2019 Seventh Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

USA v. Constancio Palomino-Chavez
Date: March 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1001
Daniel McNett v. Nicholas Robertson
Date: March 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1508
Judith Mischler v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: March 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1523
United States v. Garcia  
Date: March 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1735

Justia Opinion Summary: Garcia was convicted of distributing a kilogram of cocaine to co-defendant Cisneros, 21 US.C. 841. The government offered no direct evidence that Garcia possessed or controlled cocaine, drug paraphernalia, large quantiti...

USA v. Miguel Barrera-Soberanis
Date: March 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2202
Gary Dodge v. Author Solutions
Date: March 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2987
Timothy Hermann v. Dunn County
Date: March 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3373
United States v. Wanjiku  
Date: March 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1973

Justia Opinion Summary: Wanjiku pled guilty to transportation of child pornography, 18 U.S.C. 2252A, retaining his right to appeal the denial of his motion to suppress photographs and videos recovered from his cell phone, laptop, and external h...

Williams v. Norfolk Southern Corp.  
Date: March 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2517

Justia Opinion Summary: Williams, age 17, was struck by a train while he and his friends were running away from a police officer. He sued the railway. The district court held, on summary judgment, that Williams was barred from recovery by India...

Frank Simmons v. Illinois Bell Telephone Compan
Date: March 18, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1501
Rafael Herrera-Garcia v. William P. Barr
Date: March 18, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1511
Hernandez v. Marque Medicos Fullerton, LLC  
Date: March 18, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1789

Justia Opinion Summary: Hernandez filed a voluntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition in December 2016, reporting one sizable asset: a pending workers’ compensation claim valued at $31,000. To place that claim beyond the reach of creditors, she lis...

Herrera-Garcia v. Barr  
Date: March 18, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-3196, 18-1511

Justia Opinion Summary: Herrera-Garcia, a citizen of El Salvador, entered the U.S. illegally in 1990. In 2016, DHS initiated removal proceedings under 8 U.S.C. 1229a, alleging that he was convicted of a crime of moral turpitude. Herrera-Garcia...

Gaylor v. Peecher  
Date: March 15, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-1277, 18-1280

Justia Opinion Summary: Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), a nonprofit organization, “[t]akes legal action challenging entanglement of religion and government, government endorsement or promotion of religion.” FFRF paid its co-presidents...

Annie Gaylor v. Steven Mnuchin
Date: March 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1280
Kanter v. Barr  
Date: March 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1478

Justia Opinion Summary: Kanter pleaded guilty to mail fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1341, based on his submission of bills to Medicare for non-compliant therapeutic shoes and shoe inserts. Due to his felony conviction, he is prohibited from possessing a fir...

Rogelio Orozco v. Kimberly Butler
Date: March 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1635
Dorothy Moore-Fotso v. Board of Education of the City
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2390
Kreg Therapeutics, Inc. v. VitalGo, Inc.  
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Numbers: 17-3005, 17‐3227

Justia Opinion Summary: Kreg, a medical-supply company, contracted with VitalGo, maker of the Total Lift Bed®, for exclusive distribution rights in several markets. A year and a half later, the arrangement soured. VitalGo told Kreg that it had...

Kreg Therapeutics, Inc. v. VitalGo, Inc.
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3227
City of Chicago v. Marshall  
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Numbers: 17-3630, 17-3663, 17-3664

Justia Opinion Summary: Chicago makes a car’s owner, rather than its driver, liable for many fines, including those for speeding, running a red light, and illegal parking. After their Chapter 13 bankruptcy payment plans were confirmed, the seve...

City of Chicago v. Shelly C. Moore
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3663
City of Chicago v. Florence Mae Hernandez
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3664
Trustees of Indiana University v. Curry  
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-1146, 18‐1247, 18‐1308

Justia Opinion Summary: Indiana University and faculty members, claiming interference with medical scholarship, challenged a state statute, providing that “[a] person who intentionally acquires, receives, sells, or transfers fetal tissue commit...

Trustees of Indiana University v. Terry Curry
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1247
Trustees of Indiana University v. Terry Curry
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1308
Gregory Jones v. Dustin Bayler
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1352
USA v. Terrell Shankle
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1425
Ruby Rodriguez v. Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1486
Ramon Clark v. Bart Lind
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1506
Joseph Reinwand v. National Electrical Benefit Fu
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2601
Regains v. Chicago  
Date: March 13, 2019
Docket Number: 15-2444

Justia Opinion Summary: Illinois law requires sex offenders to register with the police. Offenders with a fixed residence were required to register either every 90 days or annually; homeless offenders were to report weekly. Some Chicago officer...

Adeoye Adebowale v. William P. Barr
Date: March 13, 2019
Docket Number: 16-3676
Adeoye Adebowale v. William P. Barr
Date: March 13, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1842
Paul Chatman v. Greg Gossett
Date: March 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1397
USA v. Nathaniel Ford
Date: March 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1608
USA v. Anthony Taylor
Date: March 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2384
USA v. Fairly W. Earls
Date: March 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2427
Amos Financial, LLC v. Joseph Sneed
Date: March 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3212
USA v. Timothy Meadows
Date: March 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3393
USA v. Anthony Jackson
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3414
USA v. Anthony D. Jackson
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3417
United States v. Walker  
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2825

Justia Opinion Summary: Walker was charged with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. During his detention awaiting trial, the government discovered that Walker and his associates had bribed witnesses to testify falsely on his behalf at hi...

