2021 Seventh Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

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Gilbreath v. Winkleski  
Date: December 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2638

Justia Opinion Summary: Gilbreath was convicted of first-degree sexual assault of a child for repeatedly molesting his step-granddaughter, S.L., beginning when she was nine years old. Gilbreath argued that he was denied effective assistance of...

Wegbreit v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue  
Date: December 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1306

Justia Opinion Summary: Wegbreit founded Oak Ridge, a financial-services company, and worked with attorney Agresti to reduce his tax liability. At Agresti’s suggestion, Wegbreit transferred his Oak Ridge interest to a trust that would convey th...

United States v. Mansfield  
Date: December 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2981

Justia Opinion Summary: Mansfield entered an open guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. His PSR recommended an imprisonment range of 188-235 months and listed 26 “[o]ther [a]rrests” in 1992-2013, involving at leas...

Leszanczuk v. Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC  
Date: December 28, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1367

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, Leszanczuk executed a mortgage contract, securing a loan on her Illinois residence. The mortgage was insured by the FHA. After Carrington acquired the mortgage, Leszanczuk contacted Carrington by phone in Decemb...

United States v. Martin  
Date: December 28, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1527

Justia Opinion Summary: After Martin was arrested for purchasing heroin, his pretrial release was revoked for posting a threat on Facebook with the photo and name of a confidential informant. Martin was sentenced to 43 months’ imprisonment, bel...

Henrietta Arnold Simpson v. Louis DeJoy
Date: December 28, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1547
United States v. Issa  
Date: December 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2949

Justia Opinion Summary: From 2010-2017, Issa stole from Weston (his employer), Weston’s family members, and other individuals from whom he solicited money for phony investments. As Weston’s Chief Financial Officer, Issa wielded power of attorne...

Ludwig v. United States  
Date: December 27, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1205

Justia Opinion Summary: The Ludwig hiking group purchased vehicle passes from the ranger station in Oregon's Mount Hood Wilderness, federal land administered by the Forest Service, which provides parking areas and trail access. As the hikers c...

United States v. Perez  
Date: December 23, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1448

Justia Opinion Summary: Perez was a member of the Latin Kings street gang in Maywood, Illinois, and served in several leadership positions in which he ordered or personally carried out acts of violence, including the attempted murder of a forme...

Kim Duerson, Sr. v. Janie Hadley
Date: December 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3271
United States v. Hassebrock  
Date: December 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3328

Justia Opinion Summary: Hassebrock, having served his sentence for tax crimes, appealed from the denial of his petition for a writ of coram nobis. He had argued ineffective assistance, that trial errors undermined the validity of his conviction...

United States v. Alverez  
Date: December 23, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1119

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, Alverez, Verejano‐Contreras, and Bacallao‐Fernandez created 647 fake credit cards and made $52,631.15 in fraudulent purchases. Verejano‐Contreras absconded and is a fugitive. Bacallao‐Fernandez pleaded guilty to...

USA v. Timothy Ryan
Date: December 23, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1275
Lois Yankah v. DuPage County, Illinois
Date: December 23, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1520
Jiayi Geng v. Carlos Del Toro
Date: December 23, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1786
David Penny v. Nancy Pelosi
Date: December 23, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2039
W.A. Griffin v. Seven Corners, Incorporated
Date: December 23, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2332
United States v. Ahmad  
Date: December 22, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3490

Justia Opinion Summary: A deputy sheriff on drug-interdiction duty in central Illinois observed an RV with a dirty license plate traveling on I-72 and followed it, exiting the freeway and pulling into a truck-stop parking lot. The driver, Ahmad...

Arnell Gilmer v. James Elsinger
Date: December 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2521
Lovelace v. Gibson  
Date: December 22, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-3254, 20-3255

Justia Opinion Summary: Cory died in her bed in 2006. Although young, Cory was severely alcoholic, bulimic, and had been sick with flu-like symptoms. An autopsy revealed “marked steatosis of the liver” and no signs of trauma. Investigators ve...

Curtis Lovelace v. James Keller
Date: December 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3255
Justin Douglas v. Samantha Schwartz-Oscar
Date: December 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3489
Persinger v. Southwest Credit Systems, L.P.  
Date: December 22, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1037

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2017, a bankruptcy court discharged Persinger’s debts, under 11 U.S.C. 727. A few months later, Southwest Credit began collection efforts on a pre‐petition debt of Persinger’s, including by acquiring a type of credit...

USA v. Rapheal Seay
Date: December 22, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1104
John Brown v. City of Chicago
Date: December 22, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1433
AB Taylor v. Kilolo Kijakazi
Date: December 22, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1458
United States v. Elizondo  
Date: December 21, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-2167, 20-2366

Justia Opinion Summary: Chicago Police Officers Elizondo and Salgado used their positions to embezzle drugs and cash, some of which they distributed to informants. They encouraged informants to present false information to state judges to obtai...

USA v. David Salgado
Date: December 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2366
Wendy Cervantes v. Kilolo Kijakazi
Date: December 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3334
USA v. Deangelo M. Glover
Date: December 21, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2275
St. Augustine School v. Underly  
Date: December 20, 2021
Docket Number: 17-2333

Justia Opinion Summary: Wisconsin provides transportation to private-school students, limited to only one school “affiliated or operated by a single sponsoring group” within any given attendance area. The state superintendent decided that St. A...

United States v. Buncich  
Date: December 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2569

Justia Opinion Summary: Buncich, while serving as Sheriff of Lake County, Indiana, received thousands of dollars from local towing companies that received lucrative towing contracts within the county. A jury convicted Buncich of wire fraud and...

Cothron v. White Castle System, Inc.  
Date: December 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3202

Justia Opinion Summary: Cothron works as a manager at an Illinois White Castle restaurant where she must scan her fingerprint to access the restaurant’s computer system. With each scan, her fingerprint is collected and transmitted to a third-pa...

Lax v. Mayorkas  
Date: December 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3288

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2016, Lax raised concerns about discrimination. After notification of his right to file a formal complaint, Lax filed a formal complaint of disability discrimination against his employer (DHS), alleging he had been im...

Clanton v. United States  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2059

Justia Opinion Summary: Suing under the Federal Tort Claims Act, 42 U.S.C. 233(a) Clanton alleged that nurse practitioner Jordan, an employee of the U.S. Public Health Service, failed to educate him about his severe hypertension or to monitor i...

United States v. Cole  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2105

Justia Opinion Summary: Based on his perception that Cole was following another vehicle too closely, Illinois Trooper Chapman stopped Cole. The initial stop lasted 10 minutes. Chapman spent about six minutes questioning Cole, then told Cole tha...

Miller v. Chicago Transit Authority  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3005

Justia Opinion Summary: After being fired from the CTA, Miller and McGuire (both Caucasian) sued their former employer, alleging racial discrimination and retaliation in violation of federal (42 U.S.C 1981 and 1983, Title VII of the Civil Right...

Trudy Taylor v. Board of Education of the City
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1359
USA v. Jason Austin
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2025
United States v. Perryman  
Date: December 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1453

Justia Opinion Summary: DEA obtained a search warrant for Perryman’s Indianapolis home. Agents arrived at the property, read Perryman his Miranda rights, then searched the home. In the master suite, they found fentanyl, baggies, a digital scal...

Looper v. Cook Inc.  
Date: December 16, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-3103, 20-3104

Justia Opinion Summary: The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) asked the Southern District of Indiana to oversee a multidistrict litigation docket to coordinate discovery and other pretrial proceedings in thousands of medical prod...

Sammie Lambert v. Cook Incorporated
Date: December 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3104
Gloria Marigny v. Centene Management Company LLC
Date: December 16, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2304
Amanda Craven v. Kilolo Kijakazi
Date: December 15, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1802
Allisah Love v. City of Chicago
Date: December 15, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2042
Brandon Mockbee v. John Lee
Date: December 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2004
USA v. Aaron Flota
Date: December 15, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2060
Moss v. United Airlines, Inc.  
Date: December 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3246

Justia Opinion Summary: Under a 2014 policy, United pilots only accrued sick time during the first 90 days of military leave. Moss, a pilot and a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves, sued, alleging violations of the Uniformed Servi...

Romspen Mortgage L.P. v. BGC Holdings LLC - Arlington Place One  
Date: December 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3017

Justia Opinion Summary: BGC secured a $3.1 million mortgage loan from Romspen for the Arlington commercial property. Following a Foreclosure Judgment but before the sale of the property, the parties negotiated an agreement. Romspen agreed to...

Santiago v. City of Chicago  
Date: December 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3522

Justia Opinion Summary: Santiago, a severely disabled Chicago resident, would leave her van parked on the street near her home for extended periods of time. In 2018, pursuant to the Chicago Municipal Code, her van was towed, impounded, and dest...

Seekins v. CHEP USA  
Date: December 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3270

Justia Opinion Summary: Dollar General contracts separately with Capstone and CHEP for work at its Marion, Indiana distribution center. Dollar General owned certain power equipment at the distribution center, including all pallet jacks. Capston...

CitiMortgage, Inc. v. Jerome Davis
Date: December 10, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1084
CitiMortgage, Inc. v. Jerome Davis
Date: December 10, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1101
Davis v. CitiMortgage, Inc.  
Date: December 10, 2021
Docket Numbers: 21-1446, 21-1084, 21-1101

Justia Opinion Summary: The Davises took out a mortgage on their residence in 2005. After they defaulted on the loan and filed for bankruptcy, Jerome Davis, a licensed attorney who represented himself, received a bankruptcy discharge. The bankr...

Stevens v. United States Department of State  
Date: December 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3504

Justia Opinion Summary: Stevens, a Political Science professor at Northwestern University, researching the relations between the foreign campuses of American universities, the federal government, and private‐sector entities, submitted Freedom o...

