2019 Seventh Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

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Carl Lusk v. Michael Cole
Date: October 11, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2547
Swartz v. Heartland Equine Rescue  
Date: October 11, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3260

Justia Opinion Summary: The Swartzes acquired horses, goats, and a donkey on their Washington County, Indiana hobby farm. In 2013, the county’s animal control officer, Lee, contacted Dr. Lovejoy, an Indiana State Board of Animal Health veterina...

USA v. Reynold De La Torre
Date: October 10, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2009
USA v. Christian Chapman
Date: October 10, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2218
USA v. Jeffrey Rush
Date: October 10, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2286
USA v. Maria Gonzalez
Date: October 10, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3303
USA v. Jose Zamudio
Date: October 10, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3361
United States v. Bennett  
Date: October 10, 2019
Docket Numbers: 19-1299, 18‐2009, 18‐2218, 18‐2286, 18‐3303

Justia Opinion Summary: The Zamudio drug organization distributed pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine throughout the Indianapolis area. Zamudio imported the drugs from his suppliers in Mexico and oversaw his distributors, including De La Tor...

Brown v. Doe  
Date: October 10, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1420

Justia Opinion Summary: Wisconsin prisoner Brown cut himself severely while in restrictive housing. Brown sued the prison nurses, asserting that they had exhibited deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs. The Wisconsin Department o...

United States v. Kaufmann  
Date: October 9, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2742

Justia Opinion Summary: Kaufmann arranged to care for an elderly man in exchange for room and board. The arrangement ended when police arrested Kaufmann for stealing from the man. Packing Kaufmann’s belongings, the family discovered child porno...

McDaniel v. Progress Rail Locomotive, Inc.  
Date: October 9, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3565

Justia Opinion Summary: Progress Rail, a manufacturer, has Shop Rules; violations result in “disciplinary action ranging from reprimand to immediate discharge.” Progress hired McDaniel in 2005 as a Material Handler. In 2016, McDaniel complained...

Miller v. United States  
Date: October 9, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1552

Justia Opinion Summary: Miller cut a hole in his bathroom wall and secretly filmed teenage girls—friends of his own children—undressing and showering. Federal authorities investigated and, after extensive discussions, offered to allow Miller to...

Dancel v. Groupon, Inc.  
Date: October 9, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1831

Justia Opinion Summary: Dancel sued Groupon, an online seller of discount vouchers, alleging Groupon had used her photograph to promote a restaurant voucher. Groupon had collected the photograph from Dancel’s public Instagram account based on d...

United States v. Zacahua  
Date: October 8, 2019
Docket Number: 16-4046

Justia Opinion Summary: Zacahua, a citizen of Mexico, lived as an unauthorized alien in the U.S. for over 20 years. Although he was employed by a Hilton hotel, Zacahua also transported heroin. Zacahua and codefendants were indicted for conspir...

United States v. Jackson  
Date: October 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3534

Justia Opinion Summary: The Southern Illinois Drug Task Force investigated Jackson and his associates. After a confidential source (CS) completed three controlled drug purchases from Jackson, each recorded via an audiovisual device, agents obta...

Yeatts v. Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.  
Date: October 8, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1269

Justia Opinion Summary: Biomet employed Yeatts in a role that included implementing compliance policies. In 2008, Biomet terminated its Brazilian distributor Prosintese, run by Galindo, after learning that Galindo had bribed healthcare provider...

4SEMO.COM, Incorporated v. Southern Illinois Storm Shelte
Date: October 7, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1998
4SEMO.COM, Inc. v. Southern Illinois Storm Shelters, Inc.  
Date: October 7, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-2095, 18-1998

Justia Opinion Summary: The dealer had the exclusive right to sell the manufacturer's below-ground storm shelters in Missouri and Arkansas. The dealer created a wordmark—“Life Saver Storm Shelters”— and a logo using that name, which it affixed...

Nigl v. Litscher  
Date: October 7, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1618

Justia Opinion Summary: Dr. Johnston, a prison psychologist, provided psychological services to Nigl, a Wisconsin Department of Corrections prisoner, serving a 100-year sentence. On Johnston’s last day of work, Nigl kissed her. The two began co...

Union Pacific Railroad Co. v. Wisconsin Department of Revenue  
Date: October 7, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1741

Justia Opinion Summary: Chapter 70 of the Wisconsin Tax Code governs the taxation of manufacturing and commercial companies aside from railroads and utilities. Chapter 76 governs the taxation of railroads and utilities, including air carriers,...

Daniels v. United States  
Date: October 4, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2618

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1991 Daniels was sentenced to 35 years in prison for drug-trafficking crimes he committed while leading a violent Milwaukee street gang in the 1980s. Based on two of his many prior crimes, he was sentenced as a career...

USA v. Donald Coleman
Date: October 4, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3497
USA v. Robert K. Zabka
Date: October 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1454
USA v. Brookstone Hospitality, Limite
Date: October 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1916
Dion Thomas v. Burnham Trucking Company, Inc.
Date: October 1, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1738
Vergara v. Chicago  
Date: September 30, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1266

Justia Opinion Summary: In September 2011 Chicago Police Officers stopped and searched the plaintiffs without justification and took them to Homan Square, which was later exposed as a den of police misconduct. The officers interrogated them for...

United States v. Gardner  
Date: September 30, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1731

Justia Opinion Summary: Gardner was arrested after firing a gun at two vehicles thought to be driven by rival gang members. While in pretrial custody, he engaged in additional violent behavior. Before trial, Gardner was diagnosed with major dep...

United States v. Collins  
Date: September 30, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3011

Justia Opinion Summary: Collins and others engaged in a scheme to defraud banks by submitting stolen and altered checks. The scheme netted $93,215.50. Collins pleaded guilty to bank fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1344. The presentence investigation report no...

Estate of Swannie Her v. Hoeppner  
Date: September 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3524

Justia Opinion Summary: Six-year-old Swannie was found unresponsive on the bottom of a man-made swimming pond operated by the City of West Bend. She never regained consciousness and died days later. Swannie’s estate alleged federal constitution...

Leeper v. Hamilton County Coal, LLC  
Date: September 26, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1109

Justia Opinion Summary: Hamilton operates a coal mine near Dahlgren, Illinois. On February 5, 2016, Leeper and 157 other full-time employees received a hand-delivered notice on Hamilton letterhead, stating that Hamilton was placing them “on tem...

Braxton v. Senegal  
Date: September 26, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1141

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court certified a class of about 250 African-American financial advisers who alleged that the Bank treated them less favorably than equivalent advisers of other races. A settlement agreement included a payme...

Koehn v. Delta Outsource Group, Inc/  
Date: September 25, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1088

Justia Opinion Summary: Delta, a collection agency, sent Koehn a letter stating that the “current balance” of Koehn’s debt was $2,034.03. Koehn claimed the letter was misleading under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. 1692 becau...

Leibundguth Storage & Van Service, Inc. v. Village of Downers Grove  
Date: September 24, 2019
Docket Number: 16-3055

Justia Opinion Summary: A Downers Grove ordinance limits the size and location of signs. Leibundguth claimed that it violated the First Amendment because its exceptions were unjustified content discrimination. The ordinance does not require per...

Crum & Forster Specialty Insurance Co. v. DVO, Inc.  
Date: September 23, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2571

Justia Opinion Summary: DVO was to design and build an anaerobic digester for WTE to generate electricity from cow manure to be sold to the electric power utility. WTE sued DVO for breach of contract. Crum initially provided a defense under a...

Osorio v. The Tile Shop, LLC  
Date: September 23, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2609

Justia Opinion Summary: Tile Shop, a specialty retailer, pays its commissioned sales staff a semimonthly “draw” of $1,000 ($24,000 annually) even if a sales associate earns less than that amount in commissions during the pay period. Tile reconc...

Jasmon Stallings v. Charles Best
Date: September 23, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3143
Edward Weinhaus v. Natalie Cohen
Date: September 23, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3185
Robert Marx v. Richland County, Wisconsin
Date: September 23, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1696
Bush v. United States  
Date: September 20, 2019
Docket Number: 16-3244

Justia Opinion Summary: The Bushes owed $100,000 in taxes. The IRS sought a 75% fraud penalty (26 U.S.C. 6663(a)); the Bushes proposed a 20% negligence penalty (section 6662(a)). On the date set for Tax Court trial, the Bushes filed for bankrup...

USA v. James Yates
Date: September 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2444
Maurice Buford v. Laborers' International Union
Date: September 20, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1266
John Balsewicz v. Craig Blumer
Date: September 20, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1619
Victoria Weiland v. Shawn Loomis
Date: September 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2054
Hye-Young Park v. Charles Secolsky
Date: September 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3017
USA v. Diego Pineda Sanchez
Date: September 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3173
Hye-Young Park v. Michael Hudson
Date: September 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3225
Harold Stone v. Signode Industrial Group LLC
Date: September 19, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1601
James Owens v. Stephen Duncan
Date: September 18, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3504
Edward Novotny, III v. Plexus Corporation
Date: September 18, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1745
Weiland v. Loomis  
Date: September 18, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2054

Justia Opinion Summary: Salters, an Illinois pretrial detainee, swallowed cleaning fluid. He was taken to Delnor Hospital for treatment. Guards were instructed to keep him shackled. One guard, Loomis, disobeyed that order when Salters wanted to...

Robert Williams v. Jonathan Kelly
Date: September 18, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2223
Karma International, LLC v. Indianapolis Motor Speedway,
Date: September 18, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2583
Glen Franklin v. Nancy Bowens
Date: September 18, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2943
David Bertha v. Ron Hain
Date: September 18, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3286
Karma International, LLC v. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC  
Date: September 18, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-3487, 18-2583

Justia Opinion Summary: For the 100th Indianapolis 500 race in 2016, organizers engaged Karma, an event-planning company, to host a ticketed party. The party was a disappointment. Poor ticket sales prevented Karma from covering its expenses. Ka...

Reginald Gross v. J.R. Bell
Date: September 18, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1261
Shawn Riley v. David Ewing
Date: September 17, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1279
United States v. Segal  
Date: September 16, 2019
Docket Numbers: 17-2842, 17-3317

Justia Opinion Summary: Segal was convicted in 2004 of racketeering, mail and wire fraud, making false statements, embezzlement, and conspiring to interfere with operations of the IRS. His company, NNIB, was convicted of mail fraud, making fals...

USA v. Michael Segal
Date: September 16, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3317
J.K.J. v. Polk County, Wisconsin
Date: September 16, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1498
J.K.J. v. Darryl Christensen
Date: September 16, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1499
J.K.J. v. Polk County, Wisconsin
Date: September 16, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2170
J.K.J. v. Darryl Christensen
Date: September 16, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2177
Davis v. Kayira  
Date: September 16, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2456

Justia Opinion Summary: Davis, an Illinois prisoner suffering from kidney disease, received dialysis on a Saturday. He subsequently told a prison nurse that his mind was fuzzy and his body was weak. Both complaints were similar to side effects...

