2022 Seventh Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

Famous v. Fuchs  
Date: June 29, 2022
Docket Number: 19-3227

Justia Opinion Summary: Famous was convicted in Wisconsin state court of four counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child and one count of exposing a child to harmful material and was sentenced to 168 years of confinement. In 2001, the Wis...

Reyes v. Nurse  
Date: June 29, 2022
Docket Number: 20-1432

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, six men robbed a marijuana dealer, Thomas, at gunpoint in his home. Two of the robbers shot Thomas, who died. One of those shooters also shot Landon, Thomas’s business partner. Landon survived. Reyes was convic...

USA v. Richard Abbott
Date: June 29, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2506
USA v. James Beasley
Date: June 29, 2022
Docket Number: 22-1008
United States v. Farmer  
Date: June 28, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3119

Justia Opinion Summary: Farmer, a member of the Latin Kings street gang, brutally bludgeoned Lowry and Siegers to death with a hammer in 1999. In 2019, a federal jury convicted Farmer of conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity under...

Lee-Kendrick v. Eckstein  
Date: June 28, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1044

Justia Opinion Summary: Lee‐Kendrick was charged with sexual assault of girls under the age of 16: his biological daughter; his girlfriend’s daughter, A.W.; and a friend. Lee‐Kendrick testified that the accusations arose only after he started...

Siva v. American Board of Radiology  
Date: June 28, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2334

Justia Opinion Summary: The Board, a private, nonprofit provider of medical certifications to radiologists, is dominant in the market for radiology certifications. All states permit physicians who are not Board-certified to practice medicine, p...

United States v. Olsem  
Date: June 28, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2356

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2020, large quantities of methamphetamine and firearms were discovered at Olsem’s house. Olsem, a convicted felon, pled guilty as a felon in possession of a firearm, 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1). The Initial PSR identified pe...

DM Trans, LLC v. Scott  
Date: June 28, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3101

Justia Opinion Summary: Arrive and Tech, compete to help customers coordinate shipments. Six employees at Arrive departed for Tech despite restrictive covenants. Arrive sued the six individuals and Tech for injunctive relief under the Defend Tr...

Titus Henderson v. Jim Schwochert
Date: June 27, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1009
Greenpoint Tactical Income Fund LLC v. Pettigrew  
Date: June 27, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1411

Justia Opinion Summary: Greenpoint Tactical Income Fund and its affiliates and managers were the subjects of an FBI investigation into suspected fraud, particularly with respect to Greenpoint’s asset valuation practices. The investigation led t...

Georgio Gaines v. Susan Prentice
Date: June 27, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1588
Brown v. Wexford Health Sources, Inc.  
Date: June 27, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1647

Justia Opinion Summary: Brown, a prisoner in the Illinois River Correctional Center, experienced abdominal pain. A few days later, the prison’s nurse practitioner prescribed some pain medicine. Brown returned to his cell, but the pain became mo...

United States v. Campbell  
Date: June 27, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1812

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1998, Campbell pled guilty in state court to escape and felony aggravated battery. He was released with his sentence discharged in 2001. In 2006 he was convicted for possessing a controlled substance with intent to de...

Cook County, Illinois v. State of Texas  
Date: June 27, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2561

Justia Opinion Summary: The federal government may deny admission or adjustment of status to a noncitizen “likely at any time to become a public charge, 8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(4)(A). For decades, “public charge” was understood to refer to noncitizens...

Lavall Lee v. Armor Correctional Health Serv
Date: June 27, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2702
Brian Eines v. Tim Dinkins
Date: June 27, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2716
USA v. Luis Duarte
Date: June 27, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2720
USA v. Kevin Clinton
Date: June 27, 2022
Docket Number: 22-1005
United States v. Swank  
Date: June 27, 2022
Docket Number: 22-1081

Justia Opinion Summary: Swank, a registered sex offender, logged onto a dating application under the username “lkng4younger.” After eight days of sexually explicit online chatting, the other user (an undercover FBI agent) stated he was 15. Sw...

Dante Voss v. Kevin Carr
Date: June 24, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2015
USA v. Dan I. Wilson
Date: June 24, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3543
Annie Burton v. CTA
Date: June 24, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2802
DeAnn Graham v. Coca-Cola Consolidated
Date: June 24, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3133
Mary Corner v. Marty Walsh
Date: June 24, 2022
Docket Number: 22-1428
United States v. Eaden  
Date: June 23, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2763

Justia Opinion Summary: Eaden defrauded his employer, SIT, of more than $200,000 by falsely inflating the profits at his store (to obtain unearned performance‐based bonuses) by billing SIT’s largest customer (Gibson) for products it did not pur...

Mullen v. GLV, Inc.  
Date: June 23, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3021

Justia Opinion Summary: In a nationwide class action on behalf of all customers of GLV, which operates in several states as Sports Performance Volleyball Club, the district court certified a class limited to customers of GLV’s Illinois location...

United States v Garcia  
Date: June 23, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3335

Justia Opinion Summary: After multiple sales of methamphetamine and of a weapon to a confidential informant, Garcia was charged with three counts of distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1); two counts of distributi...

United States v. Hernandez  
Date: June 23, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3480

Justia Opinion Summary: Hernandez pled guilty to a RICO conspiracy charge, 18 U.S.C. 1962(d) stemming from his more than three decades of involvement with a violent gang, the Almighty Latin Kings Nation. Like many defendants during the COVID-19...

USA v. Ahmad Kanan
Date: June 23, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1755
USA v. Ahmad Kanan
Date: June 23, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1756
Scott Schneider v. Nicole Darby
Date: June 23, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2813
Halczenko v. Ascension Health, Inc.  
Date: June 23, 2022
Docket Number: 22-1040

Justia Opinion Summary: St. Vincent Hospital adopted a COVID-19 vaccine requirement. Employees had until November 12, 2021 to get vaccinated unless they received a medical or religious exemption. In reviewing exemption requests, St. Vincent con...

Khaled Shabani v. Tony Evers
Date: June 23, 2022
Docket Number: 22-1379
Khaled Shabani v. Joseph Biden, Jr.
Date: June 23, 2022
Docket Number: 22-1380
Khaled Shabani v. FBI
Date: June 23, 2022
Docket Number: 22-1381
Mitchell v. Doherty  
Date: June 22, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1764

Justia Opinion Summary: Police arrested demonstrators in Rockford, Illinois, seven on Friday and one on Saturday. Winnebago County does not hold bail hearings over the weekend. All eight waited until Monday at 1:30 p.m. to receive a bail heari...

Lash v. Sparta Community Hospital  
Date: June 22, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2778

Justia Opinion Summary: Lash, a 60-year-old, obese man with a remote history of smoking and high blood pressure, was traveling when he experienced shortness of breath and chest discomfort. He went to Sparta hospital. An EKG, blood work, and a...

United States v. Nitzkin  
Date: June 22, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3014

Justia Opinion Summary: Nitzkin was executive director of an Illinois charity that raised about $1.1 million a year. He took home more than $300,000 annually—about half as salary and the rest embezzled. Nitzkin pleaded guilty to wire fraud, 18...

USA v. Bryan Rossi
Date: June 22, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3165
Braam v. Carr  
Date: June 21, 2022
Docket Number: 20-1059

Justia Opinion Summary: Each of the plaintiffs has been convicted of multiple sex offenses involving children. Wisconsin law requires some sex offenders to wear GPS tracking devices for life, even after they have completed post-confinement sup...