Bradley Hotel Corp. v. Aspen Speciality Insurance Co.  
Date: December 9, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1173

Justia Opinion Summary: In March 2020, in response to the rapidly expanding COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois Governor Pritzker issued an order mandating the temporary closure to the public of restaurants, bars, and movie theaters; a subsequent order...

Sandy Point Dental, P.C. v. Cincinnati Insurance Co.  
Date: December 9, 2021
Docket Numbers: 21-1186, 21-1559, 21-1203

Justia Opinion Summary: On March 15, 2020, in response to the rapidly expanding COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois Governor Pritzker issued an order mandating the temporary closure to the public of restaurants, bars, and movie theaters. On March 20, a...

TJBC, Inc. v. Cincinnati Insurance Company
Date: December 9, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1203
Crescent Plaza Hotel Owner, L.P. v. Zurich American Insurance Co.  
Date: December 9, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1316

Justia Opinion Summary: In March 2020, the Dallas County government issued orders restricting the operations of local businesses in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hotels were permitted to continue to provide lodging, and delivery and take-out...

Mashallah, Inc v. West Bend Mutual Insurance Co.  
Date: December 9, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1507

Justia Opinion Summary: Mashallah sells handcrafted jewelry at its Chicago store. Ranalli’s operates a bar and restaurant. Both purchased West Bend all-risk commercial property insurance policies. In March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pan...

Bend Hotel Development Company v. Cincinnati Insurance Company
Date: December 9, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1559
Mamalakis v. Anesthetix Management LLC  
Date: December 8, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3117

Justia Opinion Summary: Mamalakis, a Wisconsin anesthesiologist, filed a qui tam lawsuit (False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. 3729), alleging that Anesthetix, his former employer, fraudulently billed Medicare and Medicaid for services performed by its...

Wisconsin Central Ltd. v. Surface Transportation Board  
Date: December 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3507

Justia Opinion Summary: Belt Railway, the largest switching and terminal railroad in the U.S., has more than 250 miles of track in its main yard south of Chicago’s Midway Airport. Jointly owned by six railroads—BNSF, Canadian National, Canadian...

Gupta v. Melloh  
Date: December 6, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2723

Justia Opinion Summary: Police were called when a highly-inebriated Gupta became belligerent while trying to enter a hotel at which he was not a guest. Surveillance video shows Gupta stumbling around and knocking over a brochure rack. A police...

Von Kahl v. Segal  
Date: December 6, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3026

Justia Opinion Summary: Von Kahl is serving a life sentence, plus consecutive terms of 10 and five years’ imprisonment, for murdering two deputy U.S. Marshals and related crimes. The Bureau of Prisons originally calculated his release date as...

Chambers v. Ciolli  
Date: December 6, 2021
Docket Numbers: 21-1485, 21-1486

Justia Opinion Summary: Chambers appealed the denial of two petitions for habeas corpus, asserting that he was denied due process in prison disciplinary hearings. Chambers lost good-time credit for one incident of refusing a prison guard’s ins...

Roscoe Chambers v. Andrew Ciolli
Date: December 6, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1486
Anderson v. Brookhart  
Date: December 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3330

Justia Opinion Summary: Anderson rode with Cooper and Jackson to a Chicago sandwich shop. The trio entered the shop. Inside were customers Hazziez and Hart and several cooks, behind a glass wall. While waiting for food, Jackson sold two dime ba...

A.J. v. Butler Illinois School Distric
Date: November 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2531
Rahul Julka v. Board of Education of Butler S
Date: November 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2532
Mario Harris v. Michael Meisner
Date: November 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2650
USA v. Bernard Ellis
Date: November 29, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1238
Antwan Slater v. Nicole Lervik
Date: November 29, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1560
Leona Stack v. Menard, Inc.
Date: November 29, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1628
USA v. Gregory Tirado, Sr.
Date: November 29, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1688
Trinia Jones v. Scott Kuschell
Date: November 29, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1742
Rosee Torres v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Date: November 29, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1818
Peter Gakuba v. Larry Henderson
Date: November 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1473
Denice Martin v. Noble County Sheriff's Departm
Date: November 24, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1214
USA v. Kenneth Starks
Date: November 24, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1295
Clinton Hill v. Kul Sood
Date: November 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1502
Scholz v. United States  
Date: November 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2163

Justia Opinion Summary: Scholz was honorably discharged following her 2006-2008 Army tour of duty in Iraq but the mental and physical toll of her service continued. Scholz required a range of medical treatments. Scholz sought two courses of in...

Darren Armstead v. Noe Marandet
Date: November 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2891
USA v. Jerry Bledson
Date: November 23, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1199
USA v. Timothy J. Carr
Date: November 23, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1668
Gwendolyn Hearn v. Louis DeJoy
Date: November 23, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1790
USA v. Darius Love
Date: November 23, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1948
United States v. Owens  
Date: November 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3189

Justia Opinion Summary: Owens was charged with the distribution and possession of child pornography, 18 U.S.C. 2252(a)(2)l after a government investigator used a confidential software program, Torrential Downpour Receptor (TDR), to download a...

Eric Bernard v. Roger Scott
Date: November 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3453
United States v. Yang  
Date: November 19, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1059

Justia Opinion Summary: Yang pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1). Before his sentencing hearing, Yang objected to the inclusion of one ounce of methamphetamine in the drug-quantity calc...

Romeo Hennings v. Anthony Milone
Date: November 19, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1533
USA v. Mark White
Date: November 19, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1788
United States v. Zamudio  
Date: November 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3016

Justia Opinion Summary: Following an investigation of an Indianapolis‐based drug trafficking organization, the government secured a warrant to search Zamudio’s residence, where they found large amounts of methamphetamine, a digital scale, and a...

Marshall Cobb, Sr. v. Judge Benjamin
Date: November 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3247
Reinebold v. Bruce  
Date: November 18, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1092

Justia Opinion Summary: Reinebold, then 56 years old, applied to be the head baseball coach of Indiana University South Bend (IUSB). After IUSB declined to hire Reinebold, he sued IUSB, Athletic Director Bruce, and Assistant Athletic Director N...

USA v. Steve Jones
Date: November 18, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1743
Nicholas Steinke v. Gerald Krueger
Date: November 18, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2049
Sweet v. Town of Bargersville  
Date: November 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2061

Justia Opinion Summary: After a steady buildup of performance problems, Sweet lost her job as a customer service representative in the Bargersville, Indiana clerk-treasurer’s office. Months before she was fired, Sweet criticized Longstreet, the...

Moreland v. Eplett  
Date: November 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1600

Justia Opinion Summary: Moreland, convicted of first-degree reckless homicide by delivery of a controlled substance, unsuccessfully appealed. On August 11, 2013, his direct review ended when the opportunity to file a certiorari petition in the...

Thomas Prose v. Molina Healthcare of Illinois,
Date: November 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2243
Thomas Prose v. Molina Healthcare of Illinois,
Date: November 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2243
Joan Pansier v. USA
Date: November 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2847
James Washington v. Renee Schueler
Date: November 10, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2925
Edward Latko v. Philip Cox
Date: November 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2634
Dean v. Wexford Health Sources, Inc.  
Date: November 10, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-3058, 20-3139

Justia Opinion Summary: Dean, incarcerated since 2012, developed kidney cancer. Seven months after he first presented symptoms, Dean had kidney-removal surgery. The cancer had already spread to his liver, Dean remains terminally ill. Dean sue...

William Dean v. Wexford Health Sources, Inc.
Date: November 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3139
Roen Salvage Co. v. Sarter  
Date: November 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3433

Justia Opinion Summary: Sarter drowned after a vessel capsized in Lake Superior. His employer Roen, which owned the vessel, asked the court to limit its liability to $25,000, its interest in the vessel, under 46 U.S.C. 30505(a) (Limitations Act...

Jeffrey Rowe v. Dawn Buss
Date: November 10, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1182
Svetlana Sinkevic v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: November 10, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1497
USA v. Bryant Maybell
Date: November 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3257
USA v. Theodore Thurman
Date: November 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3356
Beau Ellenbecker v. Jimmy John's LLC
Date: November 9, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1019
Ladonesty Fowlkes v. Kilolo Kijakazi
Date: November 9, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1303
Donald Jackson v. Robert Carter
Date: November 9, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1711
United States v. Kurzynowski  
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3491

Justia Opinion Summary: Kurzynowski pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography. He admitted to officers that he spent years in internet chatrooms discussing sexual behavior involving minors and that his sexual interest focused on 10-13-ye...

Yananta Isi Chito Lusa v. Indiana Department of Child Se
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1363
USA v. Dammaro Perkins
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1421
USA v. Jacoby Walker
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1551
Kevin S. Davis v. Papa John's USA, Inc.
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1735
William Mabie v. J.R. Bell
Date: November 4, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2163
Love v. United States  
Date: November 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3534

Justia Opinion Summary: Vargas received extensive medical care from the Veterans Administration. In his suit under the Federal Tort Claims Act, 28 U.S.C. 2671–80, he argued that a VA nurse was negligent in failing to order additional tests afte...

Titus Henderson v. Edward Wall
Date: November 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1455
Arthur Feeney v. Unum Life Insurance Company of
Date: November 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1685
Ronald Goldberg v. CIR
Date: November 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2333
Benigno Lopez v. Kevin Kink
Date: November 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3232
USA v. Eric Middlebrook
Date: November 2, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1246
United States v. Price  
Date: November 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2490

Justia Opinion Summary: Believing that Sammons had stolen his girlfriend’s jewelry, Price called the house in Indianapolis where Sammons was staying and announced that he was coming to get the jewelry back—by force, if necessary. In trying to g...

Wilber v. Hepp  
Date: October 29, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-2614, 20-2703

Justia Opinion Summary: Wilber was convicted of a 2004 murder and was sentenced to life in prison. After unsuccessfully challenging his conviction in Wisconsin state court, Wilber sought relief under 28 U.S.C. 2554, arguing that he was deprived...

