2018 Seventh Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

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USA v. Adalberto Santiago
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2030
Felix J. Bruette, Jr. v. Ryan Zinke
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3011
USA v. Jose Maldonado
Date: June 21, 2018
Docket Number: 16-4083
United States v. Masias  
Date: June 21, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-1402, 16‐4083

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USA v. Warren E. Stepney, Jr.
Date: May 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3190
Valenti v. Lawson  
Date: May 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3207

Justia Opinion Summary: Valenti is a convicted felon and registered sex offender, with a 1993 California conviction for a “Lewd or Lascivious Act with [a] Child Under 14 Years.” Valenti claimed that Indiana violated his right to vote by refusin...

Jill Otis v. State of Wisconsin
Date: May 7, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1128
Weihua Qu v. Jefferson B. Sessions III
Date: May 4, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3720
USA v. Victor Madrigal
Date: May 4, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3892
Louise Davenport v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: May 4, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2230
Glenn Huber, Jr. v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: May 4, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2284
Roland Parker v. USA
Date: May 4, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2575
Britt v. Berryhill  
Date: May 4, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2896

Justia Opinion Summary: Britt, now 55, applied for Disability Benefits and Supplemental Security Income after a construction crane smashed his big toe in 2008. An ALJ granted Britt benefits for the period beginning in March 2013, but denied him...

USA v. Charles A. Williams
Date: May 4, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3558
USA v. Geovany Calderon-Osorio
Date: May 4, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1186
Pope v. Perdue  
Date: May 3, 2018
Docket Number: 16-4217

Justia Opinion Summary: Illinois authorities arrested Pope for pandering. While the case was pending, Pope was charged with violating the federal pandering law, based on the same events. Pope bounced between state and federal facilities under a...

United States v. Gill  
Date: May 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1186

Justia Opinion Summary: Gill, part of a large heroin distribution operation, participated in a retaliatory shooting. In 2008, in Illinois state court, Gill pled guilty to aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in connection with that shooting. In...

Yahya v. Sessions  
Date: May 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1416

Justia Opinion Summary: Yahya entered the U.S. on a six-month tourist visa in either 2000 or 2001 and overstayed. According to Yahya, in 2003, he voluntarily appeared to register in the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System and was p...

Arreola-Castillo v. United States  
Date: May 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1439

Justia Opinion Summary: Arreola-Castillo was convicted of a federal drug crime. Because he had at least two prior felony drug convictions, based on guilty pleas, in New Mexico, he was subject to the recidivism provisions of 21 U.S.C. 841 and re...

Andrew Straw v. Village of Streamwood
Date: May 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1867
Roberts v. Federal Housing Finance Agency  
Date: May 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1880

Justia Opinion Summary: During the 2008 financial crisis, Congress created the Federal Housing Finance Agency and authorized it to place into conservatorship the Federal National Mortgage Association and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporati...

Tony Lipscomb v. USA
Date: May 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2233
United States v. Sanchez-Jara  
Date: May 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2593

Justia Opinion Summary: A federal warrant, issued in July 2015, authorized federal agents to use pen registers, trap-and-trace devices, historical cell-call records, and “electronic investigative techniques” to capture and analyze signals emitt...

Desiree Parker v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: May 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2733
Shane Kitterman v. Tracie Newton
Date: May 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3330
Thomas James v. Lorenzo Eli
Date: May 2, 2018
Docket Number: 15-3034
United States v. Ferguson  
Date: May 2, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3979

Justia Opinion Summary: When Ferguson was 17 years old he shot a woman three times during a carjacking, causing significant permanent injury. He was apprehended after a high-speed chase. Ferguson pleaded guilty to vehicular robbery by force and...

Perez v. Sessions  
Date: May 2, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1369

Justia Opinion Summary: Perez grew up in Honduras. When Perez was 14, a street gang told him to join or “suffer the consequences.” Perez moved. Later that year, the gang confronted Perez again. Perez ran away and dropped out of school. Later,...

United States v. Thurman  
Date: May 2, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1598

Justia Opinion Summary: Police executed a search warrant at Thurman’s residence after a cooperating informant purchased heroin inside. They discovered drug paraphernalia, two handguns, and a large amount of money. Thurman was charged with maint...

Katherine Evans v. Portfolio Recovery Associates,
Date: May 2, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1773
Lusvina Paz v. Portfolio Recovery Associates,
Date: May 2, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1860
Bowse v. Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC  
Date: May 2, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-1866, 17‐1773, 17‐1860, 17‐2622, 17‐2756, 18‐1374

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs defaulted on credit cards. PRA, an Illinois debt collection agency, bought the accounts for collection. Debtors Legal Clinic sent separate letters on behalf of each plaintiff to PRA, stating “the amount report...

United States v. Edgeworth  
Date: May 2, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2074

Justia Opinion Summary: The bank robber, wearing construction gear and a scarf wrapped around his face, held a firearm and demanded money. The teller gave him $3,000 with a concealed GPS tracking device. After the robber left, police responde...

Katherine Evans v. Portfolio Recovery Associates,
Date: May 2, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2622
Evelyn Gomez v. Portfolio Recovery Associates,
Date: May 2, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2756
Peter Bowse v. Portfolio Recovery Associates,
Date: May 2, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1374
Freelain v. Village of Oak Park  
Date: April 30, 2018
Docket Number: 16-4074

Justia Opinion Summary: Freelain worked as a police officer for five years before Sergeant Vardal made what Freelain perceived as inappropriate and unwelcome sexual advances toward him. According to Freelain, he was not the only person subjecte...

Terry v. Spencer  
Date: April 27, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2331

Justia Opinion Summary: Terry, an Illinois prisoner proceeding pro se, sued prison officials and corrections administrators under 42 U.S.C. 1983 claiming that they were deliberately indifferent to a painful tumor on his neck and prevented him f...

Kleber v. CareFusion Corp.  
Date: April 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1206

Justia Opinion Summary: Kleber is an attorney with extensive experience, including private law practice in Chicago, work as a general counsel for a major national company, and leadership of a national trade association, a real estate developmen...

Eric D. Wanger v. SEC
Date: April 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2868
United States v. Bethea  
Date: April 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3468

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, Bethea used fraudulently obtained credit cards to purchase merchandise at retailers in Wisconsin. Indicted for possessing a counterfeit access device, 18 U.S.C. 1029(a)(1), Bethea agreed to plead guilty. At a c...

Gleason v. Jansen  
Date: April 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1658

Justia Opinion Summary: In Jansen’s bankruptcy case, Gleason brought an adversary proceeding, 11 U.S.C. 523(a)(2)(A), regarding a default judgment ($400,000) obtained in a case involving a phony investment scheme. Gleason unsuccessfully argued...

USA v. Hugo Pliego-Hernandez
Date: April 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2280
UWM Student Association v. Lovell  
Date: April 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2499

Justia Opinion Summary: Wisconsin law gives state university students rights to organize themselves and to run their governments, which have the power to spend substantial funds. Plaintiffs, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Student A...

DaSilva v. Rymarkiewicz  
Date: April 24, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1231

Justia Opinion Summary: DaSilva, a Waupan Correctional Institution inmate, received his medication one evening, then became dizzy, vomited, lost consciousness, and fell, hitting his head. DaSilva believes he was given the wrong medication. More...

Stephens v. Berryhill  
Date: April 24, 2018
Docket Number: 16-4003

Justia Opinion Summary: Stephens was born in 1957 and has a ninth-grade education. He worked as a taxi dispatcher and a security guard in the 15 years preceding his alleged disability. Stephens contends that he is disabled by diabetes, kidney d...

Sampra v. United States Department of Transportation  
Date: April 24, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2621

Justia Opinion Summary: From 2009-2014, Sampra was an FAA field electrical engineer, initially assigned to Chicago’s Midway Airport. She was eventually assigned to oversee technical support services contract work releases, which required little...