United States v. Haas  
Date: June 21, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3269

Justia Opinion Summary: Haas believes that Jews are responsible for crimes against humanity, that Israel is “the biggest racist organization on the planet,” and that anyone who supports Israel or Jews is a traitor who deserves to die. After pos...

United States v. Lewis  
Date: June 21, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1614

Justia Opinion Summary: An FBI informant provided a cell phone number for Lewis, a distributor in a drug-trafficking operation. The government obtained a tracking order under the Stored Communications Act, 18 U.S.C. 2703(d). Cell-site location...

United States v. Burnett  
Date: June 21, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1945

Justia Opinion Summary: After passengers in a car shot two people, the police approached a car matching the description given by witnesses. The car sped away but crashed into another car. Three men, including Burnett, got out and ran. At least...

United States v. Sarno  
Date: June 21, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1963

Justia Opinion Summary: Sarno headed a criminal enterprise for several years. When a rival organization tried to encroach on Sarno’s territory, he sent a pipe bomb that exploded outside its headquarters. In 2010, Sarno was convicted of conspiri...

Menghistab v. Garland  
Date: June 21, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2099

Justia Opinion Summary: Menghistab, then a lawful U.S. permanent resident, pleaded guilty to rape in Indiana state court in 2011. The Department of Homeland Security began the process of removing him to Ethiopia. Because of his rape conviction...

Andre Powell v. Indiana Parole Board
Date: June 21, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2167
USA v. Derrick A. Smith, Jr.
Date: June 21, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2215
USA v. William Watts
Date: June 21, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2867
Robert Turben v. Nancy Marthakis
Date: June 21, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3175
Warith Muhammad v. Home Box Office Incorporated
Date: June 21, 2022
Docket Number: 22-1110
Stamey v. Forest River, Inc.  
Date: June 17, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1539

Justia Opinion Summary: Stamey began working at Forest River in 2007 at age 51. He accumulated a strong work record, receiving several raises and avoiding any discipline. Stamey claims that his coworkers began harassing him in 2017 when he wa...

United States v. Tinimbang  
Date: June 17, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2551

Justia Opinion Summary: Tinimbang invested $811,400, founding Donnarich Home Health in 2005 with his then-wife Josephine and their children. In 2006-2007, the others forced him out of management; Tinimbang maintained his equity position. Joseph...

USA v. Geoffrie Dill
Date: June 17, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2672
Watkins v. United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois  
Date: June 16, 2022
Docket Number: 18-2967

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, Watkins was convicted of possessing crack cocaine with intent to distribute. He received a mandatory life sentence based on three prior convictions for “felony drug offenses.” After multiple unsuccessful collate...

Aguirre-Zuniga v. Garland  
Date: June 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1201

Justia Opinion Summary: Aguirre-Zuniga’s family immigrated from Mexico to the U.S. when he was three years old. He is now raising his own six-year-old daughter, an American citizen in Indiana. He became a lawful permanent resident 15 years ago....

USA v. Joseph Miller
Date: June 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1600
National Asset Consultants v. Midwest Holdings-Indianapolis
Date: June 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1765
National Asset Consultants v. Midwest Holdings-Indianapolis
Date: June 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1773
AFM Mattress Company, LLC v. Motorists Commercial Mutual Insurance Co.  
Date: June 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1865

Justia Opinion Summary: AFM ran 52 mattress stores in Indiana and Illinois. Motorists insured AFM with a policy covering loss of Business Income, Extra Expense, and loss due to actions of a Civil Authority. An exclusion applicable to all covera...

Lam-Quang-Vinh v. Springs Window Fashions, LLC  
Date: June 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2665

Justia Opinion Summary: Lam began working at Springs as its senior manager of global trade in 2019. She learned that three of Springs’s manufacturing facilities in Mexico were inaccurately tracking import and export inventories because computer...

Wheeler Financial, Inc. v. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.  
Date: June 16, 2022
Docket Numbers: 21-2681, 21-2682, 21-2687, 21-2782

Justia Opinion Summary: JPMorgan loaned the debtors $1.3 million on the security of a Cook County restaurant. After the debtors stopped paying real estate taxes, Wheeler paid on their behalf and received the right to a tax deed once a redemptio...

Wheeler Financial, Inc. v. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.
Date: June 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2682
Wheeler Financial, Inc. v. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.
Date: June 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2687
USA v. Bradley Burns
Date: June 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2742
J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. v. Wheeler Financial, Inc.
Date: June 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2782
William White v. USA
Date: June 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2835
William A. White v. M. Collis
Date: June 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2881
USA v. Nathaniel Hoskins
Date: June 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2912
N.J. v. Sonnabend  
Date: June 15, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1959

Justia Opinion Summary: N.J., in seventh grade, went to school wearing a T-shirt displaying a Smith & Wesson logo, with an image of a revolver. A.L., a high school student, went to school wearing a T-shirt bearing the logo of a gun-rights grou...

Donaldson v. Johnson & Johnson  
Date: June 15, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2028

Justia Opinion Summary: Donaldson sought treatment for stress urinary incontinence and anterior pelvic organ prolapse. In 2010, to remedy these conditions, Dr. Schultheis surgically implanted in Donaldson two transvaginal polypropylene mesh med...

United States v. Newton  
Date: June 15, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2514

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2021, the Seventh Circuit left the door open for prisoners seeking compassionate release under 18 U.S.C. 3582(c)(1)(A) based on the COVID-19 pandemic to show they cannot receive or benefit from vaccines. Newton’s case...

Estate of Tavaris McGuire v. Jeramie Dodd
Date: June 15, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2586
Martin v. Petersen Health Operations, LLC  
Date: June 15, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2959

Justia Opinion Summary: While residing in a nursing home, Hill died of COVID-19. Her estate sued in state court under the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act, The defendant removed the suit to federal court, asserting that Martin’s suit necessarily...

Cabrera-Ruiz v. Garland  
Date: June 14, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2085

Justia Opinion Summary: Cabrera-Ruiz, a Mexican national, has a long history of entries into the U.S., deportations after convictions for crimes of varying severity, and subsequent reentries. In 2018, Drug Enforcement Administration agents arre...

Jose Soto, Jr. v. Nancy White
Date: June 13, 2022
Docket Number: 19-3135
Johnnie Woods v. Ghaliah Obaisi
Date: June 13, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1659
USA v. Fernandez White
Date: June 13, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2113
Timothy Endre v. Eric Williams
Date: June 13, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2351
USA v. James Wright
Date: June 13, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2676
USA v. Aaron Overton
Date: June 13, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2973
Martin J. Zielinski v. Wisconsin Labor and Industry
Date: June 13, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3042
Nigel Noll v. Board of Regents of the Unive
Date: June 13, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3176
USA v. Reginald Walton
Date: June 13, 2022
Docket Number: 22-1039
Westray v. Brookhart  
Date: June 10, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3260

Justia Opinion Summary: Westray pleaded guilty to a 1998 murder. He received a death sentence which was later commuted to life imprisonment. In a habeas petition under 28 U.S.C. 2254, he subsequently challenged his confinement, including its du...

Lewis v. Indiana Wesleyan University  
Date: June 10, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2327

Justia Opinion Summary: Dr. Lewis, a 60-year-old African American woman, alleges that Indiana Wesleyan University discriminated against her when it took away her supervisory responsibilities and ultimately eliminated her position. She brought v...