Danny Wilber v. Randall Hepp
Date: October 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2703
Mabuneza v. Garland  
Date: October 28, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1799, 20-2998

Justia Opinion Summary: Mabuneza, a citizen of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) entered the U.S. in 2000 as a refugee and became a lawful permanent resident in 2001. After a 2006 conviction for petit larceny and a 2016 conviction for...

Yves Mabuneza v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: October 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2998
USA v. Romello Bland
Date: October 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3047
Reed v. PF of Milwaukee Midtown, LLC  
Date: October 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3057

Justia Opinion Summary: Reed unsuccessfully applied for a job at PF, then filed an EEOC age discrimination charge. EEOC found the charge unsupported. Reed sued under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The court returned Reed’s complaint,...

Pineda-Teruel v. Garland  
Date: October 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3516

Justia Opinion Summary: Pineda-Teruel is a citizen of Honduras, where he owns a coffee farm. He entered the U.S. in 2007, was removed to Honduras in 2017, reentered the U.S. in 2019, and was apprehended at the border. Pineda-Teruel applied for...

Leo Stoller v. CMH Manufacturing, Inc.
Date: October 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1227
Warren Shafford v. Wexford Health Sources, Inc.
Date: October 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1810
Abdul Mohammed v. Prairie State Legal Services,
Date: October 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2419
Maurice Jackson v. Leonta Jackson
Date: October 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2705
Turnage v. Dart  
Date: October 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3167

Justia Opinion Summary: Turnage, claiming that on September 21, 2016, he fell from an upper bunk at Cook County Jail and suffered a broken ankle, sought damages under the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. 12132, and the Rehabilitation...

Andy H. Williams, Jr. v. J.B. Pritzker
Date: October 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3231
USA v. Terrence Stum
Date: October 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3262
Sidney Harris v. Craig Jones
Date: October 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1625
United States v. Palladinetti  
Date: October 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2734

Justia Opinion Summary: Palladinetti and others purchased 30 Chicago-area apartment buildings and resold individual apartments as condominiums. Using a process that Palladinetti helped create, his co-defendants bought the buildings, falsely rep...

USA v. James Alexander
Date: October 25, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1131
Subhadra Gunawardana v. American Veterinary Medical
Date: October 25, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1330
Roscoe Chambers v. Andrew Ciolli
Date: October 25, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1484
USA v. Edward Molton, Jr.
Date: October 25, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1673
Baudelaire Ulysse v. Elgin Community College
Date: October 25, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1687
White v. United States Department of Justice  
Date: October 22, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1229

Justia Opinion Summary: White, a white supremacist, is now in federal prison. His Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552, requests concern a conspiracy theory: that the racist movement he joined is really an elaborate government sting operati...

Robert Minerly v. Nick Nalley
Date: October 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1490
United States v. Lovies  
Date: October 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2463

Justia Opinion Summary: Lovies, wielding a gun, stole Butler’s car as she was filling it with gasoline. Along with three other individuals, including a minor, Lovies kidnapped Butler and took her from Indianapolis to Cincinnati while threatenin...

United States v. Wood  
Date: October 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2974

Justia Opinion Summary: Wood served time in Indiana state prison for methamphetamine‐related offenses. He was released on parole, subject to conditions, including that he was subject to "reasonable" searches, Wood violated his parole by failing...

USA v. Javier Granados-Leon
Date: October 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3083
Victor Robinson v. Sandra McArdle
Date: October 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3176
Driftless Area Land Conservancy v. Valcq  
Date: October 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3325

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2019 the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin issued a permit authorizing two transmission companies and an electric cooperative to build and operate a $500 million, 100-mile power line. Environmental groups filed...

Plunkett v. Sproul  
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2461

Justia Opinion Summary: Plunkett sold crack cocaine to a confidential informant and was charged with distributing cocaine base, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C). Convictions for offenses under section 841(b)(1)(C) carry a default statutory...

Danny Richards v. Wexford of Indiana LLC
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2567
USA v. Joseph Tharpe
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2927
Douglas Reaves v. Barbara Riggs
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3194
USA v. Jamar Jones
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3219
USA v. Jamar Jones
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3311
Andrew Johnston v. Frances Ward
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1221
USA v. Floyd Gamble
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1256
USA v. Zeferino Aurelia
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1442
Richard Jones v. Yelena Nelson
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1444
USA v. James Goodpasture
Date: October 19, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1264
Heiting v. United States  
Date: October 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1324

Justia Opinion Summary: The Heitings’ Revocable Trust, administered by BMO, filed no tax returns; the Heitings reported its gains and losses on their returns. With respect to two stocks, BMO had no discretionary power to take any action, includ...

USA v. Manuel Gonzalez-Sarabia
Date: October 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3505
USA v. David McClain
Date: October 18, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2089
United States v. McClain  
Date: October 18, 2021
Docket Numbers: 21-2090, 21-2089

Justia Opinion Summary: McClain pleaded guilty to drug charges and violating the conditions of his supervised release. He was also sentenced in state court to 20 years for failure to report an accident involving death. He was sentenced to 120 m...

Railey v. Sunset Food Mart, Inc.  
Date: October 15, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2533

Justia Opinion Summary: Railey clocked in and out of work at the Sunset Food Mart by placing her hand on a biometric scanner. She brought a class action in state court in 2019 alleging violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Ac...

Kenyatta Brown v. Joel Shaw
Date: October 14, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1712
USA v. Jack C. Whitledge
Date: October 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2764
USA v. Korry Armstrong
Date: October 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2774
USA v. Adrian Peters
Date: October 12, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1003
United States v. Wilks  
Date: October 12, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2559

Justia Opinion Summary: Wilks, indicted for possessing a firearm as a prohibited person, was released on bond with conditions, including home confinement with limited exceptions. A superseding indictment in an earlier-filed drug-trafficking cas...

Association of American Physicians & Surgeons, Inc. v. American Board of Medical Specialties  
Date: October 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3072

Justia Opinion Summary: The Association of American Physicians & Surgeons (AAPS), is a nonprofit organization of physicians and surgeons. The American Board of Medical Specialties, a nonprofit provider of medical certification services, is an u...

Nyandwi v. Garland  
Date: October 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3215

Justia Opinion Summary: Nyandwi, a citizen of Burundi and a native of Tanzania, came to the U.S. as a refugee in 2006 and became a lawful permanent resident. After Nyandwi was convicted of robbery in the second degree, receiving a stolen firear...

United States v. Campos-Rivera  
Date: October 7, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3214

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Campos-Rivera, a citizen of Mexico, was convicted of Illinois state felonies He was removed but reentered and was apprehended in 2018. Charged with unlawfully reentering the U.S. after removal, 8 U.S.C. 1326(a),...

Murry v. Garland  
Date: October 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3109

Justia Opinion Summary: Murry, a Jamaican citizen, entered in 2005 the U.S. as the fiancé of a U.S. citizen, whom he later married. Murry applied for permanent residence based on the marriage. USCIS denied the application in 2011. The governmen...

Bobby Brooker v. James Abate
Date: October 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3123
United States v. Cunningham  
Date: October 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3203

Justia Opinion Summary: While on parole, Cunningham was riding in a car that police officers stopped for having an unregistered license plate. The driver sped away, provoking a high-speed chase. At some point, Cunningham exited the car and ran...

USA v. Christian Chapman
Date: October 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3237
Michael O'Grady v. Daniel Garrigan
Date: October 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3357
Gwendolyn Perry v. City of Harvey
Date: October 7, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1228
Shannon Warren-Higgins v. Indiana University Health, Inc
Date: October 7, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1351
Donald Haywood v. Wexford Health Sources, Inc.
Date: October 7, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1678
United States v. Sprenger  
Date: October 6, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2779

Justia Opinion Summary: Sprenger pled guilty to the production and possession of child pornography with a plea agreement. He sought to withdraw his guilty plea and invalidate the entire agreement on the ground that the legal theory upon which h...

Arnold v. Richardson  
Date: October 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2701

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, Arnold was convicted of repeated sexual assault of his son, M.A., the principal witness at trial. As a persistent repeater, Arnold was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. In 2011, the...

White v. Illinois State Police  
Date: October 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2842

Justia Opinion Summary: Illinois’s Firearm Concealed Carry Act creates a scheme for licensing individuals to carry concealed firearms in public. White was twice denied a concealed carry license. White unsuccessfully appealed the first denial in...

United States v. Hicks  
Date: October 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2970

Justia Opinion Summary: For about 30 years, Hicks worked as a Chicago police officer. He used his position to steal drugs and guns from pushers and to extort money. Hicks and his confederates obtained from informants and other officers informat...

Phillip Gadzinski v. Doug Bellile
Date: October 6, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1384
Ricardo Lagunes-Hernandez v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: October 5, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1178
Rock River Health Care, LLC v. Eagleson  
Date: October 4, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2750

Justia Opinion Summary: Providers filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983 and the Medicaid Act, alleging that the Department violated constitutional and statutory law in retroactively recalculating their Medicaid reimbursement rates for the three-month...

Stewart v. Wexford Health Sources, Inc.  
Date: October 1, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2994

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment for defendants in an action brought by plaintiff, an inmate at the Dixon Correctional Center, alleging that defendants violated his Eighth Amend...

United States v. Vizcarra-Millan  
Date: September 30, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-3476, 19-3481, 19-3484, 19-3537, 20-1113, 20-1266

Justia Opinion Summary: Vizcarra-Millan, who lived in Arizona, provided the drugs to Grundy. A network of couriers, including Moseby, brought the drugs to Indianapolis, where Grundy distributed them himself or via a network of wholesalers, incl...

