2020 Seventh Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

Israel Ruiz v. Catalino Bautista
Date: February 28, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1425
Gary McFadden v. Travis Dorvit
Date: February 28, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2755
Lexington Insurance Co. v. Chicago Flameproof & Wood Specialties Corp.  
Date: February 27, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1062

Justia Opinion Summary: Flameproof, a distributor of fire retardant and treated lumber (FRT lumber), maintained liability insurance through Lexington, covering liability for "property damage” that is “caused by an occurrence that takes place in...

USA v. James Ledonne
Date: February 26, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2729
Steven Stathas, Jr. v. Judy Smith
Date: February 26, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1259
Steven Lisle, Jr. v. Kevin Keller
Date: February 26, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1339
Meriyu v. Barr  
Date: February 26, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1892

Justia Opinion Summary: Meriyu, now 49 years old, is an Indonesian citizen who is of Chinese descent and of the Buddhist faith. She came to the U.S. in 2000 on a nonimmigrant visa. Meriyu claims she was prompted to leave by her mistreatment, ba...

Demetrius Blankenship v. American Phoenix
Date: February 26, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2255
Sonya Newson v. Aurora Health Care, Incorporat
Date: February 26, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2722
Simeon Lewis v. BNSF Railway Company
Date: February 25, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1428
Gibson v. Myerscough  
Date: February 25, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2342

Justia Opinion Summary: The cause of Cory's 2006 death was undetermined. The police later reopened the investigation. A grand jury indicted her husband, Lovelace, an Illinois criminal defense lawyer. Lovelace's first trial resulted in a hung ju...

Amit Patel v. CBRE, Inc.
Date: February 25, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2594
Koger v. Cook County  
Date: February 25, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2892

Justia Opinion Summary: While confined in the Cook County Jail, Koger accumulated books in his cell. Guards removed more than 30. Prisoners may not have more than three books or magazines at a time (excluding religious and legal materials). On...

Leo Stoller v. Executive Committee of the Uni
Date: February 25, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1055
Sharif Pharmacy Inc. v. Prime Therapeutics LLC  
Date: February 24, 2020
Docket Numbers: 18-2725, 18-3003

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiffs (Sharif Pharmacy, J&S) were members of the Prime pharmacy network, which is owned, in part, by Blue Cross Blue Shield. Under Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance plans, many patients had signif...

Viamedia, Inc. v. Comcast Corp.  
Date: February 24, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2852

Justia Opinion Summary: Viamedia sued Comcast under the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. 2, for using its monopoly power in one service market (Interconnect) to exclude competition and gain monopoly power in another service market (advertising representa...

Helen Scale v. Prime Therapeutics LLC
Date: February 24, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3003
Physicians Healthsource, Inc. v. A-S Medication Solutions, LLC  
Date: February 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1452

Justia Opinion Summary: In February 2010, AMS sent a fax advertisement to 11,422 different numbers from a recently acquired customer list. PHI filed a putative class action suit asserting that those faxes violated the Telephone Consumer Protec...

INTL FCStone Financial Inc. v. Dave Jacobson
Date: February 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2111
INTL FCStone Financial Inc. v. Farmer  
Date: February 24, 2020
Docket Numbers: 19-2123, 19‐2111

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants, commodities futures investors, maintained trading accounts with FCStone, a clearing firm that handled the confirmation, settlement, and delivery of transactions. In 2018, extraordinary volatility in the natur...

Steven Stuckey v. Housing Authority of Cook Coun
Date: February 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2136
USA v. J. L. Houston
Date: February 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2309
USA v. Marlon P. Bush
Date: February 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2541
Anthony Martin v. Mark Wentz
Date: February 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2820
Jimmie Jordan v. Christopher Sherrod
Date: February 21, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3146
Chongnengwt Vang v. Andrew M. Saul
Date: February 21, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1860
Merle Royce v. Michael R. Needle P.C.
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2850
Merle Royce v. Michael Needle
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2851
Stelter v. Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corp.  
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3689

Justia Opinion Summary: WPS employed Stelter as an assistant in 2002 and promoted her to sales representative in 2007. In 2010, Harings, an agency manager, expressed concern in Stelter’s performance review regarding personal appointments made d...

