2021 Seventh Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

Rexing Quality Eggs v. Rembrandt Enterprises, Inc.  
Date: April 22, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1726, 20-1727

Justia Opinion Summary: Rexing sought a ruling that Rexing was excused from its obligations to purchase eggs under its contract with Rembrandt. Rembrandt filed a counterclaim seeking damages for Rexing’s repudiation of the contract, attorneys’...

Rexing Quality Eggs v. Rembrandt Enterprises, Inc.
Date: April 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1727
Jerome Walker v. Correctional Officer Leibert
Date: April 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3487
Harry Barnett v. Kwame Raoul
Date: April 21, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3505
LeAnder Gregg v. Correct Care Solutions
Date: April 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2008
Wade Hallett v. Philip Brehm
Date: April 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2609
USA v. Anthony Bailey
Date: April 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2666
Sandra Nigl v. Cathy Jess
Date: April 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3112
Deborah Burns v. USA
Date: April 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3519
Rewards Network Establishment v. Philip Lajaunie
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1045
Antoine Bordelais v. Valerie Bordelais
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1074
MAO-MSO Recovery II, LLC v. State Farm Mutual Automobile I
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1268
Mesa Laboratories, Inc. v. Federal Insurance Co.  
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1983

Justia Opinion Summary: Mesa sent faxes promoting its services. Some recipients had not consented to receive such faxes, and the faxed materials did not include an opt‐out notice as required by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), 47 U...

MAO-MSO Recovery II, LLC v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Ins. Co.  
Date: April 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1268

Justia Opinion Summary: MAO-MSO acquired rights to collect conditional payments that Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) made if a primary insurer (such as automobile insurance carriers) has not promptly paid medical expenses. MAO-MSO sued...

David Bentz v. Steven Newbold
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1776
Kedron Jones, Jr. v. John Baldwin
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3048
Larry Harris v. Michael Dempsey
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3070
Hector Arevalo-Carrasco v. Middleby Corporation
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1823
Shakman v. Clerk of Cook County  
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1828

Justia Opinion Summary: The 1972 Shakman Decree enjoined the City of Chicago and county officials from governmental employment practices based in politics. A 1983 Decree enjoined those officials from conditioning hiring or promotions on any po...

United States v. Cole  
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2105

Justia Opinion Summary: Illinois Trooper Chapman received a message about a Volkswagen with California license plates driving on I-72. Chapman spotted the Volkswagen, driven by Cole, and trailed him, intending to find a pretext for a roadside...

USA v. Marcus Pompy
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2228
USA v. Brian Redden
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2456
Burton v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co., Inc.  
Date: April 15, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1774, 20-1776, 20-1777, 20-1780, 20-1781, 20-1782, 20-1783, 20-1784, 20-1785

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, who grew up in Milwaukee homes that had lead-based wall paint, were diagnosed with lead poisoning as children in the 1990s or early 2000s. Years later, they sued manufacturers of white lead carbonate; they id...

Ravon Owens v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Com
Date: April 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1776
Cesar Sifuentes v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Com
Date: April 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1777
Glenn Burton, Jr. v. Armstrong Containers Inc.
Date: April 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1780
Glenn Burton, Jr. v. Sherwin Williams Company
Date: April 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1781
Ravon Owens v. Armstrong Containers Inc.
Date: April 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1782
Ravon Owens v. Sherwin Williams Company
Date: April 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1783
Cesar Sifuentes v. Sherwin Williams Company
Date: April 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1784
Cesar Sifuentes v. Armstrong Containers Inc.
Date: April 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1785
United States v. Outland  
Date: April 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1160

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed the district court's denial of his motion to suppress incriminating statements which led to federal charges for distributing heroin. In this case, after defendant overdosed on heroin and fell unconscio...

Deborah M. v. Saul  
Date: April 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2570

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit affirmed the ALJ's determination that plaintiff has the capacity to perform light work and is therefore not entitled to disability benefits. Plaintiff claimed that the ALJ committed reversible error w...

David Bentz v. Donald Lindenberg
Date: April 13, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2564
Lewis v. Zatecky  
Date: April 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1642

Justia Opinion Summary: In a 1999 incident, Hale told Lewis to kill Rogers. Lewis handed his revolver to Mays, who shot Rogers multiple times, fatally. Lewis, Hale, and Mays collected drugs and money and fled. Lewis, represented by Attorney R...

Antonio Blanchard v. John Varga
Date: April 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1671
William Viehweg v. Sirius XM Radio, Inc.
Date: April 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2166
Brandi McGhee v. Marilyn Marshall
Date: April 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2544
Dequarius Fitzpatrick v. Colin Fruehbrodt
Date: April 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2920
City of Chicago v. Robbin L. Fulton
Date: April 12, 2021
Docket Number: 18-2527
City of Chicago v. Jason Howard
Date: April 12, 2021
Docket Number: 18-2793
City of Chicago v. George Peake
Date: April 12, 2021
Docket Number: 18-2835
City of Chicago v. Timothy Shannon
Date: April 12, 2021
Docket Number: 18-3023
USA v. Tyrone Perry
Date: April 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2340
Hadsall v. Sunbelt Rentals, Inc.  
Date: April 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2482

Justia Opinion Summary: The Regional Director of the NLRB sought a temporary injunction under 29 U.S.C. 160(j), pending the Board’s resolution of unfair labor practices charges against Sunbelt. The ALJ in the Board proceeding subsequently issue...

USA v. Citrick Davis
Date: April 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2501
USA v. Jeremy Culver
Date: April 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2568
James Curtis v. Lisa Schwartz
Date: April 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2636
USA v. Willie Haynes
Date: April 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2862
Alice Jeffries v. Carlotta Adams
Date: April 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2929
Terry L. Lymon v. United Auto Workers Union 2209
Date: April 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3022
Lopez v. Sheriff of Cook County  
Date: April 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1681

Justia Opinion Summary: At 3:55 a.m. people were loitering outside a lounge when Lopez sideswiped an SUV parked in front of the lounge. Bystanders swarmed Lopez’s car, punching him through an open window. A passenger exited Lopez’s car and fire...