Jason Maraman v. City of Carmel, Indiana
Date: April 24, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2766
Sammie Rainey v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: April 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2221
USA v. Eric Dillon
Date: April 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2774
Calvin Glover v. James Schraufnagel
Date: April 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2869
Jackson v. Curry  
Date: April 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1898

Justia Opinion Summary: As Harvey and Eibeck walked through Peoria, four men confronted them. One reached for his waistband. Harvey and Eibeck, who was high, ran. Eibeck heard a gunshot and kept running. The shooter killed Harvey. Police found...

USA v. Mario Rodas
Date: April 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2449
City of Chicago v. Sessions  
Date: April 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2991

Justia Opinion Summary: The Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program allocates substantial funds annually to provide for the needs of state and local law enforcement, including personnel, equipment, training. In 2017, the Attorney Genera...

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc. v. Commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Health  
Date: April 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3163

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2016, the Governor of Indiana signed into law HEA 1337, which created new provisions and amended others that regulate abortion procedures within Indiana. Planned Parenthood filed suit, seeking declaratory and injuncti...

Kathy Thompson v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: April 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1601
United States v. Redman  
Date: April 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1357

Justia Opinion Summary: For several weeks, Redman posed as a psychiatrist at a Chicago medical clinic using the name and license number of Dr. Garcia. He “treated” patients for mental illnesses, and “prescribed” controlled substances. Redman ac...

Breuder v. Hamilton  
Date: April 17, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-1577, 17-2215

Justia Opinion Summary: College of DuPage hired Breuder as its president. After extensions, his contract ran through 2019. In 2015 newly-elected members of the Board of Trustees, having campaigned on a pledge to remove Breuder, discharged him w...

Bernard McKinley v. Joshua Schoenbeck
Date: April 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1709
Linear v. Village of University Park  
Date: April 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1940

Justia Opinion Summary: University Park hired Linear as its Village Manager through May 2015, concurrent with the term of its Mayor. In October 2014 the Village extended Linear’s contract for a year. In April 2015 Mayor Covington was reelected....

Robert Breuder v. Board of Trustees of Communit
Date: April 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2215
Michael Starry v. Oshkosh Correctional Instituti
Date: April 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3373
United States v. Sunmola  
Date: April 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1299

Justia Opinion Summary: Starting in 2008, Sunmola carried out an online romance scheme from South Africa, targeting middle-aged women in Georgia and Illinois. Sunmola often used pictures of men in U.S. military uniforms in his online profile to...

Alejandro Moreno v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: April 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1954
Alejandro Moreno v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: April 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1954
Alejandro Moreno v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: April 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1954
Andre Winston v. Gregg Scott
Date: April 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2580
Arnold Phillips v. IDFPR
Date: April 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2607
Dean Andersen v. Mark Vavreck
Date: April 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2624
USA v. Nathaniel L. Capler
Date: April 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2735
USA v. Tomasz Krawczuk
Date: April 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2983
James Teufel v. Northern Trust Company
Date: April 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1676
Teufel v. Northern Trust Co.  
Date: April 11, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-1677, 17-1676

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012 Northern changed its defined-benefit pension plan under which retirement income depended on years worked, times an average of the employee’s five highest-earning consecutive years, times a constant (traditional f...

Community Bank of Trenton v. Schnuck Markets, Inc.  
Date: April 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2146

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, hackers infiltrated the computer networks at Schnuck Markets, a large Midwestern grocery store chain based in Missouri, and stole the data of about 2.4 million credit and debit cards. By the time the intrusion w...

Dieffenbach v. Barnes & Noble, Inc.  
Date: April 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2408

Justia Opinion Summary: Barnes & Noble discovered that its PIN pads, used to verify payment information, had been compromised. The hackers acquired customers’ names, card numbers and expiration dates, and PINs. Some customers temporarily lost t...

USA v. Thomas Cureton
Date: April 10, 2018
Docket Number: 15-3575
USA v. Thomas Cureton
Date: April 10, 2018
Docket Number: 15-3575
USA v. Thomas Cureton
Date: April 10, 2018
Docket Number: 15-3581
United States v. Cureton  
Date: April 10, 2018
Docket Numbers: 15-3581, 15-3575

Justia Opinion Summary: In his third round of appeals, the Seventh Circuit affirmed Cureton’s convictions and sentences for using a firearm during a crime of violence and related crimes. The Supreme Court remanded for reconsideration in light o...

Quinn v. Board of Education of the City of Chicago  
Date: April 10, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1565

Justia Opinion Summary: The Mayor of Chicago appoints the city’s Board of Education, 105 ILCS 5/34-3. Until 1995, the Mayor needed the consent of the City Council; now the Mayor acts independently. Plaintiffs claimed that the system violated th...

USA v. Christian Shelton
Date: April 10, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1624
Floyd v. U.S. Bank National Association  
Date: April 10, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1770

Justia Opinion Summary: Linderman bought an Indianapolis house in 2004 and lived there with her ex-husband, their children, and her parents. In 2013, Linderman left and stopped paying the mortgage loan. The others left in 2014. The unoccupied s...

United States v. Bell  
Date: April 10, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2307

Justia Opinion Summary: During the execution of a search warrant, ATF agents found Bell in possession of a pistol. Charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm under 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1), Bell entered a plea agreement. The Presentence I...

Haywood v. Massage Envy Franchising, LLC  
Date: April 10, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2402

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs visited different Massage Envy locations and had massages that lasted about 50 minutes. The company advertises, on its website, an “Introductory 1‐hour Massage Session*” at the price of $50. Clicking through t...

United States v. Williams  
Date: April 10, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3220

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, Williams was charged with conspiracy to possess heroin with intent to distribute. He entered the Pretrial Alternatives Detention Initiative (PADI), graduated in June 2015, and was referred to the Probation Offic...

Jill Otis v. Kayla J. Demarasse
Date: April 9, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1875
Lester Dobbey v. Jackie Miller
Date: April 5, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1159
Wells Fargo Bank, NA v. Ivan Moore
Date: April 5, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1610
Cleveland Hardy v. City of Chicago
Date: April 5, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2138
USA v. Jaylen Campbell
Date: April 5, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2366
James Webb v. Mark Bender
Date: April 5, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2888
USA v. Ernest K. Bankas
Date: April 5, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2934
Trina Carpenter & Family v. City of Chicago
Date: April 5, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3046
USA v. Domonique Walker
Date: April 5, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3566
USA v. Crystal Jackson
Date: April 4, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1570
Akin v. Berryhill  
Date: April 4, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1802

Justia Opinion Summary: Akin, a 47-year-old woman, claims that she became disabled in 2011 principally from fibromyalgia, back and neck pain, and headaches. An administrative law judge denied her application for Supplemental Security Income. Th...

Ronell Howlett v. Reed Richardson
Date: April 4, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1894
USA v. John Gherna
Date: April 4, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2461
Calvette Brown v. IL Dept of Human Services
Date: April 4, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2509
Cynthia Pearson v. Advocate Health Care
Date: April 4, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2815
Brock v. United States  
Date: April 3, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3050

Justia Opinion Summary: Brock-Miller pled guilty, with a plea agreement, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin. She received a sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment. She then challenged her conviction under 28 U.S.C. 2255, asse...

Otis v. Demarasse  
Date: April 2, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1875

Justia Opinion Summary: Otis’s amended pro se 42 U.S.C. 1983 complaint alleged that Waterford Officer Demarasse stopped Otis on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Otis claims she alerted the officer that she was “very sick and bleeding” he...

Hicks v. United States  
Date: April 2, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2592

Justia Opinion Summary: Hicks led an organization that processed, packaged, and sold drugs in Chicago. A jury found him and co-defendants guilty of conspiracy with intent to distribute over 50 grams of crack cocaine, 21 U.S.C. 841(b)(1)(A). Hic...