Greenhill v. Vartanian  
Date: March 8, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3526

Justia Opinion Summary: Surviving Mustang fighter planes are collectors’ items. In 1965 Vartanian bought a Mustang, serial number 44-74543 and kept it in a Fulton County New York hangar. In 1985 Vartanian's representative could not find it. Var...

Rhonda Cotton v. Milwaukee Area Technical Coll
Date: March 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2258
USA v. Daniel Graap
Date: March 6, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2490
Mark Byrd v. Daniel Hobart
Date: March 6, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3320
Sansone v. Brennan  
Date: March 6, 2019
Docket Numbers: 17-3534, 17-3632

Justia Opinion Summary: Sansone, a Postal Service employee since 1981, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1991. By 1999, he used a wheelchair. He parked in a reserved space near the loading docks, where there was room to deploy his wheelc...

Johnnie Savory v. William Cannon, Sr.
Date: March 6, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3543
Anthony Sansone v. Megan Brennan
Date: March 6, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3632
USA v. Andre Patterson
Date: March 6, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1167
Ezra French v. Scott Eckstein
Date: March 6, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1768
William Liebhart v. SPX Corporation
Date: March 6, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1918
United States v. Briggins  
Date: March 6, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1921

Justia Opinion Summary: Briggins pleaded guilty in 2017 to committing multiple bank robberies. In 1999, he had been convicted of 10 bank robberies and sentenced to 84 months’ imprisonment. The number of criminal history points to be added for t...

United States v. Salgado  
Date: March 6, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2194

Justia Opinion Summary: Salgado conspired with Lorenzo (his father) and others to distribute heroin, using a Bensenville, Illinois stash house. Lorenzo, who lived in Mexico, was the leader. Salgado was arrested in 2016, indicted under 21 U.S....

Joshua Bella v. Anthony Meli
Date: March 6, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2478
Liebhart v. SPX Corp.  
Date: March 6, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-2598, 18-1918

Justia Opinion Summary: The Liebharts own three houses on a block in Watertown, Wisconsin. Part of the block was previously occupied by a factory, built in 1920 and last owned by SPX. The factory manufactured power transformers containing polyc...

John Norris v. Otto Serrato
Date: March 5, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1626
Randy Swisher v. Porter County Sheriff's Depar
Date: March 5, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1885
Alfredo Molina-Garcia v. Zachary Fardon
Date: March 5, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2322
United States v. Galloway  
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1304

Justia Opinion Summary: Galloway pleaded guilty to possessing ammunition as a felon. Galloway’s guideline range would have been 130-162 months in prison if it were not capped by a 120-month statutory maximum. The government asked the court to g...

Conway v. General Electric Co.  
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-1522, 18-2880

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs purchased land near a former GE manufacturing plant that had operated in Morrison, Illinois for 60 years. The plant leached toxic chemicals that seeped into the groundwater. The Illinois Environmental Protecti...

Arendovich Investments, Inc. v. NNR Global Logistics, Inc.
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1671
Fredrick Lloyd v. Mayor of the City of Peru
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2410
LAJIM, LLC v. General Electric Company
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2880
Thomas Carter v. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3605
United States v. Street  
Date: March 1, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1209

Justia Opinion Summary: Pewaukee, Wisconsin law enforcement officers were searching for two African‐American men who, moments before, had committed an armed robbery and had been tracked to the parking lot of a nearby Walmart store. An officer s...

Trinity 83 Development LLC v. Colfin Midwest Funding LLC  
Date: March 1, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2117

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006 Trinity borrowed about $2 million from a bank, secured by a mortgage. The bank sold the note and mortgage to ColFin, which relied on Midland to collect the payments. In 2013, Midland recorded a “satisfaction,” st...

Jones v. Zatecky  
Date: February 28, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2606

Justia Opinion Summary: Based on a 2005 domestic violence incident, Jones was charged with battery. For another incident, he was charged separately with intimidation and being a habitual offender. The court set a joint omnibus date of October 1...

Roger Allen Cose v. Mary Gorske
Date: February 28, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1550
Roger Cose v. Mary Gorske
Date: February 28, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1810
USA v. Matthew Elder
Date: February 27, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2207
Christopher Goodvine v. Kevin A. Carr
Date: February 27, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3208
Christopher Goodvine v. Brett Vandewalle
Date: February 27, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1168
Christopher Goodvine v. Kevin A. Carr
Date: February 27, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1398
USA v. Duane O'Malley
Date: February 27, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1617
Michelle McDonald v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: February 27, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1794
Erick Coleman v. Calumet City, Illinois
Date: February 27, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2049
Marcia McNeil v. Salvation Army
Date: February 27, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2508
Webster v. CDI Indiana, LLC  
Date: February 27, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3080

Justia Opinion Summary: Courtney had a CT scan performed at CDI’ diagnostic imaging facility. The radiologist, Webster, an independent contractor hired by MSC, missed Courtney’s rectal cancer. Courtney's cancer festered for over a year before b...