John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy, Inc. v. Evers  
Date: April 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1814

Justia Opinion Summary: MacIver, a “think tank that promotes free markets, individual freedom, personal responsibility, and limited government,” sponsors a “separately branded” MacIver News Service. Some of Wisconsin Governor Evers's press even...

Bruce Melton v. Pavilion Behavioral Health Sys
Date: April 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2399
Gamble v. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC  
Date: April 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2254

Justia Opinion Summary: Gamble, an African-American, began working for FCA in 2015 and received a copy of FCA’s policy concerning sexual harassment, which could result in termination. Months later, two female employees complained that Gamble ha...

USA v. Clemmie Carter
Date: April 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2409
Pavlicek v. Saul  
Date: April 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1809

Justia Opinion Summary: Pavlicek, age 49. applied for Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits. He suffers from anxiety, depression, severe tremors, and pseudoseizures that resemble epileptic seizures but stem from psychological cau...

USA v. Marquis Watts
Date: April 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2198
Chadd Morris v. Gregg Scott
Date: April 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2217
Chadd Morris v. Gregg Scott
Date: April 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2217
United States v. Jones  
Date: March 31, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-2176, 19-2177

Justia Opinion Summary: Jones and Wansley worked at Illinois Post Office branches. Working with Smith and other co-conspirators, they arranged and executed a scheme to ship packages containing marijuana and marijuana derivatives through the mai...

USA v. Angela Wansley
Date: March 31, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2177
Countryside Bank v. Zafar Sheikh
Date: March 31, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2655
Wisconsin Central LTD v. Soo Line Railroad Co.  
Date: March 31, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3129

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1987, Central purchased certain Soo assets, including LST rail lines. Soo agreed to retain liability and indemnify Central for “all claims for environmental matters relating to ownership of the Assets or the operation...

Saxon v. Southwest Airlines Co.  
Date: March 31, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3226

Justia Opinion Summary: As a Chicago Midway International Airport ramp supervisor, Saxon supervises, trains, and assists a team of ramp agents—Southwest employees who physically load and unload planes. Ostensibly her job is purely supervisory b...

Jason Perry v. Richard Brown
Date: March 31, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1005
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Walmart Stores East, L.P.  
Date: March 31, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1419

Justia Opinion Summary: The Hayward Walmart store is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is especially busy on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer. Walmart offered Hedican a job as one of eight full-time assistant managers. Hedican t...

Constellation Brands U.S. Oper v. NLRB
Date: March 30, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1321
National Labor Relations Board v. Constellation Brands U.S. Operations, Inc.  
Date: March 30, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-1549, 19-1321

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, Woodbridge Winery cellar employees held an election and certified Local 601 as their collective bargaining representative. Woodbridge challenged the certification before the National Labor Relations Board, then...

Jeffers v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue  
Date: March 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2056

Justia Opinion Summary: Jeffers underreported his 2008 income and was audited. The IRS assessed additional taxes and penalties. Jeffers filed his 2009 tax return late, reporting that he owed more than $12,000 in taxes without including any pay...

Edgar Magana Ayala v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: March 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2792
Omar Grayson v. Jody Goetting
Date: March 29, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2199
Ricardo Pittman v. Viamonte Investments Group LLC
Date: March 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1107
Cibulka v. City of Madison  
Date: March 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1658

Justia Opinion Summary: Todd and Shelly Cibulka drove to the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where their daughter Emily was a freshman. They went to a bar and imbibed for several hours. Upon leaving, they were clearly intoxicated. Emily, wanti...

Robert Decker v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: March 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1890
USA v. Steven Smith
Date: March 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1950
USA v. Steven Link
Date: March 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2103
Jose Medrano v. James Boland
Date: March 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1693
Leo Dillon v. Indiana Department of Child Se
Date: March 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1832
Oscar Perez v. Robert Carter
Date: March 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2079
Brian Reid v. George Payne
Date: March 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2267
USA v. Jesse Colon
Date: March 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2394
USA v. Robert Brunt
Date: March 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2643
Marcure v. Lynn  
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2978

Justia Opinion Summary: Marcure sued police officers and others. Before the officers moved to dismiss, Marcure filed notice of an address change from Arizona to Illinois. The court mailed notices, including notices of the motion to dismiss, to...

Armando Chagoya v. City of Chicago
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3180
Bartlett v. City of Chicago  
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-3183, 19-3180

Justia Opinion Summary: Current and former members of the Chicago Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit brought a purported class action, alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. 216(b), the Il...

Nelson v. City of Chicago  
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1279

Justia Opinion Summary: Chicago Officer Nelson responded to a report of an armed robbery in a high-crime area; she alleges that the radio dispatcher ignored her repeated emergency calls for information and assistance. Shift sergeant Bucki was...

Kurt Kemp v. Alex Platz
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2948
Kirk v. Clark Equipment Co.  
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2983

Justia Opinion Summary: Sterling purchased the Loader new in 2008 from a dealership; it was equipped with a 62-inch bucket and components that increased the Loader’s rated operating capacity (ROC—maximum load) to 1,420 lbs. Kirk regularly used...

William White v. Executive Office for United S
Date: March 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1798
Alvin Williams v. Chad Brown
Date: March 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1858
United States v. Coe  
Date: March 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1990

Justia Opinion Summary: Coe, then age 18, and two accomplices traveled from Indiana to Illinois where they robbed a Verizon store at gunpoint, fleeing with more than $25,000 in merchandise and cash. Police tracked them down. Coe pleaded guilty...

Preston Straub v. Jewel Food Stores, Inc.
Date: March 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2084
Next Technologies, Inc. v. Beyond the Office Door LLC  
Date: March 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2169

Justia Opinion Summary: Next makes office equipment and refers potential customers to reviews that rate its products highly. Next's competitor, Beyond, published reviews critiquing Next’s standing desks. Instead of pursuing a claim under the L...

United States v. Sanders  
Date: March 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2561

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2017, Sanders pled guilty to six drug offense counts. She was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment and is serving her sentence at Federal Correctional Institution Coleman Low in Florida. In 2020, Coleman Low experien...