USA v. Richard Grundy, III
Date: September 30, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3481
USA v. Derek Atwater
Date: September 30, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3484
USA v. Ezell Neville
Date: September 30, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3537
USA v. Undrae Moseby
Date: September 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1113
USA v. James Beasley
Date: September 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1266
United States v. Julius  
Date: September 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2451

Justia Opinion Summary: Julius was convicted of arson for setting fire to a building where his ex-girlfriend, Noack, was living, twice in the same night. Julius was seen hanging around the building and threw rocks at the apartment window. On th...

Chicago Teachers Union v. Board of Education of the City of Chicago  
Date: September 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1167

Justia Opinion Summary: Citing a budget deficit, Chicago’s Board of Education laid off 1,077 teachers and 393 paraprofessional educators in 2011. The Chicago Teachers Union and a class of teachers (CTU) sued, alleging that the layoffs discrimin...

Timothy Youngblood v. John Trost
Date: September 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2968
Minnick v. Winkleski  
Date: September 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3253

Justia Opinion Summary: Based on his assault on his wife and her parents, Minnick was charged with aggravated battery, attempted first‐degree murder, and several counts of first‐degree reckless endangerment and attempted burglary, while using a...

Delois Banister v. U.S. Bank National Association
Date: September 21, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1031
Dimas v. Stergiadis  
Date: September 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1196

Justia Opinion Summary: Stergiadis, Dimas, and Theo formed 1600 South LLC, executed an operating agreement, purchased land on which to build a fruit market, and began construction. The 2008 recession stopped construction and eventually led to t...

USA v. Anthony Canty
Date: September 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3424
Fernandez v. Kerry, Inc.  
Date: September 20, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1067

Justia Opinion Summary: Kerry began requiring workers to use fingerprints to clock in and out. Plaintiffs, former employees, say that Kerry did not obtain their consent before doing so in violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy...

Allen Bedynek-Stumm v. Denis R. McDonough
Date: September 20, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1135
New West, L.P. v. Fudge  
Date: September 20, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1372

Justia Opinion Summary: Joliet condemned a housing complex managed by New West and paid $15 million. HUD rent subsidies for low-income tenants provided almost all of the money for operating the development. A $2.7 million fund had been establi...

Thomas Willan v. Dane County
Date: September 20, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1617
USA v. Philip Wentzel
Date: September 17, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1285
Robert Alvarez v. Terrance Baker
Date: September 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2670
Patricia Clark v. Law Office of Terrence Kennedy
Date: September 16, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1319
Gordon Gravelle v. Avis Industrial Corporation
Date: September 16, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1557
Camelot Banquet Rooms, Inc. v. United States Small Business Administration  
Date: September 15, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2589

Justia Opinion Summary: About 50 businesses that offer live adult entertainment (nude or nearly nude dancing) sought loans under the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program enacted to address the economic disruption caused by the Covid-...

Robbins v. Med-1 Solutions, LLC  
Date: September 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1343

Justia Opinion Summary: Robbins defaulted on a debt to a hospital for services provided to her children. After MED-1, hired to collect the debt, filed a small-claims action, Robbins paid the $1,499 debt but refused to pay $375 attorney’s fees a...

USA v. William Hible
Date: September 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1824
United States v. Turner  
Date: September 14, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-2421, 20-1824

Justia Opinion Summary: In each of two consolidated cases, a prisoner seeking a shorter sentence filed, within the time allowed for appeal, a motion asking the district judge to reconsider an adverse decision under the First Step Act of 2018....

Shawn Murphy v. Nicole Kamphuis
Date: September 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2453
Kuebler v. Vectren Corp.  
Date: September 13, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2973

Justia Opinion Summary: Following the 2018 merger between Vectren, an Indiana public utility and energy company, and CenterPoint, a public utility holding company, CenterPoint acquired all Vectren stock for $72.00 per share in cash. Several Vec...

Harris v. United States  
Date: September 10, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3363

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner sought federal habeas corpus relief under 28 U.S.C. 2255, arguing that his counsel was ineffective by not challenging whether his prior drug convictions were predicates, as Indiana law defined cocaine isomers...

Smith v. Board of Directors of Triad Manufacturing, Inc.  
Date: September 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2708

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a class action complaint under the Employee Retirement Income and Security Act (ERISA) against the fiduciaries of the retirement plan offered by his former employer, Triad, for alleged financial misconduc...

United States v. Soybel  
Date: September 8, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1936

Justia Opinion Summary: Grainger, the victim of cyberattacks against its computer systems, isolated the source of the intrusions to a single internet protocol (IP) address, coming from a high-rise apartment building where disgruntled former emp...

United States v. Stevenson  
Date: September 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2261

Justia Opinion Summary: During a funeral, Stevenson drew a revolver, fired one shot into the grave, waved the gun toward the crowd, and fled. Police officers quickly arrested Stevenson and recovered the gun. He pled guilty to possession of a f...

Ferguson v. McDonough  
Date: September 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2741

Justia Opinion Summary: Kenosha officers McDonough and Kinzer responded to a 911 call from an apartment building’s manager who reported that there was a woman inside Ferguson’s apartment who was “causing problems” and did not live there. McDono...

Whole Woman's Health Alliance v. Todd Rokita
Date: September 8, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2480
Whole Woman's Health Alliance v. Rokita  
Date: September 8, 2021
Docket Numbers: 21-2573, 21-2480

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit stayed an injunction barring Indiana from enforcing Ind. Code 16-34-2-1(a)(1), (2), 16-34-2-1.1(a)(1), (4), (b)(1), and 25-1-9.5-8(a)(4). The provisions subject to the injunction include a “physician-...

Henry Barrows v. Lisa Goldman
Date: September 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2475
USA v. Clifford Reed
Date: September 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3054
Terry Wagner v. Thomas Baker
Date: September 3, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1468
Sandton Rail Company LLC v. San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad, Inc.  
Date: September 3, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-3234, 19-3428, 19-3516, 20-1053, 20-1503

Justia Opinion Summary: Big Shoulders sued the railroads (SLRG), with federal jurisdiction ostensibly based on diversity of citizenship, and requested that the district court appoint a receiver to handle SLRG’s assets. That court did so, which...

Big Shoulders Capital LLC v. San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad
Date: September 3, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3428
Big Shoulders Capital LLC v. San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad
Date: September 3, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3516
Big Shoulders Capital LLC v. San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad
Date: September 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1053
Kenneth Bitten v. San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad
Date: September 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1503
Von Duprin LLC v. Major Holdings, LLC  
Date: September 3, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1711, 20-1793

Justia Opinion Summary: The environmental harm at the Indianapolis property developed over at least 50 years. Four adjacent properties have changed hands several times and have been used for manufacturing and industrial businesses that used deg...

Von Duprin LLC v. Moran Electric Service, Inc.
Date: September 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1793
Ronald Williams v. Steven Duncan
Date: September 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1847
Jones v. Ramos  
Date: September 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2017

Justia Opinion Summary: On October 28, 2016, Jones, was a passenger in an Uber car owned by Langwith and driven by Waterhouse. That car was struck by a vehicle owned and driven by Ramos, a New Jersey resident. Jones, injured in the accident, f...

Crista Noel v. Bruno Coltri
Date: September 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2979
USA v. Cristian Gutierrez-Alvarez
Date: September 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3542
Chong Lee v. City of Appleton, Wisconsin
Date: September 3, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1310
United States v. Ballard  
Date: September 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2381

Justia Opinion Summary: Ballard has a long and violent criminal history: the court listed 50 convictions between the age of 17 and his current age, over 50. In 2018, Ballard pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. The judge...

Keith Blackwell v. E. Trueblood
Date: September 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3345
Mahran v. Advocate Christ Medical Center  
Date: September 1, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2911

Justia Opinion Summary: Mahran, an Egyptian Muslim, sued Advocate Christ Medical Center, alleging employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Illinois Human Rights Act. Mahran, a pharmacist, alleged that Ad...

United States v. Chavez  
Date: September 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1465

Justia Opinion Summary: Chavez and her aunt owned a clothing store on the south side of Chicago where they sold socks and t-shirts out of the front and kilogram quantities of heroin and cocaine out of the back. In 2015, one of their customers s...

Vega v. Chicago Park District  
Date: September 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3492

Justia Opinion Summary: Vega, a Hispanic woman, sued the Park District based on its investigation and termination of her employment for allegedly falsifying her timesheets, citing national origin discrimination and retaliation under 42 U.S.C. 1...

Wadsworth v. Kross, Lieberman & Stone, Inc  
Date: August 31, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1400

Justia Opinion Summary: PRA hired Wadsworth and, in its offer letter, described a signing bonus: $3,750 payable after 30 days of employment, followed by another $3,750 after 180 days of employment. If Wadsworth voluntarily ended her employment...

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. v. Chicago Title Insurance Co.  
Date: August 31, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1572

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, the borrowers concealed, from their lender, their lack of equity in four Chicago properties. All defaulted and the lender went into receivership. As receiver for that bank, the FDIC sued the title insurance com...

Adeyanju v. Wiersma  
Date: August 31, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1876

Justia Opinion Summary: On August 9, 2005, a group of men fired bullets into a crowd of rival gang members gathered outside a Wisconsin garage. There were no fatalities; three of the victims suffered gunshot wounds. The shooters wanted to preve...

Michael Fencel v. Ryan Cross
Date: August 31, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2428
Marlo Morales v. Chris Rauch
Date: August 31, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2991
United States v. Parker  
Date: August 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1231

Justia Opinion Summary: Schutt, her children, and her boyfriend were driving into her Fort Wayne apartment complex when the car was hit with bullets; one grazed her boyfriend's scalp. Schutt saw her ex-boyfriend, Parker, shooting, wearing a red...

Mathis v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co  
Date: August 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2719

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, Moore, an Indiana-based insurance broker, advised Mathis, an Alabama surgeon, to replace his Standard disability insurance policy with a MetLife disability-insurance policy with higher limits that had occupation...

