take a mandatory drug screening test and received permission to park his rig outside a nearby Planned Parenthood office. Officer Minchuk, working security at Planned Parenthood, in unif...

Bunn v. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.  
Date: November 8, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1907

Justia Opinion Summary: After its appointment as receiver for Valley Bank Illinois, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) disaffirmed a benefits agreement between Valley Bank and Bunn, a bank executive. Bunn sued the FDIC to recover...

Justin Knopp v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Date: November 8, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2752
Plaza-Ramirez v. Sessions  
Date: November 7, 2018
Docket Number: 14-2828

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2001, Plaza-Ramirez entered the U.S. from Mexico without inspection or admission. In 2010, he was apprehended by Border Patrol agents. He sought asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Agai...

United States v. Jett  
Date: November 7, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-2051, 17-2052, 17-2060

Justia Opinion Summary: Two armed men robbed three Indianapolis area check cashing stores while wearing 1970s-themed disguises. An anonymous tip led law enforcement to Jett and McKissick, and a third man, Walker, who officers believed was invol...

USA v. Earl Walker
Date: November 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2052
USA v. Damion McKissick
Date: November 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2060
Moore v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.  
Date: November 7, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1564

Justia Opinion Summary: The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, 12 U.S.C. 2605 (RESPA), requires that a loan servicer, no later than 30 days after receiving a borrower's “qualified written request” for information, take one of three specific...

United States v. Brixen  
Date: November 7, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1636

Justia Opinion Summary: Snapchat user “Snappyschrader” identified himself as a 31-year-old male and agreed to assist a 14-year-old female in purchasing undergarments. He was actually communicating with Altoona Detective Baumgarten. After agreei...

United States v. Bolin  
Date: November 7, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2208

Justia Opinion Summary: Bolin was charged with possession of sexually explicit material involving minors, 18 U.S.C. 2252(a)(4)(B), 2252(b)(2). The court approved Bolin's financial affidavit and appointed him counsel. Bolin pleaded guilty. His p...

Darrian Daniels v. Susan Prentice
Date: November 6, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2501
Acuity v. Kessor Enterprises Ltd
Date: November 6, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2950
Gbolahan Eyiowuawi v. Cook County
Date: November 6, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3174
United States v. Young  
Date: November 6, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3494

Justia Opinion Summary: Young enlisted in the Army in 1977. During a 1978 training exercise, he suffered a back injury when his jeep crashed. Young later took part in a parachute training exercise. Years later, he claimed that he was traumatize...

USA v. Shaundale Johnson
Date: November 6, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1326
Dvorak v. Granite Creek GP Flexcap I, LLC  
Date: November 6, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1892

Justia Opinion Summary: Dvorak’s suits contend that the defendants mishandled a capital call for a limited partnership in which he had invested. Dvorak’s first suit, in federal court, claiming diversity jurisdiction, named the partnership among...

United States v. Correa  
Date: November 5, 2018
Docket Numbers: 16-2316, 16-2467

Justia Opinion Summary: DEA task force members lawfully found drugs in a traffic stop and seized several garage openers and keys they found in the car. An agent took the garage openers and drove around downtown Chicago pushing their buttons to...

USA v. Saul Melero
Date: November 5, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2467
Ashby v. Warrick County School Corp  
Date: November 5, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1371

Justia Opinion Summary: Ashby’s son was a member of his elementary school choir. In 2014 and 2015, the choir performed a Christmas concert at a local museum in a historic building. The building was not then accessible to persons with disabiliti...

United States v. Pennington  
Date: November 5, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1375

Justia Opinion Summary: Madison, Wisconsin law enforcement investigated a ring distributing methylenedioxymethamphetamine, also called MDMA or Ecstasy, and other controlled substances. An undercover officer bought Ecstasy from Pennington twice...

John Justice v. Town of Cicero
Date: November 5, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1850
EEOC v. CVS Pharmacy, Incorporated
Date: November 2, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1828
United States v. Downey  
Date: November 2, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3286

Justia Opinion Summary: Downey attempted to rob the Waukegan Associated Bank by approaching a teller, pointing a cap gun at her, and demanding money. When the teller and a co-employee ducked behind the counter, he left the bank. The next day, h...

Eugene Arnold, III v. Circuit Court of Cook County,
Date: November 2, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1303
Oscar Garner v. Lebbeus Brown
Date: November 2, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1524
USA v. Jason Stoker
Date: November 2, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2167
Gallo v. Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Medical Center, Inc.  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1623

Justia Opinion Summary: Gallo was a dermatologist at the Mayo Clinic. Less than a year into her employment, she resigned and entered into a separation agreement to prevent Mayo from saying anything negative about her to prospective employers. Y...