Cassandra Washington v. Chicago Board of Education
Date: September 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2626
Maryjo Cohen v. Minneapolis Jewish Federation
Date: September 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3450
USA v. Deily Veras
Date: September 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3728
Alejandra Aguero v. Board of Trustees of the Unive
Date: September 13, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1068
Lexington Insurance Co. v. Hotai Insurance Co., Ltd.  
Date: September 12, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1141

Justia Opinion Summary: Trek, a Wisconsin bicycle manufacturer, had agreements with Taiwanese companies. Trek purchases bicycles from Giant, sells them under its own brand name, and purchases bicycle parts from Formula. The purchase orders requ...

United States v. Truitt  
Date: September 12, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2324

Justia Opinion Summary: In March 2009 Truitt joined the Moorish Science Temple of America, which calls itself a sovereign “ecclesiastical government” and teaches that neither the states nor the federal government have authority over its members...

USA v. Salvador Navarro
Date: September 12, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3313
United States v. Greco  
Date: September 12, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3496

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2001, Greco threatened to put a pipe bomb in his ex-girlfriend’s car. She obtained a protective order. He put the bomb in her car. It exploded, injuring her and destroying her car. Greco pleaded guilty to manufacturin...

First Midwest Bank v. Reinbold  
Date: September 11, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3291

Justia Opinion Summary: The debtor obtained a commercial loan from Bank. The agreement dated March 9, 2015, granted Bank a security interest in substantially all of the debtor’s assets, described in 26 categories of collateral, such as accounts...

Camm v. Faith  
Date: September 10, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1440

Justia Opinion Summary: On September 28, 2000, Camm, a former Indiana State Trooper, arrived home and discovered his wife lying on the garage floor, having been shot in the head. His children, Brad and Jill, were dead in his wife’s vehicle. Cam...

Odei v. United States Department of Homeland Security  
Date: September 10, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3105

Justia Opinion Summary: Odei, a Christian pastor in Ghana and a founding member of Spirit of Grace, a U.S. nonprofit religious group, is a Ph.D. candidate in an online educational program sponsored by a Tennessee university. Spirit of Grace inv...

Linder v. McPherson  
Date: September 9, 2019
Docket Number: 15-1501

Justia Opinion Summary: Tracking a fugitive, Deputy Marshal Linder interrogated the fugitive’s father. Another deputy saw Linder punch the father. Linder was indicted for witness tampering and using excessive force and was put on leave. McPher...

Chazen v. Marske  
Date: September 9, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3268

Justia Opinion Summary: Chazen was convicted of possessing a firearm as a felony and was sentenced under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), 18 U.S.C. 924(e)(1), which mandates a minimum 15-year sentence if a defendant unlawfully possesses a...

Darius Williams v. Andrew M. Saul
Date: September 6, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3559
Mountain Crest SRL, LLC v. Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV  
Date: September 5, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2327

Justia Opinion Summary: Mountain Crest filed suit alleging that Anheuser-Busch and Molson Coors had conspired to damage Mountain Crest's beer exports in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. Mountain Crest also alleged that defendants were en...

McGarry & McGarry, LLC v. Bankruptcy Management Solutions, Inc.  
Date: September 5, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2619

Justia Opinion Summary: After a creditor in a closed Chapter 7 bankruptcy case tried for a third time to bring a price-fixing claim against BMS, the district court granted BMS's motion to dismiss. The Seventh Circuit affirmed, holding that the...

Victor Wakley v. City of Indianapolis
Date: September 5, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1610
Angela Brooks-Ngwenya v. Indianapolis Public Schools
Date: September 4, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2349
USA v. Steven Adams
Date: September 4, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2932
USA v. Malcolm Carpenter
Date: September 4, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3377
United States v. Khan  
Date: September 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2612

Justia Opinion Summary: Khan construed a lawsuit concerning a traffic accident as “senseless provocation”; believed “noise pollution around [his] house” to be “organized persecution,” for which he promised retaliation; and believed Mayor Emanue...

Kenneth Annan v. Terrence Benignetti
Date: September 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2775
Denise Luster-Malone v. Cook County, Illinois
Date: September 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3544
USA v. John Woodward
Date: September 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3719
Maurice Shaw v. Wexford Health Sources, Inc.
Date: August 30, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2848
Johnson v. Rimmer  
Date: August 30, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1321

Justia Opinion Summary: Johnson suffers from mental ailments, including paranoid schizophrenia, major depressive disorder recurrent, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and borderline personality disorder. Starting in mid-2011, he had been admitted...

USA v. Michael Griesinger
Date: August 30, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1002
Roy Smith v. Gregory Pachmayr
Date: August 30, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1516
United States v. Haynes  
Date: August 29, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3657

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1996, Haynes robbed six stores at gunpoint. Three robberies were in Illinois and three were in Iowa. Haynes was charged with the Illinois robberies under the Hobbs Act, 18 U.S.C. 1951. For each robbery, Haynes also wa...

Cobb v. Aramark Correctional Services LLC  
Date: August 29, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1909

Justia Opinion Summary: Cobb, an Indiana prisoner, brought a state-court negligence action against Aramark for failing to clean up a spill in the kitchen at the Pendleton Correctional Facility on December 15, 2014, causing him to slip and fract...

Wilson v. Cook County  
Date: August 29, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2686

Justia Opinion Summary: Cook County residents brought a Second Amendment challenge to Cook County’s ban on assault rifles and large-capacity magazines. The Seventh Circuit affirmed the dismissal of the complaint, noting that in 2015 it upheld a...

Green v. Junious  
Date: August 28, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1784

Justia Opinion Summary: Green was walking through the parking lot of a Chicago gas station. An unmarked police vehicle turned into the lot. Green began to run as the vehicle approached, arousing the suspicion of the four officers inside. One of...

Chaidez v. Ford Motor Co.  
Date: August 28, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2753

Justia Opinion Summary: The named plaintiffs are Hispanic or Latino individuals who applied for employment as line workers at Ford’s Chicago assembly plant but were not hired. Millender is a black Ford employee and the Chairman of the United Au...

Lockett v. Bonson  
Date: August 28, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1012

Justia Opinion Summary: Lockett has been housed at the Wisconsin Secure Program Facility since November 2014. He has a significant medical history, having been diagnosed with sickle cell disease, a chronic condition that causes pain, sometimes...

Maria Azucena Pomposo Lopez v. William P. Barr
Date: August 28, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1026
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc. v. Adams  
Date: August 27, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2428

Justia Opinion Summary: Indiana statutes provided a fast and confidential judicial bypass procedure that is supposed to allow a small fraction of pregnant, unemancipated minors seeking abortions to obtain them without the consent of or notice t...

USA v. Devon Bean
Date: August 27, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2195
Common Cause Indiana v. Lawson  
Date: August 27, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-2491, 18-2492

Justia Opinion Summary: Indiana Senate Enrolled Act 442, Indiana Code 3-7- 38.2-5(d)–(e), allowed Indiana immediately to remove a voter based on information received from a third-party database rather than in response to direct contact with the...

Indiana State Conference of th v. Connie Lawson
Date: August 27, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2492
United States v. Barber  
Date: August 27, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2803

Justia Opinion Summary: Barber and Chipps used a crow‐bar to break into Dutchman Hunting Supplies in Shipshewana, Indiana, and steal 15 handguns. They set off the alarm during the robbery and were easily identified by shop employees because the...

Dameion Perkins v. Milwaukee County
Date: August 27, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3710
Williams v. Ortiz  
Date: August 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1404

Justia Opinion Summary: Williams, a Racine County Jail pre-trial detainee, suffers from osteoarthritis, for which he has received Social Security disability insurance since 1982. Although the Jail typically provides inmates with a single mattre...

Driveline Systems, LLC v. Arctic Cat, Inc.  
Date: August 23, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1424

Justia Opinion Summary: Driveline filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Arctic Cat over a supply contract for specially manufactured goods. Certain counts were resolved against Driveline by summary judgment. After a trial, the district cou...

John Palmer v. Andrew M. Saul
Date: August 23, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1079
United States v. Kelerchian  
Date: August 22, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1320

Justia Opinion Summary: Kelerchian was a licensed firearms dealer. His co-conspirators were Kumstar, the Deputy Chief of the Lake County, Indiana, Sheriff’s Department, and Slusser, a patrolman who was the armorer for the department’s SWAT team...

Refined Metals Corp. v. NL Industries Inc.  
Date: August 22, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3235

Justia Opinion Summary: Refined has owned the contaminated Beech Grove, Indiana lead smelter site since 1980 when it acquired it from NL. After years of litigation, Refined entered into a settlement with the federal Environmental Protection Age...

Rozumalski v. W.F. Baird & Associates, Ltd.  
Date: August 22, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3586

Justia Opinion Summary: Rozumalski started out as a water resources engineer at Baird’s Madison, Wisconsin, office in 2010.Rozumalski was sexually harassed by her direct supervisor, Riedel. When Rozumalski reported the harassment to her employe...

Janusiak v. Cooper  
Date: August 22, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1198

Justia Opinion Summary: Janusiak called 911 to report that Payten, a friend’s baby in her care, was not breathing. Paramedics took Payten to the hospital while officers talked to Janusiak. The police returned about eight hours later, and Janusi...

Whole Woman's Health Alliance v. Hill  
Date: August 22, 2019
Docket Number: 19-2051

Justia Opinion Summary: For two years, Alliance was unable to obtain a license from the Indiana State Department of Health to open a South Bend clinic to provide medication abortion care. After two unsuccessful applications, a statutory amendme...

Sullivan v. Flora, Inc.  
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Numbers: 17-2241, 18-2534

Justia Opinion Summary: Sullivan, a graphic design artist, produced 33 illustrations for Flora, an herbal supplement company, to use in two advertising campaigns. Upon noticing that Flora was using the illustrations in other ads, Sullivan broug...

United States v. Lee  
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-1687, 18-1950

Justia Opinion Summary: U.S. Customs Officer Parra spent December 8, 2010 “cracking open containers” at a warehouse near the Los Angeles seaport. Opening one from South Korea to inspect its freight, Parra found a fully assembled, five-foot-tall...

USA v. Heon Seok Lee
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1950
United States v. Simon  
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2442

Justia Opinion Summary: Simon was stopped for failing to signal sufficiently ahead of turning. A drug-sniffing dog alerted on Simon’s car. Officers searched it. They did not find drugs, but found a gun. The government charged Simon as a felon-i...

Amy Sullivan v. Flora, Inc.
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2534
Federal Trade Commission v. Credit Bureau Center, LLC  
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-2847, 18-3310

Justia Opinion Summary: Brown is the sole owner and operator of a credit-monitoring service. Brown’s websites used a “negative option feature” to attract customers, offering a “free credit report and score” while obscuring in much smaller text...

Smith v. Illinois Department of Transportation  
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2948

Justia Opinion Summary: During his probationary employment period, Smith challenged and failed to follow directions, was confrontational, engaged in unsafe conduct, and received unsatisfactory evaluations. He filed internal and union complaints...

FTC v. Credit Bureau Center, LLC
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3310
Emmis Communications Corporati v. Illinois National Insurance Co
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3392
Vanzant v. Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.  
Date: August 20, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3633

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs own cats with health problems. Their veterinarians prescribed Hill’s cat food. They purchased this higher-priced cat food from PetSmart stores using their veterinarian’s prescriptions before learning that the...