Baek v. Clausen  
Date: April 2, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3838

Justia Opinion Summary: Baek purchased property through his LLC and obtained financing from Labe Bank; Frank was the loan officer. Frank later moved to NCB and asked Baek to move his business, representing that NCB would provide a larger constr...

Christopher Washington v. Mark Sevier
Date: April 2, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1612
USA v. J. R.
Date: March 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2855
Thorncreek Apartments III, LLC v. Tom Mick
Date: March 27, 2018
Docket Number: 15-2295
Village of Park Forest v. Tom Mick
Date: March 27, 2018
Docket Number: 15-2296
Thorncreek Apartments I, LLC v. Tom Mick
Date: March 27, 2018
Docket Number: 15-2298
Village of Park Forest v. Thorncreek Apartments II, LLC
Date: March 27, 2018
Docket Number: 15-2302
Thorncreek Apartments III, LLC v. Village of Park Forest
Date: March 27, 2018
Docket Number: 15-2303
Thorncreek Apartments I, LLC v. Village of Park Forest
Date: March 27, 2018
Docket Number: 15-2304
Village of Park Forest v. Thorncreek Apartments II, LLC
Date: March 27, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3555
Thorncreek Apartments III, LLC v. Village of Park Forest
Date: March 27, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3556
Thorncreek Apartments I, LLC v. Village of Park Forest  
Date: March 27, 2018
Docket Numbers: 16-3557, 15-2295, 15-2303, 16-3556, 15-2296, 16-3555, 15-2302, 15-2298, 15-2304

Justia Opinion Summary: Thorncreek, a Park Forest townhouse complex, applied to the Village for a permit to use a vacant townhouse as a business office but began to conduct its business from the townhouse without a permit. The Village cited it...

Henricks v. United States  
Date: March 27, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2383

Justia Opinion Summary: Henricks owned a towing business, an auto body shop, and a vehicle dealership, which he used to defraud insurance companies by filing fraudulent claims. Henricks’s wife, Catherine, worked at the companies sporadically an...

Dennis James Stolfo v. KinderCare Learning Centers
Date: March 27, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2479
Dennis Stolfo v. U.S. Trustee
Date: March 27, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1364
Frankie Walker, Sr. v. James Clayton
Date: March 26, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2898
Margie Reliford v. Advance/Newhouse Partnership
Date: March 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2227
Armada (Singapore) PTE Ltd. v. Amcol International Corp.  
Date: March 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2324

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a Singaporean shipping company, entered into shipping contracts with an Indian mining company. The Indian company breached those contracts. Plaintiff believes that American businesses that were the largest sto...

Rufus Jones v. Sparta Community Hospital
Date: March 23, 2018
Docket Number: 16-4241
John Martinez v. American Airlines, Incorporate
Date: March 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1294
Firas Ayoubi v. Thomas Dart
Date: March 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1662
USA v. Michael Lemons
Date: March 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2359
USA v. Allen Iroegbulem
Date: March 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2385
Austin v. Walgreen Co.  
Date: March 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2629

Justia Opinion Summary: Austin spent time at a Hebron, Indiana Walgreens store, walked toward the registers, then slipped and fell. Austin did not see anything on the floor that would have caused the fall and testified: “my right foot hit somet...

Kenneth Thomas v. Bridgeview Bank Group
Date: March 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2696
Raja Chellappa v. Summerdale Court Condominium A
Date: March 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2740
Sean Mcnutt v. William Savagain
Date: March 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2979
A.D. v. Credit One Bank, N.A.  
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1486

Justia Opinion Summary: Credit One repeatedly called A.D.’s (a minor) cell phone about payments owed on her mother’s account. A.D., by and through her mother, Serrano, brought a putative class action under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act...

Newman v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co  
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1844

Justia Opinion Summary: At age 56, Newman purchased a long-term-care insurance plan MetLife, opting for one of MetLife’s non-standard options for paying her insurance premiums, “Reduced-Pay-at 65.” From the outset, Newman paid the elevated prem...

Marshall v. Blake  
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2809

Justia Opinion Summary: Blake is a below‐median income debtor who filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. In her proposed bankruptcy plan, Blake sought to retain her annual earned income tax credit and a portion of her tax over‐withholdings. Trustee M...

USA v. Booker Sewell
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3108
United States v. Hampton  
Date: March 21, 2018
Docket Number: 16-4094

Justia Opinion Summary: Hampton, a convicted felon, robbed a post office at gunpoint. Weeks later, he was arrested after breaking into a business. When deputies searched Hampton’s home, they found three firearms; two were stolen. At the Sheriff...

Sarfraz v. Smith  
Date: March 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1279

Justia Opinion Summary: Sarfraz was convicted of sexually assaulting I.N., an immigrant who, with her father, briefly lived with Sarfraz after arriving in this country. I.N. testified that Sarfraz forced his way into her apartment, strangled he...

Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. v. Concord Community Schools  
Date: March 21, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-1591, 17‐1683

Justia Opinion Summary: For decades, Elkhart, Indiana’s Concord High School has held a “Christmas Spectacular” concert. In 2015, the Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote a letter expressing concerns about the religious nature of the Spectacul...

Freedom From Religion Foundati v. Concord Community Schools
Date: March 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1683
John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy, Inc. v. Schmitz  
Date: March 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1790

Justia Opinion Summary: A Wisconsin John Doe proceeding is conducted by a judge, to collect evidence and determine whether probable cause exists to issue a criminal complaint. During the time at issue, a proceeding could subpoena witnesses, tak...

Shields v. United States  
Date: March 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1929

Justia Opinion Summary: Shields parked his car partially in a crosswalk, in violation of a Chicago ordinance. Officers approached Shields, who was in the driver’s seat. They told Shields to get out of the car. He ran. An officer chased and tack...

Karen Murphy v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: March 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2017
Elron Cathey v. Robert Garcia
Date: March 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2698
Walton v. EOS CCA  
Date: March 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3040

Justia Opinion Summary: AT&T notified Walton that she owed $268.47 on her closed AT&T account number 119864170 and that failure to pay “may cause your account to be referred to an outside collection agency.” Walton did not pay the bill. She rec...

Kirk Swaggerty v. Jule Trevarthen
Date: March 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1107
USA v. Christian Shelton
Date: March 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1624
Marcos Miranda-Sanchez v. James Sprinkle
Date: March 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1710
Mickey Miller v. Michael Ninkovic
Date: March 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1937
USA v. Rodney Smith
Date: March 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2309
Clayton Bates v. State of Ohio
Date: March 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2879
USA v. Joseph Faulkner
Date: March 19, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2860
United States v. Sykes  
Date: March 19, 2018
Docket Numbers: 16-3525, 16-2860

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Faulkner, a high-ranking member of the Imperial Insane Vice Lords, was prosecuted for heroin distribution that occurred in 2007-2008, and for heroin found in his apartment. Following his arrest, Faulkner debrief...

Jasti Rao v. Sara Rusch
Date: March 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2584
United States v. Ballard  
Date: March 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2640

Justia Opinion Summary: Ballard obtained a $280,000 loan from SBH to construct the Stone Fence residence, then requested another $90,000 to finish the property. There was insufficient equity to cover that amount; SBH lent him $20,000. Ballard o...

Elouise Bradley v. Wisconsin Department of Childr
Date: March 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2923
USA v. Christopher Schmeltzer
Date: March 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1351
Timothy Wilks v. Welcome Rose
Date: March 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1874
Michael Bargo, Jr. v. Bruce Rauner
Date: March 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2142
Cannici v. Village of Melrose Park  
Date: March 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1424

Justia Opinion Summary: Cannici was a Melrose Park firefighter for 16 years before being terminated for violation of the Residency Ordinance. Cannici and his family lived in Melrose Park until 2008 when they bought a home in Orland Park while r...