Merle Royce v. Michael R. Needle P.C.
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3725
Royce v. Needle  
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Numbers: 19-1054, 18-2850, 18-2851, 18-3725

Justia Opinion Summary: In the underlying 2007 civil RICO action, Needle (a Pennsylvania sole practitioner) and two Illinois attorneys represented the plaintiffs. The attorneys executed a contingent fee agreement with their clients. The Illinoi...

Bryan Kuykendoll v. Andrew M. Saul
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2030
Michael Needle, P.C. v. Cozen O'Connor  
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2241

Justia Opinion Summary: In a 2007 RICO action, Needle (a Pennsylvania sole practitioner) and Illinois attorneys represented the plaintiffs under a contingent fee agreement. The Illinois attorneys withdrew; Needle recruited Illinois attorney Roy...

Kendrick Butler v. Adam Deal
Date: February 19, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2816
United States v. Picardi  
Date: February 19, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1043

Justia Opinion Summary: Picardi, a former Customs and Border Protection Officer at the international terminal of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, was convicted of embezzlement by an officer or employee of the United States, 18 U.S.C. 654 and was sente...

Gadelhak v. AT&T Services, Inc.  
Date: February 19, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1738

Justia Opinion Summary: The Telephone Consumer Protection Act bars certain uses of an “automatic telephone dialing system,” which it defines as equipment with the capacity “to store or produce telephone numbers to be called, using a random or s...

Bridges v. Dart  
Date: February 19, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1791

Justia Opinion Summary: Bridges, a Cook County Department of Corrections pretrial detainee, fell out of the upper bunk to which he had been assigned and injured himself. He sued, asserting that his injuries were caused by the defendants’ practi...

United States v. Bridgewater  
Date: February 19, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2522

Justia Opinion Summary: Bridgewater pleaded guilty to soliciting an obscene visual depiction of a minor, 18 U.S.C. 2252A(a)(3)(B)(i). The Guidelines called for a mandatory minimum sentence of 60 months in prison. The district court deviated fr...

United States v. Cates  
Date: February 18, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1042

Justia Opinion Summary: Cates was transporting drugs when he was pulled over for driving without rear license plate lights. The deputy saw a revolver on the passenger seat. Cates admitted that he did not have a license for the firearm. Retail q...

United States v. Lee  
Date: February 18, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1300

Justia Opinion Summary: Law enforcement learned that Lee was distributing large quantities of ice methamphetamine and arranged a controlled buy. The source purchased over 83 grams of ice methamphetamine. Days later, officers conducted a planned...

Thomas Juza v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Date: February 18, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2264
Juan Velez v. USA
Date: February 14, 2020
Docket Number: 17-1034
Juan DeJesus v. USA
Date: February 14, 2020
Docket Number: 17-1035
Joshua Vidal v. USA
Date: February 14, 2020
Docket Number: 17-1426
Antrim Pharmaceuticals LLC v. Bio-Pharm, Inc.  
Date: February 14, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3434

Justia Opinion Summary: The patent for Lexapro, an anti-depressant, was expiring, creating a potentially lucrative opportunity to sell a generic version, escitalopram. BioPharm, a generic drug manufacturer, and Antrim planned to sign an updated...

United States v. Ballard  
Date: February 14, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2103

Justia Opinion Summary: From 1985-2017, Ballard accrued over 30 convictions for crimes including attempted residential burglary, kidnapping, battery, aggravated assault (amended from rape), possession of a firearm as a felon, and multiple convi...

USA v. Randy Williams
Date: February 13, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3318
Jacobsen v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue  
Date: February 13, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3371

Justia Opinion Summary: Jacobsen’s former wife, Lemmens, embezzled $400,000 from her employer, income that was not reported on the couple’s jointly filed income taxes. After Lemmens was convicted, the IRS audited the couple’s joint tax returns...