Marvin Faulkner v. Anna Loftus
Date: August 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2025
United States v. Johnson  
Date: August 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2350

Justia Opinion Summary: Johnson defrauded his employer and was charged with wire fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1343. During an in-chambers conference among court and counsel, Johnson’s attorney withdrew an objection to the restitution amount ($211,428) to b...

Henry Wade v. Wesley Barr
Date: August 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2487
United States v. Hopper  
Date: August 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2576

Justia Opinion Summary: Hopper, part of a community of methamphetamine users and sellers in southern Illinois, was charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(B), 846 and 18 U.S.C. 2. Several charged in...

United States v. Adams  
Date: August 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2932

Justia Opinion Summary: Adams, his girlfriend, Brandon, and another person were stopped for speeding. Adams was the subject of anonymous tips regarding drug activity at his house and had a previous conviction for conspiracy to distribute metham...

USA v. Ben Scott, Jr.
Date: August 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3442
Timothy Platt v. USA
Date: August 20, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1214
Jurijus Kadamovas v. John Caraway
Date: August 20, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1230
Keirand R. Moore v. State Farm Mutual Automobile
Date: August 20, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1316
Charles Brown v. Racine County, Wisconsin
Date: August 20, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1446
Andrew Shalaby v. Executive Committee of the Uni
Date: August 20, 2019
Docket Number: 19-2369
USA v. Andre W. Jackson
Date: August 19, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2727
Lorenzo Wilson v. James Rundle
Date: August 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1324
Campbell v. Kallas  
Date: August 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2075

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, Campbell pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual assault of a child and was sentenced to 34 years in prison. Campbell has gender dysphoria; she is biologically male but identifies as female. Department of Correcti...

Paul Fletcher v. Hoeppner Wagner & Evans, LLP
Date: August 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2953
Regan v. City of Hammond  
Date: August 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3051

Justia Opinion Summary: Landlords challenged a Hammond ordinance that they either obtain a city license or hire licensed contractors to perform repairs and renovations to their properties. Obtaining a license involves a test, payment of a fee,...

Gupta v. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC  
Date: August 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3584

Justia Opinion Summary: Gupta joined Morgan Stanley and signed an employment agreement containing an arbitration clause; an employee dispute resolution program (CARE) applied to all U.S. employees. The CARE program did not then require employee...

Jeffrey Olson v. James Schwochert
Date: August 19, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1019
MAO-MSO Recovery II, LLC v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.  
Date: August 15, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-2377, 18-2463

Justia Opinion Summary: The Plaintiffs, purportedly the assignees of certain private insurers (Medicare Advantage Organizations), brought a putative class action against State Farm to recover payments State Farm allegedly should have made to th...

MAO-MSO Recovery II, LLC v. State Farm Mutual Automobile
Date: August 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2463
United States v. Clark  
Date: August 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2604

Justia Opinion Summary: Clark was convicted under 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1), having been found in a hotel room with more than 80 grams of a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, a digital scale, and cellophane bags. He appealed the denial of his motion for...

United States v. Giles  
Date: August 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3126

Justia Opinion Summary: While Giles was in solitary confinement following state robbery convictions, FBI agents questioned Giles about another bank robbery. DNA recovered from a glove found next to dye-stained stolen money matched Giles’s DNA....

Yochim v. Carson  
Date: August 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3670

Justia Opinion Summary: Yochim worked in HUD's legal department for 26 years. Throughout her tenure, she took advantage of HUD’s flexible policy permitting employees to work from home several days per week. After undergoing hand surgery, Yochim...

O'Donnell v. Caine Weiner Co., LLC  
Date: August 14, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1826

Justia Opinion Summary: O’Donnell learned that her employer paid her less than her male peers and raised the issue with company officials, stating that she was going to file an EEOC complaint. O’Donnell shared a desk with her supervisor. She di...

Fabian Greyer v. Illinois Department of Correct
Date: August 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1290
Johnson v. Dalke  
Date: August 13, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-1459, 18‐1290

Justia Opinion Summary: The Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) “three strikes” provision, 28 U.S.C. 1915(g), specifies that a prisoner may not proceed in forma pauperis if she “has, on [three] or more prior occasions, while incarcerated or det...

Koh v. Ustich  
Date: August 13, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-1809, 18-1821

Justia Opinion Summary: Paul Koh, 22, was found in a pool of blood next to a knife in his home, having been stabbed in the throat and chest. Officers initially noted a possibility of suicide. Paul's parents' requests to see Paul, get medicine a...

Hyung Koh v. Sung Kim
Date: August 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1821
Doe v. Columbia College Chicago  
Date: August 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1869

Justia Opinion Summary: Columbia students Jane and John had a sexual encounter. Weeks later Jane alleged she had not consented to the encounter. Columbia investigated. John did not provide any exculpatory evidence. Columbia’s Title IX coordinat...

Effex Capital, LLC v. National Futures Association  
Date: August 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1914

Justia Opinion Summary: NFA is a self‐regulatory organization registered under the Commodity Exchange Act, subject to the authority of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), 7 U.S.C. 21, including review of NFA disciplinary actions. E...

United States v. Marchan  
Date: August 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2758

Justia Opinion Summary: Marchan was convicted of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1) and 846, and distribution of 500 grams or more of cocaine, section 841(a)(1). The Seventh Circuit affirmed,...

In re: Sterling  
Date: August 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2773

Justia Opinion Summary: Sterling owed Southlake Health Club outstanding fees ($250). In 2001, Southlake's counsel, Austgen, instituted a state court collection action. A federal bankruptcy court discharged Sterling’s debt to Southlake in 2010....

Dustin Higgs v. United States Park Police
Date: August 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2826
Higgs v. United States Park Police  
Date: August 13, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-2937, 18-2826

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1996, Higgs murdered three women at a Maryland federal property. He was convicted in federal court and sentenced to death. Higgs claimed that the government failed to turn over exculpatory evidence in violation of Bra...

Bauwens v. Revcon Technology Group, Inc.  
Date: August 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3306

Justia Opinion Summary: Unions set up a pension plan under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act, 29 U.S.C. 1001, with electrical contractors (Revcon) sharing ownership. Revcon withdrew from the plan in 2003. The Multiemployer Pension P...

Smith v. OSF Healthcare System  
Date: August 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3325

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1880, the Sisters, a Roman Catholic organization, founded OSF, which provides healthcare to indigent patients. The Sisters maintain authority through OSF’s governing documents and canonical and civil guidelines pertai...

USA v. Ivan Brazier
Date: August 12, 2019
Docket Number: 16-4258
USA v. Lindani Mzembe
Date: August 12, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1060
USA v. Derek Fields
Date: August 12, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1412
USA v. Ivan Brazier
Date: August 12, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2268
United States v. Mzembe  
Date: August 12, 2019
Docket Numbers: 17-2269, 16-4258, 17-1060, 17-1412, 17-2268

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, Brazier, Fields, and Mzembe kidnapped, shot, and ruthlessly beat Harris as he left his home. Charged with federal kidnapping and firearms crimes, the three were tried and sentenced separately. Their appeals were...

Martin v. Marinez  
Date: August 12, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2667

Justia Opinion Summary: Chicago Officers stopped Martin for non-functioning tail and brake lights. Martin claims he had not committed any traffic violations. Martin explained that he did not have his driver’s license. The officers asked Martin...

Landmark American Insurance Co. v. Deerfield Construction, Inc.  
Date: August 12, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2205

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, Deerfield’s employee, Graff, had an automobile accident with Keeping. Deerfield had a primary commercial automobile insurance policy through American that covered it for up to $1 million in liability. Deerfie...

Hardeman v. Wathen  
Date: August 12, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2672

Justia Opinion Summary: Pretrial detainees at the Lake County Adult Correctional Facility allege that for approximately three days, jail officials shut off all water in their jail without any warning. The shutdown was apparently conducted in or...

James Wright v. Jason Runyan
Date: August 12, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3281
Walter Moffett v. Donald Strahota
Date: August 12, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3569
Luis Villavicencio-Serna v. Teri Kennedy
Date: August 12, 2019
Docket Number: 19-2385
Burton v. Kohn Law Firm, S.C.  
Date: August 9, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2059

Justia Opinion Summary: Attorney Kohn, on behalf of Unifund, filed suit against Burton in Brown County, Wisconsin for failure to make payments on a Citibank credit agreement. In his answer, Burton stated, “I have never had any association with...

Kimberly Bilinsky v. American Airlines, Inc.
Date: August 9, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3107
Kimberly Bilinsky v. American Airlines, Inc.
Date: August 9, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3107
Fifth Third Mortgage Company v. Kaufman  
Date: August 9, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3295

Justia Opinion Summary: Ahmed co‐owned an LLC that owned a condominium building. Ahmed recruited individuals to pose as buyers for the building's units and to submit fraudulent loan applications to lenders, including Fifth Third. The participa...

Local 702, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers v. National Labor Relations Board  
Date: August 9, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3322

Justia Opinion Summary: Hudson, a 39-year employee of Consolidated Communications, was discharged due to strike-related misconduct. Hudson had blocked a company vehicle while moving in traffic during the strike. Following an appeal to the D.C....

Boucher v. United States Department of Agriculture  
Date: August 8, 2019
Docket Number: 16-1654

Justia Opinion Summary: In the 1990s, Boucher cut down nine trees on his family farm in Indiana. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) claimed that the tree removal converted several acres of wetlands into croplands, rendering the Bouchers’...

Lavallee v. Med-1 Solutions, LLC  
Date: August 8, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3244

Justia Opinion Summary: Debt collector Med-1 attempted to recover unpaid medical bills from Lavallee. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act required Med-1 to disclose certain information to Lavallee, 15 U.S.C. 1692g(a), by including the requir...

United States v. Harper  
Date: August 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1725

Justia Opinion Summary: An informant sent Harper a photograph of a pistol. Harper offered to trade five grams of crack cocaine. The informant and an undercover agent met Harper in a parking lot. The agent opened a toolbox containing the gun and...

Tyler Rockwell v. Andrew M. Saul
Date: August 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2138
Valbruna Slater Steel Corporat v. Joslyn Manufacturing Company
Date: August 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2633
Valbruna Slater Steel Corp. v. Joslyn Manufacturing Co.  
Date: August 8, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-2738, 18-2633

Justia Opinion Summary: Valbruna purchased the steel mill at a 2004 bankruptcy auction and began cleanup efforts under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, 42 U.S.C. 6901. In 2000, Slater, the site’s then-owner, had unsuccessfully sued J...

Sterlinski v. Catholic Bishop of Chicago  
Date: August 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2844

Justia Opinion Summary: The Parish hired Sterlinski in 1992 as Director of Music. In 2014 the Parish’s priest demoted Sterlinski to the job of organist and in 2015 fired him outright. Sterlinski contends that the Parish held his Polish heritage...

Evans v. Griffin  
Date: August 7, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1957

Justia Opinion Summary: Evans, a state prisoner with multiple health issues, alleged that he developed nasal polyps and that the prison medical staff refused to authorize surgery, the only effective remedy. He sued under 42 U.S.C. 1983, allegin...