Edwards v. Jolliff-Blake  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1848

Justia Opinion Summary: Chicago Officer Jolliff’s confidential informant, “Doe,” reported buying heroin from “Fred.” Jolliff’s warrant affidavit stated that Doe had bought heroin from Fred for a couple of months; Fred sold heroin from a particu...

USA v. Bettye Kidd
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1532
Jason Parker v. Samantha Tietz
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1537
Robert Young v. Megan Brennan
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1790
Maurice Salem v. Michael Pellin
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1896
Daniel Rivera v. Allstate Insurance Company
Date: October 31, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1310
Rivera v. Allstate Insurance Co.  
Date: October 31, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-1649, 17-1310

Justia Opinion Summary: Allstate investigated suspicious trading on its equity desk and unearthed email evidence that portfolio managers might be timing trades to inflate their bonuses at the expense of portfolios, including pension funds to wh...

Duncan v. Asset Recovery Specialists, Inc.  
Date: October 31, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2598

Justia Opinion Summary: Duncan fell behind on her car payments, ARS repossessed the vehicle on behalf of the lender, Wells Fargo. Duncan had left some personal items in the car, and when she sought to retrieve them, ARS allegedly demanded $100....

USA v. Styles Taylor
Date: October 31, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2986
United States v. Thomas  
Date: October 31, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-3145, 17-2986

Justia Opinion Summary: Taylor and Thomas, abandoned by their fathers and raised in poverty by abusive mothers in Hammond, Indiana, sold drugs until 2000, when they admitted to friends that they had committed a robbery and that Taylor had “hit...

Thomas Powers v. Jennifer Block
Date: October 31, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3441
Rahul Chaudhari Kumar v. Jefferson Sessions III
Date: October 31, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3482
Beaton v. SpeedyPC Software  
Date: October 31, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1010

Justia Opinion Summary: When Beaton’s laptop malfunctioned, he discovered SpeedyPC, which offered a diagnosis and a cure. Beaton took advantage of Speedy’s free trial, which warned that his device was in bad shape and encouraged him to purchase...

Toni Kelham v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: October 31, 2018
Docket Number: 18-2064
Zander v. Orlich  
Date: October 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2792

Justia Opinion Summary: Lake County, Indiana, Sheriff's Department (LCSD) Deputy Orlich, in uniform, and carrying a gun, responded to Zander’s husband’s call, reporting a domestic disturbance. Arriving at the scene, Orlich ordered Zander to lea...

Abrego v. Wilkie  
Date: October 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3413

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Abrego began work as a dental assistant at a VA clinic, with Dr. Strampe. According to Abrego, Strampe “harassed” him, was “short-tempered,” and did not allow him to schedule patients, use computer resources, or...

United States v. Austin  
Date: October 29, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3211

Justia Opinion Summary: Austin was charged, based on an eight‐year mortgage‐fraud scheme, with bank fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1344; wire fraud, section 1343; aggravated identity theft, section 1028A(a)(l); and obstruction of justice, section 1512(c)(2)....

Lovett v. Herbert  
Date: October 29, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1668

Justia Opinion Summary: After being arrested for DUI, Martin was booked by Clay County Officers Herbert and Overton and was placed in a cell with bunk beds, rather than the padded cell or the “drunk tank,” which did not contain bunk beds. The o...

Tissue Technology LLC v. TAK Investments LLC  
Date: October 29, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1835

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, OFTI sold a mill to TAK. During the financial crunch, Goldman Sachs cut $19 million from the financing. OFTI had promised clean title, but with the reduced financing, was unable to pay off all security interests...

USA v. Larry Johnson
Date: October 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3008
Avila v. Sessions  
Date: October 25, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-1723, 18-1911

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1991, Molina-Avila, born in Guatemala and then 11 years old, came to the U.S. with his sister and brother. He became a legal permanent resident the same year. As a young adult, he was convicted of three drug offenses...

United States v. Walton  
Date: October 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2984

Justia Opinion Summary: The Moorish Temple is a religious organization that believes Moors are the rightful owners of North America. As a “Grand Sheik,” Walton preached that the government occupies Moorish land and owes its members payment, whi...

USA v. Robert Snipes
Date: October 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3037
Jeffrey Benson v. Nancy Bowens
Date: October 25, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1367
William Molina Avila v. Jefferson Sessions III
Date: October 25, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1911
United States v. Lopez  
Date: October 24, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1391

Justia Opinion Summary: Law enforcement intercepted cellular telephone communications pursuant to a Maryland state court order, revealing that Moreno and Salinas planned to transport illegal drugs to Illinois. Lopez arranged for Linares to get...