USA v. Jeffrey Price
Date: March 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2640
United States v. Wylie  
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2140

Justia Opinion Summary: Wylie pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. He admitted that he had been hired to transport drugs and money and that he had made the trip four times before his ar...

Harry Barnett v. Menard, Inc.
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1024
Cal v. Garnett  
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1047

Justia Opinion Summary: On April 21, 1992, two gunmen fired multiple shots at Johnson and his friends. Both friends died. Johnson survived, identified one shooter by his street name “Duke,” and described the car he drove. Hours later, the polic...

Vincent Foggey v. City of Chicago
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1247
Vicki Brumbaugh v. Andrew Saul
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1551
Philip M. Karanja v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1834
UFT Commercial Finance, LLC v. Fisher  
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2012

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, a start‐up company and its founder (Marlowe), sued the company’s former chief legal officer, Fisher, to recover losses from an arbitration award that held them liable for years of unpaid wages owed to Fisher...

USA v. Isaiah C. Fisher
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2355
United States v. Jackson  
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2680

Justia Opinion Summary: Jackson made a career of armed bank robbery. A district judge concluded that only life imprisonment without the possibility of parole would end his criminality. In 1986, when he committed his final robbery, Jackson was 3...

USA v. Cory Lee
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2824
United States v. Bacon  
Date: March 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1415

Justia Opinion Summary: Fort Wayne officers received tips about Bacon, who had previously been arrested for selling cocaine from his home. They conducted two controlled buys using confidential informants who had proven reliable in past cases....

Xanthopoulos v. United States Department of Labor Administrative Review Board  
Date: March 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2604

Justia Opinion Summary: Xanthopoulos, a Mercer consultant, detected securities fraud; his internal complaints failed. He went to the SEC website, and, in March 2014, Xanthopoulos submitted his first TCR Form. Unlike the Sarbanes-Oxley OSHA Form...

USA v. Timothy Cosman
Date: March 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2752
Steven Scott v. Gary Ankarlo
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1388
Monroe v. Columbia College Chicago  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1530

Justia Opinion Summary: More than two years after being denied tenure at Columbia College of Chicago, Monroe sued the College, citing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000d, for being subject to race discrimination in a fede...

Vaun Monroe v. Columbia College Chicago
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1530
Robert Peacher v. Paul Talbot
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2060
Grant Birchmeier v. Berkley Group, Incorporated
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2672
Grant Birchmeier v. Caribbean Cruise Line, Incorpo
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2676
Daisy Exum v. Caribbean Cruise Line, Incorpo
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2698
Daisy Exum v. Caribbean Cruise Line, Incorpo
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2699
USA v. Kristin Norris
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3209
United States v. Jordan  
Date: March 18, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2970

Justia Opinion Summary: In March 2019, Jordan, convicted of crimes involving crack cocaine, 21 U.S.C. 841, began three years of supervised release. For three months, Jordan consistently tested negative on drug tests and called the probation off...

United States v. Lundberg  
Date: March 17, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3477

Justia Opinion Summary: Kennedy, a CPA working for Nemera, met Lundberg, an escort, through the website Backpage and gave her a credit card that belonged to Kennedy’s employer, which was intended for company purchases only. In less than two yea...

United States v. Wallace  
Date: March 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1043

Justia Opinion Summary: Responding to a 911 call, Officer Kristensen, outside behind the residence, saw someone in the backyard and shined a flashlight toward the figure, a black man wearing a black sweatshirt with writing on the arm and black...

Bridges v. United States  
Date: March 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1623

Justia Opinion Summary: Now in his sixties, Bridges has been in and out of prison since he was a teenager. After staying out of trouble for eight years, Bridges got involved in drugs again and committed four robberies in two days in 2017. He ne...

Thomas v. Martija  
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1767

Justia Opinion Summary: Thomas broke his hand at the Hill Correctional Center in March 2011. X-rays from May 9 showed that Thomas’s hand was still fractured. On May 11, Thomas was transferred to Stateville. Hill officials removed his cast, sta...

United States v. Filzen  
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1071

Justia Opinion Summary: Filzen robbed seven Indianapolis stores while brandishing a firearm. He pleaded guilty to seven counts of Hobbs Act robbery, 18 U.S.C. 1951(a), and four counts of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime o...

Saechao v. Eplett  
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1356

Justia Opinion Summary: Charged in Wisconsin state court with armed robbery and false imprisonment, Saechao retained attorney Kronenwetter. The state charged Alonso-Bermudez and others, based on the same crimes. Those cases proceeded separately...

Holmes v. Godinez  
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-2236, 20-2709

Justia Opinion Summary: The underlying class action alleged that the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) unlawfully denied hearing-impaired inmates “the assistance they need to communicate effectively and participate in IDOC programs and...

USA v. Terence Dilworth
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2389
Ralph Holmes v. Salvador Godinez
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2709
Barry Smith, Sr. v. United States Congress
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2987
Barry Smith, Sr. v. United States Congress
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2988
DeJuan Thornton-Bey v. USA
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1404
Patterson v. Baker  
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2917

Justia Opinion Summary: Illinois inmate Patterson testified that his repeated requests to be moved from an unheated cell were ignored and, to get attention, he violated the rules. On February 7, officers repeatedly ordered Patterson to remove a...

USA v. Justin Ramsey
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1399
Johnathan Franklin v. Joan Hannula
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1713
USA v. Pao Xiong
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2020
USA v. Kim Millbrook
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2147
Winnielee Fanta v. Andrew Saul
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2325
USA v. Kevin Clinton
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2484
Planned Parenthood of Indiana v. Box  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 17-2428

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

Brian Hope v. Commissioner of Indiana Depart
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2523
Johnny Murray v. John Baldwin
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2938
Zurich American Insurance Co. v. Ocwen Financial Corp.  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3052

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court's judgment declaring that Zurich had no duty to defend Ocwen in the underlying litigation brought by a consumer. In the underlying case, the consumer's complaint relied on...

Mandacina v. Entzel  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1027

Justia Opinion Summary: Mandacina was sentenced to life imprisonment for paying to kill a potential witness in a criminal case. His conviction and sentence were affirmed in 1995. Mandacina filed an unsuccessful 28 U.S.C. 2255 collateral attack...