Scott Spates v. Amimo Terry
Date: August 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3190
United States v. Matthews  
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2686

Justia Opinion Summary: A store employee overheard his coworker talking with Matthews about a pipe bomb that they had detonated the previous day; they discussed where to place another bomb that Matthews apparently had with him. Long called the...

Holly Wright v. Kilolo Kijakazi
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2715
Michael Black v. Presence Health
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1447
Charles Thornton v. Jacqueline Lashbrook
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3303
FKFJ, Inc. v. Village of Worth  
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2396

Justia Opinion Summary: FKFJ was established to operate Saraya Restaurant & Banquet and Zaman Café in Worth, Illinois. Werner, the Village President at the time, decided to run for reelection the year Saraya opened. FKFJ supported Werner’s poli...

USA v. Joshua Burgard
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3210
William Dickerson v. USA
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1259
Michael Muir v. TSA
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1312
Kevin Martin v. Frank Vanihel
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1335
Vanessa Wereko v. David Haracz
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1574
Lynnardio Dean v. REM Staffing
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1875
Ebmeyer v. Brock  
Date: August 25, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2065

Justia Opinion Summary: Inmate Ebmeyer alleged that when the Illinois Department of Corrections Special Operations Response Team, “Orange Crush” performed a facility-wide shakedown, they subjected him to a humiliating, unconstitutional strip se...

United States v. Hopper  
Date: August 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1162

Justia Opinion Summary: Hopper was convicted of conspiracy to distribute 50 or more grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine, 21 U.S.C. 841(a), 846, and 841(b)(1)(B). The court sentenced Hopper to 235 months’ imprisonment. The Seventh Circ...

Andrade v. Hammond Board of Public Works  
Date: August 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1541

Justia Opinion Summary: Andrade owns a Hammond, Indiana apartment building. Hammond inspected and issued a notice that the building was unsafe. After a hearing, the Hammond Board of Public Works ruled in favor of Hammond. The Lake Superior Cour...

Schneider National Leasing Inc v. United States  
Date: August 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3354

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011-2013, rather than retiring many older semi-tractors and purchasing all new replacements, Schneider bought 61 new tractors, and overhauled 982 existing tractors using new and refurbished parts packaged together in...

Stark v. Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon, Inc.  
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1837

Justia Opinion Summary: Stark had surgery in 2007 to implant a pelvic mesh device. The surgery was not successful, and she had follow-up surgeries that also were not successful. In 2018, she learned for the first time that her problems with the...

Timothy Elkins, Jr. v. John Varga
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2645
Justin Lynch v. Archer Daniels Midland Company
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3226
United States v. Stands Alone  
Date: August 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2018

Justia Opinion Summary: Correctional Officer Decker confiscated items from Stands Alone’s cell. Other officers later entered and removed additional items. Stands Alone was pacing, throwing clothes, and shouting. Decker ordered him to move towa...

USA v. Omar Gutierrez-Valle
Date: August 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2619
Continental Casualty Co. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyds of London  
Date: August 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2892

Justia Opinion Summary: Continental’s primary insurance companies covered risks such as mass tort and pollution liability and purchased reinsurance policies from Underwriters. For over 40 years, the parties agreed on the methodology for calcul...

Taylor v. City of Milford  
Date: August 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1109

Justia Opinion Summary: Gloria called 911 seeking medical care for her husband, Steven (age 61), who was experiencing a diabetic emergency at their Milford, Illinois home. Officer Garrett responded and restrained Steven in a prone position, fac...

Prose v. Molina Healthcare of Illinois,  
Date: August 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2243

Justia Opinion Summary: Molina Healthcare contracted with the Illinois Medicaid program to provide multiple tiers of medical-service plans with scaled capitation rates (fixed per-patient fees that cover all services within the plan’s scope). Th...

Derrick Weber v. Kilolo Kijakazi
Date: August 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2990
Flint v. Carr  
Date: August 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3165

Justia Opinion Summary: Four men robbed a liquor store. Hours later, three of them also robbed a gas station. Surveillance video captured these robberies. Five days later, three of the perpetrators (Cooper, Holliman, and Williams) committed an...

Protect Our Parks, Inc. v. Buttigieg  
Date: August 19, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2449

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2016, Chicago and the Barack Obama Foundation selected Jackson Park as the location for the Obama Presidential Center, to consist of a museum, public library, and other spaces for cultural enrichment and education rel...

Smith v. Finkley  
Date: August 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1754

Justia Opinion Summary: Smith reportedly left a fight and returned with a gun. After a citizen complained, two Milwaukee police officers on patrol came upon Smith and saw that he matched the description relayed by dispatch. When the officers ap...

Conyers v. City of Chicago  
Date: August 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1934

Justia Opinion Summary: Chicago requires its police officers to seize, inventory, and store property belonging to an arrested person if that property is not permitted in the Cook County Jail. After 30 days, any property unclaimed by the owner o...

Leo Stoller v. Walworth County, Wisconsin
Date: August 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2204
LeVail Givens v. David Vaughn
Date: August 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2555
USA v. Curtis Green
Date: August 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2576
Carter v. Buesgen  
Date: August 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3140

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2016, Wisconsin charged Carter with drug and firearm offenses. Mid-trial, Carter pleaded guilty to heroin and firearm charges; the state agreed to recommend a six-year sentence. The prosecutor backtracked at sentenci...

Gene Katz v. LABR
Date: August 18, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1140
USA v. Robert Jocko
Date: August 18, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1185
David Pannell v. Sarah Eads
Date: August 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1313
Keith Jackson v. Patrick Murphy
Date: August 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2062
Gregory Patmythes v. City of Madison
Date: August 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2223
Bless v. Cook County Sheriff's Office  
Date: August 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2733

Justia Opinion Summary: Bless was employed by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, 1996-2013. In 2004, Bless earned his law degree and began practicing law in addition to working as a police officer. The Sheriff’s Office requires its employees to...

Frances Rogers v. CIR
Date: August 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2789
Frances Rogers v. CIR
Date: August 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2790
Frances Rogers v. CIR
Date: August 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2791
Frances Rogers v. CIR
Date: August 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2869
Frances Rogers v. CIR
Date: August 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2870
Frances Rogers v. CIR
Date: August 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2871
Frances Rogers v. CIR
Date: August 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2872
Rogers v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue  
Date: August 17, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-2873, 20‐2872, 20‐2789, 20‐2790, 20‐2791, 20‐2869, 20‐2870, 20‐2871

Justia Opinion Summary: Married since 1967, John and Frances Rogers filed joint federal income tax returns for many years. They underreported their tax obligations many times; the misreporting was the product of a fraudulent tax scheme designed...

USA v. Gabriel Rosas
Date: August 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3147
Kaitlyn Pate v. Kilolo Kijakazi
Date: August 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3207
Angela Jones v. Louis DeJoy
Date: August 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3518
Elouise Bradley v. Wisconsin Department of Childr
Date: August 17, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1251
Irwin Menchaca-Flores v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: August 17, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2187
Hope v. Commissioner of Indiana Department of Correction  
Date: August 16, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2523

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs challenged Indiana’s Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) as it applies to offenders who have relocated to Indiana from other states. A 2006 SORA amendment applied its requirements to any “person who is requir...

Boim v. American Muslims for Palestine  
Date: August 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3233

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1996, Boim, age 17, was shot and killed by Hamas terrorists while studying abroad in Israel. His parents sued several American nonprofit organizations for their role in funding Hamas and secured a $156 million judgmen...

Schmucker v. Johnson Controls, Inc.  
Date: August 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3432

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1937-2006, Johnson operated a Goshen, Indiana manufacturing plant that used chlorinated volatile organic compounds in a degreasing process. Some of the chemicals reached the groundwater. TCE, a carcinogen, is part o...

USA v. Rodney Howie
Date: August 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3445
United States v. Vines  
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2316

Justia Opinion Summary: GMC, a 15-year-old girl, ran away from her foster home and was arrested for shoplifting. She did not provide her real name or age to the police Her friend picked her up from jail, accompanied by Vines, who began prostitu...

United States v. Beltran-Leon  
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2615

Justia Opinion Summary: For years, Beltran was a high-level lieutenant in the Sinaloa Cartel drug-trafficking organization. He pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. Beltran had never previously be...

USA v. Larry Sullivan
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2647
Albert Dowthard v. USA
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3084
Yarberry v. Supervalu Inc.  
Date: August 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2241

Justia Opinion Summary: A False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. 3729(a)(1)(A), “qui tam” lawsuit against SuperValu claimed that SuperValu knowingly filed false reports of its pharmacies’ “usual and customary” (U&C) drug prices when it sought reimbursemen...

United States v. Wyatt  
Date: August 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2382

Justia Opinion Summary: Wyatt victimized six women, each of whom acted as prostitutes under Wyatt’s abusive supervision in 2011-2014. He pleaded guilty to interstate sex trafficking 18 U.S.C. 1594(c). Under 18 U.S.C. 1593, Wyatt was subject to...

Reid Hospital and Health Care, Inc. v. Conifer Revenue Cycle Solutions, LLC  
Date: August 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1735

Justia Opinion Summary: Healthcare revenue cycle management contractors manage billing and behind-the-scenes aspects of patient care, from pre-registering patients to reviewing and approving documentation upon release. Reid Hospital contracted...

USA v. Tyrone Johnson
Date: August 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3388
Sosa v. Onfido, Inc.  
Date: August 11, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1107

Justia Opinion Summary: Onfido provides biometric identification software that is incorporated into its customers’ products and mobile apps for verifying users’ identities. Onfido partnered with OfferUp—an online consumer marketplace—to verify...

United States v. McGill  
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2636

Justia Opinion Summary: McGill was convicted of possessing child pornography. He completed his prison sentence and began serving supervised release. McGill has a history of violating the terms of his supervised release. McGill failed two poly...

Graham v. Board of Education of the City of Chicago  
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2745

Justia Opinion Summary: Chicago offers public-school teachers higher pay if they earn extra college credits. Graham sought a higher salary under this program in July 2015, only to have her application ignored. She tried again in September and w...