United States v. Marmion  
Date: March 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2151

Justia Opinion Summary: Marmion and three co-defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Marmion’s codefendants received lengthy sentences (63 months, 144 months, and 168 months). Marmion aced a statutory minimum of...

Hyland v. Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co.  
Date: March 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2712

Justia Opinion Summary: Hyland was a passenger in a car owned by Perkins and driven by Smith, age 16. Smith smashed the car into two parked vehicles, seriously injuring Hyland. Smith was convicted of aggravated reckless driving. Neither Smith n...

Cruz-Martinez v. Sessions  
Date: March 14, 2018
Docket Number: 14-3754

Justia Opinion Summary: Cruz-Martinez, a Mexican citizen, came to the U.S. illegally in 1993. He was removed in 2002 under a stipulated removal order for “Rocha-Martinez,” which was an alias. Cruz-Martinez states that in 2005 armed men who had...

Madlock v. WEC Energy Group, Inc.  
Date: March 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1278

Justia Opinion Summary: Madlock, an African American woman, has worked at WEPCO since 1977. While Madlock was working in the Industrial Billing section, she was not in management, but was a point person for her team of “billers.” In 2011, WEP...

Mark Brock v. William Wilson
Date: March 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1702
Tyrone Williams v. Sheri Wahner
Date: March 13, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3933
United States v. Ryan  
Date: March 13, 2018
Docket Number: 16-4048

Justia Opinion Summary: Illinois police used a peer-to-peer file sharing program to download child pornography from a computer in Ryan’s home. The FBI obtained a warrant, searched Ryan’s home, and found a computer that contained peer-to-peer fi...

Natasha Adams v. City of Peoria, Illinois
Date: March 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1535
Christopher Davis-Clair v. Correctional Officer Turck
Date: March 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2148
Dobbs v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.  
Date: March 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2195

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, Dobbs hired McLaughlin to represent him in a products liability suit against DePuy for a 35% contingency fee agreement. The attorney filed Dobbs’s complaint in the DePuy Hip Implant Multidistrict Litigation in t...

United States v. Dillard  
Date: March 12, 2018
Docket Number: 15-3343

Justia Opinion Summary: Dillard and Chester were engaged in a conspiracy to distribute heroin. They sold heroin to Daniels, a confidential informant, three times. They were separately charged. In the affidavit, an FBI agent detailed several re...

Indiana Electrical Workers Pension Benefit Fund v. ManWeb Services, Inc.  
Date: March 12, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2840

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, ManWeb, an Indianapolis industrial construction company, paid $259,360 for the assets of Frieje, a smaller Indianapolis construction company specializing in cold‐storage facilities. Freije was a party to a colle...

United States v. Pankow  
Date: March 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1337

Justia Opinion Summary: Pankow started selling methamphetamine for a friend in 2015. After their supplier was incarcerated, Pankow’s friend drove to Minnesota to buy the methamphetamine. Pankow started helping her friend sell it out of their ho...

Rosenberg v. Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc.  
Date: March 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1524

Justia Opinion Summary: RTSI produces and maintains traffic safety systems. Rosenberg was RTSI’s Vice President of Sales. RTSI contracted to manage Chicago's automated red light enforcement program. In 2012, the Chicago Tribune published articl...

Jose Cossio, Jr. v. John Tourtelot
Date: March 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1653
Billie Howard v. Indianapolis Public Schools
Date: March 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1695
Cornucopia Institute v. United States Department of Agriculture  
Date: March 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2422

Justia Opinion Summary: The National Organic Standards Board, an advisory committee, has 15 members, all appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture, 7 U.S.C.6518(b), (c); its principal task is advising the Secretary what belongs on the “National...

Edward Allen v. Christopher C. Freund
Date: March 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2462
Ricky R. Franklin v. Express Text, LLC
Date: March 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2807
USA v. Michael Newell
Date: March 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2883
USA v. Michael Flournoy
Date: March 9, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1862
Johannes Martin v. Wendy's International, Inc.
Date: March 9, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2043
USA v. Michael Flournoy
Date: March 9, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2124
Xydakis v. O'Brien  
Date: March 9, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2802

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2002 a Greyhound bus struck and killed Claudia. Her daughter, Cristina, age seven, witnessed the accident. In 2016 Cristina settled claims against Greyhound and other potentially responsible persons for $5 million. K...

USA v. Euripides Caguana
Date: March 8, 2018
Docket Number: 15-3453
Washington v. Boughton  
Date: March 8, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3253

Justia Opinion Summary: A 2000 “John Doe” complaint charged an unknown individual with sexually assaulting five women in 1994-1995. Although the defendant’s identity was unknown, the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory had evidence of his genetic...

Joas v. Zimmer, Inc.  
Date: March 8, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3957

Justia Opinion Summary: Joas underwent knee replacement at a Wisconsin hospital and received a Zimmer NexGen Flex implant. Within a few years, he began experiencing pain in his new knee. X-rays confirmed that the implant had loosened and requir...

United States v. Caguana  
Date: March 8, 2018
Docket Numbers: 16-4152, 15-3453

Justia Opinion Summary: Caguana’s 17-year-old son was charged with murder. His son’s friends, also arrested, became state witnesses. Caguana called Valentin to find a hitman to kill the two. Valentin contacted Chicago Police Detective Pentimone...

United States v. Herman  
Date: March 8, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1423

Justia Opinion Summary: Herman, a member of the Latin Dragons gang, shot two people while he was stealing their guns. He pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, 18 U.S.C. 922(g). The district court imposed a two-level senten...

USA v. Gregory Webb
Date: March 8, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1501
United States v. Teague  
Date: March 8, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1725

Justia Opinion Summary: Teague pled guilty to possession of a weapon by a felon. In a Presentence Investigation Report, the U.S. Probation Department assigned a base offense level of 14. The government argued the base level should be 20 because...

United States v. Leonard  
Date: March 8, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1924

Justia Opinion Summary: A confidential source alerted Rock Island police that Watson was selling drugs from the home she shared with her husband, Leonard. Officers twice, one week apart, searched sealed trash bags left in a public alley outside...

Skiba v. Illinois Central Railroad Co.  
Date: March 8, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2002

Justia Opinion Summary: IC, the subsidiary of a Canadian corporation, hired plaintiff, a U.S. citizen, age 55, as a management trainee. He completed the program and served in multiple management positions. With a 2011 promotion, plaintiff repo...

Sanzone v. Gray  
Date: March 8, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2103

Justia Opinion Summary: Indianapolis police received a report that Koster was vomiting and having trouble breathing. Koster’s apartment-complex manager gave responders keys to Koster’s apartment in case Koster could not answer the door. Officer...

USA v. Adrian Tartareanu
Date: March 8, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2759
United States v. Tartareanu  
Date: March 8, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-2761, 17‐2759

Justia Opinion Summary: Adrian established Red Brick Properties, to purchase, rehabilitate, and resell homes. Adrian's wife, Daniela, the only employee with a real estate license, served as office manager. They sought buyers who did not have go...

Melesio-Rodriguez v. Sessions  
Date: March 7, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1781

Justia Opinion Summary: Melesio‐Rodriguez was brought to the U.S. from Mexico as a child. She became a lawful permanent resident in 1998, at age 19. She was convicted of battery and attempted possession of cocaine in 2003 and of attempted burgl...

Guzman v. Brown County  
Date: March 7, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3599

Justia Opinion Summary: Guzman was a Brown County 911 dispatcher from 2002-2013. Since 2011, Brown County has had a third-party vendor manage disability, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and unpaid leave requests. Employees do not need approval...

United States v. Jansen  
Date: March 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1005

Justia Opinion Summary: Jansen pleaded guilty to wire fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1343, and tax evasion, 26 U.S.C. 7201. Before sentencing, Jansen’s third attorney (Steinback) withdrew. His new attorney, Beaumont, requested Rule 16 discovery and obtained...