Lutes v. United Trailers, Inc.  
Date: February 13, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1579

Justia Opinion Summary: Phillips injured his ribs while playing with his grandchildren. For two weeks, he called his employer, United, to report he would miss work. Phillips stopped calling in and did not appear for work on three consecutive da...

Maman Bio v. Inventiv Health Clinical, LLC
Date: February 13, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1811
United States v. Grayson Enterprises, Inc.  
Date: February 12, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1367

Justia Opinion Summary: Grayson does business under the name Gire Roofing. Grayson and Edwin Gire were indicted for visa fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1546 and harboring and employing unauthorized aliens, 8 U.S.C. 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii). On paper, Gire had no...

Perry v. Brown  
Date: February 12, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1683

Justia Opinion Summary: As a result of a 2009 stroke, Perry, serving a long sentence for murder, suffers from aphasia, which impairs his ability to speak, write, and understand words. Perry pursued direct and collateral review in Indiana’s cour...

Terry Jones v. USA
Date: February 11, 2020
Docket Number: 17-1173
Elena Hernandez v. Marque Medicos Fullerton, LLC
Date: February 11, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1789
Bria Health Services, LLC v. Eagleson  
Date: February 11, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3076

Justia Opinion Summary: Under the Medicaid program, 42 U.S.C. 1396, states must ensure that certain medical assistance is available to all eligible beneficiaries. Illinois administers its Medicaid program through HFS. For managed care programs,...

United States v. Williams  
Date: February 11, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3318

Justia Opinion Summary: Two men entered a Sprint store with a gun, threatened and zip‐tied all witnesses, grabbed merchandise, and fled the store in two vehicles. Williams, a getaway driver, was indicted for obstruction of commerce by robbery,...

Whirlpool Corp. v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.  
Date: February 11, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3363

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011 Wells Fargo entered into a loan and security agreement with hhgregg to provide the retailer with operating credit. Wells Fargo had a perfected first-priority, floating lien on nearly all of hhgregg’s assets. In...

Frederick Harris v. Nicholas Molinero
Date: February 11, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3660
United States v. Collins  
Date: February 11, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1176

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011-2016, Collins was the executive director of the Kankakee Valley Park District. The Park District, which is not tax-exempt, works with the Kankakee Valley Park Foundation, which does have tax-exempt status and rai...

Kevin Grady, Sr. v. Kari Kinder
Date: February 11, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1442
USA v. Theodore Simmons
Date: February 11, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1443
Marquelle Smith v. Herbert Adams
Date: February 11, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1816
Casa Stuckey v. Bank of America, N.A.
Date: February 11, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1959
USA v. Javier Gonzalez-Loza
Date: February 11, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2050
USA v. Peter Bernegger
Date: February 11, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2052
USA v. Christopher Sours
Date: February 11, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2294
Eric Conner v. Jolinda Waterman
Date: February 11, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2317
USA v. Peter Bernegger
Date: February 11, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2415
Heon Lee v. Hillary Clinton
Date: February 11, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2786
Curry v. Revolution Laboratories, LLC  
Date: February 10, 2020
Docket Number: 17-2900

Justia Opinion Summary: Curry, the founder of “Get Diesel Nutrition,” has paid for advertising for his products, including "Diesel Test," in national fitness magazines since 2002. In 2016, the defendants began selling a sports nutritional sup...

Keith Perry v. Illinois Department of Human S
Date: February 10, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3577
United States v. Guzman-Ramirez  
Date: February 10, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1960

Justia Opinion Summary: A supplier hired Guzman-Ramirez and Gonzalez to import cocaine into Wisconsin. Gonzalez was to haul the cocaine to Chicago. Guzman-Ramirez would help remove the cocaine from a hidden compartment and, with assistance, bri...