Kevin Birdo v. Dave Gomez
Date: February 26, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1422
Washington v. Marion County Prosecutor  
Date: February 26, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2933

Justia Opinion Summary: Washington was driving a vehicle he owned when an Indianapolis police officer pulled him over in September 2016. Washington was arrested and charged with dealing in marijuana, resisting law enforcement, and obstruction o...

BMO Harris Bank N.A. v. Anderson  
Date: February 26, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3073

Justia Opinion Summary: Anderson and Kaiser jointly borrowed about $700,000 from the Bank, secured by a mortgage. They did not pay; the Bank filed a foreclosure action in state court. That action was put on hold when Anderson commenced a bankru...

USA v. David Simpson
Date: February 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1018
Travis D. Williams v. Leslie Patton
Date: February 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1162
Gregory Jones v. Andrew Tilden
Date: February 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1286
DeCamp v. Berryhill  
Date: February 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2105

Justia Opinion Summary: DeCamp, age 55, has a history of depression, drug overdoses, and suicidal thoughts. She overdosed on medication three times in October 2007. She attempted suicide and was cutting her legs. She also has a history of alcoh...

Nathan Hummel v. Vicki Cooley
Date: February 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2359
Jeanine Jackson v. Pitney Bowes, Incorporated
Date: February 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2438
Steven Schmidt v. Waterstone Bank SSB
Date: February 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3025
Robert Ollie v. Michael P. Atchison
Date: February 25, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1412
USA v. Dominic Boyland
Date: February 25, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2008
Barry v. Barr  
Date: February 22, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2334

Justia Opinion Summary: Barry was born in Guinea. His father was a member of an opposition political party during the 1990s. The Guinean government took drastic measures to locate Barry’s father and prevent his political activities, including s...

Silva v. State of Wisconsin, Department of Corrections  
Date: February 22, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2561

Justia Opinion Summary: Silva, a Brazilian citizen who self-identifies as Latino, worked as a correctional sergeant for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC). His use of force on an inmate triggered an internal review process and led to...

USA v. Nikolay Tantchev
Date: February 21, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1200
United States v. Chogsom  
Date: February 21, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-1263, 18-1200

Justia Opinion Summary: Tantchev, a native of Bulgaria, owned a trucking business that operated out of a warehouse in Chicago. Chogsom, a Mongolian immigrant, worked for Tantchev. Large deposits into Tantchev’s bank account prompted an investig...

D'Antoni v. United States  
Date: February 21, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1358

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1987, D’Antoni was charged with selling cocaine to a juvenile resulting in her death. While in jail, D’Antoni offered another inmate $4,000 to kill a government witness related to the charge. The inmate went to the po...

United States v. Johnson  
Date: February 21, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2023

Justia Opinion Summary: Police arrested Johnson at a Madison, Wisconsin, bar carrying five hydrocodone pills, two cell phones, gem packs containing marijuana residue, a plastic bag of antihistamine, and a loaded pistol. Johnson pled guilty to p...

USA v. Thomas P. Vitrano
Date: February 21, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2586
USA v. Jaime Vaughn
Date: February 21, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2988
Ruark v. Union Pacific Railroad Co.  
Date: February 20, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2429

Justia Opinion Summary: Ruark was working for Union Pacific, using a hydraulic rail drill. Ruark was involved connecting the drill to the hydraulic lines and used the machine to drill several holes without noticing any leaking fluid or other ma...

Gates v. Board of Education of the City of Chicago  
Date: February 20, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3143

Justia Opinion Summary: Gates testified that his supervisor, Rivera, addressed him with the N‐word twice, and once threatened to write up his “black ass.” The district court granted the employer summary judgment on Gates’s claim for a racially...

USA v. Cebrian Omar Sims
Date: February 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1225
Holloway v. Soo Line Railroad Co.  
Date: February 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2431

Justia Opinion Summary: Canadian Pacific hired Holloway as a conductor in July 2014. He had disciplinary actions relating to attendance, not providing his engineer with important safety information, and violating safety and work rules. On Octob...

Walker v. Ingersoll Cutting Tool Co.  
Date: February 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2673

Justia Opinion Summary: Walker had worked at Ingersoll since 2008 and had a history of conflict with coworkers. On October 21, 2014, Walker was listening to music while working. Rafferty told Walker to mute the radio. Walker alleges that he was...

Peerless Network, Inc. v. MCI Communications Services, Inc.  
Date: February 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2747

Justia Opinion Summary: Telecommunications providers Peerless and Verizon entered into an Agreement, providing for lowered rates for certain switching services. If a contractual rate did not apply, Peerless billed Verizon its tariff rates, as f...