Terry Padgett v. Norfolk Southern Corporation
Date: June 9, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2488
Christopher Kelso v. Francisco Quintana
Date: June 9, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3350
Renetrice Pierre v. Midland Credit Management
Date: June 8, 2022
Docket Number: 19-2993
Renetrice Pierre v. Midland Credit Management
Date: June 8, 2022
Docket Number: 19-3109
Melcorp, Inc. v. West American Insurance Compa
Date: June 8, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2448
Marleis Trover v. Jason Watts
Date: June 7, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2723
CCC Intelligent Solutions Inc. v. Tractable Inc.  
Date: June 6, 2022
Docket Number: 19-1997

Justia Opinion Summary: CCC and Tractable use algorithms and data generated by repair centers to provide estimates of the cost to repair damaged vehicles. Tractable dispatched its employee to obtain a license for CCC’s software. Using a false n...

Jaquez v. United States  
Date: June 6, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1491

Justia Opinion Summary: Federal officials investigating Jaquez for distributing illegal drugs obtained an order authorized a wiretap on Jaquez’s cell phone and two orders authorizing a pen register that revealed the numbers that Jaquez called o...

Jason Reed v. Corey Brattain
Date: June 6, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1949
Carl McDaniel v. Wisconsin Department of Correc
Date: June 6, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3048
Windy City Limousine Company, v. Cincinnati Financial Corporati
Date: June 6, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3296
Titus Henderson v. Cathy Jess
Date: June 3, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1585
Peter Obazuaye v. Illinois Department of Human S
Date: June 3, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2426
Robert Phoneprasith v. Brian Greff
Date: June 3, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3069
USA v. David Vance
Date: June 3, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3117
Santiago v. Streeval  
Date: June 2, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2665

Justia Opinion Summary: Over three weeks in 2002, Santiago participated in a string of armed robberies at Pennsylvania hotels. When he was arrested, Santiago was holding the distinctive firearm that he and his co-defendants used in the robberie...

United States v. Carnell  
Date: June 2, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2135

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2019, Carnell pled guilty under 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B)(viii), and 846, for conspiring to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine. The PSR concluded that Carnell’s relev...

USA v. Israel Isbell
Date: June 2, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3019
USA v. Jonathan Herbert
Date: June 2, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3321
Ziccarelli v. Dart  
Date: June 1, 2022
Docket Number: 19-3435

Justia Opinion Summary: Ziccarelli began working as a corrections officer in 1989. He was previously fired and was reinstated after litigation. Ziccarelli developed serious health conditions for which he took 10-169 hours of annual leave under...

Darrian Daniels v. John Baldwin
Date: June 1, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1686
Peter Gakuba v. David Rains
Date: June 1, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1864
Peter Gakuba v. Karin Pannier
Date: June 1, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1961
United States v. Mikulski  
Date: June 1, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2680

Justia Opinion Summary: Mikulski, a Polish national residing illegally in the United States, initiated a shootout in a public park. Although others shot live rounds, Mikulski shot blanks; no one was injured. After police questioned him about t...

Kasidey Kemp v. Kickert School Bus Line, Inco
Date: June 1, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3012
Sinisa Muratovic v. USA
Date: May 31, 2022
Docket Number: 19-3341
United States v. Hubbert  
Date: May 31, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3110

Justia Opinion Summary: Hubbert pleaded guilty to four counts of distributing crack cocaine, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B), (b)(1)(C), each reflecting a controlled purchase by a confidential source. The quantities purchased ranged from 12.3 to...

Abebe v. Health & Hospital Corp. of Marion County  
Date: May 31, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2614

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, Abebe, a Black woman of Ethiopian origin, began working for Eskenazi Health’s Dental Clinic as a dental assistant. Abebe has had a record of behavior issues throughout her employment; one annual review suggeste...

Green Beginnings, LLC v. West Bend Mutual Insurance Com
Date: May 27, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2186
Thiele v. Board of Trustees of Illinois State University  
Date: May 27, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3017

Justia Opinion Summary: Illinois State University charges tuition and multiple fees; the Mandatory Fee covers the cost of on-campus facilities and programs. In 2020, after the Governor declared an emergency because of COVID-19 and issued an ord...

Tracy Parker v. Dan Sproul
Date: May 26, 2022
Docket Number: 18-1697
United States v. Sanford  
Date: May 26, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2691

Justia Opinion Summary: Officer Stringer and a confidential informant (Hinkle) appeared before a state court judge and obtained a warrant. Following the ensuing search, Sanford was charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute. 2...

Gordon Martin v. Kilolo Kijakazi
Date: May 26, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1920
Pavlock v. Holcomb  
Date: May 25, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1599

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2018, the Indiana Supreme Court held that the state holds exclusive title to Lake Michigan and its shores up to the lake’s ordinary high-water mark. The plaintiffs, who own beachfront property on Lake Michigan’s India...

Ewing v. Carrier  
Date: May 25, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2890

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiffs sued the LLC, for fraud and breach of contract. After Judge Coleman denied their motion to add Carrier (one of the LLC’s members) and D’Aprile (Carrier’s employer) as additional defendants, a jury returned...

Nate Lindell v. Anthony Meli
Date: May 24, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2761
Lauderdale-El v. Indiana Parole Board  
Date: May 23, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1242

Justia Opinion Summary: While imprisoned in Indiana, Lauderdale-El petitioned for a writ of habeas corpus challenging the loss of good-time credits resulting from a prison disciplinary conviction. His petition asserts that prison officials viol...

Nowlin v. Pritzker  
Date: May 20, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1479

Justia Opinion Summary: During the COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker issued a series of executive orders that first required Illinois residents to shelter in place at their residences, compelled “non-essential” businesses temp...

Unensaikhan Chuluunbat v. Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Compa
Date: May 20, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1584
Ivan Boyd v. Sara Miller
Date: May 20, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3079
Whyte v. Winkleski  
Date: May 19, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1268

Justia Opinion Summary: Whyte was convicted of second-degree intentional homicide for killing his girlfriend, Weiland, during a 2006 altercation. In his habeas petition, Whyte argued his constitutional rights were violated when he was required...

Petri v. Stericycle, Inc.  
Date: May 18, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2055

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a False Claims Act lawsuit against Stericycle, customers were leaving and the price of Stericycle’s common stock dropped. On behalf of the company’s investors, Florida pension funds filed a securities fraud cla...

USA v. Greg Bullias
Date: May 18, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2268
Albert v. Kijakazi  
Date: May 18, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2592

Justia Opinion Summary: Albert suffers from epilepsy, Asperger syndrome, ADHD, migraines, and insomnia. Born in 1998, Albert’s parents support her financially, help manage her medications, and assist her with daily living. Albert has never had...

Deborah Walton v. Claybridge Homeowners Associa
Date: May 18, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2968
Arreola-Ochoa v. Garland  
Date: May 17, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1179

Justia Opinion Summary: Arreola illegally entered the U.S. in 1996. He and Maria have two children, both U.S. citizens. Maria’s older daughters and three grandchildren also live in the household. Arreola is the primary breadwinner. Maria suffe...

USA v. Kash Lee Kelly
Date: May 17, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1289
Miller v. City of Chicago  
Date: May 17, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1536

Justia Opinion Summary: In January 2019, Ali brought this civil rights action against Chicago and several police officers, alleging that the officers followed a city policy “of refusing to release on bond an arrestee taken into custody on an ar...

Antelmo Juarez v. Dennis Reagle
Date: May 17, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2157
USA v. Almondo Baker
Date: May 17, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2220
USA v. Courtney Williams
Date: May 17, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2329
USA v. Brett Kimberlin
Date: May 17, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2714
USA v. Joshua Louck
Date: May 17, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3243
Gilberto Gonzalez v. Wexford Health Sources, Inc.
Date: May 16, 2022
Docket Number: 19-2951
United States v. Edwards  
Date: May 16, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3297

Justia Opinion Summary: Police believed one man committed 10 armed robberies in the Madison, Wisconsin area in late 2018. On November 4, 2018, the suspect, subsequently identified as Edwards, robbed Neil’s Liquor in Middleton. Security camera f...