Zylstra v. DRV, LLC  
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1949

Justia Opinion Summary: The Zylstras purchased their RV from a non-party dealership for $91,559.15. A one-year warranty covered portions of the RV manufactured by DRV. “Written notice of defects subject to warranty coverage must be given to th...

USA v. Christopher Reynolds
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2425
Bilek v. Federal Insurance Co.  
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2504

Justia Opinion Summary: Bilek received unauthorized robocalls concerning health insurance that allegedly violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the Illinois Automatic Telephone Dialing Act (47 U.S.C. 227; 815 ILCS 305/30(a)(b)). Bil...

United States v. Teague  
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-3316, 20-3132

Justia Opinion Summary: In each of the consolidated appeals, the defendant, having been imprisoned for drug crimes, violated the conditions of his original term of supervision. Each appeared in front of the same judge at a revocation hearing. A...

City of Taylor Police and Fire v. Zebra Technologies Corp.  
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3258

Justia Opinion Summary: Retirement System contends that Zebra defrauded investors by making bad predictions during a corporate consolidation with a division of Motorola. The consolidation proved more onerous than anticipated, leading to expendi...

USA v. Lonnie Whipple, Jr.
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3316
White v. United States  
Date: August 9, 2021
Docket Number: 17-2749

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Evans approached his girlfriend’s house after a fight with While. White appeared with a loaded gun, raised the gun, and tried to strike Evans. Evans blocked the blow, but the gun fired. The bullet struck Evans i...

Quinn v. Wexford Health Sources, Inc.  
Date: August 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1483

Justia Opinion Summary: Fredrickson spent time at several Illinois penal institutions, where he received services to manage his serious mental health problems, which included anxiety, depression, and the effects of long-term drug dependence. Wh...

Reed v. Brex Inc.  
Date: August 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1697

Justia Opinion Summary: The Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. 207(a) generally requires that covered workers be paid extra for overtime work, but it exempts from that requirement some retail and service employees who are paid bona fide commis...

United States v. Robl  
Date: August 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1790

Justia Opinion Summary: Robl, an unlicensed and uninsured asbestos abatement contractor, undertook asbestos removal and disposal in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He pleaded guilty to wire fraud for falsely holding himself out as a licensed and insur...

Chinyere Nwoke v. University of Chicago Medical
Date: August 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2242
USA v. Adam Ware
Date: August 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3264
Chinyere Nwoke v. University of Chicago Medical
Date: August 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3413
Edgar Perez-Bujdud v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: August 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3446
Gnamien Momou v. Dean Health Plan, Inc.
Date: August 9, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1039
Life Spine, Inc. v. Aegis Spine, Inc.  
Date: August 9, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1649

Justia Opinion Summary: Life Spine makes and sells a spinal implant device called the ProLift Expandable Spacer System. Aegis contracted with Life Spine to distribute the ProLift to hospitals and surgeons. Aegis promised to protect Life Spine’s...

Scalin v. Societe Nationale SNCF SA  
Date: August 6, 2021
Docket Number: 18-1887

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, descendants of Jews rounded up in France after it signed an armistice with Germany in 1940, alleged that persons being sent to death camps were loaded on trains operated by the French national railroad, SNCF....

United States v. Calligan  
Date: August 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1817

Justia Opinion Summary: DHS Agent Goehring obtained a warrant for Calligan's girlfriend's Fort Wayne house. His supporting affidavit reported that, 10 days earlier, customs agents had intercepted a package containing one kilogram of a synthetic...

Herrera v. Cleveland  
Date: August 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2076

Justia Opinion Summary: Herrera, an Illinois state prisoner, filed a 42 U.S.C. 1983 action against three correctional officers of the Cook County Jail for failing to protect him from assault and denying him prompt medical care. In his timely fi...

USA v. Bryant Love
Date: August 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2131
United States v. Love  
Date: August 6, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-2297, 20-2131

Justia Opinion Summary: Love sold crack to a confidential informant. Officers searched his apartment and found crack in the kitchen and found two guns and ammunition in an adjoining room, about 15 feet from the drugs. Love pleaded guilty to thr...

USA v. Monte Diggs
Date: August 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3061
Netherlands Insurance Co. v. Macomb Community Unit School District  
Date: August 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3510

Justia Opinion Summary: Two female students brought claims under Title IX, 20 U.S.C. 1681–88, alleging that the School District failed to prevent and inappropriately responded to sexual misconduct by a male student. The incidents occurred while...

USA v. Camari Stinson
Date: August 5, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2544
Brown v. Vanihel  
Date: August 5, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-2473, 20-2474

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Brown, then 13 years old, was tried as an adult, convicted of murder, and sentenced to 60 years' imprisonment. Brown unsuccessfully sought post-conviction relief in Indiana state courts, alleging ineffective ass...

Dentrell Brown v. Frank Vanihel
Date: August 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2474
USA v. Michael Mason
Date: August 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2726
Al Holifield v. Gerald Kulwich
Date: August 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3049
USA v. Terry Eveland
Date: August 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3449
USA v. James Ervin
Date: August 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3456
Victor Crown, Jr. v. CIR
Date: August 5, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1064
USA v. Scott Adkins
Date: August 5, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1197
Jesus Ruiz v. USA
Date: August 4, 2021
Docket Number: 18-1114
United States v. Godinez  
Date: August 4, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3425

Justia Opinion Summary: ATF agents and Chicago police officers went to the “Back of the Yards” neighborhood to replace court‐approved global positioning system trackers on cars belonging to members of the Latin Saints gang. Shortly after the o...

Andrew Waldrop v. Nicole Marshall
Date: August 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1012
Brooks v. City of Kankakee  
Date: August 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1395

Justia Opinion Summary: Brooks, an African American police officer, made statements on multiple occasions complaining that his employer, the Kankakee, Illinois, favored white officers. The City issued a reprimand letter, ordering Brooks to stop...

Resnick v. United States  
Date: August 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1221

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2016, the Seventh Circuit affirmed Resnick’s conviction and life sentence for sexually abusing two young boys, brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm....

Michael Moffett v. Shane Garland
Date: August 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2376
Planned Parenthood of Indiana & Kentucky, Inc. v. Marion County Prosecutor  
Date: August 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2407

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit concluded that Planned Parenthood has not shown that an Indiana statute that requires medical providers to report complications "arising from" abortions to the state is unconstitutionally vague on its...

Mahmoud Ahmed v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: August 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3309
Klaassen v. Trustees of Indiana University  
Date: August 2, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2326

Justia Opinion Summary: Starting next semester, Indiana University students must be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they are exempt for medical or religious reasons. Exempted students must wear masks and be tested for the disease twice a we...

United Fire & Casualty Co. v. Prate Roofing & Installations LLC  
Date: July 30, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3043

Justia Opinion Summary: All Seasons inspected SparrowHawk's warehouse roofs and discovered hail damage. Because All Seasons did not hold an Illinois roofing license, it arranged for Prate to serve as general contractor with All Seasons as subco...

United States v. Dingwall  
Date: July 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1394

Justia Opinion Summary: Dingwall was charged with three counts of robbery and three counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. She admits the robberies but claims she committed them under duress, in fear of brutal violence by h...

United States v. Rollerson  
Date: July 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2258

Justia Opinion Summary: Officers used a confidential informant to arrange four controlled drug buys from Rollerson. Officers obtained search warrants for an apartment and for Rollerson’s home, then stopped Rollerson for speeding. They recovered...

Dr. Robert L. Meinders, D.C., Ltd. v. United HealthCare Services, Inc.  
Date: July 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2832

Justia Opinion Summary: Meinders offers chiropractic services. United provides or administers insurance plans nationwide. In 2006, Meinders became a “participating provider” with United to expand his customer base; he signed a provider agreemen...

Tawanna Ware v. Best Buy Stores  
Date: July 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1641

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, a Chicago Best Buy store's manager warned the Plaintiffs that plasma‐screen televisions frequently experienced longevity problems, and encouraged them to buy a five‐year extended warranty, the “Geek Squad Protec...

Omowole v. Garland  
Date: July 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2285

Justia Opinion Summary: Omowole, a citizen of Nigeria, married her first husband, Festus, in 2007. Festus had won a diversity lottery visa for admission to the U.S. in 2006, and Omowole, as his spouse, was eligible for a derivative visa. By the...

USA v. Christopher Townsend
Date: July 29, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1021
Lavall Lee v. William James
Date: July 29, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1114
Millis v. Segal  
Date: July 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1520

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1993, Millis and Creeden committed two armed robberies. State police stopped them and searched their vehicle, which contained ammunition, a pistol, and cash from the robberies. The traffic stop was found to be pretext...

Halperin v. Richards  
Date: July 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2793

Justia Opinion Summary: While Appvion was in financial distress, 2012-2016, the defendants allegedly fraudulently inflated stock valuations to enrich the directors and officers, whose pay was tied to the valuations of its ERISA-covered Employee...

USA v. Raymond Glasper
Date: July 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3420
USA v. Juan Morales-Aguilar
Date: July 28, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1483
USA v. Donyea Fowler
Date: July 27, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3080
Michael Clark v. Frederick Entzel
Date: July 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1144
Jeffrey Cutchin v. Amy L. Beard
Date: July 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1437
Michael Corbitt, Jr. v. Wisconsin Department of Correc
Date: July 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1497
Talevski v. Health and Hospital Corp. of Marion County  
Date: July 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1664

Justia Opinion Summary: Talevski, living with dementia, was a patient at Valparaiso Care, a state-run Indiana nursing facility. His wife filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983 for violations of the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act (FNHRA), 42 U.S.C. 1...