Nick Martin v. George Jones
Date: February 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1706
James Lewis v. Chad Henneman
Date: February 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2363
Jones v. Carter  
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2836

Justia Opinion Summary: Jones observes Islamic dietary restrictions, which forbid the consumption of certain foods and require that others be prepared in accordance with Islamic law (halal). There is overlap in halal and Jewish kosher requireme...

Fran Watkins v. Riverside Medical Center
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1411
USA v. Yarmell Austin
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1604
Cathy Fisher v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2166
Carrie Paul v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2180
USA v. George Madgett
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2665
USA v. Paul Grissom
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2940
USA v. Jeffrey Kemp
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3065
United States v. Adkinson  
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3381

Justia Opinion Summary: Adkinson and others robbed an Indiana T-Mobile phone store and a Kentucky Verizon store at gunpoint. They later robbed nine additional stores. During its investigation, T-Mobile pulled data from cell sites near two victi...

USA v. Justin Martin
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3519
United States v. Henderson  
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3549

Justia Opinion Summary: Henderson was indicted for possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and two related firearms offenses. In accordance with the Marshals Service’s policy in the Springfield Division, Henderson appeared in cour...

Spiegel v. McClintic  
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1070

Justia Opinion Summary: Spiegel has lived in a Wilmette condominium building for 22 years. In 2015, the McClintics bought a unit in the building. The McClintics, apparently in violation of association rules, do not live in the building but use...

United States v. Terry  
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1305

Justia Opinion Summary: DEA agents, with an arrest warrant for Terry, waited for him to return from taking his son to school, arrested him when he got out of his car, and took him in for questioning. Other agents knocked on Terry’s apartment do...

ARC Welding Supply, Co. Inc. v. American Welding & Gas, Inc.  
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1546

Justia Opinion Summary: ARC, a distributor of compressed gases, sold its assets to American. Because ARC leased asset cylinders to customers, it was not immediately able to identify the number of cylinders included in the purchase; the Agreemen...

Construction and General Laborers' Union Number 330 v. Town of Grand Chute  
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1739

Justia Opinion Summary: Scabby the Rat is a giant, inflatable balloon that is associated with labor disputes. After the Union learned that a masonry company working at Kolosso Toyota in Grand Chute, was not paying area standard wages, it engage...

Price v. Chicago  
Date: February 13, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2196

Justia Opinion Summary: Pro-life “sidewalk counselors” sued to enjoin Chicago’s “bubble zone” ordinance, which bars them from approaching within eight feet of a person within 50 feet of an abortion clinic if their purpose is to engage in counse...

Cornielsen v. Infinium Capital Management, LLC  
Date: February 13, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2583

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, 39 former employees of Infinium Capital, voluntarily converted loans they had made to their employer under the company’s Employee Capital Pool program into equity in the company. A year later their redemption...

Jackie Wilson v. Wexford Medical Services
Date: February 13, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3261
Red Barn Motors, Inc. v. NextGear Capital, Inc.  
Date: February 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1409

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiffs, used car dealerships, were solicited by the defendant to enter into a “Demand Promissory Note and Security Agreement.” The defendant would issue a line of credit for the plaintiffs to access in purchasing...

United States v. Yarber  
Date: February 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1469

Justia Opinion Summary: A confidential informant bought cocaine from Yarber on four separate occasions near the same Champaign intersection while police watched. Each time, Yarber drove a white Dodge Charger, which was registered to his girlfri...

Clifford Gibbons v. MONY Life Insurance Company
Date: February 12, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1785
James Owens v. Sandra Funk
Date: February 12, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1882
Clifford Gibbons v. MONY Life Insurance Company
Date: February 12, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3365
United States v. Boliaux  
Date: February 12, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1322

Justia Opinion Summary: From 2002-2008 Boliaux operated EMC, a used-car dealership. He borrowed money. Most loans were secured by the cars’ certificates of title. Because there should be only one title certificate per car, the dealer cannot tra...

Miranda Chaudhry v. Amazon.com.dedc, LLC
Date: February 12, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1849
Tamara Davis v. Ford Motor Company
Date: February 12, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2109
Ray v. Berryhill  
Date: February 12, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2229

Justia Opinion Summary: Ray lives with diabetes, hypertension, obesity, kidney disease, degenerative disc disease, anxiety, and depression. When his conditions worsened, he began working gradually easier jobs, from janitor to forklift operator...

USA v. Jay'von Flemming
Date: February 12, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2728
James Arington v. Jonathan Norton
Date: February 11, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2298
David Schlemm v. Kevin Carr
Date: February 11, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3110
USA v. Ulric Jones
Date: February 11, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3443
James Grant v. Jeffrey Gill
Date: February 11, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3561
USA v. James D. Victery
Date: February 11, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1011
USA v. Ronald Van Den Heuvel
Date: February 11, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1147
Eugene Cherry v. Scott Eckstein
Date: February 11, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1695
Lawrence Harris v. Lorie Iverson
Date: February 11, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2036
Todd Williams v. EDUC
Date: February 11, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2762
Deborah Walton v. BMO Harris Bank N.A.
Date: February 11, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2877
Larry Rubin v. Hector Sanchez
Date: February 11, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3483
Reed v. Columbia St. Mary's Hospital  
Date: February 8, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1469

Justia Opinion Summary: Reed alleged that she suffered discrimination on the basis of her disabilities while she was a patient at Columbia in March 2012. She contends that the hospital failed to accommodate her disabilities by deliberately with...