Windridge of Naperville Condominium Association v. Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Co.  
Date: August 7, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2103

Justia Opinion Summary: A 2014 hail and wind storm damaged Windridge buildings that were insured by Philadelphia Indemnity. The storm physically damaged the aluminum siding on the buildings’ south and west sides. Philadelphia argued that it is...

United States v. Brown  
Date: August 7, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-2644, 18-2760

Justia Opinion Summary: Brown pled guilty to distributing a controlled substance. Thornton pled guilty to bank robbery and an associated firearms charge. The same district court separately imposed terms of imprisonment followed by supervised re...

USA v. Marcus Thornton
Date: August 7, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2760
Lavite v. Dunstan  
Date: August 7, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3465

Justia Opinion Summary: Lavite, a combat veteran, works in the Administration Building of Madison County, Illinois, as superintendent for the County’s Veterans Assistance Commission. In 2015, Madison County officials banned Lavite from the Admi...

Michael Alonso v. Leslie Weiss
Date: August 6, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1740
Goulding v. Weiss  
Date: August 6, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-1791, 18-1740

Justia Opinion Summary: Nutmeg LLC, formerly managed by Goulding, served as an investment advisor and sole general partner of more than a dozen investment funds, each a limited partnership under Illinois or Minnesota law. Goulding’s management...

Timm v. Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America, Ltd.  
Date: August 6, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2641

Justia Opinion Summary: Donald and Mary Timm sustained serious injuries in a horrific motorcycle accident. A few months later, they received notice that the helmets they were wearing at the time of the accident were recalled. Believing defects...

Doherty v. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation  
Date: August 6, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3133

Justia Opinion Summary: Doherty and Farano formed Worth. The bank loaned Worth $400,000, with their personal guaranties. The bank extended the loan’s maturity date multiple times. Worth defaulted. The bank sued Worth, Farano, and Doherty. Doher...

Wozniak v. Adesida  
Date: August 6, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3315

Justia Opinion Summary: Until 2013, Wozniak had tenure on the University of Illinois faculty. He waged an extended campaign against students who did not give him a teaching award. As he had done before when the University enforced school polici...

Mapes v. Indiana  
Date: August 6, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1384

Justia Opinion Summary: Mapes was arrested for trespassing after being refused service at a CVS store. He sued the state, CVS, and several individual defendants asserting a long list of grievances under federal and state law. Mapes asserted the...

USA v. Cartavius Farrington
Date: August 5, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1122
USA v. Otis Hunter
Date: August 5, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2013
United States v. Evans  
Date: August 5, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-2044, 18‐2013

Justia Opinion Summary: Police arrested five men involved in a string of Milwaukee armed robberies in 2016. Three of the defendants cooperated with the government and pled guilty. The two remaining defendants, Hunter and Evans, were convicted....

Williams v. Jaffe  
Date: August 5, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2726

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1998, Williams hired Jaffe as her attorney. The statute of limitations expired before Jaffe filed a complaint. Williams sued for legal malpractice, obtained a default judgment, and recorded that judgment on property o...

Campos v. Cook Countyx  
Date: August 5, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3472

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1997, Campos began working as a Cook County Sheriff’s Office correctional officer. In 2011, he was arrested for driving under the influence, striking a vehicle, and leaving the scene of an accident. Campos self-report...

Mark Richardson v. CTA
Date: August 2, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3508
cTorry v. City of Chicago  
Date: August 2, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1935

Justia Opinion Summary: Three Chicago police officers stopped three black men in a grey sedan to investigate a shooting that had happened nearby a few hours earlier. When the passengers sued a year later, none of the officers remembered the Ter...

Mark Richardson v. CTA
Date: August 2, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2199
Paul Kelly v. Peter Herrell
Date: August 2, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2539
SportFuel, Inc. v. PepsiCo, Inc.  
Date: August 2, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3010

Justia Opinion Summary: SportFuel registered its first “SportFuel” trademark for “food nutrition consultation, nutrition counseling, and providing information about dietary supplements and nutrition,” which became “incontestable” in 2013 (15 U....

Leiser v. Kloth  
Date: August 1, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3378

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against a correctional officer, her supervisor, and the warden, claiming that the officer's behavior violated the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. In this case, pl...

United States v. Thomas  
Date: August 1, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-1356, 18-1519

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants appealed their convictions for crimes related to their involvement in a bank robbery. Defendant Thompson's attorney field an Anders brief explaining that he does not believe Thompson has any viable arguments o...

USA v. James Thompson
Date: August 1, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1519
Lisle v. Welborn  
Date: August 1, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1595

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a prison inmate, filed suit alleging that he was punished based on his race, that he was deprived of liberty without due process of law, and that the prison staff's conduct in the wake of his mental health cri...

Knutson v. Village of Lakemoor  
Date: August 1, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3729

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of a class action suit challenging the red light camera program of the Village of Lakemoor. Plaintiffs alleged that the violation notices they received were inv...

Mac Naughton v. Harmelech  
Date: July 31, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-2389, 18‐2467, 18‐2468, 18‐2855

Justia Opinion Summary: RMG sued Harmelech in 2006. Attorney Mac Naughton represented Harmelech in that suit for 10 weeks. The relationship ended in a fee dispute. After he withdrew, the case settled with a consent judgment against Harmelech. M...

United States v. Kraemer  
Date: July 31, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2454

Justia Opinion Summary: Officers discovered downloads of child pornography from an IP address associated with Kraemer’s residence. FBI agents executed a search warrant and found an external hard drive containing images of child pornography. Kr...

William Mac Naughton v. Ishaihu Harmelech
Date: July 31, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2467
W. Mac Naughton v. Shai Harmelech
Date: July 31, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2468
William Mac Naughton v. Alden Management Services, In
Date: July 31, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2855
Terry Kemper v. Paul Kemper
Date: July 31, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2916
Crump v. Saul  
Date: July 31, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3491

Justia Opinion Summary: Crump applied for social security disability benefits based on her long history of numerous mental health impairments, including bipolar disorder and polysubstance abuse disorder. An administrative law judge denied benef...

Becky Bishop v. Peter Bosquez
Date: July 31, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3646
Vernal Dowdell v. Equifax Information Solution,
Date: July 31, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3739
USA v. Antwon D. Jenkins
Date: July 30, 2019
Docket Number: 14-2898
United States v. Jackson  
Date: July 30, 2019
Docket Numbers: 15-3693, 14-2898

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2016, the Seventh Circuit held that 18 U.S.C. 924(c)(3)(B), which partially defines “crime of violence,” is unconstitutionally vague. In 2017, the court relied on Cardena to vacate Jenkins’s and Jackson’s convictions...

Arlene Atherton v. Hastings-on-Hudson Police Depa
Date: July 30, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2985
Fast v. Cash Depot, Ltd.  
Date: July 30, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3571

Justia Opinion Summary: Cash Depot underpaid employees for their overtime work. Fast filed suit under the Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. 203 (FLSA), on behalf of himself and other Depot employees. Depot hired an accountant to investigate....

Belinda Smith v. University of Chicago Medical
Date: July 30, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1096
Ebony Appleton v. City of Gary, Indiana
Date: July 30, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1440
Executive Committee of the Uni v. Cherron Phillips
Date: July 30, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1635
McCottrell v. White  
Date: July 29, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2295

Justia Opinion Summary: Two Stateville inmates, struck by buckshot fired by prison guards, sued under 42 U.S.C. 1983, asserting that the guards violated their Eighth Amendment rights when they discharged their shotguns over a crowded prison din...

Chronis v. United States  
Date: July 29, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3093

Justia Opinion Summary: Chronis visited the University of Illinois Health Center for an examination that included a pap smear. Chronis alleges the procedure caused her pain and bruising. She claims that the Center did not return her calls or al...

USA v. Charles Hollman
Date: July 29, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1874
Ruiz-Cortez v. Lewellen  
Date: July 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1078

Justia Opinion Summary: Lewellen, a Chicago Police Department “dirty cop,” arrested Ruiz-Cortez for possessing cocaine and served as the key witness at his trial Ruiz-Cortez was convicted. Ruiz-Cortez spent a decade in prison before the federal...

United States v. Bonin  
Date: July 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1479

Justia Opinion Summary: After fellow moviegoers asked Bonin to stop talking on his phone, Bonin said he was a U.S. Marshal speaking with “the government,” flashed a gun on his belt, and threatened to “take it out in the hall.” Patrons called 9...

Mathews v. REV Recreation Group, Inc.  
Date: July 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1982

Justia Opinion Summary: The Mathews purchased an RV from a dealer which came with a warranty from the manufacturer, REV, which limited both express and implied warranties to one year from the purchase date. The warranty stated that “[i]f the re...

Wilson v. Wexford Health Sources, Inc.  
Date: July 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2499

Justia Opinion Summary: Wilson, an inmate at Illinois’s Stateville Correctional Center, had an inguinal hernia that was first spotted in the 1990s, but then apparently subsided. In 2011, it reappeared in the identical spot. Wilson says that the...

United States v. Valenzuela  
Date: July 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2789

Justia Opinion Summary: Corral, a native of Mexico, was admitted to the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident in 1994. In 1999, he applied for naturalization. He became a U.S. citizen in 2000. He was then indicted on seven counts of aggravated cr...

Sevugan v. Direct Energy Services, LLC  
Date: July 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3082

Justia Opinion Summary: For decades, regulated, vertically-integrated utilities dominated the U.S. electricity market, generating, transmitting, distributing, and collecting payments for electricity. In Illinois that utility was ComEd; its rate...

Stepp v. Covance Central Laboratory Services, Inc.  
Date: July 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3292

Justia Opinion Summary: Stepp sued his former employer, Covance, alleging violations of 42 U.S.C. 2000e–3, by refusing to hire him permanently in retaliation for his earlier complaints about discrimination. Stepp received positive performance r...

Hunt v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.  
Date: July 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3403

Justia Opinion Summary: Hunt worked the overnight shift at a Wal-Mart store. Watson was her supervisor. After Watson made several unprofessional remarks toward Hunt over a four-month period, Watson wrote a disciplinary report on Hunt, who then...

Anderson v. City of Rockford  
Date: July 25, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-2211, 18-2232

Justia Opinion Summary: Hanson, age eight. was killed by shots fired into his grandmother’s Rockford home in 2002. Anderson, Johnson, and Ross were convicted of the murder and each received a 50-year sentence. The men spent more than a decade i...

Lumont Johnson v. City of Rockford, Illinois
Date: July 25, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2232
Krell v. Saul  
Date: July 24, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1100

Justia Opinion Summary: Krell, a former ironworker, applied for Social Security disability benefits. Krell was notified that a vocational expert would testify at his hearing and that Krell had the right to request a subpoena for documents or t...

United States v. Nelson  
Date: July 24, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2811

Justia Opinion Summary: Nelson pleaded guilty to drug crimes and was sentenced to 16 years’ imprisonment and supervised release. After his release, Nelson was arrested for another drug crime. The court revoked Nelson’s release and sentenced him...