Robertson v. Wisconsin Department of Health Services  
Date: February 7, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1179

Justia Opinion Summary: Robertson brought claims against DHS and two DHS employees, Mattke and Evan, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, alleging retaliation for complaining of discrimination in the workplace. The district court dismissed...

Martin v. Saul  
Date: February 7, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1957

Justia Opinion Summary: Martin, a 67-year-old woman, sought Social Security Disability benefits. Her persistent back pain stems from two car accidents; she also suffers from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, and PTSD. These...

Lee Till v. Dolgencorp, LLC
Date: February 7, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2566
Glover v. Carr  
Date: February 6, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3028

Justia Opinion Summary: Wisconsin inmate Glover sued prison medical staff and Department of Corrections officials for deliberate indifference and for violating his right to equal protection after they denied him medicine prescribed for post‐sur...

Kolchinsky v. Western Dairy Transport, LLC  
Date: February 6, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1739

Justia Opinion Summary: Bentley, the owner of Trucking, rear-ended the Kolchinskys’ car while driving a tractor-trailer through Illinois. The Kolchinskys were severely injured. Bentley's deliveries had been arranged by WD, which instructed Bent...

United States v. Jehan  
Date: February 6, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1975

Justia Opinion Summary: Jehan led a Chicago street gang's conspiracy to distribute drugs. After he and others were indicted, Jehan fled and remained a fugitive for four years. After Jehan was arrested, the parties entered a plea agreement: Jeh...

Robert Haas v. David Noordeloos
Date: February 6, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3473
Ronald Crosby v. City of Chicago
Date: February 5, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3693
Crosby v. City of Chicago  
Date: February 5, 2020
Docket Numbers: 19-1439, 19-1439

Justia Opinion Summary: Crosby fell three stories from a window before Chicago Officer Gonzalez arrested him. Crosby maintains that Gonzalez intentionally pushed him through the window and then falsely claimed—with corroboration from other offi...

Warciak v. Subway Restaurants, Inc.  
Date: February 5, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1577

Justia Opinion Summary: T-Mobile customers can participate in “T-Mobile Tuesdays,” a promotional service, offering free items and discounts. Customers who no longer wish to receive marketing communications may opt-out by contacting T-Mobile’s c...

Robertson v. French  
Date: February 4, 2020
Docket Number: 17-3579

Justia Opinion Summary: Pontiac inmate Robertson was held in isolation, allegedly in deplorable conditions, for several days before he attempted suicide. He filed a complaint under 42 U.S.C. 1983 and a motion, seeking to proceed in forma pauper...

United States v. Lebeau  
Date: February 4, 2020
Docket Numbers: 18-1656, 18-3366

Justia Opinion Summary: Around 2004, LeBeau's health club located on 10 acres in Aurora, Illinois, ran into difficulties. LeBeau teamed up with Bodie to redevelop the land as a condominium project. Bodie ran two mortgage companies. They submitt...

USA v. Brian Bodie
Date: February 4, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3366
United States v. Dozier  
Date: February 4, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3447

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2017, Dozier was indicted for conspiracy and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Under the Controlled Substances Act then in effect, Dozier faced increased penalties if he had a prior conviction f...

Dotson v. United States  
Date: February 3, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1701

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Dotson was indicted for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. The indictment listed six prior felony convictions and alleged that Dotson qualified for the 15-year minimum sentence mandated in the Armed Care...

Hartsfield v. Dorethy  
Date: February 3, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1736

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, Martinez was shot dead. The Illinois Appellate Court affirmed Hartsfield's convictions for first-degree murder and home invasion. Hartsfield claimed ineffective assistance of counsel, insisting that he repeatedl...

Lowrey v. Tilden  
Date: February 3, 2020
Docket Numbers: 19-1365, 19-3145

Justia Opinion Summary: In consolidated appeals, the Seventh Circuit gave the appellants seven days to file amended jurisdictional statements. The court acknowledged its “reputation as a jurisdictional hawk.” In each of the cases, a magistrate...