Doermer v. Oxford Financial Group, Ltd.  
Date: March 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1659

Justia Opinion Summary: Richard and Kathryn are the beneficiaries of their parents’ multi‐million dollar trust, which is administered by Richard, Kathryn, and a corporate trustee. When their father died, the two fell into “irreconcilable” dispu...

United States v. Rodriguez  
Date: March 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2222

Justia Opinion Summary: Rodriguez pled guilty to dealing firearms without a license and distributing cocaine. In his plea agreement, Rodriguez admitted to selling cocaine to an informant on one occasion and selling firearms to that informant on...

United States v. Rodriguez-Escalera  
Date: March 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2334

Justia Opinion Summary: Illinois State Trooper Patterson observed a car abruptly switch lanes in front of a truck without using a signal on I-70. A dashboard camera recorded the traffic stop. Patterson reviewed documents from Moran, the driver,...

Daniels v. Fanduel, Inc.  
Date: March 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3051

Justia Opinion Summary: FanDuel and DraftKings 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 spo...

United States v. Miller  
Date: March 5, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1679

Justia Opinion Summary: Miller obtained identifying information for several individuals without their knowledge or consent, which he used to open credit card accounts; he opened UPS mailboxes under the victims’ names to receive the cards, which...

Carl Roberts v. Brian Neal
Date: March 5, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3235
Kirklin v. United States  
Date: March 5, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1056

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, Kirklin drove Jones and McCallister to rob a bank and gave Jones firearms. The two left with stolen money but were arrested near the scene. Kirklin was convicted of aiding and abetting the robbery and aiding and...

United States v. Armenta  
Date: March 5, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2296

Justia Opinion Summary: Armenta worked at Passages as a certified nursing assistant and later as a regional director of certified nursing assistants. Passages billed its services to Medicare. Medicare paid $180 per patient per day for routine s...

United States v. White  
Date: March 2, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1131

Justia Opinion Summary: White and others bought merchandise with fake checks and then returned it for cash. Over four years, the group targeted 32 stores and inflicted actual losses of approximately $627,000. In his plea agreement, White admit...

Doe v. Holcomb  
Date: March 2, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1756

Justia Opinion Summary: Jane Doe is a transgender man residing in Marion County, Indiana. Doe is originally from Mexico. The U.S. granted him asylum because of the persecution he might face in Mexico for being transgender. Doe alleges that he f...

United States v. Barnes  
Date: March 1, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2574

Justia Opinion Summary: Barnes pleaded guilty to offenses related to the distribution of crack cocaine and was sentenced to 300 months of imprisonment. Barnes did not appeal. In 2012, Barnes moved under 28 U.S.C. 2255 to vacate, set aside, or c...

Valencia v. City of Springfield  
Date: March 1, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2773

Justia Opinion Summary: Springfield’s zoning code allows “family care residence[s],” defined as: A single dwelling unit occupied on a relatively permanent basis in a family-like environment by a group of no more than six unrelated persons with...

Gary Bennett v. Michael Meisner
Date: February 28, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1816
Delvaris Booker v. Johnsonville Sausage, LLC
Date: February 28, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2752
United States v. House  
Date: February 27, 2018
Docket Number: 15-3474

Justia Opinion Summary: House was convicted of six counts of bank fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1344, based on his involvement in a fraudulent automobile loan scheme. House was personally involved in applying to credit unions for 51 loans for fictitious aut...

Horton v. Pobjecky  
Date: February 27, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1757

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael, age 16, and three other young men attempted to rob a Rockford pizzeria at gunpoint. Pobjecky, an off‐duty police officer waiting for a pizza, shot and killed Michael. Video recordings captured part of the incide...

USA v. Richard Sills
Date: February 27, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2247
USA v. Dennis Franklin
Date: February 26, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1580
United States v. Sahm  
Date: February 26, 2018
Docket Numbers: 16-1872, 16-1580

Justia Opinion Summary: In both cases, the defendants pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a felon, 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1). The court found that each had three prior burglary convictions that were violent felonies under the Armed Career Crimi...

United States v. Musgraves  
Date: February 26, 2018
Docket Number: 16-4160

Justia Opinion Summary: Police investigated Musgraves for dealing drugs. Searching Musgraves’ house, they found ammunition, which Musgraves, a felon, was not allowed to possess. Musgraves agreed to act as Detective McCray's informant and was re...

Ayesha Khan v. Midwestern University
Date: February 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1055
USA v. Arturo Terrell
Date: February 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1731
Doe v. Nielsen  
Date: February 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2040

Justia Opinion Summary: Doe sought lawful permanent residence in the U.S. under the EB-5 visa program, which requires applicants to invest in a new U.S. commercial enterprise, 8 U.S.C. 1153(b)(5)(A). Doe invested $500,000 in Elgin Assisted Livi...

USA v. Michael Davis
Date: February 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2122
United States v. Howard  
Date: February 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2412

Justia Opinion Summary: Before a Milwaukee-area Verizon store was robbed, witnesses in the store noticed a Mercedes sitting in the parking lot for an extended time. Just before the robber entered through the rear door, the Mercedes drove to the...

USA v. William Boswell
Date: February 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1157
Henry Nelson v. USA
Date: February 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1272
USA v. Kenneth Shoulders
Date: February 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1523
James Aulik v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: February 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1798
Mark Hexum v. CIR
Date: February 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2460
Eddie Williams, Jr. v. YRC Worldwide Inc.
Date: February 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3122
United States v. Cunningham  
Date: February 21, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3543

Justia Opinion Summary: Cunningham pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess stolen firearms and ammunition, 18 U.S.C. 371 and 922(j); possession of stolen firearms and ammunition, section 922(j); and possession of firearms by a felon, section 92...

USA v. Matthew York
Date: February 21, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3886
Earnest D. Beamon, Jr. v. William Pollard
Date: February 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1269
John Anderson v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: February 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1509
USA v. Mintai Bedford
Date: February 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2379
Cunningham v. Montes  
Date: February 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2516

Justia Opinion Summary: Montes owns houses in California and in Wisconsin. After filing suit, Cunningham arranged for service of process at the Wisconsin address. No one answered the door. The process server called Montes, who refused to provid...

Cates v. United States  
Date: February 20, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1778

Justia Opinion Summary: Lemons called 911 to report vandalism. Officer Cates and his partner responded. Cates and Lemons were left alone in her home. Lemons claimed that Cates raped her; Cates claimed that they had consensual sex. Cates was cha...

Riley v. Calloway  
Date: February 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1831

Justia Opinion Summary: Hudson was shot and killed; the gun was not recovered. Riley was charged with first-degree murder and being an armed habitual criminal. The judge severed the armed habitual criminal count and proceeded with the murder tr...

Martensen v. Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc.  
Date: February 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2660

Justia Opinion Summary: Martensen was a supervisor in the Chicago Stock Exchange’s unit responsible for examining compliance with trading regulations. He was fired in 2016. He claimed his firing violated 15 U.S.C. 78u–6(h), a part of the Dodd-F...

Kelvin Norwood v. Imhotep Carter
Date: February 16, 2018
Docket Number: 15-2138
Kelvin Norwood v. Imhotep Carter
Date: February 16, 2018
Docket Number: 15-2138
USA v. Thomas Cureton
Date: February 16, 2018
Docket Number: 15-3575
United States v. Cureton  
Date: February 16, 2018
Docket Numbers: 15-3581, 15-3575

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

United States v. Bailey  
Date: February 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1031

Justia Opinion Summary: Bailey offered to sell marijuana to an informant who had already brokered the purchase of a firearm from him. The informant accepted the offer and purchased $40 worth of marijuana from Bailey contemporaneously with the f...