Arguijo v. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1471

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff's mother married a U.S. citizen in 1999 and divorced him in 2004 because of his violent behavior. Plaintiff had run away the year before, when she was 15, to escape the abuse. At issue is whether, after the div...

Bennett v. Council 31 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1621

Justia Opinion Summary: When Bennett began working as a custodian for the School District, she had to either become a Union member and pay union dues or decline membership and pay “fair‐share” or “agency” fees. She joined the Union. Following...

Chadd Morris v. Gregg Scott
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2217
USA v. Miles Musgraves
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2702
Coleman v. Neal  
Date: March 11, 2021
Docket Number: 18-3264

Justia Opinion Summary: Coleman is serving a 45-year sentence for attempting to murder Dye. He was tried twice. The first jury acquitted him of murdering Jackson during the same incident but could not reach a unanimous verdict on the charge of...

United States v. Law  
Date: March 11, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2345

Justia Opinion Summary: Law operated three Indiana massage spas that offered sex services. HV and XC were Law’s “employees.” HV was born in Vietnam, knew limited English, and knew no one else in this country. XC traveled from China to Chicago w...

Kuri v. City of Chicago  
Date: March 11, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-2967, 19-3213

Justia Opinion Summary: In July 2009, two people approached a van and opened fire. Patel died; Fernandez was shot but recovered; Russell was not hit. Detectives swore that Russell and Fernandez named Kuri and Gomez as the assailants and that b...

Anthony Kuri v. City of Chicago
Date: March 11, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3213
Bailey v. Director, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, United States Department of Labor  
Date: March 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1075

Justia Opinion Summary: Bailey became partially disabled by pneumoconiosis, caused by the inhalation of coal dust. In 2002, he entered into an agreement with his employer to settle his state workers’ compensation claim; $27,677.50 was designate...

Pennell v. Global Trust Management, LLC  
Date: March 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1524

Justia Opinion Summary: Pennell defaulted on a loan, then sent MobiLoans a letter refusing to pay her debt and requesting that all future debt communications cease. MobiLoans sold Pennell’s debt to Global, which had no knowledge that Pennell re...

DRASC, Inc. v. Navistar, Inc.  
Date: March 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1821

Justia Opinion Summary: A class of owners accused Navistar of selling trucks with defective engines. The suit was settled for $135 million. The district court gave its preliminary approval. A court-approved Rule 23(e) notice was sent by first-c...

Arnold v. Saul  
Date: March 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2067

Justia Opinion Summary: Arnold applied for Social Security disability benefits based on ailments related to her back, heart, and joints, and chronic pain syndrome. Following the initial denial of her claim, Arnold requested a hearing before an...

Ruiz v. United States  
Date: March 10, 2021
Docket Number: 18-1114

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1997, for his participation (at age 18) in a deadly kidnapping scheme to collect drug debts, Ruiz was convicted of conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, kidnapping resulting in death, ass...

Malaika Coleman v. Garrison Property and Casualty
Date: March 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1480
Pack v. Middlebury Community Schools  
Date: March 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1912

Justia Opinion Summary: The School terminated Pack's employment as a teacher after less than a year and published a press release about Pack on its website, allegedly criticizing Pack, which remains available on the School’s website. Pack sued...

USA v. Angela Stahl
Date: March 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2518
United States v. Slone  
Date: March 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2721

Justia Opinion Summary: Informants reported that Slone was selling methamphetamine out of his basement apartment in Dillon's house. In that basement, agents found two guns, 80 grams of meth, and paperwork in Slone’s name. Dillon stated that Slo...

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, Inc. v. Holcomb  
Date: March 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1445

Justia Opinion Summary: Owned by the Indiana Finance Authority, the Indiana Toll Road has been operated since 2006 by a lessee, ITR. What ITR can charge depends on state law. In 2018, ITR paid the state $1 billion in exchange for permission to...

USA v. Robert Jenkins
Date: March 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1529
Medical Protective Company of Fort Wayne v. American International Specialty Lines Insurance Co  
Date: March 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1831

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2002, Dr. Phillips performed a hysterectomy on Bramlett; she died from complications days later. Bramlett’s family sued Phillips, his clinic, and the hospital. Phillips and his clinic held a $200,000 MedPro profession...

Steven Liscano v. F. Entzel
Date: March 8, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1531
Sweeney v. Raoul  
Date: March 8, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3413

Justia Opinion Summary: The Illinois Public Labor Relations Act allowed public unions to require nonmembers to pay “fair share” or “agency” fees to compensate for the representative services the union provides. In 1977 the Supreme Court conclud...

Cassell v. Snyders  
Date: March 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1757

Justia Opinion Summary: The church holds weekly in-person worship services attended by approximately 80 people. Its pastor suspended these services after he received a March 31, 2020 “Cease and Desist Notice” from the county health department t...

Gonzales v. Madigan  
Date: March 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1874

Justia Opinion Summary: Madigan was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1970 and re-elected to 25 additional two-year terms. He became Speaker of the House in 1983 and the state’s Democratic Party Chairman in 1998. In 2021 he wi...

United States v. Berrios  
Date: March 5, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1871

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, Berrios was charged with Hobbs Act robbery in connection with an armed robbery of a Chicago AT&T store. The next day, as Berrios and his associate were preparing to rob a currency exchange, the FBI conducted a t...

USA v. Adel Daoud
Date: March 5, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2174
USA v. Adel Daoud
Date: March 5, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2185
USA v. Adel Daoud
Date: March 5, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2186
P.W. v. United States  
Date: March 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1142

Justia Opinion Summary: Woodson received prenatal treatment from Dr. Ramsey at NorthShore Health Centers. Ramsey informed Woodson that she would likely need to deliver her baby by C-section. Ramsey delivered P.W. vaginally at Anonymous Hospit...

Nicole K. v. Stigdon  
Date: March 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1525

Justia Opinion Summary: When Indiana officials determine that a child is suffering abuse or neglect, they initiate the Child in Need of Services (CHIN) process. Lawyers are automatically appointed for parents but not for children in the CHINS...