Jeremy Lowrey v. Andrew Tilden
Date: February 3, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1365
Dorris v. Unum Life Insurance Co. of America  
Date: February 3, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1701

Justia Opinion Summary: Dorris, a company president, had Unum long-term disability insurance. Her endometriosis became disabling; Unum started paying her benefits in 2002. Later, Dorris was diagnosed with Lyme disease. By 2007, the Social Secur...

Scott McCray v. Robert Wilkie
Date: February 3, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3145
Scott McCray v. Robert Wilkie
Date: February 3, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3145
United States v. Anderson  
Date: January 30, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1870

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendants each pleaded guilty to federal drug crimes and were sentenced to terms of imprisonment and supervised release. Before their hearings, both received PSRs that proposed a supervised release condition providi...

USA v. Rayshaun Roach
Date: January 30, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3096
Diane Parker v. Four Seasons Hotels
Date: January 30, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3438
Cook v. Foster  
Date: January 29, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2214

Justia Opinion Summary: After a 2005 home invasion, Cook and Egerson were charged with armed robbery, armed burglary, false imprisonment, battery, theft, and mistreatment of an animal causing death. Cook claimed that Hall, not Cook, was Egerson...

Phillip Lay v. Andrew M. Saul
Date: January 29, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1893
A.F. Moore & Associates, Inc. v. Pappas  
Date: January 29, 2020
Docket Numbers: 19-1971, 19-1979

Justia Opinion Summary: Before 2008, Cook County ordinances required the Assessor to assess single-family residential property at 16%, commercial property at 38%, and industrial property at 36% of the market value. In 2000-2008, the Assessor ac...

Fox Valley/River Oaks Partners v. Maria Pappas
Date: January 29, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1979
United States v. Helding  
Date: January 28, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3270

Justia Opinion Summary: Police seized 143.7 kilograms of marijuana from Helding’s car and apartment. Harding pleaded guilty to possessing over 100 kilograms. At sentencing, the court held him responsible for the equivalent of 4,679.7 kilograms,...

Crabtree v. Experian Information Solutions, Inc.  
Date: January 28, 2020
Docket Numbers: 18-3405, 18-3416

Justia Opinion Summary: The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) prohibits consumer reporting agencies from releasing credit information except under circumstances enumerated in 15 U.S.C. 1681b, including to provide prospective lenders with "prescr...

Quentin Crabtree v. Experian Information Solutions
Date: January 28, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3416
Elston v. County of Kane  
Date: January 28, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1746

Justia Opinion Summary: Elston and his friends were playing basketball at a DuPage County park, heckling one another with salty language. Demeter, an off-duty Kane County sheriff’s deputy, watching his child’s soccer game, demanded that they st...

Jovan Williams v. Jose Reyes
Date: January 28, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1778
Shipley v. Chicago Board of Elections  
Date: January 27, 2020
Docket Number: 17-3511

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, credentialed election monitors in Chicago during the 2016 Illinois primary election and a citizen who voted in the election, alleged that during the statutorily mandated post-election audit of electronic voti...

Robert Collins Bey v. Tim Haines
Date: January 27, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3627
United States v. Karst  
Date: January 27, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3675

Justia Opinion Summary: Leaving an untouched pizza on the table, Karst exited a restaurant with two men who wore Mesticas motorcycle club vests. The three drove off on their bikes. Minutes later, one of the men with Karst pulled the trigger in...

Rosee Torres v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Date: January 27, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3686
USA v. Mario Caviedes-Zuniga
Date: January 27, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1104
United States v. Caviedes-Zuniga  
Date: January 27, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1104

Justia Opinion Summary: Caviedes-Zuniga pleaded guilty to distributing 140 grams of heroin. 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B). He was sentenced to 111 months’ imprisonment, 77 months below the 188 -235 months recommended by the Sentencing Guidelin...