Moreno v. Berryhill  
Date: February 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1954

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, Moreno fell off scaffolding and landed on his back while working. An orthopedist found a soft tissue injury but no signs of fracture. He continued to feel significant pain. A follow-up test revealed acute lumbar...

Jimmy Miller v. Michael Lemke
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3252
Jaworski v. Master Hand Contractors, Inc.  
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3601

Justia Opinion Summary: Jaworski provided construction services to Master Hand, an Illinois general contractor, over several years. Some of these services went unpaid. Jaworski alleged violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the Ill...

CNH Industrial America LLC v. Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc.  
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3800

Justia Opinion Summary: CNH, which manufactures “New Holland” brand farming and construction machinery, hired the real estate services firm, JLL, to manage a corporate re-branding program that involved the replacement of signage more than 1,400...

Michelle Lundy v. St. Clare Management
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2387
USA v. Marshall Duty
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2798
USA v. Henry Johnson
Date: February 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1274
Mario Jimenez-Becerril v. Jefferson B. Sessions III
Date: February 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1360
Dragus v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co.  
Date: February 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1752

Justia Opinion Summary: Dragus, who managed information technology for convention vendors, experienced severe neck pain for several years. He underwent a three-level cervical spine fusion, which failed to resolve his pain. Over the next two yea...

Avina v. Bohlen  
Date: February 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1902

Justia Opinion Summary: Officers Bohlen and Rohde saw Avina near a Milwaukee high school with others, including known Mexican Posse street gang members. The assistant principal told the group to leave school property. They crossed the street....

Zhong Li v. Jefferson B. Sessions III
Date: February 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1909
Mervyn v. Atlas Van Lines, Inc.  
Date: February 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2036

Justia Opinion Summary: Atlas, an authorized interstate transporter of household goods, contracts with agents to perform its shipments. One of its agents, Ace, leases trucks and driving services from owner-operators. In 2009, owner-operator Mer...

United States v. Haynes  
Date: February 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2044

Justia Opinion Summary: A confidential informant told Winnebago County Deputy Jones that he had purchased crack cocaine from “a larger black male” who was selling drugs from his house and agreed to participate in a controlled buy, stating that...

USA v. Ralph Shannon
Date: February 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2452
Engineered Abrasives, Inc. v. American Machine Products & Service, Inc.  
Date: February 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1429

Justia Opinion Summary: A father and son left employment at Engineered Abrasives to start a competing business, American Machine, in 2011. Several lawsuits followed. In 2015, Engineered Abrasives won a default judgment against American Machine...

Grussgott v. Milwaukee Jewish Day School, Inc.  
Date: February 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2332

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, Grussgot was hired by a Milwaukee private school that provides non-Orthodox Jewish education. The school employs a rabbi and has a chapel and Torah scrolls but does not require its teachers to be Jewish. Gruss...

Thorne v. MemberSelect Insurance Co.  
Date: February 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1377

Justia Opinion Summary: Thorne has a property insurance policy with Member Select, which denied his claim for coverage after his Griffith, Indiana house burned down in 2008. Thorne chose not to rebuild the house and Member Select determined tha...

Haile Abebe v. Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.
Date: February 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1445
Clarence Montgomery v. Village of Posen
Date: February 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1811
United States v. Hathaway  
Date: February 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1823

Justia Opinion Summary: Hathaway, then 44, was convicted of knowingly transporting a minor (then 13) across state lines to engage in criminal sexual activity and of traveling between states to do so, 18 U.S.C. 2423(a). The PSR recommended that...

Vexol S.A. de C.V. v. Berry Plastics Corp.  
Date: February 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2164

Justia Opinion Summary: Vexol, a Mexican company that provides plastic and shrink wrap to end users in Mexico, filed suit in the Southern District of Indiana against Berry Plastics, a Delaware corporation that allegedly does business in Mexico...

Cooke v. Jackson National Life Insurance Co.  
Date: February 9, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2080

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court ordered Jackson to pay Cooke the death benefit on her husband’s life insurance policy and to reimburse Cooke’s legal expenses. The court concluded that her husband died before the end of a grace period...

Bernard v. Sessions  
Date: February 8, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2290

Justia Opinion Summary: Bernard, a Jamaican citizen, says he realized as a preteen that he was bisexual, but hid it out of fear. He claimed that his family and other Jamaicans persecuted members of the LGBT community. Bernard arrived in the U.S...

Wilborn v. Ealey  
Date: February 7, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2106

Justia Opinion Summary: Three Menard Correctional Center officers were preparing inmates to walk from the cell house to dinner when Wilborn rushed out of his cell and attacked Johnson. Bennett and Lloyd took Wilborn to the ground and ordered hi...

Karahodzic v. JBS Carriers, Inc.  
Date: February 7, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3931

Justia Opinion Summary: Thompson pulled his JBS tractor/trailer onto the shoulder, activated his four‐way flashers, and fixed a malfunctioning light. With the flashers still on, he had just reentered the highway and was traveling 15-18 miles an...

Martyn Baylay v. Etihad Airways P.J.S.C.
Date: February 7, 2018
Docket Number: 16-4113
National Foundation For Special Needs Integrity, Inc. v. Reese  
Date: February 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1817

Justia Opinion Summary: Givens, a Missouri resident, suffered from renal failure, was on dialysis for about 10 years and had experienced multiple strokes. In 2009, she suffered an additional injury from gadolinium dye, a substance used in MRIs,...

Baylay v. Etihad Airways P.J.S.C.  
Date: February 7, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-1958, 16-4113

Justia Opinion Summary: Mann attacked his coworker, Baylay, a British citizen. The men, members of an Etihad Airways (incorporated in Abu Dhabi) flight crew, were at a Chicago hotel on a layover. Baylay sued Etihad, Mann, and the hotel’s corpor...

Davis v. Mason  
Date: February 6, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2707

Justia Opinion Summary: In this complaint brought by an Indiana prisoner, the Seventh Circuit vacated the summary judgment entered by the district court on Plaintiff’s complaint that two prison guards punched him, put him in a chokehold, and pl...

Newman v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.  
Date: February 6, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1844

Justia Opinion Summary: In this action challenging an insurance company’s doubling of Plaintiff’s insurance premium, the Seventh Circuit reversed the district court’s dismissal of Plaintiff’s complaint for failure to state a claim, holding that...

Edwin Rojas v. X Motorsport, Inc.
Date: February 6, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2250
United States v. Niggemann  
Date: February 5, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1145

Justia Opinion Summary: Kane County Sheriff’s investigators discovered that an IP address was using specialized peer-to-peer software to share child pornography over the internet. They gave this information to the Department of Homeland Securit...

Swanigan v. City of Chicago  
Date: February 2, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1568

Justia Opinion Summary: While on the lookout for a serial bank robber, Chicago police officers misidentified Swanigan as the perpetrator, arrested him, and detained him for approximately 51 hours without a probable-cause hearing. He was release...

USA v. Deangelo Anderson
Date: February 2, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3112
United States v. Anderson  
Date: February 2, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3112

Justia Opinion Summary: Three masked individuals robbed a Milwaukee bank at gunpoint and fled with $4,737 in a Honda Civic with license plates 480-TNG. The next day, police stopped that vehicle; Anderson was the driver and sole occupant. When t...

Roh v. Starbucks Corp.  
Date: February 2, 2018
Docket Number: 16-4033

Justia Opinion Summary: While Beebe and Lucas Roh were at Starbucks on Rush Street in Chicago, with their sons, five-year-old Alexander and three-year-old Marcus, a wood and metal stanchion, part of a grouping intended to direct customers, fell...