Howard v. Cook County Sheriff's Office  
Date: March 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1723

Justia Opinion Summary: Women who work at the Cook County Jail or the adjoining courthouse filed a class-action suit against their employers for failing to prevent male inmates from sexually harassing them. The district court certified a class...

Perry v. Sims  
Date: March 3, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1497

Justia Opinion Summary: Perry suffers from serious mental illness defined by two suicide attempts, severe depression, paranoid schizophrenia, and auditory hallucinations. He is serving a 70-year sentence for murdering his former wife during a f...

Richard Sharif v. William Stevens
Date: March 3, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3149
United States v. Smith  
Date: March 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1117

Justia Opinion Summary: Illinois law enforcement agents received a tip from a confidential source claiming that Smith had been dealing methamphetamine in Mattoon. The agents conducted controlled buys between Smith and the source and requested t...

Platinum Supplemental Insurance, Inc. v. Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Co.  
Date: March 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1906

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2002, GTL, a mutual reserve company that underwrites insurance policies, engaged Platinum to market its insurance products. After a customer sued both parties, GTL terminated the marketing agreement. In 2015, the laws...

USA v. Gerardo Sanchez
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Number: 18-2538
USA v. Edgar Roque
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Number: 18-3045
USA v. Phillip Diaz
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Number: 18-3088
USA v. Richard Roque
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1335
USA v. Omar Ramirez
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1591
USA v. Steven Mendoza
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1612
United States v. Cervantes  
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-3405, 18-2538, 18-3088, 19-1335, 19-1591, 19-1612, 18-3405

Justia Opinion Summary: The Roque drug trafficking organization moved more than 1,500 kilograms of cocaine and 100 kilograms of heroin from Mexico to Chicago for distribution and sale. The district judge stated that she had never seen “the leve...

United States v. Reedy  
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2444

Justia Opinion Summary: Police responded to a call that a homeless person was sleeping in a car behind a store and found Reedy wearing a bulletproof vest in the front passenger seat of a Kia. They saw an open knife, crowbar, and walkie-talkie o...

Smith v. RecordQuest LLC  
Date: February 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2084

Justia Opinion Summary: Smith suffered an injury from a car accident, retained an attorney for a personal injury lawsuit, and authorized her attorney to obtain her healthcare information. The attorney requested Smith’s medical records from MHS,...

Roger Day, Jr. v. Subsectretario Del Sistema Pen
Date: February 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1555
William Richter v. Wexford Health Sources, Inc.
Date: February 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1742
USA v. Willie Jones
Date: February 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2110
Calvin Jackson v. Regions Bank
Date: February 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2624
Jamesetta McFarland-Lawson v. Matt Ammon
Date: February 24, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2662
Robert Alexander v. Shannon Withers
Date: February 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1120
USA v. Robert Marshall
Date: February 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1152
Jehan Mir v. State Farm Mutual Automobile I
Date: February 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1800
USA v. Mario Leachman
Date: February 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2607
First Midwest Bank v. City of Chicago  
Date: February 23, 2021
Docket Number: 18-3049

Justia Opinion Summary: Kelly, an off-duty Chicago police officer, shot his friend LaPorta in the head during an argument after a night of drinking together. LaPorta’s injuries left him severely, permanently disabled. LaPorta sued the city unde...

Paramjit Singh v. Monty Wilkinson
Date: February 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1660
Karr v. Saul  
Date: February 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1939

Justia Opinion Summary: Karr applied for Social Security disability benefits based on her complaints of chronic lower back pain and other ailments. Karr traces the source of her back pain to a car accident in the late 1990s. She has tried multi...

United States v. Joiner  
Date: February 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2361

Justia Opinion Summary: Joiner is a 31‐year‐old prisoner serving an eight-year sentence at U.S. Penitentiary Marion for a drug crime. In July 2020, amid the COVID‐19 pandemic, Joiner sought compassionate release under 18 U.S.C. 3582(c)(1)(A), c...

USA v. Kevin Walker
Date: February 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2489
United States v. Ford  
Date: February 22, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3486

Justia Opinion Summary: In August 2018, Ford, Johnson, and Foster committed several Milwaukee armed robberies, in different combinations. On August 22, Johnson provided a handgun; Foster and Ford assaulted a taxi driver, then fled with Johnson,...

Krislov v. Yarbrough  
Date: February 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1928

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2020 Krislov sought to run in the Democratic primary for a position on the Illinois Supreme Court. To get on the ballot he needed 5,050 valid signatures, 0.4% of the votes cast in the same district for the same party’...

United States v. Anderson  
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2361

Justia Opinion Summary: Anderson furnished heroin to Sublett every month; Sublett cut the heroin with sleeping-aid medication and used retail-level sellers, including Ray, and paid Anderson after selling the heroin. Occasionally Sublett also s...

Mejia v. Pfister  
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2720

Justia Opinion Summary: Illinois inmate Mejia sued correctional officials under 42 U.S.C. 1983, challenging his filthy cell conditions and constant hallway lighting that prevented him from sleeping. His primary claim survived dismissal and summ...

LHO Chicago River, L.L.C. v. Rosemoor Suites, LLC  
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2506

Justia Opinion Summary: LHO owns a downtown hotel that it rebranded as “Hotel Chicago” in 2014. In 2016, Rosemoor renamed its existing westside hotel as “Hotel Chicago.” LHO sued Rosemoor for trademark infringement and unfair competition under...

Igasaki v. Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation  
Date: February 17, 2021
Docket Number: 18-3351

Justia Opinion Summary: Igasaki, a gay, Japanese-American, suffers from gout. From 1994 until his 2015 termination at age 62, Igasaki was an IDFPR staff attorney. In 2011, Forester gave Igasaki a good performance review; in 2012, Forester rated...

Gloria Krug v. Andrew Saul
Date: February 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1845
USA v. Angelica N. Guzman-Cordoba
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2526
United States v. Alvarado-Santiago  
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-2937, 19-2526

Justia Opinion Summary: Guzman-Cordoba and Alvarado-Santiago participated in an extensive drug trafficking organization operating from Indianapolis and Chicago. Guzman-Cordoba was a drug courier, drug seller, and stash house guard; Alvarado-San...