United States v. Hunt  
Date: July 23, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-1197, 18-1198

Justia Opinion Summary: After pleading guilty to failing to update his sex-offender registration, Hunt began supervised release, with a condition prohibiting him from committing another federal crime. The next year, Hunt pleaded guilty to a ban...

USA v. Rod Hunt
Date: July 23, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1198
United States v. Williams  
Date: July 23, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2662

Justia Opinion Summary: Police arrested Williams for selling cocaine, then found a gun in his pocket. After he pleaded guilty to federal firearm and cocaine charges, the government sought a sentencing enhancement under the Armed Career Criminal...

Graham v. Arctic Zone Iceplex LLC  
Date: July 23, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3508

Justia Opinion Summary: In December 2014, Arctic hired Graham as its maintenance supervisor. Arctic soon received customer complaints about his attitude and noticed his insubordination and difficulty completing tasks on time. In February 2015,...

United States v. Walker  
Date: July 23, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3529

Justia Opinion Summary: Walker sexually assaulted his four‐ and six‐year‐old nephews. In 1998, he pleaded guilty under a Colorado law that prohibits sexual contact with a child under 15 by anyone who is a least four years older than the child a...

Jackson v. Bartow  
Date: July 23, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1168

Justia Opinion Summary: Jackson was charged with throwing boiling oil at his wife, knifing her in front of their children, and later, threatening her from prison. Jackson asked the judge to remove his appointed counsel. The court granted the mo...

Holly Green v. Andrew M. Saul
Date: July 23, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1192
Asad Umrani v. William P. Barr
Date: July 22, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1229
Francis Foster v. Principal Life Insurance Comp
Date: July 22, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3215
Hernandez-Garcia v. Barr  
Date: July 22, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3297

Justia Opinion Summary: Hernandez-Garcia’s husband entered the U.S. illegally in 2001. He sent her money in Guatemala, so she had a higher standard of living than her neighbors. In 2013, her oldest son left for the U.S. She began receiving anon...

Bernal v. NRA Group, LLC  
Date: July 19, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3629

Justia Opinion Summary: Bernal bought a monthly pass to Six Flags amusement parks. The contract said that if he fell behind on his payments, he would “be billed for any amounts that are due and owing plus any costs (including reasonable attorne...

Narkiewicz-Laine v. Doyle  
Date: July 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2535

Justia Opinion Summary: Narkiewicz‐Laine, an artist, rented space from the defendants in 2004. About six years later, the defendants cleared the rental space and discarded most of his property, including his only records of the stored property....

N. Y. C. C. v. Barr  
Date: July 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2618

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner testified at her asylum hearing that she believed that E.G., the father of her son, is a member of the Mexican cartel, La Familia Michoacana. Petitioner ended her relationship with E.G. in July 2012, fearing t...

USA v. Hua Fong
Date: July 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2676
Donelson v. Wexford Health Sources, Inc.  
Date: July 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2739

Justia Opinion Summary: Illinois inmate Donelson was moved to Stateville, where a prison nurse screened him for medical issues. Donelson is asthmatic and stated that he needed a new inhaler. The nurse responded that he could get one from a doct...

United States v. Anstice  
Date: July 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3171

Justia Opinion Summary: Anstice pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment and five years’ supervised release. Five conditions of supervised release appeared in the written judgment of...

Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Co. v. Chicago Trust Co.  
Date: July 19, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-3181, 18-3241

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, Baby Fold, which provides Illinois foster-care services, placed three-year-old Kianna in the care of Lamie, who killed Kianna in 2011 and was convicted of murder. The administrator of Kianna’s estate maintained...

Wayne Oesterlin v. Cook County Sheriff's Departme
Date: July 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3228
Philadelphia Indemnity Insur v. The Baby Fold
Date: July 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3241
United States v. Posada  
Date: July 18, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1586

Justia Opinion Summary: Posada, a licensed chiropractor, owned and operated Spine Clinics, a Medicare-enrolled provider. Posada was indicted for a scheme to defraud Medicare and other insurers by submitting fraudulent claims and falsely represe...

United States v. Herman  
Date: July 18, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3057

Justia Opinion Summary: Arriving at Kirk’s house, Kirk and Herman saw that Kirk's mother, Daniels, had a Jimenez Arms handgun tucked into her purse. She allowed Herman to handle the gun. Herman pulled out a revolver and said, “stay seated. I do...

United States v. Schmidt  
Date: July 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1259

Justia Opinion Summary: Schmidt was camping in a national forest in Wisconsin when a Forest Service Officer approached and discovered that Schmidt, who had three felony convictions, had a handgun in his tent. Schmidt agreed to pay $1,600 in res...

E.A. v. Gardner  
Date: July 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2550

Justia Opinion Summary: Alden and his ex-wife shared custody of their children. Alden’s ex-wife complained that Alden was trying to turn the children against her. The court-appointed psychologist, Gardner, evaluated the children, concluded that...

Lawrence Pickett v. Chicago Transit Authority  
Date: July 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2785

Justia Opinion Summary: A CTA bus passenger threatened Pickett, the driver. He took six months off from work while recovering. After his physician concluded that he could return to work (though not as a driver), Pickett requested a light-duty j...

Cranberry Growers Cooperative v. Layng  
Date: July 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3289

Justia Opinion Summary: Under 28 U.S.C. 1930(a)(6), quarterly fees paid by a chapter 11 debtor to the bankruptcy Trustee are based on the debtor’s disbursements. The Bankruptcy Court determined that certain payments made by the customers of Cra...

USA v. Orefo Okeke
Date: July 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3324
USA v. Darrien Spates
Date: July 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3714
Yanbo Liu v. William P. Barr
Date: July 17, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1101
Guerrero v. BNSF Railway Co.  
Date: July 17, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1187

Justia Opinion Summary: Guerrero was trying to drive to his job at BNSF Railway through a snowstorm early one morning. His car skidded, collided with a snowplow, and he was killed. His widow sought compensatory damages from BNSF under the Fede...

Bradley v. Village of University Park  
Date: July 16, 2019
Docket Number: 16-3456

Justia Opinion Summary: University Park’s mayor and board fired police chief Bradley without any notice of good cause or any form of hearing, in violation of his employment contract. Bradley sued the village and mayor under 42 U.S.C.1983 for vi...

Henry v. Reynolds  
Date: July 16, 2019
Docket Number: 16-4234

Justia Opinion Summary: A certified class claimed that during 2011 female inmates at an Illinois prison were strip-searched as part of a training exercise for cadet guards; the inmates were required to stand naked, nearly shoulder to shoulder w...

Paramount Media Group, Inc. v. Village of Bellwood  
Date: July 16, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1562

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005 Paramount leased a parcel of highway-adjacent property in Bellwood, Illinois, planning to erect a billboard. Paramount never applied for a local permit. When Bellwood enacted a ban on new billboard permits in 200...

Edward Weinhaus v. Natalie Cohen
Date: July 16, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3185
Venckiene v. United States  
Date: July 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2529

Justia Opinion Summary: After a hearing under 18 U.S.C. 3184, a magistrate certified Venckiene as extraditable to Lithuania for the prosecution of alleged offenses arising from a custody battle over Venckiene’s niece. The Secretary of State gra...

Carello v. Aurora Policeman Credit Union  
Date: July 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2887

Justia Opinion Summary: Carello is blind. To access online visual content, he uses a “screen reader,” which reads text aloud to him from websites that are designed to support its software. Carello claims that the Credit Union website fails to o...

Alarm Detection Systems, Inc. v. Orland Fire Protection District  
Date: July 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2926

Justia Opinion Summary: Four Illinois Villages passed ordinances that require commercial buildings to send fire-alarm signals directly to the local 911 dispatch center through one alarm-system provider, Tyco, which services the area pursuant to...

American Homeland Title Agency, Inc. v. Robertson  
Date: July 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3293

Justia Opinion Summary: American, a Cincinnati-based title insurance company, is owned by attorneys Yonas and Rink. The Indiana Department of Insurance randomly audited American and found hundreds of code violations, none of which American deni...

Alarm Detection Systems, Inc. v. Village of Schaumburg  
Date: July 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3316

Justia Opinion Summary: Schaumburg’s 2016 ordinance requires commercial buildings to send fire‐alarm signals directly to the local 911 dispatch center, NWCDS, which has an exclusive arrangement with Tyco. To send signals to NWCDS, local buildin...

International Union of Operati v. Village of Lincolnshire
Date: July 12, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1300
International Union of Operati v. Village of Lincolnshire
Date: July 12, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1325
Collins v. University of Notre Dame Du Lac  
Date: July 12, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-2559, 18‐2579

Justia Opinion Summary: Collins was a tenured professor at the University. A faculty committee found that Collins had misused grant money by purchasing equipment other than that in his grant proposals and using the equipment for personal purpos...

Oliver Collins v. University of Notre Dame Du La
Date: July 12, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2579
USA v. Ronnie Allen, II
Date: July 11, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2722
Conroy v. Thompson  
Date: July 11, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3624

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, Conroy was charged with solicitation of murder, solicitation of murder for hire, and attempted first‐degree murder. The court determined that Conroy was fit to stand trial. In 2007, Conroy pleaded guilty and wa...

United States v. Desotell  
Date: July 11, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2778

Justia Opinion Summary: Green Bay police arrested Desotell while investigating a retail theft. He admitted to owning two bags containing methamphetamine and a handgun, which police discovered while searching a vehicle that had been involved in...

United States v. Smith  
Date: July 11, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3265

Justia Opinion Summary: Smith pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography and was sentenced to 90 months of imprisonment and 20 years of supervised release, which began in November 2017. In August 2018, Smith’s probation officer, filed a pet...

John Doe v. Kevin K. McAleenan
Date: July 10, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2040
Fox v. Hathaway  
Date: July 10, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2354

Justia Opinion Summary: Novak was the sole shareholder of CMCG. By 2008, CMCG’s solvency was questionable. In 2012 Novak committed suicide, leaving CMCG to Comess, who filed a voluntary Chapter 7 petition weeks later. For four years before the...

Jiri Vyloha v. William P. Barr
Date: July 10, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2290
Vyloha v. Barr  
Date: July 10, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-3298, 18-2290

Justia Opinion Summary: Vyloha, a Czech citizen, entered the U.S. in 1998 and overstayed his visa. In 2006, after he was convicted of DUI, DHS charged Vyloha with removability, 8 U.S.C. 1227(a)(1)(B). The notice indicated that the hearing’s tim...

USA v. Hector B. Meadows
Date: July 9, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1334
United States v. Fincher  
Date: July 9, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2520

Justia Opinion Summary: Fincher lived in a one‐bedroom apartment with his uncle, a drug dealer, and began selling drugs. Both were arrested after selling heroin to undercover police officers. Police searched the apartment. In the bedroom clos...

Charles Donelson v. Wexford Health Sources, Inc.
Date: July 9, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2739
United States v. Sawyer  
Date: July 9, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2923

Justia Opinion Summary: Police responded to a reported residential burglary in progress. M.G. met officers at the property and stated that he owned the home as a rental property with no current tenants and that no one should be inside. M.G. spo...