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin v. Environmental Protection Agency  
Date: January 27, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1130

Justia Opinion Summary: The Menominee River runs between Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. According to its origin story, the Menominee Indian Tribe came into existence along the River's banks thousands of years ago. This birthplace con...

Lexington Insurance Co. v. RLI Insurance Co.  
Date: January 27, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1426

Justia Opinion Summary: Prime, a trucking company, covered its own liability without insurance for the first $3 million per occurrence and bought excess liability insurance from multiple insurers, following a common industry practice of stackin...

Brandi Lutes v. United Trailers, Inc.
Date: January 27, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1579
Rosee Torres v. Judicial Sales Corporation
Date: January 27, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1657
Rosee Torres v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Date: January 27, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2114
Dedrick Bufkin v. USA
Date: January 24, 2020
Docket Number: 17-3306
Diamond Toney v. USA
Date: January 24, 2020
Docket Number: 17-3307
Labrec v. Walker  
Date: January 24, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1682

Justia Opinion Summary: LaBrec, an inmate at a maximum-security institution, with a history that included prior assaults on inmates and staff, was transferred to the Restricted Housing Unit and was placed in a cell with McNeely, who was in the...

Youngman v. Peoria County  
Date: January 24, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2544

Justia Opinion Summary: Youngman, a Peoria County Juvenile Center counselor, was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor and acromegaly in 1993 and had surgery to remove the tumor and part of his pituitary gland. He had a thyroidectomy in 2011, result...

Andrew Roberts v. Mark Jensen
Date: January 24, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2881
Abellan v. Lavelo Property Management, LLC  
Date: January 24, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3695

Justia Opinion Summary: A New York owner of a fast-food property in Illinois, which was rented by an Arizona tenant, sold the property to buyers in California (Abellan). The tenant declared bankruptcy and never paid rent to its new landlord. Ab...

United States v. Melvin  
Date: January 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1409

Justia Opinion Summary: Melvin pled guilty to possessing with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. The probation office prepared a presentence investigation report (PSR) and filed it with the court electronically. Melvin...

Levan Galleries LLC v. City of Chicago
Date: January 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1709
Bigger v. Facebook, Inc.  
Date: January 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1944

Justia Opinion Summary: Facebook employee Bigger sued Facebook alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. 201, overtime-pay requirements, on behalf of herself and all similarly situated employees. The district court a...

USA v. Michael Fredette
Date: January 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3306
Marshaun Boykin v. Steve Sandholm
Date: January 23, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1154
United States v. Dowthard  
Date: January 23, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2088

Justia Opinion Summary: Dowthard pleaded guilty as a felon in possession of a firearm, 18 U.S.C. 922(g). Because of his prior state convictions, he was sentenced under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), section 924(e), to 186 months in priso...

Salih Baker v. John Fermon
Date: January 23, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2484
Thomas Ames v. Morgan Hudson
Date: January 23, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1035
Baez-Sanchez v. Barr  
Date: January 23, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1642

Justia Opinion Summary: Baez-Sanchez, a citizen of Mexico, is removable. His conviction for aggravated ba]ery of a police officer renders him inadmissible, 8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(2)(A)(i)(I). He applied for a U visa, which is available to some admiss...

Michael Gibbons v. Andrew M. Saul
Date: January 23, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1885
USA v. Eleazar Hernandez-Perdomo
Date: January 23, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1964
United States v. Rangel-Rodriguez  
Date: January 23, 2020
Docket Numbers: 19-2113, 19-1964

Justia Opinion Summary: The petitioners, both Mexican citizens, were never lawfully admitted to the U.S. Years ago, each was served with a Notice to Appear (NTA) for removal proceedings. The NTAs were defective; they did not list the date or ti...

USA v. Jose Garcia, Jr.
Date: January 22, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1890
United States v. Pineda-Hernandez  
Date: January 22, 2020
Docket Numbers: 18-2261, 18-1890

Justia Opinion Summary: Police found more than 80 grams of red methamphetamine in a car. The ensuing investigation resulted in the indictment of 12 people for a drug-distribution conspiracy; 11, including Garcia, pleaded guilty. Pineda-Hernande...