Travis Williams v. Jamie Adams
Date: May 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1193
USA v. Omar Garcia
Date: May 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1415
Martin v. Redden  
Date: May 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1937

Justia Opinion Summary: The Southern District of Indiana imposed a filing bar against Martin for submitting false information in an application to proceed in forma pauperis. Martin subsequently filed suit in the Northern District of Indiana und...

Jones v. York  
Date: May 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1989

Justia Opinion Summary: A fire consumed Jones’s house in 2013. York, a county sheriff’s investigator, initially blamed an electrical malfunction. When he learned that Jones’s friend, Onopa, claimed to have a recording of Jones admitting to ars...

USA v. Rumael Green
Date: May 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2062
USA v. Keith Davis
Date: May 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2114
Brandon Roberts v. Jack L. Marcus Company
Date: May 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2241
USA v. Rumael Green
Date: May 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2409
USA v. Shawn Stewart
Date: May 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2611
Ashley W. v. Holcomb  
Date: May 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3028

Justia Opinion Summary: When the Indiana Department of Child Services identifies a situation that involves the apparent neglect or abuse of a child, it files a “CHINS” (Children in Need of Services) petition that may request the child’s placeme...

Canter v. AT&T Umbrella Benefit Plan No.3  
Date: May 11, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1514

Justia Opinion Summary: Canter worked as a premises technician, installing wires, lifting heavy loads, and climbing tall ladders. After he began to suffer from severe migraines, lightheadedness, and dizziness, Canter concluded that he no longe...

Berkman v. Vanihel  
Date: May 11, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1567

Justia Opinion Summary: Berkman killed his drug supplier. An Indiana jury acquitted Berkman on a first-degree murder charge, but could not reach a verdict related to felony murder. At a second trial, a key prosecution witness, Timmerman, was de...

Ostrowski v. Lake County, Indiana  
Date: May 11, 2022
Docket Numbers: 21-1674, 21-2580

Justia Opinion Summary: Ostrowski worked for the Lake County Sheriff’s Department before a workplace injury left him permanently disabled. He now receives a monthly pension payment from the County. Lake County’s disability pension plan does n...

Thomas Ostrowski v. Lake County, Indiana
Date: May 11, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2580
C. S. v. Madison Metropolitan School
Date: May 10, 2022
Docket Number: 17-1521
Legend's Creek Homeowners Associaton, Inc. v. Travelers Indemnity Co. of America  
Date: May 10, 2022
Docket Numbers: 21-2196, 20-3163, 21-1288

Justia Opinion Summary: In September 2016, Legend’s Creek filed a claim with Travelers for hail and wind damage that had occurred in May 2016 to the north-facing sides of insured condominium buildings. Legend’s Creek retained Kassen to negotiat...

Gregory Atwater v. Julie Nickels
Date: May 10, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2510
USA v. Jerome Merriweather
Date: May 9, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3503
National Elevator Industry Pen v. Conagra Brands, Inc.
Date: May 9, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1155
Elvin Heard v. Justin Hunziker
Date: May 9, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1679
USA v. Renato Salazar-Lopez
Date: May 9, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2169
USA v. Deandre Haywood
Date: May 9, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2655
Kithongo v. Garland  
Date: May 9, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2662

Justia Opinion Summary: Kithongo, born in Kenya, alleges he and his family endured hardships during his childhood there, including being harassed for political and religious reasons, and he watched a police officer murder his friend during poli...

Lennard Coleman v. Dujuan Lott
Date: May 9, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3065
Barry Smith, Sr. v. Community Care Inc.
Date: May 6, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3363
Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co. v. Clayton  
Date: May 6, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1665

Justia Opinion Summary: Glick, without a written agreement, provided home daycare for Clayton’s infant daughter, Kenzi, for $25 per day, paid in cash at the end of the week. On January 29, 2018, Kenzi died while in Glick’s care. The coroner’s o...

USA v. Gerald Meachum
Date: May 6, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1938
Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund v. Becerra  
Date: May 6, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1942

Justia Opinion Summary: Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund is a state-created insolvency insurer; when a member insurer becomes insolvent, the Fund pays covered claims. In cases involving insolvent health insurance, many claims are for patients w...

Gabriel Ramirez v. Zachary Sween
Date: May 6, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2368
USA v. Christopher Clemons
Date: May 6, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2440
USA v. Mikeren Turner
Date: May 6, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2775
Zhu Zhai Holdings Limited v. Steven Invankovich
Date: May 6, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3038
Shahi v. United States Department of State  
Date: May 6, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3171

Justia Opinion Summary: The diversity-visa program makes as many as 55,000 visas available annually to citizens of countries with low rates of immigration to the United States, 8 U.S.C. 1151(e), 1153(c); the State Department holds a lottery to...

Noretta Boyd v. Nabeela Virjee
Date: May 6, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3177
Ross v. Gossett  
Date: May 5, 2022
Docket Number: 20-1992

Justia Opinion Summary: Inmates who were housed by three Illinois Department of Corrections centers between April-July 2014, alleged that the prison-wide shakedowns conducted violated their constitutional and statutory rights, 42 U.S.C. 1983. T...

USA v. Thomas Valley
Date: May 5, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2104
USA v. Keith Carr
Date: May 5, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3108
RiverStone Group, Inc v. Midwest Operating Engineers Fringe Benefit Funds  
Date: May 4, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1794

Justia Opinion Summary: RiverStone operates quarries in three midwestern states. Under a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), RiverStone contributed to the Fringe Benefit Funds for certain employees, based on hours worked by the members of th...

USA v. Anthony Miller
Date: May 4, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3315
USA v. Kevin Dixon
Date: May 4, 2022
Docket Number: 22-1586
Paradigm Care & Enrichment Center, L.L.C. v. West Bend Mutual Insurance Co.  
Date: May 3, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1695

Justia Opinion Summary: In March 2020, to prevent the spread of Covid-19, Illinois Governor Pritzker ordered all persons living in the state to stay at home except to perform specified “essential activities” and ordered “non-essential” business...

Olawole Oluwajana v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: May 3, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1804
Olawole Oluwajana v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: May 3, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1804
Lumpkin v. Hermans  
Date: May 2, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1610

Justia Opinion Summary: Lumpkin was convicted of various drug crimes. Wisconsin courts denied his appeal and post-conviction petition. The Seventh Circuit affirmed the rejection of his federal habeas corpus petition, in which Lumpkin argued in...

USA v. Alan Liphart
Date: May 2, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2331
File v. Kastner  
Date: April 29, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2387

Justia Opinion Summary: Under rules adopted and enforced by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Wisconsin lawyers must join and pay dues to the State Bar of Wisconsin. Active membership in the association is “a condition precedent to the right to prac...

United States v. Mikaitis  
Date: April 29, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2783

Justia Opinion Summary: Jennings, who was not a medical professional, ran Results Weight Loss Clinic in Lombard, Illinois. Jennings paid Mikaitis, who was working full‐time for a hospital in Lockport, Illinois cash to secure a Drug Enforcement...