Miller v. Downey  
Date: February 8, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1507

Justia Opinion Summary: Between 2012 and 2013, the Kankakee, Illinois Detention Center prohibited inmates from receiving any newspapers. While awaiting trial on bank robbery charges, Miller’s family bought him a $279 subscription to the Chicago...

Andrew Slabon v. Nancy A. Berryhill
Date: February 8, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3186
United States v. Delhorno  
Date: February 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1707

Justia Opinion Summary: Delhorno, age 42, came to the U.S. with his parents when he was three years old. Living as a lawful permanent resident, he was pulled over for speeding. A drug-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs. Officers...

Patel v. Zillow, Inc.  
Date: February 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2130

Justia Opinion Summary: A Zestimate is an estimated value for real estate, generated on the Zillow website by applying a proprietary algorithm to public data, such as location, tax assessment, number of rooms, and recent selling prices. Zillow...

United States v. Graham  
Date: February 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2156

Justia Opinion Summary: Graham had worked at a Milwaukee Aldi for six years before being fired, for stealing, months before the first robbery. Graham used his knowledge of store procedures and that Aldi trains employees to acquiesce to robbers...

Winsted v. Berryhill  
Date: February 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2228

Justia Opinion Summary: Winsted was 42 years old when he applied for disability benefits, asserting an onset date of October 2010. Although he initially alleged he became disabled in 2005, two prior applications alleging this onset date were de...

Rhone v. Medical Business Bureau, LLC  
Date: February 7, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3408

Justia Opinion Summary: Rhone’s physical therapy provider (Institute), billed her $134 for each session. Insurance covered all but a $60 co-pay per session. Rhone did not remit her part of the bills. Institute turned to the Bureau for debt coll...

USA v. Donald Reddick
Date: February 7, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3477
United States v. Vaccaro  
Date: February 7, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1753

Justia Opinion Summary: Officers stopped Vaccaro for running a red light. Vaccaro made a “ferocious move,” leaning “his entire top torso and both arms into the back seat.” Afraid that Vaccaro might be trying to “gain control of something from t...

United States v. Moody  
Date: February 7, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1837

Justia Opinion Summary: Within two days of helping his co-defendants steal more than 100 guns from a train car in 2015, Moody sold 13 of them to anonymous buyers who telephoned him after they “heard about it.” He pleaded guilty to possessing a...

John Norris v. Executive Committee of the Uni
Date: February 7, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2038
United States v. Maclin  
Date: February 7, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2158

Justia Opinion Summary: Maclin, managing Khan’s medical practice, redirected Medicaid reimbursements from Khan’s business account to Maclin’s personal account. Maclin enrolled the practice in Medicaid’s electronic incentive program, without Kha...

John Garfield v. Dennis Furlong
Date: February 6, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2228
Rodney Heard v. Nathan Chapman
Date: February 6, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2557
USA v. Terrell McGee
Date: February 6, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2904
USA v. Raequon Allen
Date: February 6, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3456
USA v. Raequon Allen
Date: February 6, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3525
Victor Holm v. Captain Casiana
Date: February 6, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2079
James Manley v. Keith Butts
Date: February 6, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2086
Deutsche Bank National Trust C v. Tracy Cornish
Date: February 6, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2429
Jackson County Bank v. DuSablon  
Date: February 6, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2809

Justia Opinion Summary: JCB, an Indiana state-chartered bank, had an agreement with INVEST, a registered broker-dealer, to offer securities to JCB customers. In 2017, JCB assigned DuSablon to assist in identifying and establishing an investment...

Morgan v. Schott  
Date: February 5, 2019
Docket Number: 16-2384

Justia Opinion Summary: Illinois prison officials issued a disciplinary report charging Morgan with offenses stemming from a violent assault on fellow prisoners. Morgan disputed the charges and asked to call a witness to testify at his Adjustme...

United States v. Vargas  
Date: February 5, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1250

Justia Opinion Summary: Vargas rented a parking place for his truck in a Chicago lot without assigned spaces. Agents in Ohio arrested Hueter as he transported cocaine that, Hueter asserted, he had purchased from Vargas the previous day at his p...

United States v. Fernandez  
Date: February 4, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3421

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit affirmed Fernandez’s conviction as a felon in possession of a firearm, 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1), and his 27-month sentence. Voecks, the driver of the car in which Fernandez was found with a firearm, gave t...

United States v. Brewer  
Date: February 4, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2035

Justia Opinion Summary: An FBI task force identified Brewer as being present at banks just before robberies, determined that Brewer lived with Pawlak, in Gary, Indiana, and observed a Toyota matching the one from the robberies parked outside th...

Kopplin v. Wisconsin Central Limited  
Date: February 1, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3602

Justia Opinion Summary: Kopplin, a former train conductor, brought claims of negligence and negligence per se against the Wisconsin Central railroad under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, 45 U.S.C. 51, alleging that Kopplin injured his elb...