Jay Vermillion v. Corizon Health, Inc.
Date: October 24, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1517
Vermillion v. Corizon Health, Inc.  
Date: October 24, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1517

Justia Opinion Summary: The appellees sought permission to file a brief containing more words than the 14,000 permitted by Fed. R. App. P. 32(a)(7) and Circuit Rule 32(c). Vermillion, the appellant, represented that his brief contains fewer tha...

Cameron Mayfield v. Iain McCoy
Date: October 24, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1650
United States v. Kienast  
Date: October 23, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-1840, 17-1989, 17-2439

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit affirmed defendants' convictions for child pornography charges. On appeal, defendants argued that the warrant authorizing the Playpen child pornography website searches was invalid and that the fruit...

USA v. Marcus Owens
Date: October 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1989
United States v. Broy
Date: October 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2439
USA v. Quinnon Mitchell
Date: October 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2782
Fritz v. Evers  
Date: October 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2955

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983 against the superintendent, in his official capacity, alleging that schools would not hire plaintiff while he was a teacher under investigation. The Seventh Circuit affirmed the...

Lindsey v. Macias  
Date: October 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2963

Justia Opinion Summary: Four Chicago police officers received an emergency call about a “male with a gun,” and arrived on scene at about 3:35 a.m. An unidentified man on the porch directed them to the first floor apartment, stating only, “He’s...

Ola Dickens v. State of Illinois
Date: October 23, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1254
Michelle Buerger v. Edward Ellis
Date: October 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2871
United States v. Neal  
Date: October 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2976

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for conspiring to distribute cocaine. Defendant argued that the facts did not demonstrate that he agreed with others to buy and sell cocaine. The court held that the re...

Elizabeth Tarpley v. City Colleges of Chicago
Date: October 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3302
Herrington v. Waterstone Mortgage Corp.  
Date: October 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3609

Justia Opinion Summary: After plaintiff filed class and collective actions against her former employer for wage and hour violations, the district court compelled arbitration pursuant to an agreement between the parties. The district court also...

Smith v. GC Services LP  
Date: October 22, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1361

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against GC Services, alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA). The Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of GC Services' motion to compel arbitration and...

USA v. Wayne Brown
Date: October 22, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1413
Tucker v. City of Chicago  
Date: October 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2480

Justia Opinion Summary: A six month delay between a property inspection and notice of a municipal ordinance citation does not violate due process. The Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of plaintiff's amended complaint for...

United States v. Price  
Date: October 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3077

Justia Opinion Summary: The statutory provision that prohibits ordering restitution to a participant in defendant's offense, 18 U.S.C. 3663(a)(1)(A), does not prohibit ordering restitution to the participant's family members in cases in which...

United States v. Castaneda  
Date: October 19, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1541

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit affirmed defendant's 20 year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to transporting methamphetamine as part of a 20-person conspiracy. The court held that the evidence, viewed apart from the base off...

Johnny DeSilva, Jr. v. USA
Date: October 18, 2018
Docket Number: 16-4111
Loja v. Main Street Acquisition Corp.  
Date: October 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2477

Justia Opinion Summary: The definition of "consumer" under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act includes consumers who have been alleged by debt collectors to owe debts that the consumers themselves contend they do not owe. The Seventh Circui...

United States v. Lopez  
Date: October 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2517

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit reversed the district court's denial of defendant's motion to suppress evidence after he pleaded guilty to illegal possession of heroin and a firearm. In this case, officers detained and frisked defen...

Stevie West v. John Matz
Date: October 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3354
United States v. Daniels  
Date: October 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3554

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion for a hearing under Franks v. Delaware, 438 U.S. 154 (1978), to probe the credibility of the FBI agent who procured a warrant for samples of...

Noretta Boyd v. Jacobs Project Management Comp
Date: October 18, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1028
United States v. Clark  
Date: October 18, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1083

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit affirmed defendant's 71 month sentence after he pleaded guilty to distributing fentanyl. The court held that any error in calculating defendant's criminal history category was harmless because it had...

USA v. Jeremy Handshoe
Date: October 18, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1646
Sims v. New Penn Financial LLC  
Date: October 18, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1710

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment for Shellpoint in an action alleging that Shellpoint discriminated against plaintiffs based on race when it prohibited them from assuming the lo...

Clark v. Lashbrook  
Date: October 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2212

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of a petition for writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. 2254. Petitioner claimed that the prosecutor made improper statements during closing arguments. The court h...

Charles Dent v. Randal McBride
Date: October 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3042
United States v. Memar  
Date: October 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3098

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit affirmed defendant's convictions for eight counts of health care fraud and eight counts of making false statements affecting a healthcare matter. The court held that the evidence was sufficient to sup...

Luke Keller v. Tom Watson
Date: October 17, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1203
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...