Milwaukee Center for Independence, Inc. v. Milwaukee Health Care LLC  
Date: July 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3205

Justia Opinion Summary: Under a 2014 agreement, MCFI, a non-profit organization that provides medical care for individuals with brain injuries, would operate a brain-injury center in MHC’s nursing facility. MHC would handle billing and collecti...

Doe v. McAleenan  
Date: July 3, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2040

Justia Opinion Summary: Doe, a citizen of Iran, 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...

Arrazabal v. Barr  
Date: July 3, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2969

Justia Opinion Summary: Arrazabal, born in El Salvador, was admitted as a lawful U.S. permanent resident in 1995, at age 19. In 1996, Arrazabal was recruited into the MS-13 gang. He was convicted on firearms and drug charges. His status as a l...

Francisco Lopez Gamero v. William P. Barr
Date: July 3, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3198
Gamero v. Barr  
Date: July 3, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-1104, 17-3198

Justia Opinion Summary: Gamero, a Mexican citizen who entered in 1973 and became a lawful U.S. permanent resident 1989, had state drug convictions. An immigration judge found him removable as an alien convicted of the aggravated felony of “illi...

Rodney Jensen v. Village of Mount Pleasant
Date: July 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2187
United States v. Gawron  
Date: July 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2608

Justia Opinion Summary: Gawron, a Polish citizen who has lived in the U.S. for 17 years, and her husband, Motyka, were involved in an elaborate credit card fraud scheme. Gawron pleaded guilty to wire fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1343. The presentence inv...

Christopher Berry v. Jean Lutsey
Date: July 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2614
United States v. Flores  
Date: July 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3249

Justia Opinion Summary: While Flores was on supervision for a state conviction, Flores and her co-defendant were found with more than 300 pounds of marijuana with a street value of approximately $1.8 million. Flores, who had a prior felony dr...

USA v. Paul Schlieve
Date: July 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3391
USA v. Paul Schlieve
Date: July 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3391
USA v. Dennis Franklin
Date: July 2, 2019
Docket Number: 16-1580
USA v. Shane Sahm
Date: July 2, 2019
Docket Number: 16-1872
Clark v. River Metals Recycling, LLC  
Date: July 2, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-3034, 18-3141

Justia Opinion Summary: Clark was badly injured as he was getting off a car-crushing machine--a mobile RB6000 Logger/Baler--which was used by his employer, Thornton Auto Crushing. He sued both the crusher’s manufacturer, Sierra, and the company...

Richard Clark v. River Metals Recycling, LLC
Date: July 2, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3141
Emmis Communications Corp. v. Illinois National Insurance Co  
Date: July 2, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3392

Justia Opinion Summary: Emmis bought a directors-and-officers liability policy covering October 1, 2009 to October 1, 2010, from Chubb Insurance. Emmis later bought, from Illinois National, a policy covering liability from October 1, 2011, to O...

USA v. Rodney Bedenfield
Date: July 1, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1298
Kiebala v. Boris  
Date: July 1, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3233

Justia Opinion Summary: Kiebala owns a luxury car share service, Curvy Road, that allows customers to purchase time‐ownership rights to high‐end automobiles that are owned by “investors.” In 2009, Boris became a Curvy Road “investor” and receiv...

USA v. Deaunta Tyler
Date: July 1, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1953
USA v. Dalvent Jackson
Date: July 1, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1972
USA v. Ledell Tyler
Date: July 1, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2526
Adeoye Oriade Adebowale v. Kevin K. McAleenan
Date: July 1, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2563
USA v. Hakeem El-Bey
Date: July 1, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2733
United States v. Morgan  
Date: July 1, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2751

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found that Morgan possessed the 86.5 grams of methamphetamine that he tossed past law enforcement officers in the Peoria airport. Morgan had testified that all of it was for his personal use. The jury could not ag...

Jerry Harden v. Bruce Schroeder
Date: July 1, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3144
USA v. Jorge Llufrio
Date: July 1, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3312
Doe v. Purdue University  
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3565

Justia Opinion Summary: Purdue students John and Jane had consensual sexual intercourse 15-20 times. Jane’s behavior became erratic. Jane attempted suicide. Weeks later, John reported Jane’s suicide attempt to an advisor. Jane was upset and di...

Ramon Clark v. Jody Reed
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2120
USA v. Miguel Gonzalez
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2423
Michael Saunders v. Andrew M. Saul
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2910
Carleton Syph, II v. Edward Arce
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3026
USA v. Leo Stoller
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3112
Auto Driveaway Franchise Systems, LLC v. Corbett  
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3402

Justia Opinion Summary: Corbett’s businesses were governed by separate, substantively identical, Auto Driveaway franchise agreements. Each included non‐compete and non‐disclosure clauses and a 2016 expiration date. Those expiration dates passed...

Deborah Walton v. First Merchant's Bank
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1338
Fields v. Board of Education of the City of Chicago  
Date: June 27, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3136

Justia Opinion Summary: Fields, an African-American woman, was an Edgebrook teacher since 2002. Weiden became Edgebrook’s principal in 2013; he required teachers to submit lesson plans. He informed Fields that her plans were too scripted. Durin...

Nelson v. Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc.  
Date: June 27, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1531

Justia Opinion Summary: GL services repayment of Nelson's federally-insured student loans. On its website, GL tells borrowers struggling to make their loan payments: “Our trained experts work on your behalf,” and “You don’t have to pay for stud...

United States v. Lickers  
Date: June 27, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2212

Justia Opinion Summary: Plain-clothes narcotics officers visiting a park observed Lickers, alone in a parked car, looking at his phone and watching children on a playground. Based on his movements, the agents thought Lickers was “tweaking,” and...

Devan Dennis v. Illinois Department of Human
Date: June 27, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2899
United States v. Yancey  
Date: June 27, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2935

Justia Opinion Summary: During a Rock Island, Illinois traffic stop, two officers were arresting the driver of a vehicle on an outstanding warrant, when they recognized defendant Yancey, the passenger. Based on their past interactions with Yanc...

Halbert v. Dimas  
Date: June 27, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-2952, 18‐2899

Justia Opinion Summary: The Debtors each owed debts to the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS). Dennis owed $7,962.25 for overpayments made to her under the Illinois Child Care Assistance Program; Halbert owed for overpayments made to h...

Essex Insurance Company v. Blue Moon Lofts Condominium As
Date: June 27, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3443
Essex Insurance Co. v. Structural Shop, Ltd.  
Date: June 27, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-3530, 18-3443

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2002, Condominium sued TSS, claiming defective building design and construction. TSS never responded. In 2003, the state court declared TSS in default. In 2009, the court entered a default judgment and awarded damages...

Division Six Sports, Inc. v. Finish Line, Inc.  
Date: June 27, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1070

Justia Opinion Summary: The agreement gave Division the exclusive right to purchase aged and customer-returned merchandise from Finish and provided for an 18-month term “commencing on March 1, 2001” that could be extended by written agreement o...

Palmer v. Franz  
Date: June 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1384

Justia Opinion Summary: Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) inmate Palmer has a nub which terminates at his left wrist and does not have functional fingers. Before arriving at NRC, Palmer was at Shawnee Correctional Center, where the medi...

J.K.J. v. Polk County  
Date: June 26, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-1498, 18‐1499, 18‐2170, 18-2171

Justia Opinion Summary: M.J.J. and J.K.J. were inmates at Polk County Jail at various times between 2011 and 2014. Christensen admits he engaged in sexual acts with the women individually. He urged the women not to discuss his sexual advances;...

J.K.J. v. Darryl Christensen
Date: June 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1499
J.K.J. v. Polk County, Wisconsin
Date: June 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2170
J.K.J. v. Darryl Christensen
Date: June 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2177
Bilinsky v. American Airlines, Inc.  
Date: June 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3107

Justia Opinion Summary: American Airlines hired Bilinsky in 1991. Bilinsky contracted multiple sclerosis (MS) in the late 1990s. In 2007 she became a communications specialist in the Flight Service Department, located in Dallas. According to Bi...

McGreal v. Village of Orland Park  
Date: June 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3342

Justia Opinion Summary: Orland Park fired police officer McGreal in 2010. McGreal sued, alleging that his termination was retaliation for remarks he made community board meeting. The district court granted the defendants summary judgment, findi...

Fessenden v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co.  
Date: June 25, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1346

Justia Opinion Summary: Fessenden’s employment was terminated after he began receiving short-term disability benefits. He then applied for long‐term disability benefits through his former employer’s benefits plan. The plan administrator, Relian...

SelectSun GmbH v. Porter, Inc.  
Date: June 25, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3149

Justia Opinion Summary: Porter custom built a 40-foot Formula yacht for German businessman Schwaiger. The yacht and its lift cost approximately $1 million. Porter, as the manufacturer, was not a party to the purchase contract. The parties were...

United States v. Harmelech  
Date: June 24, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2169

Justia Opinion Summary: Harmelech pled guilty to one count of mail fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1341; the government dismissed the remaining count. Harmelech, who owned and operated multiple cable installation companies, admitted to setting up about 384 DI...

Kennith Whaley v. City of Chicago
Date: June 24, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2986
Shondra Royal v. Cameron Norris
Date: June 24, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3039
Beason v. Marske  
Date: June 24, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3575

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Beason pled guilty as a felon in possession of a firearm. He received a 15‐year mandatory minimum under the Armed Career Criminal Act, 18 U.S.C. 924(e), based on his Wisconsin juvenile adjudication for armed rob...

Achashverosh Ammiyhuwd v. Michael Pompeo
Date: June 24, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1159
Jeremy Blanchette v. Navient Corporation
Date: June 24, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1312
Steven Klikno v. USA
Date: June 21, 2019
Docket Number: 16-2312
Van Sach v. United States  
Date: June 21, 2019
Docket Numbers: 17-1824, 16-2312, 17-1929, 17-2233, 17-2339, 17-2514

Justia Opinion Summary: The Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), 18 U.S.C. 924(e)(1), provides for an enhanced sentence for an ex-felon who possesses a firearm, 18 U.S.C. 922(g), if that person has “three previous convictions … for a violent felon...

Ernest D. Shields v. USA
Date: June 21, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1929
Tony Lipscomb v. USA
Date: June 21, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2233
James Pinkney v. USA
Date: June 21, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2339
Lashon Browning v. USA
Date: June 21, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2514
United States v. Macias  
Date: June 21, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1981

Justia Opinion Summary: Macias helped move drug money from Chicago to Mexico. He had prior convictions for human smuggling. At his bench trial, he challenged a drug-conspiracy charge by testifying he thought the cash came from human smuggling,...

Jason Hyatt v. Crystal Marchant
Date: June 21, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2918
Robert Decker v. J.R. Bell
Date: June 21, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3330
Robert Decker v. J.R. Bell
Date: June 21, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3331
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Date: June 21, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3523
United States v. Block  
Date: June 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2128

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, Block completed a 75-month prison term for wire fraud, based on an investment scheme, and three years of supervised release. As a special condition, the district court ordered Block “shall not solicit money for...