USA v. Miguel Lara-Leon
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2979
USA v. Ricardo Ochoa-Beltran
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3191
Hickey v. Protective Life Corp.  
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1076

Justia Opinion Summary: Hickey filed suit under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), 29 U.S.C. 2601, alleging that his former employer, Protective Life, had interfered with the exercise of his FMLA rights and had retaliated against him for...

United States v. Strobel  
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1092

Justia Opinion Summary: Ashland, Wisconsin police found Strobel passed out in his car beside of the road. A search of Strobel’s vehicle uncovered methamphetamine and resulted in state drug charges. Months later, Ashland police again found Strob...

USA v. Martell Norris
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1197
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen GCA UP v. Union Pacific Railroad Co.  
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2092

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2020 Union Pacific Railroad announced a change to its employee attendance policy. Several regional branches of the union opposed the change and sought an order under the Railway Labor Act, 45 U.S.C. 151a (RLA), requi...

Hall v. Hanlon  
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3245

Justia Opinion Summary: Hall filed a 28 U.S.C. 2241 petition in the Southern District of Indiana while incarcerated at a facility operated by the federal Bureau of Prisons in that district. Hall was later transferred to a federal prison in the...

United States v. Nebinger  
Date: February 11, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1504

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2016, Nebinger pleaded guilty as a felon in possession of a firearm, 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1). The Probation Office determined that he qualified as an armed career criminal, based on prior convictions for Illinois resident...

Perez-Perez v. Wilkinson  
Date: February 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1048

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1990, 18-year-old Perez entered the U.S. from Mexico without inspection. She was apprehended and was personally served with an Order to Show Cause, ordering her to appear for a deportation hearing at a time and place...

Horne v. Electric Eel Manufacturing Co., Inc.  
Date: February 10, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2082

Justia Opinion Summary: Horne rented a drain rodding machine made by Electric Eel from Home Depot. A Home Depot employee selected the machine, which had been tested before it was shipped. After a previous customer returned the machine, a Home D...

Bryon Winkelman v. Andrew Saul
Date: February 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1507
Michael Schrank v. Andrew Saul
Date: February 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1691
United States v. Williams  
Date: February 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2404

Justia Opinion Summary: Williams has been seeking release since he began serving his 2013 18‐year sentence for robbery and brandishing a firearm, contending that his guilty plea was involuntary. In 2020, Williams asked the warden to move for h...

Ivan Boyd v. Debra Bellin
Date: February 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3087
Eagan v. Dempsey  
Date: February 9, 2021
Docket Number: 17-3184

Justia Opinion Summary: Eagan, an Illinois Department of Corrections inmate, suffers from mental illnesses including depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. On November 30, 2014, Eagan engaged in self-harming behaviors while under suic...

Djillali Ahmed v. Monty Wilkinson
Date: February 9, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2165
Gacho v. Wills  
Date: February 8, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3343

Justia Opinion Summary: Gacho is serving a life sentence for two 1982 kidnapping-murders. Cook County Judge Maloney presided in his case. For years, Maloney had solicited cash for acquittals. He came down hard on defendants who did not pay. Ga...

USA v. Brandon Edelman
Date: February 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1001
MBM Holdings LLC v. City of Glendale
Date: February 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1286
United States v. Saunders  
Date: February 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2486

Justia Opinion Summary: Saunders pleaded guilty to dealing in firearms without a license and possessing a firearm as a felon. Saunders, sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in January 2020, asked the court for compassionate release or, altern...

McIntosh v. Wexford Health Sources, Inc.  
Date: February 5, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1095

Justia Opinion Summary: McIntosh sued Wexford, a private company that provides prison health care, and jail officials for acting with deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs, 42 U.S.C. 1983. McIntosh alleged that a nurse funneled h...

Rufus Brooks v. SAC Wireless, LLC
Date: February 5, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2953
Larry Howell v. Wexford Health Sources, Inc.  
Date: February 5, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3210

Justia Opinion Summary: While incarcerated, Howell tore his medial meniscus cartilage and his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Five months later, he had surgery to repair the meniscus. It was another 20 months before Howell had surgery to reco...

Estate of Christopher J. Davis v. Ortiz  
Date: February 5, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3355

Justia Opinion Summary: East Troy police, conducting a “sting” operation, used a confidential informant to lure Juarez-Nieves into delivering cocaine at Roma’s restaurant. Nieves showed up with Davis and Lara, who parked their car in the restau...

Young v. City of Chicago  
Date: February 5, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3534

Justia Opinion Summary: Young drove Hughes to get a haircut. Hughes stated that he had a gun that he was returning to its owner at the barbershop. Young came back hours later. Young did not ask about the gun but believed that Hughes had left it...

Shung Moore v. Augusta Williams
Date: February 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1084
USA v. Patrick Shanklin
Date: February 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1277
USA v. Terraun Price
Date: February 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2393
USA v. Terry Brown
Date: February 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2547
Gracia v. SigmaTron International, Inc.  
Date: February 3, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1526

Justia Opinion Summary: Gracia’s former employer, SigmaTron, fired her 13 years ago after she filed sexual harassment and hostile work environment claims with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Gracia prevailed in a 2014 trial on a Ti...

White v. United Airlines, Inc.  
Date: February 3, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2546

Justia Opinion Summary: White has been employed as a commercial airline pilot since 2005 and has also served in the U.S. Air Force since 2000, first on active duty and now on reserve duty. As a reservist, he is required to attend periodic milit...

USA v. James Triplett
Date: February 3, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2685
United States v. Morgan  
Date: February 3, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2737

Justia Opinion Summary: Morgan transferred funds to an acquaintance in New Mexico, who used those funds to buy seven guns and mail them to Morgan’s Chicago residence. Morgan admits that the firearms were sent to his home and that "friends and f...

United States v. Hamzeh  
Date: February 3, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3072

Justia Opinion Summary: Hamzeh’s friend contacted the FBI, concerned that Hamzeh planned to commit a mass killing. The FBI involved another informant, who began working with the two at a restaurant. Both recorded their conversations with Hamzeh...