Firas Ayoubi v. Thomas Dart
Date: February 2, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1561
Michael Storey v. City of Alton, Illinois
Date: February 2, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1978
Everett Sennholz v. Don Strahota
Date: February 2, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2091
A.H. v. Illinois High School Association  
Date: February 2, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2456

Justia Opinion Summary: A.H. is a member of Evanston High School’s track and field team despite having spastic quadriplegia related to cerebral palsy. A.H. is considered an elite athlete within the disabled athletic community. He requested tha...

Paul Simons v. Joseph Fox
Date: February 1, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1012
United States v. Van Haften  
Date: February 1, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1508

Justia Opinion Summary: Van Haften, a Wisconsin native, was caught traveling to Turkey to join ISIS. Van Haften holds several bizarre beliefs and has a vendetta against the government, having been convicted of statutory rape and designated a se...

Firestone Financial Corp. v. John Meyer
Date: February 1, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1611
Heraeus Kulzer GMBH v. Biomet, Inc.  
Date: February 1, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1674

Justia Opinion Summary: Heraeus sought to obtain discovery from Biomet to use in its trade secret misappropriation case against Biomet in Germany, citing 28 U.S.C. 1782, which allows a party to file a petition in a federal district court to obt...

Firestone Financial Corp. v. Meyer  
Date: February 1, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-1712, 17‐1611

Justia Opinion Summary: Meyer, a disbarred lawyer, owns JHM, which installed and maintained laundry machines in apartment buildings; Dolphin, which sold commercial laundry equipment to JHM and others; and JH Meyer, which operated a laundry faci...

LaShawn Lofton v. SP Plus Corporation
Date: February 1, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1745
Michelle Lundy v. Hebron House of Hospitality
Date: February 1, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2388
Robert Espinoza v. USA
Date: February 1, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3279
James Daher, Jr. v. Mark Sevier
Date: January 31, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2174
Catinella v. Cook County  
Date: January 31, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2278

Justia Opinion Summary: In a complaint described as “disjointed and murky at best,” Catinella alleged that he worked for Cook County, 1994-2013, and in 2009, was promoted to a supervisory position. In 2013, Catinella was questioned regarding a...

Goldberg v. United States  
Date: January 31, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3032

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiffs formed the Fredericksburg partnership to search for oil and contracted with Kraft for management services. The IRS began a criminal investigation of the partnership, Kraft, and Kraft principals Valeri and...

Correa-Diaz v. Sessions  
Date: January 31, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3198

Justia Opinion Summary: Correa-Diaz, born in 1986 and a citizen of Mexico, entered the U.S. as a minor without parole. In 2004, Correa-Diaz, age 18, was arrested, based on a police officer’s observation of his conduct, in an automobile, with a...

Ariel Investments, LLC v. Ariel Capital Advisors LLC
Date: January 31, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1516
Reinbold v. Thorpe  
Date: January 31, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1766

Justia Opinion Summary: Timothy and Belva Thorpe bought an Illinois house as joint tenants in 1987. They lived in that home until after Belva filed for divorce in October 2012. Timothy filed for bankruptcy protection in June 2013. A month later...

Frank Wilson, Sr. v. Megan Brennan
Date: January 31, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2378
Ariel Investments, LLC v. Ariel Capital Advisors LLC  
Date: January 31, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-2645, 17-1516

Justia Opinion Summary: Ariel Investments, based in Illinois and doing business nationally, and Ariel Capital, based in Florida, both manage money for clients. Investments has used its name since 1983; Capital only since 2014. In a suit under t...

Frank Wilson, Sr. v. Megan Brennan
Date: January 31, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2659
USA v. Dustin Decker
Date: January 31, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2840
Bunch v. United States  
Date: January 30, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3775

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1995, fire consumed Bunch’s home, killing her three-year-old son. Kinard, an ATF forensic chemist analyzed samples from the house; his draft report stated that no accelerants were present where the Indiana Fire Marsh...

Haze v. Kubicek  
Date: January 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1037

Justia Opinion Summary: Haze was ticketed for disorderly conduct after he clashed with Milwaukee Police Officer Kubicek outside the Bradley Center on the night of a Bucks game. Kubicek suspected that Haze was involved in scalping and was intoxi...

Wanda Torrence v. United States Bankruptcy Cour
Date: January 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3002
Delgado v. Merit Systems Protection Board  
Date: January 29, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1313

Justia Opinion Summary: Delgado, an ATF agent, alleges that his supervisors retaliated against him after he reported his suspicions that another agent improperly shot at a fleeing suspect, provided an inaccurate report, and testified falsely ab...

Jose Hernandez-Jimenez v. Jefferson B. Sessions III
Date: January 29, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1105
Milchtein v. Chisholm  
Date: January 29, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1420

Justia Opinion Summary: The Milchteins have 15 children. The two eldest refused to return home in 2011-2012 and were placed in foster care by Wisconsin state court orders. In federal court, the Milchteins argued that state officials violated th...

Donyall White v. Wendy Knight
Date: January 29, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1681
Dunn v. Menard, Inc.  
Date: January 29, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1870

Justia Opinion Summary: Dunn and his adult son, Erik, visited a Menard store to purchase rolled insulation. He was a frequent customer. After paying for 21 rolls, Dunn was told to drive an adjoining self‐service warehouse to load his purchase....

Miscevic v. Estate of M.M.  
Date: January 29, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2022

Justia Opinion Summary: Anka has a history of serious mental illness, including paranoid delusions, and has received mental health treatment. Anka killed her husband, Zeljko. The couple's child, M., was 13. The trial judge determined that the s...

Kelvin Norwood v. Imhotep Carter
Date: January 26, 2018
Docket Number: 15-2138
Mueller v. Apple Leisure Corp.  
Date: January 26, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2885

Justia Opinion Summary: Apple Leisure specializes in packaged travel sales and resort management. In 2011 Scott and Natasha Mueller purchased an Apple all-inclusive honeymoon trip to Secrets Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, through a F...

Zhakypbaev v. Sessions  
Date: January 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1459

Justia Opinion Summary: Zhakypbaev, a citizen of Kyrgyzstan, was admitted to the U.S. in 2012 as a nonimmigrant student to attend the Computer Systems Institute. His wife and three daughters were admitted based on his status. He did not attend...

United States v. Olson  
Date: January 25, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3583

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit reversed defendant's conviction and remanded to the district court for further proceedings. In this case, the district court granted defendant's motion to withdraw his guilty plea and proceeded to tri...

Snow v. Pfister  
Date: January 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1113

Justia Opinion Summary: Little was shot to death at a gas station in 1991. Martinez and Luna claimed to have seen a man around the station at the time. Weeks later, Snow was arrested for robbing a different gas station. According to officers, S...

United States v. Tingle  
Date: January 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1604

Justia Opinion Summary: Indiana State Police conducted controlled buys at Tingle’s residence, then executed a search warrant. They found 165 grams of methamphetamine, digital scales, $5,520 in cash in the house plus $1,190 on Tingle’s person, a...

Warciak v. Subway Restaurants, Inc.  
Date: January 25, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1956

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, Warciak’s mother signed an agreement with T-Mobile to begin cell phone service. In 2012, she signed another agreement when she purchased a new phone. Each agreement contained an arbitration clause. Although Warc...

Charles Pollock, Jr. v. USA
Date: January 24, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1006
Perez-Montes v. Sessions  
Date: January 24, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2520

Justia Opinion Summary: Perez-Montes, a citizen of Mexico, entered the U.S. in 1989 as a lawful permanent resident. In 2001 he joined the Army and served two tours in Afghanistan. He received a general discharge under honorable conditions. He d...

Toll Processing Services, LLC v. Kastalon, Inc.  
Date: January 23, 2018
Docket Number: 15-3187

Justia Opinion Summary: A “pickle line” processes hot rolled steel coil through acid tanks to remove impurities. In 2006, Toll purchased a used pickle line, in need of repair. Kastalon had previously serviced the machine. In 2008, Kastalon agr...