USA v. Daniel Shaw
Date: June 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3321
Charles Jones v. Illinois Department of Childre
Date: June 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3457
William White v. Todd Sloop
Date: June 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3720
Matthew Borowski v. Kimberly Bechelli
Date: June 20, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1113
Duncan Place Owners Associatio v. Danze, Inc.  
Date: June 19, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3474

Justia Opinion Summary: Seattle’s Duncan Place condominium complex was built in 2009, with Danze faucets in all 63 units. The faucets’ water hoses can corrode and crack in normal use. Several faucets failed, causing property damage and replacem...

City of Chicago v. Fulton  
Date: June 19, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-2527, 18‐2793, 18‐2835, 18‐3023

Justia Opinion Summary: Chicago's Code permits the city to immobilize and impound a vehicle if its owner has three or more “final determinations of liability,” or two final determinations that are over a year old, “for parking, standing, compli...

USA v. Rashad Anchando
Date: June 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2763
City of Chicago v. Jason Howard
Date: June 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2793
City of Chicago v. George Peake
Date: June 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2835
Hernel Silais v. William P. Barr
Date: June 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2981
City of Chicago v. Timothy Shannon
Date: June 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3023
Annie Johnson v. National Asset Advisors, LLC
Date: June 19, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1227
Felton v. Bartow  
Date: June 18, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1954

Justia Opinion Summary: Three-month-old J.J. was left in the care of his father, Felton, for the first time. Others visited during the day. That night, J.J. was rushed to the hospital. Doctors discovered that J.J. had a skull fracture, bleeding...

Doe v. McAleenan  
Date: June 17, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3521

Justia Opinion Summary: Doe, an Iranian national, sought conditional permanent residency using the EB-5 admission category, which offers visas for immigrants who invest in new job-creating enterprises. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Servi...

Gabb v. Wexford Health Sources, Inc.  
Date: June 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2351

Justia Opinion Summary: While serving a prison sentence at the Lawrence Correctional Center in Illinois, Gabb experienced severe back pain whenever he stood too long (15-20 minutes). After treatments he received did not relieve his pain, Gabb s...

Wanko v. Board of Trustees of Indiana University  
Date: June 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2767

Justia Opinion Summary: Wanko, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Cameroon, began studying dentistry at IU in 2014 and failed two courses. IU allowed Wanko to remediate RP and retake STI. To pass the RP remediation, a student had to score at least...

Martov v. United States  
Date: June 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3424

Justia Opinion Summary: Martov participated in a wire fraud scheme in which he collected fraudulently obtained debit card numbers and personal identification numbers and then distributed them to others who used the information to make cash with...

Patrick Novak v. United States District Court
Date: June 17, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1953
Anderson DaSilva v. Robert Rymarkiewicz
Date: June 14, 2019
Docket Number: 16-1231
Wade v. Kreisler Law, P.C.  
Date: June 14, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2564

Justia Opinion Summary: Debtors sought sanctions against Kreisler, alleging that the law firm violated the automatic stay arising from their bankruptcy petition by filing a lien against Lorraine’s home. The couple had voluntarily dismissed a pr...

Freeman v. Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago  
Date: June 14, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3737

Justia Opinion Summary: Freeman, an African-American, began as an "at will" probationary treatment plant operator, collecting and transporting water samples across the mile-long plant. Although operators typically transport these samples in Dis...

Miller v. Southwest Airlines Co.  
Date: June 13, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-3476, 19-1785

Justia Opinion Summary: Under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, before obtaining any fingerprint, a “private entity” must provide the subject or “the subject’s legally authorized representative” with certain written information an...

Mollet v. City of Greenfield  
Date: June 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3685

Justia Opinion Summary: Firefighter Mollet became a battalion chief in 2009. His relationships with chief Cohn and assistant chief Weber were strained. One night, firefighter Hernandez forgot to stow his gear. Other firefighters displayed the i...

David Johnson v. UAL
Date: June 13, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1785
Mark Richardson v. CTA
Date: June 12, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3508
Lacko v. United of Omaha Life Insurance Co.  
Date: June 12, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2155

Justia Opinion Summary: Lacko began working for BKD’s predecessor in 1999 and worked until September 2015, when she was Senior Manager in the Audit Department, with an annual salary of $93,250.04. She applied for benefits under the short term d...

Richardson v. Chicago Transit Authority  
Date: June 12, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-2199, 17-3508

Justia Opinion Summary: Richardson began working for CTA in 1993. Richardson weighed 350 pounds in January 2005 and weighed 566 pounds in May 2009. Richardson suffers from hypertension and sleep apnea. In 2010, Richardson was absent from work b...

Williams v. Shah  
Date: June 12, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2439

Justia Opinion Summary: Illinois inmate Williams sued prison officials under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging that they violated his Eighth Amendment rights by providing inadequate nutrition through a “brunch” program that served only two meals a day....

United States v. Tjader  
Date: June 12, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2447

Justia Opinion Summary: Tjader purchased child pornography online from sellers in the Philippines, asking about recordings of girls under 14 years old being tortured, raped, or killed. His conduct involved over 250 different pornographic images...

Bodum USA, Inc. v. A Top New Casting Inc.  
Date: June 12, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3020

Justia Opinion Summary: Bodum produces and sells what design magazines and art museums have recognized as an iconically designed houseware product—the Chambord French press coffee maker. Bodum sued Top for selling a French press that Bodum clai...

United States v. LeFlore  
Date: June 12, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1169

Justia Opinion Summary: LeFlore traded drugs to minors in exchange for guns— one of which he sold to a confidential informant. He pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a firearm, 18 U.S.C. 922(g), and was sentenced to 96 months in prison, the...

Uncommon, LLC v. Spigen, Inc.  
Date: June 11, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1917

Justia Opinion Summary: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has, on a few occasions, found that “capsule” was “merely descriptive” of cellphone cases, a finding that precludes registration on the Principal Register. The Office has also found o...

Nestorovic v. Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago  
Date: June 11, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2562

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court dismissed Nestorovic’s discrimination claims against her employer and the deadline to appeal expired without Nestorovic appealing. The district court granted her motion without making any finding as to...

Lorenzo Kyles v. Lehanaha Krizan
Date: June 11, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3594
USA v. Jeremiah S. Berg
Date: June 11, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1499
United States v. St. Clair  
Date: June 7, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1933

Justia Opinion Summary: St. Clair pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm as a felon. The court notified St. Clair in writing that it proposed to impose six mandatory and 14 discretionary conditions of supervised release. The court l...

Teresa Di Joseph v. Standard Insurance Company
Date: June 7, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2178
United States v. Spivey  
Date: June 7, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2435

Justia Opinion Summary: Spivey was convicted of predatory criminal sexual assault, which required him to register under the Sex Offender Registration Notification Act. In 2014, Spivey pleaded guilty to knowingly failing to register, 18 U.S.C. 2...

United States v. Terronez  
Date: June 7, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3169

Justia Opinion Summary: Terronez pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. The district court announced a within‐Guidelines sentence of 110 months’ imprisonment. The Seventh Circuit affirmed, rejecting arguments that the co...

Humberto Trujillo v. Rockledge Furniture
Date: June 7, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3349
Toure v. Barr  
Date: June 7, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3634

Justia Opinion Summary: Toure, a citizen of Mali, entered the U.S. on a tourist visa in January 2007. In June 2009, he married Wolfe, a U.S. citizen. Conditional on his marriage, he was granted permanent resident status. In September 2011, Tour...

Trujillo v. Rockledge Furniture  
Date: June 7, 2019
Docket Numbers: 19-1651, 18‐3349

Justia Opinion Summary: From 2007-2016, Trujillo worked as a manager of several Ashley Furniture HomeStores in the Chicago area. These stores were owned and operated by Rockledge Furniture LLC, a Wisconsin limited liability company associated w...

Hatfield v. Barr  
Date: June 6, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2385

Justia Opinion Summary: A person “who has been convicted in any court of, a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year” is forbidden to possess a firearm, 18 U.S.C.922(g)(1). Kanter was convicted of mail fraud, 18 U.S.C. 134...

Jessica Smith v. Simm Associates, Inc.
Date: June 6, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3350
USA v. Paul Schlieve
Date: June 6, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3391
Nieto v. Simm Associates, Inc.  
Date: June 6, 2019
Docket Numbers: 19-1155, 18-3350

Justia Opinion Summary: Simm, a debt collection agency, sent plaintiffs collection letters, stating: CLIENT: PAYPAL CREDIT ORIGINAL CREDITOR: Comenity Capital Bank; giving the balance and origination date; and stating that, upon the debtor’s re...

Shipman v. United States  
Date: June 5, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3476

Justia Opinion Summary: Shipman pleaded guilty in 2003 to conspiring to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine, 21 U.S.C. 846. His presentence report used the 2002 Sentencing Guidelines, which then required courts to increase the offense le...

United States v. Buncich  
Date: June 5, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1216

Justia Opinion Summary: Buncich, the Sheriff of Lake County, Indiana, solicited and accepted payments from towing companies. He was convicted of five counts of wire fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1341, 1346, and one count of accepting bribes, 18 U.S.C. 666(a...

United States v. Huskisson  
Date: June 5, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1335

Justia Opinion Summary: Arrested on drug conspiracy charges, Hardy led DEA agents to his drugs and guns and provided information that Hardy purchased methamphetamine from Huskisson six times over the preceding five months, for $8,000 per pound,...

Acevedo v. Cook County Officers Electoral Board  
Date: June 5, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2979

Justia Opinion Summary: Under Illinois law, potential candidates for public office must file a nominating petition to gain a place on a political party’s primary ballot. Within a 90-day window, candidates for statewide offices must collect 5,00...

LaRiviere v. Board Trustees of Southern Illinois University  
Date: June 5, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3188

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2002, the University hired LaRiviere as an Assistant Director of Building Maintenance. In 2011, LaRiviere learned that her supervisor was retiring and asked if the University would waive requirements that the position...

Ruben Lopez Ramos v. William Barr
Date: June 5, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1728
Casillas v. Madison Avenue Associates, Inc  
Date: June 4, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3162

Justia Opinion Summary: Casillas allegedly owed a debt to Harvester. Madison sent Casillas a letter demanding payment. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act requires a debt collector to give consumers written notice, 15 U.S.C. 1692g(a), includ...

Jeremy Dale v. Anthony Agresta
Date: June 4, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3585
Najera-Rodriguez v. Barr  
Date: June 4, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2416

Justia Opinion Summary: Najera-Rodriguez, a 30-year-old lawful permanent resident, moved from Mexico to the U.S. when he was 10 years old. In 2016, based on possession of Xanax pills without a prescription, he pleaded guilty to unlawful possess...

Delbert Heard v. Andrew Tilden
Date: June 4, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2553
USA v. Douglas M. Veach
Date: June 4, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2651
ABS Global, Inc. v. Inguran, LLC
Date: June 4, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3317
Chloris Hall v. Author Solutions
Date: June 4, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3520
J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. v. Lindsay Jenkins
Date: June 4, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3607
Gregory Kozlowski v. Gregory Van Rybroek
Date: June 4, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1163
Linda Sledge v. Robert Wilkie
Date: June 4, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1193
United States v. Bell  
Date: June 3, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3505

Justia Opinion Summary: Turner persuaded Bell to help him sell several stolen firearms. Turner later cooperated with law enforcement, provided information about the sale, and aided the government in targeting Bell. Upon Bell’s arrest, an office...