Logan Dyjak v. Dana Wilkerson
Date: April 29, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2012
Logan Dyjak v. Dana Wilkerson
Date: April 29, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2119
Charles Weinschenk v. Dustin Dixon
Date: April 29, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2822
Charles Weinschenk v. Valorie Hahn
Date: April 29, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2823
USA v. Matthew Whited
Date: April 28, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1644
Elbert Grove v. Kilolo Kijakazi
Date: April 28, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1980
United States v. Williams  
Date: April 28, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2401

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2001, Williams was convicted of conspiring to sell more than 50 grams of crack cocaine, 21 U.S.C. 846; distributing more than 50 grams of crack, 841(b)(1)(A)(iii); and distributing more than five grams of crack, 841(b...

USA v. William Proctor
Date: April 28, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2457
Jermaine Davis v. Stephen Dahlkamp
Date: April 28, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2594
United States v. Major  
Date: April 27, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2829

Justia Opinion Summary: Major pleaded guilty without the benefit of a plea agreement to three charges stemming from his activities dealing heroin and fentanyl. Major was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment. On appeal, he argued that the distric...

United States v. Fitzpatrick  
Date: April 27, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1286

Justia Opinion Summary: Nieto, a leader of a Gary, Indiana gang, planned to rob Martinez’s home, believing he would find marijuana. Hendry, Cherry, and Fitzpatrick, also gang members, agreed to participate. Cherry brought an assault rifle and a...

Jason Smith, I v. Chief Judge of the Circuit Cou
Date: April 27, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1544
William Richter v. Ghaliah Obaisi
Date: April 26, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1675
USA v. Terrance Daniels
Date: April 26, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1886
USA v. David Hansford
Date: April 26, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2629
Nano Gas Technologies, Inc. v. Roe  
Date: April 25, 2022
Docket Numbers: 21-1809, 21-1822

Justia Opinion Summary: Roe invented a nozzle that transforms gas into liquid. Roe assigned the nozzle to Nano Gas, in exchange for 20% equity in Nano and a board seat. The relationship floundered. Roe left Nano, taking a prototype machine and...

Nano Gas Technologies, Inc. v. Clifton Roe
Date: April 25, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1822
United States v. Smith  
Date: April 22, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1266

Justia Opinion Summary: Smith was a passenger in Naylor’s car. Chicago police officers pulled them over for running a red light. Smith was “shaking.” Officer Holden asked Smith to step outside. Smith complied but immediately rested the front...

City of Chicago v. Mance  
Date: April 21, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1355

Justia Opinion Summary: Outstanding debt for Chicago traffic tickets surpassed $1.8 billion last year. Under a 2016 Chicago ordinance, when a driver incurs the needed number of outstanding tickets and final liability determinations, Chicago is...

USA v. Everly Hatfield
Date: April 21, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1940
Vincent Klock v. Indiana Parole Board
Date: April 21, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2970
United States v. Ochoa-Lopez  
Date: April 20, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3063

Justia Opinion Summary: The FBI conducted extensive surveillance, made more than 10 controlled purchases of heroin from Lottie, and secured court orders authorizing the interception of Lottie’s cellphone communications. Agents learned that Lot...

USA v. Kyle Jackson
Date: April 20, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1814
USA v. Kevin Gardner
Date: April 20, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2423
Jeffrey Vogelsberg v. Young Kim
Date: April 19, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2926
USA v. Kevin Cooper
Date: April 19, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1781
United States v. Wood  
Date: April 18, 2022
Docket Number: 20-1454

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015-2019, Wood defrauded homeowners facing foreclosure, convincing them to "refinance" and make their mortgage payments to him. Wood convinced some clients to stall foreclosures by manipulating the bankruptcy proces...

Palmer v. Indiana University  
Date: April 14, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1634

Justia Opinion Summary: Indiana University hired Palmer, who is Black, as a lecturer in Business Marketing in 2010. In 2013, Palmer inquired about his potential for early promotion to senior lecturer. His Department Chair said that it was rare...

Qin v. Deslongchamps  
Date: April 14, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1873

Justia Opinion Summary: Qin (from China) is among 165 foreign limited partners who collectively invested $82.5 million into the Colorado Regional Center Project Solaris LLLP (CRCPS), whose general partner is CRC-I (an LLC). The parent company o...

Perez v. Staples Contract & Commercial, LLC  
Date: April 14, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2601

Justia Opinion Summary: Perez began work at Staples in 2011 and became a sales representative in 2015. Perez’s performance issues began five months later. His supervisor, Coha placed Perez on a “weekly activity plan.” Six months later Perez was...

United States v. Patlan  
Date: April 12, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1500

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, Patlan pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. He began supervised release in April 2017. Because of violations, in January 2019, the court added six months of home confinement. After addi...

USA v. Christopher Norris
Date: April 12, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1968
USA v. Alexander Piano, Jr.
Date: April 12, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2313
East Coast Entertainment of Durham, LLC v. Houston Casualty Co.  
Date: April 12, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2947

Justia Opinion Summary: ECE's movie theaters lost money after North Carolina's Governor imposed statewide closures in response to COVID-19. ECE’s insurance policy with HCC provides: We will pay the actual loss of Business Income you sustain due...

USA v. Gregory Sanford
Date: April 12, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3286
Ten Pas v. Lincoln National Life Insurance Co.  
Date: April 11, 2022
Docket Number: 20-1259

Justia Opinion Summary: Ten Pas worked as a tax partner at the McGladrey accounting firm until he suffered a cluster of cardiovascular events in 2014. He receives total disability benefits under McGladrey’s group long-term disability insurance...

Kevin Williams v. Robert Snyder
Date: April 11, 2022
Docket Number: 20-1512
USA v. Eric Dill
Date: April 11, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2045
USA v. Marcello Mays
Date: April 11, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2324
USA v. Richard Hughes
Date: April 11, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2538
Asher Hill v. Dennis Meyer
Date: April 11, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2884
Mark Barinholtz v. HomeAdvisor, Inc.
Date: April 8, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3221
USA v. Santiago Villa
Date: April 8, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3398
Bensenberg v. FCA US LLC  
Date: April 8, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3407

Justia Opinion Summary: Bensenberg, age 85, was driving her 2008 Chrysler SUV when she lost consciousness during a medical episode. Her car entered a ditch beside the highway at 45-65 mph, hit a raised earthen driveway, became airborne, and str...

USA v. Cameron King
Date: April 8, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1189
Patricia Breckenridge v. Roger Goodell
Date: April 8, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1618
Quentrell Williams v. Michael Haure
Date: April 8, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1952
Terrance McCauley-Bey v. Chicago Police Department
Date: April 8, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2149
Gregory Cain v. Continental Tire The Americas,
Date: April 8, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2908
DaSilva v. State of Indiana  
Date: April 6, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2238

Justia Opinion Summary: Indiana legislators, lobbyists, and legislative staff enjoy a party on the day the legislature adjourns for the year. The March 2018 celebration was held at AJ’s Lounge in Indianapolis. Hill, the state’s Attorney Gener...

Camacho-Valdez v. Garland  
Date: April 6, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3112

Justia Opinion Summary: Camacho-Valdez, through attorney Thomann, petitioned for review of the denial of his applications for asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the CAT. Thomann filed an emergency motion for a stay of removal, sta...

USA v. Byron Pierson
Date: April 5, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3162
Proctor v. Safeway, Inc.  
Date: April 5, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3425

Justia Opinion Summary: In a suit under the False Claims Act (FCA), Proctor alleged that Safeway knowingly submitted false claims to government health programs when it reported its “retail” price for certain drugs as its “usual and customary” p...