Timothy A. Delong v. Andrew M. Saul
Date: February 3, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3259
United States v. Collins  
Date: February 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1198

Justia Opinion Summary: Collins pleaded guilty to participating in a heroin distribution ring and was sentenced to 180 months’ imprisonment, the statutory mandatory minimum. Collins sought to withdraw his guilty plea, arguing that, at sentencin...

Cutchin v. Robertson  
Date: February 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1437

Justia Opinion Summary: Cutchin’s wife and daughter were killed in an automobile accident that occurred when another driver, Watson, age 72, struck their vehicle. Cutchin alleges that Watson’s driving ability was impaired by medications she had...

Christina Lyons v. William Morris, Jr.
Date: February 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1491
Cheli v. Taylorville Community School District  
Date: February 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2033

Justia Opinion Summary: On September 28, 2018, Cheli, a computer system administrative assistant for the District, since 2014, was taken into a meeting with about 25 minutes’ notice. The District’s superintendent and Director of Computer Servic...

Ronda L. Stocks v. Andrew M. Saul
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3298
United States v. Stephens  
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1463

Justia Opinion Summary: Agents seized electronic devices with 184,000 pornographic images and videos of children from Stephens’s home. Before charges were filed, officers discovered that Stephens in the meantime had downloaded 10,000 more child...

Cheryl Kemplen v. Andrew Saul
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1651
Woodring v. Jackson County  
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1881

Justia Opinion Summary: Each holiday season, Jackson County, Indiana has a lighted Christmas display on the lawn of its historic courthouse. The display comprises a nativity scene, Santa Claus in his sleigh, a reindeer, carolers, and large cand...

USA v. Dexter Fisher
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2754
RBD Property, LLC v. City of Berwyn
Date: February 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1018
Martinez-Baez v. Wilkinson  
Date: February 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1078

Justia Opinion Summary: Martinez-Baez, born in Mexico in 1980, claims that he unlawfully crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in 2000. The exact dates of his entries are unclear. Border agents returned him to Mexico three times in June 2000. Martinez...

Laura Ann Harris Patterson v. Andrew Saul
Date: February 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1805
Albert Richardson, Jr. v. USA
Date: February 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1915
Ireneo Conwi v. Monty Wilkinson
Date: January 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1369
Gregory Jones v. Dustin Bayler
Date: January 28, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2323
Gary Hatter v. Gloria Williams
Date: January 28, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2453
Anderson v. Weinert Enterprises Inc.  
Date: January 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1030

Justia Opinion Summary: Weinert roofing employees could drive directly to job sites around Green Bay or could carpool from the shop using a company truck. For carpool employees, Weinert paid travel time at time-and-a-half the minimum wage and d...

Parvinder Singh v. Monty Wilkinson
Date: January 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1448
Fadeel Shuhaiber v. Immigration and Customs Enforc
Date: January 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2823
USA v. Kenneth R. Morrison
Date: January 27, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2762
USA v. Markell Palmer-Tate
Date: January 27, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3299
USA v. Salvador Rosales
Date: January 27, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3524
Christopher Macy v. John Galipeau
Date: January 27, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3545
USA v. William Dickerson
Date: January 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1751
USA v. Walter Burnley
Date: January 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2601
USA v. Derrick Young
Date: January 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2651
Peterson v. Wexford Health Sources, Inc.  
Date: January 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2592

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, inmate Peterson suffered from genital warts. Davida, a Stateville Correctional Center physician employed by Wexford, prescribed a topical medication (Podocon-25), which is caustic and should be applied sparingl...

E. F. L. v. Prim  
Date: January 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1200

Justia Opinion Summary: E.F.L., a Mexican citizen, has lived in the U.S. for nearly 20 years. She has endured extreme domestic abuse. In 2018, DHS discovered E.F.L.’s undocumented presence, reinstated an earlier removal order, and scheduled her...

145 Fisk, LLC v. Nicklas  
Date: January 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1868

Justia Opinion Summary: Fisk, an LLC formed in 2018, had two members; one is an attorney. Fisk collaborated with the City of DeKalb regarding the redevelopment of a dilapidated property. Under a Development Incentive Agreement, if Fisk met cert...

USA v. Byron Blake
Date: January 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2145
United States v. Blake  
Date: January 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2145

Justia Opinion Summary: Blake is serving a sentence of 420 months’ imprisonment for cocaine offenses. The Seventh Circuit affirmed his sentence. Five years later, the court rejected Blake’s effort to set aside his sentence on collateral review...

United States v. Wilkinson  
Date: January 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1037

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1999-2016, Wilkinson convinced approximately 30 people to invest $13.5 million in two hedge funds that he created. By 2008, Wilkinson lost the vast majority of their money. Wilkinson told them that the funds’ assets i...

USA v. Holli Wrice
Date: January 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2035
United States v. Sanford  
Date: January 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2445

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, Sanford was convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and sentenced to 180 months’ imprisonment— 82 months below the bottom of the U.S.S.G. range. Sanford is incarcerated in the Victorville, C...

Dennis Mikel v. Megan Miller
Date: January 22, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2296
Ricky Bell v. Wexford Health Sources, Inc.
Date: January 22, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2576
United States v. Thomas  
Date: January 22, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2969

Justia Opinion Summary: The mobile home park is a one-square-mile residential community of fewer than 100 dwellings, in North Judson, Indiana. In 2004-2013, Thomas was connected to eight fires there. He collected insurance proceeds on properti...

Antonio Smith v. Kerry Turner
Date: January 22, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3185
USA v. Francisco Robles
Date: January 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1141
Marnocha v. St. Vincent Hospital and Health Care Center, Inc.  
Date: January 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1374

Justia Opinion Summary: Marnocha, a board-certified doctor in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine, received her license in 1981 and joined St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis in 1987. In 2017, Dr. Marandi began became the Executive Di...

Christina Lyons v. Gene B. Glick Company, Incorpo
Date: January 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1489
Sukhdeep Singh v. Monty Wilkinson
Date: January 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1638
Bullock v. Simon  
Date: January 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1686

Justia Opinion Summary: Bullock petitioned for Chapter 13 bankruptcy but failed to disclose on his Schedule B list of assets a pending workers’ compensation claim. On his Schedule C list of exemptions, he failed to declare an exemption for the...