Fidelity and Deposit Company v. Edward E. Gillen Company
Date: June 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2144
Common Cause Indiana v. Marion County Election Board  
Date: June 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2735

Justia Opinion Summary: Indiana counties maintain three‐member election boards: the circuit court clerk and two individuals the clerk appoints, one from each major political party. Marion County used a precinct‐based voting system; its Election...

United States v. Adair  
Date: June 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2796

Justia Opinion Summary: Bloomington Illinois Officer Squires received a crime-in-progress notification. The 911 operator informed him that a caller from the Tracy Drive Apartments reported a group of persons outside her apartment engaged in sus...

Milan Knox v. Tony Curtis
Date: June 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2989
David Jones v. Duane Alsip
Date: June 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3240
Fidelity and Deposit Co. of Maryland v. Edward E. Gillen Co.  
Date: June 3, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-3446, 18-2144

Justia Opinion Summary: Chicago awarded a construction contract to a joint venture formed by Gillen and other entities. The joint venture subcontracted some of the work to Gillen, which subcontracted with others for labor and materials. The joi...

Mary Corner v. Alexander Acosta
Date: June 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3655
Shaka Freeman v. Metropolitan Water Reclamation
Date: June 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3737
USA v. Mark Brummitt
Date: June 3, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1251
Arletta Kurowski v. Estate of Kenneth H. Kurowski
Date: June 3, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1391
Arletta Kurowski v. Estate of Kenneth H. Kurowski
Date: June 3, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1982
United States v. Pierson  
Date: May 31, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1112

Justia Opinion Summary: Pierson was convicted of possessing drugs with intent to distribute and two related firearm crimes. Because of Pierson’s prior criminal record, his mandatory sentence was life in prison. The Seventh Circuit affirmed his...

Tomeca Denwiddie v. Stephen Mueller
Date: May 31, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3179
Omar Khalil v. William P. Barr
Date: May 31, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3401
James Munson v. Kim Butler
Date: May 30, 2019
Docket Number: 16-3651
Christopher Stoller v. Walworth County, Wisconsin
Date: May 30, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1770
United States v. Fennell  
Date: May 30, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1969

Justia Opinion Summary: Fennell took kickbacks while employed as facilities and transportation director for Indiana’s Vigo County School Corporation. The evidence showed an actual loss amount of $110,600 in kickbacks that he and a codefendant r...

Emperor A. Elder v. Nancy A. Berryhill
Date: May 30, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2664
Fredrick Morris v. Jason Zeimer
Date: May 30, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3411
Brian Weil v. Metal Technologies, Inc.
Date: May 29, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2440
Weil v. Metal Technologies, Inc.  
Date: May 29, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-2556, 18-2440

Justia Opinion Summary: Metal Technologies (MT), a Bloomfield, Indiana manufacturer of automobile parts, employs around 500 workers. Plaintiffs filed class and collective actions against MT, alleging violations under the Fair Labor Standards Ac...

Aimee Hankins v. Tim Lowe
Date: May 24, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1879
Aimee Hankins v. Tim Lowe
Date: May 24, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2077
Coleman v. Peoria  
Date: May 24, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1742

Justia Opinion Summary: Coleman was convicted for a 1994 armed robbery, home invasion, residential burglary, and aggravated sexual assault. Three witnesses linked Coleman to the crimes. The court sentenced Coleman to 60 years’ imprisonment. F...

Madison v. United States Department of Labor  
Date: May 24, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1800

Justia Opinion Summary: Kenco employed Madison as a quality engineer from May 13 until August 9, 2013. Kenco provided warehousing services to Mars, a global manufacturer of food products. Madison alleges that her discharge followed adverse empl...

Parvinder Singh v. William P. Barr
Date: May 24, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3257
Mohsin Yafai v. Mike Pompeo
Date: May 23, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1205
USA v. Antwon Jenkins
Date: May 23, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1869
Barrington Music Products, Inc v. Music & Arts Center  
Date: May 22, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2945

Justia Opinion Summary: Guitar Center, which sells musical instruments, created a new brand of woodwind and brass instruments produced by Eastman, “Ventus.” Barrington owns the trademark “Vento,” which is used in relation to instruments it sell...

Edward Hardin v. John Baldwin
Date: May 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1999
McCarty v. Menard, Inc.  
Date: May 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3069

Justia Opinion Summary: McCarty and Parks went to an Illinois Menard’s store to purchase sheets of oriented strand board (OSB). They drove a pickup truck to the store’s lumber shed and found the OSB piles, stacked side-by-side, behind display...

Littleton Jackson v. Sonya Anderson
Date: May 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3151
Ortiz-Santiago v. Barr  
Date: May 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3251

Justia Opinion Summary: Ortiz-Santiago, a Mexican citizen, has continuously resided in the U.S. without legal status since 1999. In 2015, he was arrested for driving without a license. He was served with a “Notice to Appear” for removal proceed...

Armando Martinez Aguilar v. Herbert Goldberg
Date: May 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3576
Robert Jones, Jr. v. M/A Mgmt Corp
Date: May 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3667
Lyle Harrison v. Moultrie County Illinois
Date: May 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3694
Martazz Williams v. William Hyatte
Date: May 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2693
Anthony Bogan v. Jeffrey German
Date: May 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2927
Courtney Cobbs v. Richard Chiapete
Date: May 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3046
Dolen Glenn v. Richard Brown
Date: May 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3090
Varlen Corp. v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.  
Date: May 16, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3212

Justia Opinion Summary: At its LASI site, Varlen plated locomotive engine parts in chrome. At its Silvis site, Varlen’s operations included refueling diesel engines. Varlen discovered groundwater contamination at both sites, spent millions of d...

USA v. Robert Malone
Date: May 16, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1024
USA v. Donta Henderson
Date: May 16, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1089
Bonnie Dudley v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: May 16, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1629
Paz v. Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC  
Date: May 15, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3259

Justia Opinion Summary: Paz defaulted on a $695 credit card debt. PRA, a debt collector, purchased the debt and attempted to collect but violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by failing to report that Paz disputed the debt. Paz filed...

Jensen v. Pollard  
Date: May 15, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3639

Justia Opinion Summary: Jensen was convicted of the 1998 murder of his wife, Julie. Two weeks before her death, Julie wrote a letter disclaiming any intention of suicide and stating that she feared her husband was going to kill her. She gave th...

USA v. Brandon Sanchez
Date: May 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2907
Donta Jenkins v. Daniel Frisch
Date: May 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3201
Gant v. Hartman  
Date: May 14, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1287

Justia Opinion Summary: Fort Wayne Officer Hartman and others responded to an ongoing armed robbery at a Dollar General store, knowing that there had been several armed robberies at area Dollar General stores: two men would enter the store, dis...

United States v. Collins  
Date: May 14, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2149

Justia Opinion Summary: Collins pleaded guilty to distributing cocaine and crack cocaine, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1). Because of a prior felony drug conviction, he faced a statutory minimum of ten years in prison, unless he qualified for the “safety v...

United States v. Sheth  
Date: May 13, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2741

Justia Opinion Summary: Dr. Sheth, a cardiologist, admitted in a plea agreement that he engaged in a scheme to overbill government and private insurers by approximately $13 million, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1347. The scheme resulted in a loss...

Kendall Harlson v. Brandon McKallip
Date: May 13, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2942
James Soto v. Anthony Buckley
Date: May 13, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3649
United States v. Richmond  
Date: May 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1559

Justia Opinion Summary: Milwaukee officers were patrolling an area known for drug trafficking, armed robberies, and gun violence. Around midnight, they saw Richmond walking toward them with his right hand in the “kangaroo” pocket on his T-shirt...

Valiant Green v. David Beth
Date: May 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2900
Gordon Young v. Emily Bolzinski
Date: May 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3304
John Sparre v. LABR
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1105
Susan Tomas v. Illinois Department of Employm
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1888
USA v. Cherron M. Phillips
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2164
Sparre v. United States Department of Labor  
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-2348, 18‐1105

Justia Opinion Summary: Sparre began working as a Norfolk locomotive engineer in 1999. In 2010, he reported a safety violation to the Federal Railroad Administration, which resulted in the assessment of an $8,000 civil penalty against Norfolk....

Erin Eiler v. Kevin K. McAleenan
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3451
Lopez-Aguilar v. Indiana  
Date: May 9, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1050

Justia Opinion Summary: Lopez-Aguilar went to the Indianapolis Marion County Courthouse for a hearing on a misdemeanor complaint charging him with driving without a license. Officers of the Sheriff’s Department informed him that an ICE officer...

United States v. Spectrum Brands, Inc.  
Date: May 9, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1785

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court found that Spectrum violated the Consumer Product Safety Act, 15 U.S.C. 2064(b)(3), when its subsidiary failed to timely report to the government a potentially hazardous defect in its Black & Decker Sp...

Lowinger v. Oberhelman  
Date: May 9, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1863

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011 Caterpillar made serious inquiries about the possible acquisition of a Chinese mining company and its wholly‐owned subsidiary (Siwei). Caterpillar completed that acquisition in June 2012. Only after the closing d...

United States v. Cosby  
Date: May 9, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2053

Justia Opinion Summary: T.L., a 15-year old, told S.B. that she had problems at home and was into drugs. S.B. took T.L. to Cosby’s Hammond, Indiana apartment. T.L. told Cosby that she was a 15-year old runaway. Cosby gave T.L. drugs and alcohol...

Maryam Muhammad v. Beverly Louis
Date: May 9, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2573
Earlie Berry, Jr. v. Wendy Knight
Date: May 9, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2650
Serrano v. Barr  
Date: May 9, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2886

Justia Opinion Summary: Villa, a citizen of Mexico, originally entered the U.S. in 1988 without inspection. He adjusted his status to that of a lawful permanent resident in 1995. Approximately nine years later, he was convicted of possession of...

USA v. Mintai Bedford
Date: May 9, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3674
Levitin v. Northwest Community Hospital  
Date: May 8, 2019
Docket Number: 16-3774

Justia Opinion Summary: Levitin, a Jewish surgeon of Russian descent, owns and operates a private medical practice. From 2000-2013, most of her revenue came from her work at Northwest Community Hospital, where she maintained practice privileges...

Jozefyk v. Berryhill  
Date: May 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1898

Justia Opinion Summary: Jozefyk applied for Disability Insurance Benefits and Supplemental Security Income, claiming disability based on several conditions, including degenerative changes in his cervical spine, lumbar strain, obesity, affective...

USA v. Teresa Johnson
Date: May 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2076
Webber v. Butner  
Date: May 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2866

Justia Opinion Summary: Webber, who was not a professional logger, was cutting down a tree on property owned by his friend, Butner, when a branch fell and hit Webber on the head, causing severe injuries. Webber sued for negligence, alleging tha...

Pennewell v. Parish  
Date: May 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3029

Justia Opinion Summary: When Pennewell’s incarceration began, he was blind in his left eye. Pennewell complained of pain and vision abnormalities in his right eye. An optometrist referred him to the University of Wisconsin Eye Clinic. After a t...