David Farr v. Rachel Dodd
Date: April 5, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1068
Mafayette Fields v. Andrew Miller
Date: April 5, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1419
USA v. Everly Hatfield
Date: April 5, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1940
USA v. Wayner Black
Date: April 5, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2311
USA v. Wayner Black
Date: April 5, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2338
Franklin v. Keyes  
Date: April 4, 2022
Docket Number: 19-1758

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, Franklin was sentenced under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), 18 U.S.C. 924(e), based on six prior convictions, including three for Minnesota burglary and two for Illinois residential burglary. Franklin nei...

Lamar Cooper v. Andrew Tilden
Date: April 4, 2022
Docket Number: 20-1393
USA v. Jerry Partee
Date: April 4, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2863
Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. v. Country Visions Cooperative  
Date: April 4, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1400

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, Olsen granted Country Visions a 10-year right of first refusal on Wisconsin land. The right was recorded in local property records. Olsen subsequently dissolved and, in 2010, its former partners filed for bankr...

William Shaw v. Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
Date: April 4, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1410
United States v. Gmoser  
Date: April 4, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1653

Justia Opinion Summary: Gmoser ran an operation that distributed child pornography over the dark web. A jury rejected Gmoser’s insanity defense and convicted him under 18 U.S.C. 2252A(g). Judge Bruce conducted the trial. While the case was on...

Andrew Johnston v. USA
Date: April 4, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1746
USA v. Augustin Zambrano
Date: April 4, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2279
Marlon Young v. Sandra McArdle
Date: April 4, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2347
Wayne Holmes v. Louis DeJoy
Date: April 4, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3018
Pierre v. Midland Credit Management, Inc.  
Date: April 1, 2022
Docket Number: 19-2993

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006 Pierre opened a credit card account. She accumulated consumer debt and defaulted. Midland Funding bought the debt and sued Pierre in Illinois state court in 2010 but voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit. In 2015. Mi...

Renetrice Pierre v. Midland Credit Management
Date: April 1, 2022
Docket Number: 19-3109
Gaddis v. DeMattei  
Date: April 1, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2424

Justia Opinion Summary: Gaddis cut branches from McCombs’s tree that extended into his yard and threw them into McCombs’s yard. McCombs asked Gaddis to pick up the branches but he ignored her. Upon learning that a neighbor, Winstead, had spoke...

United States v. Segoviano  
Date: April 1, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2930

Justia Opinion Summary: An ATF agent was shot. An arrest warrant was issued for Godinez. Agents obtained cellphone location data that placed a known telephone of Godinez at or near Segoviano’s apartment building. Agents entered the building to...

Dubnow v. McDonough  
Date: April 1, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1045

Justia Opinion Summary: Dr. Dubnow, a board-certified physician with more than 40 years of experience, was Chief of the Emergency Department at Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC). In 2017, he diverted an ambulance transporting an infant...

USA v. Jonathan Arevalo
Date: April 1, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1861
Gloria Swanson v. PNC Bank, National Association
Date: April 1, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2930
Tanika Beaulieu v. NewQuest Management of Illinoi
Date: April 1, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3001
Johnson v. Prentice  
Date: March 31, 2022
Docket Number: 18-3535

Justia Opinion Summary: Johnson entered state custody in 2007. His history of prison misconduct led to his transfer in 2013 to serve accumulated segregation (solitary confinement). Johnson suffers from serious mental illness, including depressi...

USA v. Pablo Hidalgo-Sanchez
Date: March 31, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2673
United States v. Gomez  
Date: March 31, 2022
Docket Numbers: 21-1158, 20-2673

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2017, 21 people, including Gomez and Hidalgo-Sanchez. were indicted (21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(A), 846; 18 U.S.C. 2) for their roles in a drug-trafficking conspiracy. DEA agents had monitored phones used by memb...

Reives v. Illinois State Police  
Date: March 31, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1438

Justia Opinion Summary: Reives, who is Black, worked for the Illinois State Police (ISP) from 1989 until he retired in 2018. In 2016, he had been suspended for 60 days for violating internal rules of conduct prohibiting false statements in conn...

Karr v. Sevier  
Date: March 30, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2463

Justia Opinion Summary: Karr was convicted of rape and domestic battery for his assaults on A.P., his former girlfriend. Karr then fired his attorney, hired a new one, and pursued claims of ineffective assistance of trial counsel. Those claims...

Lush v. Board of Trustees of Northern Illinois University  
Date: March 29, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1394

Justia Opinion Summary: Lush started at the NIU College of Law in 2003. Poor academic performance, perhaps due to mental-health struggles, resulted in his dismissal. Lush sued NIU in state court. An Illinois court entered judgment for the defen...

United States v. Davis  
Date: March 29, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1854

Justia Opinion Summary: Davis operated a "Ponzi" scheme. His victims lost $5 million. Davis was charged with mail and wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from unlawful activity. Bec...

USA v. Robert Nieto
Date: March 28, 2022
Docket Number: 19-2209
United States v. Vallodolid  
Date: March 28, 2022
Docket Numbers: 19-3408, 19-2209

Justia Opinion Summary: Nieto and Vallodolid led Indiana chapters of the Latin Kings gang and were convicted under RICO (18 U.S.C. 1962(d)) and for drug conspiracy (21 U.S.C. 846); the jury made four special findings—that Vallodolid participate...

Bayon v. Berkebile  
Date: March 28, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1125

Justia Opinion Summary: Bayon attempted to rob an Indianapolis gas station, then fled the scene in a vehicle. Numerous police officers gave chase. A high-speed pursuit through residential areas ensued. Officer Brink executed a maneuver that res...

USA v. Larry Bell
Date: March 28, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1819
Indigo Old Corp., Inc. v. Guido  
Date: March 28, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1922

Justia Opinion Summary: As part of an asset-purchase agreement, ISI promised to pay Indigo $2 million with interest on a defined schedule. Guido guaranteed the debt. Under a subordination agreement signed by the parties, a bank is entitled to b...

USA v. Jose Garcia Solorzano
Date: March 28, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2267
Idala Gasser v. Village of Pleasant Prairie
Date: March 28, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2270
David Stavropoulos v. USA
Date: March 28, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2532
Eddie Hatch, Jr. v. City of Milwaukee
Date: March 28, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2805
Gorss Motels, Inc. v. Brigadoon Fitness Inc.  
Date: March 24, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1358

Justia Opinion Summary: Gorss operated a Super 8 Motel as a franchisee of Wyndham. Gorss agreed to furnish the facility in accordance with Wyndham’s standards and to purchase supplies and equipment from approved vendors. Brigadoon sells fitness...

United States v. Robinson  
Date: March 24, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1622

Justia Opinion Summary: Robinson, whose criminal career began in 1991, pleaded guilty, without a plea agreement, to being a felon in possession of a firearm, 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1). The court granted Robinson an acceptance-of-responsibility reduct...

K.F.C. v. Snap Inc.  
Date: March 24, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2247

Justia Opinion Summary: K.F.C., age 11, signed up for a Snapchat account. Snapchat's terms specify that a person must be at least 13 to have an account. K.F.C. lied about her age. Before she turned 18, K.F.C. sued, alleging that Snapchat’s feat...

Victor Robinson v. R. Edwards
Date: March 23, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2236
See v. Illinois Gaming Board  
Date: March 21, 2022
Docket Number: 19-2393

Justia Opinion Summary: See is a law-enforcement officer for the Illinois Gaming Board, which often hires State Police officers. As a union representative, See expressed concern that the Board’s promotion policies gave State Police employees u...

Dexter Taylor v. Michael Shepard
Date: March 21, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3113
Instituto Mexicano del Seguro v. Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.  
Date: March 21, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1224

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008-2013, IMSS, the agency of the Mexican government tasked with purchasing medical products for Mexican citizens, purchased medical products from Zimmer, a medical device company, headquartered in Indiana and incorp...