Sims v. Hyatte  
Date: February 1, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1573

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1993, Carey was a security guard at a night school. Carey arrived for his shift, traversed the premises, then returned to his car to read. The parking lot was not well lit. Around 7:00 p.m., Carey saw three black men...

Lamont D. Johnson v. Nancy A. Berryhill
Date: February 1, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2087
USA v. Antwon Jenkins
Date: February 1, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1022
Giles v. Godinez  
Date: January 29, 2019
Docket Number: 15-3077

Justia Opinion Summary: Illinois prisoner Giles suffers from schizoaffective disorder. Giles filed a pro se suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging the defendants violated his rights under the Eighth Amendment by being deliberately indifferent to h...

Ruderman v. Whitaker  
Date: January 29, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1689

Justia Opinion Summary: In Belarus, Ruderman experience discrimination and violence because of his Jewish heritage. His father, a documentary filmmaker, died while filming a piece on government corruption and had previously been detained and ba...

ABS Global, Inc. v. Inguran, LLC  
Date: January 29, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1873

Justia Opinion Summary: Until recently, Sexing Tech held a monopoly on the market for sexed cattle semen in the United States. Sperm‐sorting technology separates bull semen into X‐chromosome bearing and Y‐chromosome bearing sperm cells; the res...

USA v. Anwer Shahbaz
Date: January 29, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3455
United States v. Books  
Date: January 29, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3493

Justia Opinion Summary: On trial for bank robbery, Books chose not to testify in his own defense. He was found guilty and sentenced to 180 months’ imprisonment. He challenged the district court’s decision to allow eyewitness testimony from two...

Cervantes v. Group  
Date: January 29, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3536

Justia Opinion Summary: Cervantes began working as an Ardagh pallet loader in 1991. He was promoted to forklift driver, then to electro‐mechanic in 2000. On June 20, 2015, after completing his shift, he remained at the Ardagh facility to assist...

USA v. Deandre Watson
Date: January 29, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1878
Trustees of the Suburban Teamsters of Northern Illinois Pension Fund v. E Co.  
Date: January 29, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2273

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement, T&W regularly contributed on behalf of its employees to the Suburban Teamsters of Northern Illinois Pension Fund. In 2014 T&W ceased operations and cut off its pension contr...

United States v. Cook  
Date: January 28, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1343

Justia Opinion Summary: Police conducted a traffic stop of Cook's car, approached the car and noticed a strong odor of marijuana. Cook was driving on a suspended license and without a license plate on the front of his vehicle, so the officers o...

United States v. Phillips  
Date: January 28, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1372

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010 Phillips began serving an eight-year term of supervised release stemming from a 2003 conviction for possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute. In October 2017, Quincy police officers stopped him as he...

Scheidler v. Indiana  
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2543

Justia Opinion Summary: Scheidler, employed by the Indiana Department of Insurance (IDOI), sought accommodations for disabilities related to her mental health. She asked, among other things, that her coworkers not startle her. She received thes...

Anthony D. Lee, Sr. v. Kevin Kink
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1005
Anthony Martin v. Dushan Zatecky
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1971
Nielen-Thomas v. Concorde Investment Services, LLC  
Date: January 24, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2875

Justia Opinion Summary: Nielen-Thomas, on behalf of herself and others similarly situated, filed a complaint in Wisconsin state court alleging she and other class members were defrauded by their investment advisor. Defendants removed the case t...

Kleber v. CareFusion Corp.  
Date: January 23, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1206

Justia Opinion Summary: In March 2014, Kleber, an attorney, applied for a senior inhouse position in CareFusion’s law department. The job description required applicants to have “3 to 7 years (no more than 7 years) of relevant legal experience....

Lewis v. Chicago  
Date: January 23, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1510

Justia Opinion Summary: In September 2013, Chicago police officers searched an apartment where they encountered Lewis and two others and discovered a handgun. Lewis alleges that the officers had no basis to believe the gun was his; that he didn...

Fuller v. Whitaker  
Date: January 23, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3176

Justia Opinion Summary: Fuller entered the U.S. on a fiancé visa in 1999 and married an American citizen in 2000. In 2004, he pleaded guilty to attempted criminal sexual assault. An Illinois court ultimately imposed a sentence of four years' im...

United States v. Coleman  
Date: January 23, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3636

Justia Opinion Summary: Coleman, a former Chicago police officer, was friends with cousins Davis and Conway. In 2014, Coleman served on the Operation Five Leaf Clover drug investigation task force, which began to focus on people whom Coleman kn...

Micah Anderson v. Sunita Williamson
Date: January 23, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2643
National Labor Relations Board v. Calvert  
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1895

Justia Opinion Summary: Calvert was the sole owner of E.L.C., an electrical contracting company. After a labor organization unsuccessfully campaigned to unionize his workforce, Calvert laid off most of E.L.C.’s electricians, effectively prevent...