USA v. Jeffrey Farris
Date: January 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1936
USA v. Travis Barrett
Date: January 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2130
Eric Conner v. Jamie Adams
Date: January 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2309
USA v. David Earnest
Date: January 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2436
USA v. Ezequiel Sanchez-Jimenez
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3250
Smith v. GC Services Limited Partnership  
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3494

Justia Opinion Summary: Smith sued under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C.1692g(a)(3). GC’s debt-collection letter stated: If you dispute this balance or the validity of this debt, please let us know in writing. If you do not di...

Harden v. United States  
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1154

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found Harden guilty of conspiring to distribute heroin and found that Schnettler's death had “resulted from” the use of that heroin. He was sentenced to life in prison under 21 U.S.C. 841(b)(1)(B), which increases...

Wilson Egwuenu v. Charles Schwab & Co.
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1435
USA v. Robert Levine
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1929
Executive Committee of the Uni v. Abdul Mohammed
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2090
Executive Committee of the Uni v. Abdul Mohammed
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2534
Raj Patel v. Manisha Patel
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2713
Muskegan Hotels, LLC v. Patel  
Date: January 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1475

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005-2007, Merchant purchased Michigan hotel properties from NRB and financed the purchases through NRB, using corporate entities as the buyers. Merchant sold interests in those entities to investors. The hotels had b...

Adam Recha v. Andrew Saul
Date: January 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3544
Khungar v. Access Community Health Network  
Date: January 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1958

Justia Opinion Summary: Dr. Khungar, a pediatrician, worked for Access. A year into her employment, in August 2015, she received a “final warning” from the regional medical director based on Khungar’s accessing of a patient’s medical file to ob...

United States v. Wehrle  
Date: January 15, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2853

Justia Opinion Summary: Officer Wimmersberg detected an IP address requesting child pornography using a peer‐to‐peer file‐sharing network, Freenet. As a member of an FBI Task Force, she was certified to investigate on Freenet and had previously...

United States v. McGee  
Date: January 15, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3312

Justia Opinion Summary: McGee, Frazier, and Glaspie, were transporting heroin from Chicago to Minneapolis. Police stopped their vehicle for speeding. None of the men had valid driver’s licenses. The vehicle was registered to McGee’s girlfriend....

Diaz v. Rosen  
Date: January 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1304

Justia Opinion Summary: Diaz entered the U.S. without inspection in 1995. He was placed in deportation proceedings. The notice of his hearing did not reach him. Zelaya failed to appear. A final order of deportation was entered in his absence. Z...

Meraz-Saucedo v. Rosen  
Date: January 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1438

Justia Opinion Summary: Meraz-Saucedo, a citizen of Mexico, is married to a Mexican citizen with whom he has young U.S.-citizen children. Meraz-Saucedo first attempted to enter the U.S. in 2003 and was returned to Mexico. He re-entered the U.S....

Dustin Higgs v. T. J. Watson
Date: January 15, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1073
Conners v. Wilkie  
Date: January 14, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2426

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006 Conners began work as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) at a VA-operated facility near Chicago. Her duties included treating and observing patients, giving immunizations, managing the front desk, teaching classes,...

Zellweger v. Saul  
Date: January 14, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2472

Justia Opinion Summary: Zellweger applied for disability benefits in 2013, claiming a per se disabling spinal condition equivalent to Listing 1.04. His amended onset date was August 28, 2013. His last-insured status expired on September 30, 201...

Thornley v. Clearview AI, Inc.  
Date: January 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3249

Justia Opinion Summary: Clearview's facial recognition tool takes advantage of public information on the Internet. Clearview uses a proprietary algorithm to “scrape” pictures from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linked...

Lisa Marie Montgomery v. T. J. Watson
Date: January 12, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1052
Armfield v. Nicklaus  
Date: January 11, 2021
Docket Number: 18-3702

Justia Opinion Summary: On August 17, 2004, Randall opened fire on Copeland’s vehicle while Copeland drove by. Copeland’s car was struck by gunfire. No one was injured. Armfield and Nelson were present. Later that evening, Randall spotted Copel...

Higgs v. Watson  
Date: January 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2129

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1996, Higgs, Haynes, and Gloria picked up three women. They ultimately drove the women to the Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge, federal land. Haynes shot and killed the women with Higgs's gun. Higgs and Haynes were...

USA v. Maurice Gardner
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3456
Samterious Gordon v. Drew Cross
Date: January 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1139
Raphael Driver v. Indiana Parole Board
Date: January 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1622
Benjamin Levy v. Robert Wilkie
Date: January 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1877
Hope v. Commissioner of Indiana Department of Corrections  
Date: January 6, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2523

Justia Opinion Summary: The 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 the statute’s requirements to any “person...

USA v. Robert Johnson
Date: January 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1127
USA v. Douglas Jackson
Date: January 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1444
Douglas D. Jackson v. USA
Date: January 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1536
Sterling National Bank v. Block  
Date: January 5, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-2300, 19‐3122, 19‐3235

Justia Opinion Summary: Sterling Bank purchased Damian Services. The stock purchase agreement set up a two-million-dollar escrow to resolve disputes arising after the purchase and established comprehensive rights, obligations, remedies, and pro...

Sterling National Bank v. Bernard Block
Date: January 5, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3122
Tim Semmerling v. Cheryl Bormann
Date: January 5, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3211
Sterling National Bank v. Bernard Block
Date: January 5, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3235
Lothridge v. Saul  
Date: January 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1269

Justia Opinion Summary: Lothridge applied for disability insurance benefits and supplemental security income in 2013 when she was 33 years old. She asserted that she was disabled by fibromyalgia, COPD, asthma, and hypertension. She was diagnose...

Kellogg v. Ball State University  
Date: January 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1406

Justia Opinion Summary: Kellogg testified that when the Indiana Academy hired her as a teacher in 2006, its director, Dr. Williams, told her that she “didn’t need any more [starting salary, $32,000], because he knew [her] husband worked.” In 20...

Jack Hostetter, Jr. v. Andrew Saul
Date: January 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1650
Jerry Jellis v. Larry Hale
Date: January 4, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3362
USA v. Edward Bruce
Date: January 4, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3489