PCA Capital Partners, Inc. v. G&M International, LLC
Date: January 22, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1575
Helen Overton v. Andrew M. Saul
Date: January 22, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1873
USA v. Christopher L. Hamilton
Date: January 22, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1914
USA v. James Assad
Date: January 22, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2077
Louisa Rasheed v. Indiana Department of Child
Date: January 22, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2456
Ryan Krueger v. State of Wisconsin
Date: January 22, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2609
Preston v. Midland Credit Management, Inc.  
Date: January 21, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3119

Justia Opinion Summary: Preston brought a putative class action, claiming that Midland Credit sent him a collection letter that violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. 1692–1692[. He claimed the words “TIME SENSITIVE DOCUMENT...

USA v. Ronald Van Den Heuvel
Date: January 21, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1236
Steffek v. Client Services, Inc.  
Date: January 21, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1491

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiffs received form notices from Client Services with a header stated only “RE: CHASE BANK USA, N.A.,” with an account number. The letters continued: “The above account has been placed with our organization for...

Henderson v. Box  
Date: January 17, 2020
Docket Number: 17-1141

Justia Opinion Summary: Under Ind. Code 31-14-7-1(1), a husband is presumed to be a child’s biological father; both spouses are listed as parents on the birth certificate and the child is deemed to be born in wedlock. There is no similar presum...

Goodloe v. Sood  
Date: January 17, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1910

Justia Opinion Summary: Goodloe arrived at the Hill Correctional Center in July 2013 and immediately complained of pain from rectal bleeding. His pain continued despite treatments for hemorrhoids and anal warts. Goodloe wanted to see an outside...

USA v. Zan Morgan
Date: January 17, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2671
Censke v. United States  
Date: January 17, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2695

Justia Opinion Summary: Censke sought to bring a Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) suit for injuries he says he suffered at the hands of Indiana federal prison guards. The FTCA required Censke to give notice in writing to the Bureau of Prisons wit...

United States v. Ingram  
Date: January 17, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1403

Justia Opinion Summary: Ingram committed three robberies and one attempted robbery. Police identified Ingram from his social media postings and two anonymous tips. Charged with three counts of Hobbs Act robbery and one count of attempted Hobbs...

Carl Gebauer, Jr. v. Andrew M. Saul
Date: January 17, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1540
Kathryn Gillette v. CIR
Date: January 15, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1343
Prater v. Saul  
Date: January 15, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2263

Justia Opinion Summary: Prater was denied Social Security Disability Insurance benefits when she was 47-years-old and weighed about 400 pounds at 64 inches tall. X-rays showed mild-to-moderate degenerative joint disease in her feet and knees an...

Kaiser v. Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon, Inc.  
Date: January 14, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2944

Justia Opinion Summary: Kaiser had surgery to implant the Prolift Anterior Pelvic Floor Repair System, a transvaginal mesh medical device that supports the pelvic muscles. A few years later, Kaiser began experiencing severe pelvic pain, bladder...

Victoria L. Anderson v. Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceutica
Date: January 14, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1107
USA v. Constantino Perales
Date: January 13, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3407
Taha v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters  
Date: January 13, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1085

Justia Opinion Summary: United Airlines hired Taha in 1988 and laid him off in 2003. He retained recall rights under a collective bargaining agreement. After a 12-year furlough, Taha returned to work. Weeks later, Taha learned his mother had su...

United States v. Dodds  
Date: January 13, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1135

Justia Opinion Summary: Dodds applied for a passport using his brother’s personal information, rather than his own because he was restricted by a condition of probation. He pleaded guilty under 18 U.S.C. 1542. He did not object to any of the pr...

United States v. Williams  
Date: January 10, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1358

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1998, an Illinois state court convicted Williams, a teenager, of first‐degree murder. Williams was paroled in 2008 but had his parole revoked after pleading guilty to domestic battery. In 2017, he traded cocaine to hi...