Dequarius Fitzpatrick v. Chad Nys
Date: July 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3004
Marcellous Walker v. Sandra McArdle
Date: July 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3214
Dustin Trowbridge v. Indiana Department of Correcti
Date: July 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3314
Anthony Quintana v. Danney Woodward
Date: July 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3358
Charles Sheppard v. Julie Ludwig
Date: July 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3531
USA v. Pedro Zavala-Armendariz
Date: July 27, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1129
USA v. John Dominguez
Date: July 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2918
In re: Algozine Masonry Restoration, Inc.  
Date: July 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3384

Justia Opinion Summary: Algozine employed members of the Union and, pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement, was required to submit contributions to three employee benefit funds on behalf of employees who performed covered work: the Welfa...

Johnson v. Dominguez  
Date: July 23, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1727

Justia Opinion Summary: Johnson, an inmate at Dixon Correctional Center in Illinois, sued medical professionals under 42 U.S.C. 1983 alleging that they were deliberately indifferent to his serious medical needs because none of them referred Joh...

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. Consumer First Legal Group, LLC  
Date: July 23, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3396

Justia Opinion Summary: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the federal government’s primary consumer protection agency for financial matters under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, 12 U.S.C. 5511(a)–(b), lacks “supervisory or enforcement authorit...

United States v. Morrow  
Date: July 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2259

Justia Opinion Summary: Morrow and others participated in four robberies during two months in 2017. The first three robberies targeted Indiana electronics stores, the fourth an Ohio electronics store. As Morrow and his co-defendants fled from O...

Lucinda Mitchell v. Kilolo Kijakazi
Date: July 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2897
USA v. Wilfredo Barrios
Date: July 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2944
Barry Bilder v. Janice Dykstra
Date: July 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3062
United States v. Manning  
Date: July 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3416

Justia Opinion Summary: Manning pleaded guilty in 2013 to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana and distribution of marijuana. He was sentenced to 210 months’ imprisonment; his prison term was later reduced to...

USA v. Wilfredo Barrios
Date: July 22, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1339
Mondelez Global LLC v. National Labor Relations Board  
Date: July 21, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1616, 20-1701

Justia Opinion Summary: A union filed charges of unfair labor practices against Mondelez, a manufacturer of baked goods. An administrative law judge found that the company had unlawfully discharged union officials, 29 U.S.C. 158(a)(1), (3); mad...

NLRB v. Mondelez Global LLC
Date: July 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1701
Conley v. United States  
Date: July 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2439

Justia Opinion Summary: Flowers was tipped off about q supposed stash house by a man claiming to be a disgruntled drug cartel courier. Flowers's brother and others recruited Conley to help rob that stash house. The supposed courier was an unde...

McCavitt v. Kijakazi  
Date: July 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2727

Justia Opinion Summary: Disabled children are entitled to benefits from the Social Security Administration, 42 U.S.C. 1382c(a)(3)(C). While benefits for an adult depend on a work history plus current inability to perform a job, administrative o...

United States v. Broadfield  
Date: July 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2906

Justia Opinion Summary: Contending that his asthma and other breathing issues put him at extra risk should he contract COVID-19 while in prison, Broadfield applied for compassionate release under 18 U.S.C. 3582(c)(1)(A). For a prisoner who is y...

Stanley Vrooman v. Kilolo Kijakazi
Date: July 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2939
United States v. Ugbah  
Date: July 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3073

Justia Opinion Summary: About halfway through his prison term for fraud, Ugbah sought compassionate release under 18 U.S.C. 3582(c)(1), claiming that his medical conditions (diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure) exposed him to higher risk of...

Kuberski v. REV Recreation Group, Inc.  
Date: July 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3127

Justia Opinion Summary: Kuberski began his retirement by purchasing a new 2013 Fleetwood Storm, manufactured by RV, for nearly $160,000, from REV’s authorized dealer, Camping World in North Carolina. During the first year, Kuberski reported ov...

City of Fishers, Indiana v. DIRECTTV  
Date: July 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3478

Justia Opinion Summary: Under the Indiana Video Service Franchises Act of 2006, anyone offering “video service” must enter into a franchise agreement with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission in exchange for use of a public right-of-way....

Meza v. Garland  
Date: July 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2193

Justia Opinion Summary: Meza, a citizen of Mexico, entered the U.S. without being formally admitted or paroled in 1996, when he was nine years old. He has remained in this country ever since. He is married to another Mexican native, with whom h...

Chatman v. Board of Education of the City of Chicago  
Date: July 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2882

Justia Opinion Summary: Chatman, an African-American, worked as an instructor assistant, 1988-1996. From 1997-2009, she worked as a school library assistant. In 2009, the Board of Education informed her that it was eliminating her position. Cha...

USA v. Edward Bishop
Date: July 20, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1871
Fulks v. Watson  
Date: July 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1900

Justia Opinion Summary: Fulks pleaded guilty to eight federal charges—including two death-eligible offenses—arising from the 2002 carjacking, kidnapping, and death of Alice Donovan. Fulks had escaped from a Kentucky jail. Fulks’s attorneys, th...

USA v. Jonathan Thompson
Date: July 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2064
United States v. Rosario  
Date: July 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2330

Justia Opinion Summary: On December 5, 2013, individuals burglarized a closed Ann Arbor, Michigan, store, taking 24 firearms and other goods. Officers discovered that a caller, using the *67 code, had placed multiple calls to the store after i...

USA v. Patrick Hancock
Date: July 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2386
USA v. Carlos Ingram
Date: July 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2513
USA v. Carlos Ingram
Date: July 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2514
League of Women Voters of Ind v. Holli Sullivan
Date: July 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2815
Common Cause Indiana v. Sullivan  
Date: July 19, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-2816, 20-2815

Justia Opinion Summary: Indiana’s Act 442 allowed election officials to remove a voter from the state’s voter rolls automatically (without directly contacting the person) based on information acquired through a third-party database, “Crosscheck...

USA v. James Bates, Jr.
Date: July 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2885
Michael Brown v. Kurt Picknell
Date: July 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2904
Jeffrey Leiser v. Karl Hoffmann
Date: July 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2908
USA v. Jasper Vargas
Date: July 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3333
USA v. Ernest Clark
Date: July 19, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1200
Steven Hughes v. John Varga
Date: July 19, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1215
USA v. William Elem
Date: July 19, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1392
Rebekah Atkins v. Roger A. G. Sharpe
Date: July 19, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1831
Corral v. Foster  
Date: July 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1665

Justia Opinion Summary: Brautigam, Jimenez, and two children were parked in a van when a man shot at Brautigam through his open window. Both men identified Corral as the shooter. Brautigam had known Corral for 15 years; both were members of the...

Smith v. Professional Transportation,Inc.  
Date: July 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2046

Justia Opinion Summary: Smith worked for PTI, a company that transports railroad crews to and from their workplaces. Believing that her position was misclassified under the Fair Labor Standards Act and that she was not receiving proper overtime...

USA v. Daniel Boos
Date: July 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2551
USA v. Robert Sutton
Date: July 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2876
USA v. Quince Wright
Date: July 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3306
Powell v. Fuchs  
Date: July 15, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1818

Justia Opinion Summary: During a 2009 drug purchase, Rabe and his dealer, Powell, got into a fight. Powell jumped into his truck and sped away, running over Rabe. Ryckman, who had been waiting in Rabe’s car, dialed 911. Powell returned. Ryckm...

Unensaikhan Chuluunbat v. Experian Information Solutions
Date: July 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2373
Juan Rodas v. TransUnion Data Solutions LLC
Date: July 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2392
Anibal Molina v. Trans Union, LLC
Date: July 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2775
Everardo Hoyos v. Equifax Information Services
Date: July 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2776
United States v. Thacker  
Date: July 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2943

Justia Opinion Summary: Thacker committed several armed robberies in 2002, was convicted under 18 U.S.C. 1951 (commercial robbery) with two accompanying violations of 18 U.S.C. 924(c) for using and carrying a firearm in furtherance of a crime o...

Olamide Soyinka v. Equifax Information Services,
Date: July 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3000
United States v. Bebris  
Date: July 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3291

Justia Opinion Summary: Bebris sent child pornography over Facebook’s private user-to-user messaging system. Facebook licenses a “hashing” image recognition technology, PhotoDNA, developed by Microsoft. PhotoDNA provides the capability to scan...

Adel Amorah v. Equifax Information Services,
Date: July 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3351
Cowans v. Equifax Information Services, Inc.  
Date: July 15, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-3368, 20-2373, 20-2392, 20-2775, 20-2776, 20-3000, 20-3351

Justia Opinion Summary: In these consolidated cases, the plaintiffs owe consumer debts they claim are not owned by the creditors listed on their credit reports. They approached the consumer reporting agencies and requested an investigation of t...

Bishop v. Air Line Pilots Association, International  
Date: July 15, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1034

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiffs, pilot instructors for United Airlines, filed a class action against the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), their recognized agent for the purpose of collective bargaining, alleging that AL...

Judy Dahl v. Kohn Law Firm, S.C.
Date: July 14, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2197
Logan v. City of Chicago  
Date: July 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1669

Justia Opinion Summary: Logan, an African American man, was a Chicago Aviation Security Officer. In 2015, he applied for a promotion. He was not selected but was placed on a “Pre-Qualified Candidates” list for future vacancies. Two sergeant po...

United States v. Tuggle  
Date: July 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2352

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013-2016, law enforcement investigated a large methamphetamine distribution conspiracy, installing three cameras on utility poles on public property that viewed Tuggle’s home and a shed owned by Tuggle’s coconspirato...

United States v. Jackson  
Date: July 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2408

Justia Opinion Summary: Jackson and Walker sold drugs on six occasions to a confidential source (CS) during a two-month span in 2019. For the final sale, Jackson, through Walker, had agreed to sell 35 grams of crack cocaine to the CS for $1,800...