Robinson v. Davol, Inc.  
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2068

Justia Opinion Summary: Bard manufactures a surgical patch, consisting of two pieces of mesh that surround a flexible plastic ring. During a hernia repair, the patch is folded to fit through a small incision, then the plastic ring springs back...

P.F., a minor, by A.F., v. Taylor  
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3266

Justia Opinion Summary: Under Wisconsin’s open-enrollment program, a public-school student can apply to transfer from his resident school district to a nonresident district that has available space. The program distinguishes between regular edu...

Heidi Radosevich v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3326
United States v. Griffith  
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1310

Justia Opinion Summary: Griffith, age 52, pled guilty to receiving, distributing, and possessing child pornography (18 U.S.C. 2252A) and was sentenced to 240 months’ imprisonment. Griffith’s crimes included 477 photographs and 11 videos of unsp...

Tiberiu Klein v. David Novoselsky
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2977
Tiberiu Klein v. David Novoselsky
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3337
May v. Mahone  
Date: January 18, 2019
Docket Number: 15-3395

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit previously remanded for a determination of whether May had submitted a notice of appeal on or before August 10, 2015, in compliance with Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 4(c). The district court al...

USA v. Todd Raufeisen
Date: January 18, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3003
Joel Alan Brodsky v. S&M Auto Brokers, Inc.
Date: January 18, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1811
Lund v. United States  
Date: January 17, 2019
Docket Number: 16-2381

Justia Opinion Summary: Lund and 30 others were charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin. The indictment alleged that the conspiracy resulted in overdose deaths of five individuals, 21 U.S.C. 841(b)(1)(A). Lund pleaded guilty but denied res...

Church of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ v. Markham  
Date: January 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1432

Justia Opinion Summary: The church converted a single-family residence in a Markham residential district into its house of worship. For more than 15 years, the congregation gathered at the house for worship services, choir rehearsals, and Bible...

Christopher Hunter v. USA
Date: January 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1448
Kevin Sroga v. Steve Laboda
Date: January 16, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2049
United States v. Driggers  
Date: January 16, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2994

Justia Opinion Summary: Eight men entered a Chicago rail-yard, broke into a parked cargo train, and discovered firearms being shipped to a distributor. They stole over 100 guns. The government claimed, and one robber (Turner) testified, that an...

EOR Energy, LLC v. Illinois Environmental Protection Agency  
Date: January 16, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3107

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) brought charges before the Pollution Control Board against EOR Energy and AET Environmental under the Illinois Environmental Protection Act, 415 ILCS 5/1–5/58,...

Martin Hoffman v. Justin Wilks
Date: January 16, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3412
Onaffia McFadden v. Gregory Tangman
Date: January 15, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2245
Mittelstadt v. Perdue  
Date: January 15, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2447

Justia Opinion Summary: Mittelstadt’s Richland County, Wisconsin land was enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), administered by the Department of Agriculture (USDA), from 1987-2006. CRP participants agree to remove environmentally...

Rainsberger v. Benner  
Date: January 15, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2521

Justia Opinion Summary: Rainsberger was charged with murdering his elderly mother and was held for two months. He claims that the detective who built the case against him, Benner, submitted a probable cause affidavit that contained lies and omi...

Wallace Arnold v. Visiontek Products, LLC
Date: January 15, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2647
Stanley Boclair v. John Baldwin
Date: January 15, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3291
George Reed v. Kristen Vasquez
Date: January 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1302
Charles Mojapelo v. National Railroad Passenger
Date: January 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1677
Montrell Holmes v. Vipin Shah
Date: January 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1773
Ronald Kupsky v. Tenesa McLaren
Date: January 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2270
Irma Rosas v. Archdiocese of Chicago
Date: January 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2682
Daniel Rivera v. Allstate Insurance Company
Date: January 14, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1310
Rivera v. Allstate Insurance Co.  
Date: January 14, 2019
Docket Numbers: 17-1649, 17-1310

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

Keep Chicago Livable v. Chicago  
Date: January 14, 2019
Docket Numbers: 17-1656, 17-2846

Justia Opinion Summary: Websites like Airbnb serve as intermediaries, providing homeowners a forum for advertising short-term rentals of their homes and helping prospective renters find rooms and houses for temporary stays. Chicago’s 2016 Share...

David Bentz v. William Qualls
Date: January 14, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1728
Keep Chicago Livable v. City of Chicago
Date: January 14, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2846
Michael Thomas v. Raymond Anderson
Date: January 11, 2019
Docket Number: 15-2830
Maier v. Smith  
Date: January 11, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2151

Justia Opinion Summary: Maier was convicted of threatening Wisconsin state court judges in 2006. In 2011, Maier mailed a handwritten letter to the jurors in that case, stating that after being “skrewed” and serving two years in prison, Maier wa...

United States v. Bustos  
Date: January 10, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1388

Justia Opinion Summary: Four men conspired to sell heroin to an undercover officer. Arturo and Enemicio had phone conversations with the officers, arranging to sell 995 grams of heroin for $180,000. Enemicio drove Arturo to the officer’s car....