Alan Leschyshyn v. AbbVie Inc.
Date: March 21, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1601
Jesse Schworck v. City of Madison
Date: March 21, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2055
USA v. Troy Burke
Date: March 21, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2077
USA v. Demetrius Harvey
Date: March 21, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2140
USA v. Donald Ridley
Date: March 21, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2254
Karen Rosneck v. Tony Evers
Date: March 21, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2403
Helene Tonique Williams v. Carol M. Howard
Date: March 21, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2412
USA v. Giovany Guzman
Date: March 21, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2598
Marion Diagnostic Center, LLC v. Becton Dickinson & Co.  
Date: March 18, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1513

Justia Opinion Summary: A putative class of medical providers sued, alleging a conspiracy to drive up the prices of syringes and safety IV catheters (Products). Their first complaint, alleging a hub‐and‐spokes conspiracy ( Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C...

USA v. Darryl Green
Date: March 18, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2226
Robert Hutchinson v. American Association for Labor
Date: March 17, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2289
USA v. Frank Jordan
Date: March 17, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2429
Renee Lange v. City of Oconto
Date: March 16, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3048
United States v. Swinney  
Date: March 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1006

Justia Opinion Summary: An anonymous woman called 911 to report a man carrying a gun, "a 45,” wearing blue jeans, white gym shoes, a black skullcap, and a black coat with fur around the collar. She stated that the man had his hand in his right...

Lange v. City of Oconto  
Date: March 16, 2022
Docket Numbers: 21-1110, 20-3048

Justia Opinion Summary: Lange, who is deaf and communicates primarily in American Sign Language (ASL), sued the cities under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (AD”), 42 U.S.C. 12131, and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 19...

Abd-el-Illah Serir v. Community College District No. 514
Date: March 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2696
Irina Maron v. Ray Garcia
Date: March 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2773
Schutte v. Ciox Health, LLC  
Date: March 16, 2022
Docket Number: 22-1087

Justia Opinion Summary: Schutte retained a law firm to seek compensation for personal injuries. The firm requested electronic copies of Schutte’s medical records. Ciox produced the electronic copies but charged “Per Page Copy (Paper)” charges...

USA v. Thomas Tynan
Date: March 15, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1583
Paschall v. Tube Processing Corp  
Date: March 15, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1853

Justia Opinion Summary: Paschall and Ragland worked as machine operators. During their employment, they experienced what they believed to be instances of sexual and racial harassment. A year after their employment ended, Paschall and Ragland su...

Weaver v. Speedway, LLC  
Date: March 15, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1957

Justia Opinion Summary: At a Speedway convenience store, Weaver tripped on the curb in front of the doorway, fell to the ground, and sustained injuries. Weaver sued for negligence, alleging that Speedway failed to maintain its premises in a rea...

United States v. Boyle  
Date: March 14, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1093

Justia Opinion Summary: Kik Messenger flagged suspected child pornography, involving a girl, about eight years old, engaging in explicit sexual acts with an adult male. Agents traced the files to Boyle’s Decatur home. Boyle admitted that he wa...

United States v. Hyatt  
Date: March 14, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1212

Justia Opinion Summary: Officers received a tip from Dropbox, a well-known cloud-storage host, that someone had uploaded child pornography. They tracked the IP address to Hyatt’s home, where he admitted that he had uploaded the files. Hyatt was...

United States v. Ambriz-Villa  
Date: March 14, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1362

Justia Opinion Summary: Dash-cam video footage and testimony from Illinois State Trooper Payton indicated that Payton, specially trained in drug interdiction, made observations about Ambriz-Villa’s car which led him to suspect drug trafficking....

Poole v. Kijakazi  
Date: March 14, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2641

Justia Opinion Summary: Poole has a degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine; it causes severe pain in her lower back and leg after she either stands or sits for a brief time. She lost her job as a cashier because her pain made it impossib...

Garcia v. Cromwell  
Date: March 11, 2022
Docket Number: 19-2771

Justia Opinion Summary: Garcia was convicted of attempted homicide, recklessly endangering safety, and aggravated battery based on a drive-by shooting that left one victim seriously injured. Garcia’s post-conviction counsel unsuccessfully sough...

United States v. Bell  
Date: March 11, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2679

Justia Opinion Summary: Bell, Hernandez, and Rayas, fraudulently promised victims that they could save their homes from foreclosure or lower their mortgage payments. They targeted monolingual Spanish‐speakers. They charged a $5,000-$10,000 "mem...

USA v. Farkhanda Muhammad
Date: March 11, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3067
Travis Williams v. Zachary Ellefson
Date: March 11, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1587
Robert Keith v. Wisconsin Department of Workf
Date: March 11, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2398
USA v. Thomas Tynan
Date: March 10, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1583
USA v. Breanna Pieschel
Date: March 10, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1835
William White v. Daniel Sproul
Date: March 10, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2202
Robert Keith v. Wisconsin Department of Workf
Date: March 10, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2398
Crouch v. Brown  
Date: March 10, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2422

Justia Opinion Summary: The Indiana Department of Correction places offenders in restrictive housing when their continued presence in the general population would pose a serious threat to life, property, and others, or the security and orderly...

Kenny Simelton v. Alexander County Housing Auth
Date: March 10, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2595
United States v. Price  
Date: March 9, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3191

Justia Opinion Summary: Price had been convicted of felony aggravated battery. A gunshop employee ran a background check after Price placed an order, then contacted ATF Agent Clancy, and gave Price an inoperable magazine shell. Price purchased...

Oluwajana v. Garland  
Date: March 9, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1804

Justia Opinion Summary: Oluwajana became a lawful U.S. permanent resident in 2011. In 2017, he was convicted of criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Charged with removability, 8 U.S.C. 1227(a)(2)(A)(iii), he was unrepre...

Anderson v. Nations Lending Corp.  
Date: March 9, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1885

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2017, Anderson began working as a Pre-Fund Underwriting Auditor for NLC, a residential mortgage lender. NLC randomly conducts internal post-funding audits. Anderson exhibited performance deficiencies. Her supervisor,...

USA v. Deandre Johnson
Date: March 9, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2553
Jones v. Van Lanen  
Date: March 7, 2022
Docket Number: 20-1383

Justia Opinion Summary: Captain Van Lanen saw apparent contraband in Jackson’s cell and ordered a search, which uncovered prohibited items: bottles of unknown liquids, a hair pick, and documents containing the names and health information of ot...

Grotts v. Kijakazi  
Date: March 7, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1572

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Grotts applied for Social Security disability benefits, citing depression and low functional capacity. She had previously worked as a caretaker for a child with disabilities and he cared for her own child. Her...

Burkhart v. United States  
Date: March 7, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2009

Justia Opinion Summary: Burkhart, the CEO of ASC, a private company that operates Indiana nursing homes and long-term care facilities, orchestrated an extensive conspiracy exploiting the company’s operations and business relationships for perso...

Shannon v. Hepp  
Date: March 4, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3256

Justia Opinion Summary: A Wisconsin jury found Antonio and his brother guilty of first-degree homicide and a related firearms charge. The charges arose from the 2006 shooting death of a rival gang member. Antonio was sentenced to life in pri...

Campbell v. Keagle Inc  
Date: March 4, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2256

Justia Opinion Summary: When she began work, Campbell signed a contract with Keagle, the bar’s owner; it included an arbitration clause. After a dispute arose, the district judge denied Keagle’s motion to refer the matter to arbitration, findin...