Gerald Brown, Jr. v. Andrew M. Saul
Date: January 10, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1363
Day v. Wooten  
Date: January 10, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1930

Justia Opinion Summary: Day, age 18, weighed 312 pounds and had an underlying heart condition. Day was confronted outside a store after apparently shoplifting a watch. Day refused to return to the store. A mall security officer noticed Day had...

Subdiaz-Osorio v. Humphreys  
Date: January 9, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1061

Justia Opinion Summary: Subdiaz‐Osorio stabbed his brother to death during a drunken fight in Wisconsin. He attempted to flee but was stopped in Arkansas while driving to Mexico. At Subdiaz‐Osorio’s request, the interview in Arkansas was cond...

James Owens v. Stephen Duncan
Date: January 9, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1416
Simeon Amen Ra v. IRS
Date: January 9, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3460
United States v. Vasquez-Abarca  
Date: January 9, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3716

Justia Opinion Summary: Vasquez-Abarca’s parents brought him to the U.S. in 1986. In 1995, at age 14, he was arrested for having sex with a 12-year-old but told authorities that he was either 16-17 years old and was convicted of a felony sex of...

Linda Reed v. State of Illinois
Date: January 9, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1164
Troy Hinds v. Andrew M. Saul
Date: January 9, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1867
USA v. Suntez Pasley
Date: January 8, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1498
USA v. Cliffton Harris
Date: January 8, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1502
Johnnie Savory v. William Cannon, Sr.
Date: January 7, 2020
Docket Number: 17-3543
Reginald Shanklin v. Anderson Freeman
Date: January 7, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1006
USA v. Ruben Mancillas
Date: January 7, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1151
USA v. Randall Springen
Date: January 7, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1205
United States v. Guerrero  
Date: January 7, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1676

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, Guerrero, a Chicago police officer who participated in drug trafficking, pleaded guilty to conspiring to participate in racketeering activity, conspiring to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or mo...

USA v. Charles Sharpe, Jr.
Date: January 7, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2448
Word v. City of Chicago  
Date: January 6, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1320

Justia Opinion Summary: The Chicago Police Department (CPD) periodically administered an examination for sergeants seeking promotion to lieutenant. While the CPD retained discretion over whom to promote, those who scored highest on the exam wer...

USA v. Ricky Clark
Date: January 6, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1354
Lett v. City of Chicago  
Date: January 6, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1463

Justia Opinion Summary: Lett worked as an investigator for Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability. In 2016, Lett was investigating police involvement in a particular civilian shooting. The Chief Administrator, Fairley, directed Lett...

Marina Kolchinsky v. Western Dairy Transport, LLC
Date: January 6, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1739
Dale Drinkwater v. Charles Larson
Date: January 6, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1876
Ybarra v. City of Chicago  
Date: January 3, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1435

Justia Opinion Summary: Chicago officers Valadez and Reyes, in an unmarked police car patrolling a neighborhood where a gang-related shooting had recently occurred, saw a passenger in Cruz’s Chevy Tahoe fire gunshots at the occupants of another...

Barnes v. Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois  
Date: January 3, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1781

Justia Opinion Summary: Barnes works in facilities management at UIC, reporting to Donovan. UIC hired Barnes in 2008 as an operating engineer and later promoted him to assistant chief engineer. In 2015, a chief engineer retired. UIC identified...

USA v. Vibgyor Optical Systems Inc.
Date: January 2, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2920
USA v. Bharat Verma
Date: January 2, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2921
Christel Van Dyke v. Linda Fultz
Date: January 2, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3501
Simental-Galarza v. Barr  
Date: January 2, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2126

Justia Opinion Summary: Simental-Galarza unlawfully entered the U.S. in 2001. He married a U.S. citizen in 2013; they divorced three years later. Simental-Galarza was charged as removable under 8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(6)(A)(i), for having entered and...