USA v. Shane Schmutte
Date: January 23, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2176
United States v. Mancillas  
Date: January 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1254

Justia Opinion Summary: After a neighbor saw him brandishing a gun during an argument with his girlfriend and heard gunshots, Mancillas was convicted of two counts of possessing ammunition as a felon, 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1). He was sentenced to a...

William Hurt v. Matthew Wise
Date: January 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1771
Hurt v. Vantlin  
Date: January 23, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-1777, 17-1771

Justia Opinion Summary: Andrea (age 16), Deadra (19), and William (18) Hurt were arrested after their uncle, Golike, was found dead beside the Ohio River. Golike had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and, days before his death, had bee...

Hamdan v. Indiana University Health North Hospital, Inc.  
Date: January 22, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1074

Justia Opinion Summary: After complaints about his professionalism, Indiana University Hospital required Dr. Hamdan, a U.S. citizen of Palestinian descent, to participate in a peer-review process, which resulted in disciplinary letters. Hamdan...

McCoy v. Chicago Heights Election Commission  
Date: January 22, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3463

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1987, African‐Americans filed suit against Chicago Heights, alleging dilution of voting opportunity. The election practices at issue were found to violate the Voting Rights Act, 52 U.S.C. 10101. Appellants split from...

USA v. DeCarlos Frazier
Date: January 22, 2018
Docket Number: 16-4049
Richard Lewis v. Michael Stephens
Date: January 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1285
Keith Roberts v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: January 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1533
USA v. Rick Brown
Date: January 19, 2018
Docket Number: 15-3117
United States v. Talaga  
Date: January 19, 2018
Docket Numbers: 15-3261, 15-3117

Justia Opinion Summary: Brown, the manager of a company that provided home physician visits, and Talaga, who handled the company’s billing, were convicted of conspiracy to commit health-care fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1349; six counts of health-care frau...

Rodney Guilbeau v. Pfizer Inc.
Date: January 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2056
Guilbeau v. Pfizer Inc.  
Date: January 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2056

Justia Opinion Summary: Testosterone replacement drugs have been FDA-approved prescription drugs for more than 60 years. In recent years, manufacturers have found a new market: older men. Numerous lawsuits were filed against manufacturers alleg...

Wendell Johnson v. USA
Date: January 18, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2356
Glen Armstrong, Sr. v. BNSF Railway Company
Date: January 18, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3674
Segovia v. United States  
Date: January 18, 2018
Docket Number: 16-4240

Justia Opinion Summary: The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) requires states to permit "overseas voters" to vote by absentee ballot in federal elections, 52 U.S.C. 20302(a)(1). An “overseas voter” resides outside the...

Armstrong v. BNSF Railway Co.  
Date: January 18, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-1088, 16‐3674

Justia Opinion Summary: Armstrong, a BNSF train conductor, was not wearing the proper uniform for the third time in two weeks. Armstrong’s supervisor, Motley, noticed and called him into the “Glasshouse” office. Nelson left the Glasshouse as A...

United States v. Henshaw  
Date: January 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1628

Justia Opinion Summary: The DEA arrested Henshaw during a cocaine purchase; he had $3,174 in cash. In Henshaw’s residence, agents found $55,090 in cash, 750 grams of marijuana, and five ecstasy pills. Henshaw acknowledged that he was a marijuan...

Plaintiff v. Defendant
Date: January 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2037
Johnson v. Madigan  
Date: January 17, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3189

Justia Opinion Summary: Johnson was convicted of rape, deviate sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping in 1983. As required by Illinois law, he registered as a sex offender for 10 years. In 2011, Illinois amended its Sex Offender Registration...

Mohamed Gaffoordeen v. Jefferson B. Sessions III
Date: January 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1602
Boucher v. Finance System of Green Bay, Inc.  
Date: January 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2308

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, Wisconsin residents, incurred and defaulted on debts for medical services. Plaintiffs’ creditors assigned these debts to FSGB, a collection agency. FSGB sent plaintiffs letters stating: As of the date of this...

United States v. Adams  
Date: January 16, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2928

Justia Opinion Summary: Adams, age 20, was a member of the Vice Lords gang and had a lengthy criminal record. Officers stopped Adams on a probation warrant, then retraced his steps to where they first spotted him.They found a semiautomatic hand...

United States v. Gumila  
Date: January 16, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3111

Justia Opinion Summary: Gumila, the head of clinical operations for a company that provided home medical care to the elderly, was convicted of 21 counts of health-care fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1347 and three counts of making a false statement in a heal...

Sanchez v. City of Chicago  
Date: January 16, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3546

Justia Opinion Summary: Officers Garcia and Murphy observed Sanchez fail to stop his van as required at intersections and fail to maintain his lane; his sliding door was completely open. Garcia activated his siren and lights. Sanchez did not st...

Khan v. Midwestern University  
Date: January 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1055

Justia Opinion Summary: Khan failed three courses in her first year of medical school at The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Ordinarily, under the school policy, this would permit the school administrators to dismiss her from the progr...

Arun Veluchamy v. Bank of America, N.A.
Date: January 12, 2018
Docket Number: 15-2902
Veluchamy v. Bank of America, N.A.  
Date: January 12, 2018
Docket Numbers: 15-2908, 15-2902, 15-3815, 16-3496

Justia Opinion Summary: The “senior Veluchamys” earned great wealth in business. They acquired two banks in the 1990s and merged them. When the bank suffered financial problems, the senior Veluchamys personally borrowed and guaranteed loans tot...

Parameswari Veluchamy v. Bank of America, N.A.
Date: January 12, 2018
Docket Number: 15-3815
Parameswari Veluchamy v. Bank of America, N.A.
Date: January 12, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3496
Restoration Risk Retention Group, Inc. v. Gutierrez  
Date: January 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1016

Justia Opinion Summary: Risk retention groups (RRGs) insure only their owners. The Products Liability Risk Retention Act encourages manufacturers to pool their resources into RRGs and explicitly preempts state laws that inhibit the formation of...

United States v. Wilson  
Date: January 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1076

Justia Opinion Summary: Wilson was the Director, Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO of Imperial, which acquired e-Bio, which ran a fraud scheme, "Alchemy." It involved purchasing biodiesel from a third party and reselling it as though it...

Hyatt Franchising, L.L.C. v. Shen Zhen New World I, LLC  
Date: January 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2071

Justia Opinion Summary: Shen Zhen was to renovate a Los Angeles hotel and operate it using Hyatt’s business methods and trademarks. Later, Hyatt declared that Shen Zhen was in breach. An arbitrator concluded that Shen Zhen owes Hyatt $7.7 milli...

Oilgear Co. v. Hitt  
Date: January 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2534

Justia Opinion Summary: As Oilgear’s CEO, Hitt held restricted stock. When Hitt left his position in 2014, Oilgear exercised its option to repurchase the shares. Oilgear and Hitt agreed that he would receive $753,000: $108,000 immediately and...

Baer v. Neal  
Date: January 11, 2018
Docket Number: 15-1933

Justia Opinion Summary: Baer admitted that he murdered a 24-year-old woman and her four‐year‐old daughter in their home. He did not know the victims. Convicted of two murders, robbery, theft, and attempted rape, he was sentenced to death. He f...

Verfuerth v. Orion Energy Systems, Inc.  
Date: January 11, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3502

Justia Opinion Summary: Verfuerth, the founder and former CEO of Orion, had disputes with Orion’s board of directors, involving outside counsel's billing practices, potential patent infringement, potential conflicts of interests involving a boa...

Sarah Davis v. Nancy A. Berryhill
Date: January 11, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3675
Banco Panamericano, Incorporat v. City of Peoria, Illinois  
Date: January 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1019

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1995, Peoria signed a lease that allowed RTC to construct and operate a gas conversion project at the city’s landfill, providing that when the lease terminated, the city had an absolute right to retain, at no cost, th...