Travis Williams v. Rebecca Swenson
Date: January 10, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1638
Bankdirect Capital Finance, Inc. v. Texas Capital Bank National LLC  
Date: January 9, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1054

Justia Opinion Summary: BankDirect and Capital make loans to finance insurance premiums. In 2010, Capital, having exhausted the line of credit, approached BankDirect, which was willing to purchase Capital's loans and pay Capital to service tho...

James Chelmowski v. AT&T Mobility
Date: January 9, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1082
Joseph Hammerslough v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: January 9, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1732
Daniel Lashbrook v. William Hyatte
Date: January 9, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1903
Ronald Kupsky v. Outagamie County
Date: January 9, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2958
Noah Schroeder v. Terry Sawall
Date: January 8, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3328
Steven Scott v. James Richter
Date: January 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1272
Fadeel Shuhaiber v. State of Illinois
Date: January 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1447
Ian Humphrey v. Navient Solutions, Inc.
Date: January 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1584
Lee v. Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corp.  
Date: January 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1930

Justia Opinion Summary: In November 2016, two plaintiffs sued Metra and several of its employees, alleging racial discrimination under 42 U.S.C. 1983. An amended complaint named 11 plaintiffs and 10 defendants, with additional claims of racial...

Pamela Kilty v. Weyerhaeuser Company
Date: January 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1974
Scott Spatz v. Weyerhaeuser Company
Date: January 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1975
USA v. Olusola Arojojoye
Date: January 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2047
United States v. Proano  
Date: January 7, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3466

Justia Opinion Summary: Chicago police officers stopped a Toyota after it sped out of an alley. The driver fled, leaving several passengers. Officer Morlock pursued the driver. The Toyota rolled and wedged itself against Flaherty’s squad car....

Savory v. Cannon  
Date: January 7, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3543

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1977, Peoria police officers arrested 14-year-old Savory for the rape and murder of Cooper and the murder of Cooper’s 14-year-old brother. Savory claims that officers subjected him to an abusive 31-hour interrogation;...

Orgone Capital III, LLC v. Daubenspeck  
Date: January 7, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1815

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, Fisker, a manufacturer of luxury hybrid electric cars, became part of a trend in venture capital investments toward green energy technology start-ups. The Department of Energy advanced Fisker $192 million on a $...

USA v. Matthew Stoen
Date: January 7, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2256
USA v. Michael Anglin
Date: January 7, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2307
Yafai v. Pompeo  
Date: January 4, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1205

Justia Opinion Summary: Yafai and Ahmed were born, raised, and married in Yemen. Yafai became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2001 and successfully filed I‐130 petitions on behalf of his wife and several of their children. Ahmed and her children...

Jacquelyen Derry v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: January 4, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1654
USA v. Nehemiah Lafoe
Date: January 4, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2126
William Dittmann v. Quest Diagnostics, Incorporat
Date: January 3, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1979
USA v. Leslie Woods
Date: January 3, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2720
James Manley v. Mark Sevier
Date: January 3, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3197
USA v. Carey Ray
Date: January 3, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3573
United States v. Corrigan  
Date: January 3, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3642

Justia Opinion Summary: Neilitz purchased $125,000 worth of ECS stock; Rawah Partners invested $350,000. In 2008, Corrigan, ECS’s President and CEO, negotiated a sale of ECS. Because of the worldwide financial downturn, the sale fell through. S...

Mitchell v. City of Elgin  
Date: January 2, 2019
Docket Number: 16-1907

Justia Opinion Summary: Mitchell enrolled in an Elgin Community College online criminal-justice course. The instructor, an Elgin police officer, eventually advised her that she was failing the course. Soon after, the police department received...

Frankie Walker, Sr. v. Shan Jumper
Date: January 2, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2596
Neely-Beytarik-El v. Conley  
Date: January 2, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2980

Justia Opinion Summary: The inmate sued Pendleton Correctional Industrial Facility (CIF) and Indiana Department of Corrections officials, alleging that they prevented him from participating fully in Moorish Science Temple of America services he...

United States v. Hagen  
Date: January 2, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1579

Justia Opinion Summary: Hagen was convicted twice under Illinois law for failing to get her children to school (Guardian Allows Child Truancy). She later pleaded guilty in federal court for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. The district...

Jan Kowalski McDonald v. Cook County Officers Electora
Date: January 2, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1609
Beltran-Aguilar v. Whitaker  
Date: January 2, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1799

Justia Opinion Summary: Beltran-Aguilar, a citizen of Mexico, applied for cancellation of removal. The BIA affirmed the denial of his application. The Seventh Circuit denied a petition for review. Beltran-Aguilar’s conviction for Wisconsin bat...

Goldberg v. Frerichs  
Date: January 2, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2432

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit previously concluded that people whose property is taken into custody by Illinois under its Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act, 765 ILCS 1026/15-607, are entitled to receive the time value of their...

Illinois v. Chicago  
Date: January 2, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2805

Justia Opinion Summary: An April 2016 Chicago Police Accountability Task Force report indicated that the Chicago Police Department’s “response to violence is not sufficiently imbued with Constitutional policing tactics.” In January 2017, the U....

Donald Flynn v. Frances Gecker
Date: January 2, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2862