USA v. Enedeo Rodriguez, Jr.
Date: July 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2508
Butler v. Kijakazi  
Date: July 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3187

Justia Opinion Summary: Butler, age 51, worked in the past as a millwright and machine repair maintenance worker. He stopped working, claiming he was disabled as of November 4, 2015, because of severe impairments stemming from a stroke, seizure...

Gaetjens v. Winnebago County  
Date: July 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1295

Justia Opinion Summary: Gaetjens bred cats in her Loves Park home.. Her doctor told her to go to the hospital because of high blood pressure. Later that day, the doctor couldn’t locate Gaetjens and phoned Eads, Gaetjens’s neighbor. Eads could...

United States v. Calan-Montiel  
Date: July 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2082

Justia Opinion Summary: Calan-Montiel, a citizen of Mexico, entered the U.S. without inspection and was ordered removed. He was returned to Mexico. He came back, again evading inspection, and was caught again in 2019. Convicted under 8 U.S.C. 1...

Antonio Mays v. Anthony Emanuele
Date: July 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2653
Goodloe v. Brannon  
Date: July 12, 2021
Docket Number: 18-2908

Justia Opinion Summary: Chicago officers responded to a 911 call and found Jones bleeding from a gunshot wound. Jones stated, “Damon shot me” and that Damon was wearing a “black hoodie.” About 90 seconds later, officers encountered Damon Goodl...

USA v. Michael Coscia
Date: July 12, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2010
Alexandria Transportation, Inc v. Safety International, LLC
Date: July 12, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2395
Alexandria Transportation, Inc v. Safety International, LLC
Date: July 12, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2414
Coscia v. United States  
Date: July 12, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1032, 19-2010

Justia Opinion Summary: Coscia used electronic exchanges for futures trading and implemented high-frequency trading programs. High-frequency trading, called “spoofing,” and defined as bidding or offering with the intent to cancel the bid or of...

Robert Wright v. Shaun Funk
Date: July 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2546
Chuchman v. Garland  
Date: July 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3205

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, Chuchman, a 17-year-old student, joined the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform (UDAR), a political party that opposed then-president Yanukovych. In 2012, her university’s dean warned Chuchman that she coul...

Timothy Gove v. Sargento Foods Inc.
Date: July 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3501
Timothy Gove v. Sargento Foods Inc.
Date: July 12, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1235
Demkovich v. St. Andrew the Apostle Parish,  
Date: July 9, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2142

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, Demkovich was hired as the music director at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church. Demkovich is gay, overweight, and suffers from diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Demkovich claims Reverend Dada subjected him t...

USA v. Martin Ocampo-Gomez
Date: July 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2890
Marcus Henry v. Jean Lutsey
Date: July 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2185
Gabriel Griffin v. Laurie Bondar
Date: July 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2302
USA v. Darren Thomas, Jr.
Date: July 8, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1318
United States v. Gonzalez  
Date: July 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1235

Justia Opinion Summary: Gonzalez, a member of the Latin Kings street gang, sold a gun to a fellow Latin Kings member, who was a confidential government source. The source assisted law enforcement in recording conversations between himself and G...

Local 705 International Brotherhood of Teamsters Pension Fund v. Pitello  
Date: July 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2142

Justia Opinion Summary: Gradei’s withdrew from a multi-employer pension plan, asserting that it had ceased all operations covered by the governing multi-employer collective bargaining agreement and was no longer required to contribute to the Fu...

East Central Illinois Pipe Trades Health & Welfare Fund v. Prather Plumbing & Heating, Inc.  
Date: July 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2525

Justia Opinion Summary: ERISA-covered employee benefit funds filed suit to hold a newly formed, family-run plumbing company liable for an existing ERISA judgment on the basis that it stepped into the predecessor family company’s obligations. Th...

USA v. Mitchell McGhee
Date: July 7, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1160
Nichols v. Illinois Department of Transportation  
Date: July 6, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1456

Justia Opinion Summary: In his employment discrimination action, Nichols obtained a judgment of $1.5 million in damages (later reduced to the statutory cap of $300,000) and $952,156 in equitable relief. His attorney, Longo petitioned for $1,709...

Charles Brown v. Kevin Kazmierski
Date: July 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2655
United States v. Schenck  
Date: July 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2353

Justia Opinion Summary: Schenck and Davis have a young child, ABC. Schenck took sexually explicit photos of ABC and sent them to Schneibel, who told Davis, who told Schenck’s mother, who told Detective Bauman. Detective Enget interviewed Schnei...

Kaplarevic v. Saul  
Date: July 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2432

Justia Opinion Summary: Kaplarevic filed for disability insurance benefits in 2012, alleging that he became disabled on August 1, 2012. His “date last insured” was December 31, 2014, meaning that if his disability arose any later than that, he...

Bergal v. Roth  
Date: July 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2887

Justia Opinion Summary: Linda and her husband Milton set up an estate plan with the help of attorney Roth. Milton created a trust and designated himself as sole trustee. Upon his death, Linda and his accountant, Sanders, would become cotrustees...

Antonio Sustaita v. Allen Henderson
Date: June 30, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3316
Kevin Hall v. Kul Sood
Date: June 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1439
Weaver v. Champion Petfoods USA Inc.  
Date: June 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2235

Justia Opinion Summary: Weaver purchased Champion dog food. Champion’s packaging describes the food as biologically appropriate, made with fresh regional ingredients, and never outsourced. Weaver alleged that: Champion’s food is not made solely...

Jermaine Hampton v. Mark Richter
Date: June 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2435
USA v. Antwan Manley
Date: June 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2517
Izumi Saika v. PHH Mortgage Solutions
Date: June 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2756
Chad Ray v. Andrew Saul
Date: June 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2802
Roger Graham v. Dushan Zatecky
Date: June 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2999
USA v. Cordell L. Avant
Date: June 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3286
USA v. Matthew Richardson
Date: June 30, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1120
Mikhail Tsukerman v. Western Community Unit School
Date: June 30, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1348
United States v. Wessel  
Date: June 29, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3002

Justia Opinion Summary: Wessel, who has a history of mental issues, allegedly raised a gun toward a police officer. He was charged as a felon in possession of a firearm. Defense counsel moved multiple times to find Wessel not competent to stan...

Mejia-Padilla v. Garland  
Date: June 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1720

Justia Opinion Summary: Mejia, a citizen of Mexico, entered the U.S. without inspection in 2005. His children are U.S. citizens. In 2011, he was placed in removal proceedings. His notice to appear did not include the date and time of the initia...

U.S. Venture, Inc. v. United States  
Date: June 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1861

Justia Opinion Summary: Gasoline is subject to an excise tax. The combined fuel excise taxes account for more than 80% of the annual revenue collected for the Highway Trust Fund. The 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation E...

USA v. Seth Cox
Date: June 29, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1156
Prairie Rivers Network v. Dynegy Midwest Generation, LLC  
Date: June 28, 2021
Docket Number: 18-3644

Justia Opinion Summary: The Vermilion Power Station operated until 2011, burning coal and generating coal ash that was mixed with water and deposited into unlined pits, close to the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River, navigable water protected...

Smith v. City of Chicago  
Date: June 28, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2725

Justia Opinion Summary: In September 2013, Chicago Police Officers stopped a car in which Smith was a passenger. According to Smith, the officers fabricated a story that, during this stop, he made a “furtive movement” and that the officers foun...

Nartey v. Franciscan Health Hospital  
Date: June 28, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3342

Justia Opinion Summary: Paramedics rushed Millicent to Franciscan, a designated acute‐stroke‐ready hospital. Franciscan transferred her to its intensive care unit. Three days later, Millicent suffered a stroke. Her condition deteriorated and...

StarNet Insurance Co. v. Ruprecht  
Date: June 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1192

Justia Opinion Summary: Deerfield. the general contractor, subcontracted with P.S. Demolition, which agreed to indemnify and hold Deerfield harmless from all claims caused in whole or in part by P.S. P.S. employees were working at the site whe...

Thomas v. Blackard  
Date: June 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1718

Justia Opinion Summary: Thomas moved to a cell at Pontiac Correctional Center. Thomas claimed there were feces, urine, and mold smeared on the walls, sink, and cell door; the mattress was soiled with feces and reeked of urine; there were dead f...

American Bankers Insurance Co v. Shockley  
Date: June 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1938

Justia Opinion Summary: SFC, an equestrian center hosted off‐site trail‐riding events. SFC and American entered into a “farm-owner” insurance policy that described the insured premises as the farm’s address. The policy provides coverage for bo...

Parzych v. Garland  
Date: June 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2317

Justia Opinion Summary: Parzych, a 58-year-old Polish citizen, was admitted to the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident in 1967. He was convicted of burglary in Illinois in 2011 and again in 2015 for knowingly and without authority remaining in...

Antonio Mays v. Tracy Johnson
Date: June 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2750
Prosser v. Becerra  
Date: June 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3070

Justia Opinion Summary: Prosser, a 37-year-old Medicare recipient, suffers from glioblastoma, which causes brain tumors. The five-year survival rate hovers around 5%. Though not curative, Prosser benefits from tumor treating fields therapy (TT...

Avila de la Rosa v. Garland  
Date: June 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1956

Justia Opinion Summary: Avila, a Mexican citizen, has lived continuously in the U.S. since he entered as a minor in 2008. He committed an infraction that led to a disorderly conduct charge in 2019. Days after he pleaded guilty to that charge, h...

United States v. Alvarez-Carvajal  
Date: June 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2934

Justia Opinion Summary: “Teddy” lived in Los Angeles and supplied local distributors with drugs delivered through the U.S. Postal Service. The FBI used a confidential informant to conduct multiple controlled drug purchases from Teddy; obtained...

Continental Western Insurance Co. v. Country Mutual Insurance Co.  
Date: June 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2962

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1989, the Hamel Fire Protection District and Alhambra Fire Protection District formed a joint venture, “the Service” to provide ambulance service to residents of both districts. In 2012, a Service-operated ambulance c...