Ryder v. Hyles  
Date: March 4, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2590

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs alleged that Hyles committed sexual abuse and assault at Hammond, Indiana's First Baptist Church, and its affiliated school, Hyles-Anderson College, in the late 1970s and that the institutions conspired to con...

United States v. Asbury  
Date: March 3, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1385

Justia Opinion Summary: Asbury came to a controlled buy with 82.2 grams of 99% pure methamphetamine. He was charged with distributing at least 50 grams of the drug, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(A)(viii). The indictment alleged that Asbury had a...

United States v. Dixon  
Date: March 3, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1469

Justia Opinion Summary: Dixon pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a felon. The district court sentenced him to 96 months’ imprisonment, raising his base‐offense level by six levels under U.S.S.G. 2K2.1(a)(4)(A) because he had a previous c...

United States v. Shorter  
Date: March 3, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2091

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, Shorter pleaded guilty to possessing a stolen firearm, which he used to threaten a person who, unbeknownst to Shorter, was a U.S. Marshal. The district court sentenced him to 117 months’ imprisonment. In Decembe...

Cortez v. Cook Inc.  
Date: March 2, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3434

Justia Opinion Summary: Cortez sued Cook, alleging that she was injured by an Inferior Vena Cava Filter, implanted in her in 2006 for the prevention of pulmonary embolisms. Cortez’s action was part of consolidated multidistrict proceedings. Ac...

United States v. Rucker  
Date: March 2, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2001

Justia Opinion Summary: Rucker is serving a 240-month sentence. While awaiting a jail transfer in 2012, Rucker attacked another prisoner who had testified against him, slamming the man’s head against a concrete wall. In 2020, Rucker sought a se...

Birch Rea Partners, Inc. v. Regent Bank  
Date: March 2, 2022
Docket Numbers: 21-2118, 21-2307

Justia Opinion Summary: In May 2007, SunTrust hired Birch to perform a portfolio valuation on a property located in Indiana. The Birch report valued the property at $3.23 million. PNC Bank provided financing for the mortgage loan; both PNC and...

Birch REA Partners, Inc. v. Home BancShares, Inc.
Date: March 2, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2307
USA v. Phillip Thomas
Date: March 1, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1239
United States v. Thomas  
Date: March 1, 2022
Docket Numbers: 21-1240, 21-1239

Justia Opinion Summary: Thomas pleaded guilty to distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1), while he was serving an extended term of supervised release based on an earlier conviction for conspiracy to possess with in...

Sides v. Cook Medical Inc.  
Date: February 28, 2022
Docket Numbers: 20-3279, 20‐3280, 20‐3281, 20‐3282

Justia Opinion Summary: Farnolo helped his clients file short‐form complaints in the multidistrict “Cook” litigation, involving product liability claims alleging injuries caused by Cook’s medical device—a filter designed to prevent pulmonary em...

Lisa Ward v. Cook Incorporated
Date: February 28, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3280
Lydia Terry v. Cook Incorporated
Date: February 28, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3281
Ralph Brandon v. Cook Incorporated
Date: February 28, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3282
Woods v. LVNV Funding, LLC  
Date: February 28, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1981

Justia Opinion Summary: Woods claims an identity thief opened a credit card in his name, leading debt collectors to pursue him for the card’s unpaid balance, $723.55. The debt collector, Resurgent, initially rejected his claims that the debt wa...

United States v. Witkemper  
Date: February 28, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2029

Justia Opinion Summary: Witkemper was the president and sole shareholder of Maximum, which had employees, but in 2004-2006 never withheld and remitted federal income and insurance contribution taxes (FICA taxes). Maximum went bankrupt. Unable t...

USA Gymnastics v. Liberty Insurance Underwriter, Inc.  
Date: February 25, 2022
Docket Number: 20-1245

Justia Opinion Summary: Larry Nassar sexually assaulted hundreds of girls and young women during his involvement with USA Gymnastics (USAG), the non-profit organization which governs the sport in the United States. As a result of Nassar’s abuse...

Kemp v. Fulton County  
Date: February 25, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1079

Justia Opinion Summary: Pretrial detainees Kemp, Dearborn, Galvez, and Lind-Enriquez had lived together in the cellblock without incident for several months when a fight broke out, with Kemp throwing the first punch. Officer Burget was patroll...

USA v. Matthew Jones
Date: February 24, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2364
USA v. Ray L. Alexander
Date: February 24, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2456
Reck v. Wexford Health Sources, Inc.  
Date: February 23, 2022
Docket Number: 19-2440

Justia Opinion Summary: Reck, an Illinois Menard Correctional Center inmate, filed suit, 42 U.S.C. 1983 against a prison physician (Dr. Trost), the Health Care Unit Administrator (Walls), a prison nurse (Smith), and Wexford Health Sources, whic...

Harshaw v. Harshaw  
Date: February 23, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1423

Justia Opinion Summary: Anne and Donald divorced in 1996 after 25 years of marriage. They later reconciled but did not re‐marry, then separated again. Because divorce laws no longer applied, Anne sued Donald in Indiana state court under equitab...

Monodip Chaudhuri v. IBM
Date: February 23, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2631
Krishawn Brown v. Kathy Cascadden
Date: February 22, 2022
Docket Number: 19-3511
Michael Oliver v. Douglas Lyerla
Date: February 22, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2487
United States v. Gibbs  
Date: February 22, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3304

Justia Opinion Summary: Gibbs and others were indicted for conspiring to possess “500 grams or more of a substance” containing methamphetamine, 21 U.S.C 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(A), 846. Gibbs pleaded guilty. At the plea hearing, the Assistant U.S. A...

Deanna Sebranek v. Kilolo Kijakazi
Date: February 22, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3399
Chong Lee v. Kevin Carr
Date: February 22, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1309
Charles Schwab & Co. v. Felipe N. Gomez
Date: February 22, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1344
United States v. Edwards  
Date: February 22, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1874

Justia Opinion Summary: Edwards and several accomplices robbed three cellphone stores in northeastern Illinois. Each time, the team would enter around 5:30 p.m. wearing hats and hooded sweatshirts, wait until all the customers had left, announc...

USA v. Anthony Baker
Date: February 22, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2182
Delores Porter v. Kilolo Kijakazi
Date: February 22, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2185
Joel Flakes v. Kevin Carr
Date: February 22, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2464
Charles Schwab & Co. v. Felipe Gomez
Date: February 22, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2531
USA v. Ray Flener
Date: February 22, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2628
Richard Kelly v. Bruce Ippel
Date: February 18, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1273
Christopher Paul v. CTA
Date: February 18, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1698
USA v. Robert McCallie
Date: February 18, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2607
USA v. Robert McCallie
Date: February 18, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2609
Jill Otis v. Lisa Manske
Date: February 18, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2758
Marlon Watford v. Steven Newbold
Date: February 17, 2022
Docket Number: 20-1133
Wade v. Ramos  
Date: February 17, 2022
Docket Number: 20-1241

Justia Opinion Summary: The Wades live in a second-floor apartment; the first-floor unit is a short flight of stairs up from ground level. Chicago Police officers were seeking Johnson, a purported heroin dealer. A confidential informant had id...

USA v. Tyreese Taylor
Date: February 17, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1595
Dragonwood Conservancy, Inc. v. Paul Felician
Date: February 17, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2222
Stephen Fabian v. Zacks Investment Management
Date: February 17, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2404
USA v. Mark Clark
Date: February 16, 2022
Docket Number: 19-3540
Taylor v. Hughes  
Date: February 16, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2377

Justia Opinion Summary: A John Doe informant stated that Taylor had showed the informant a gun inside Taylor’s apartment. Taylor was a felon. Chicago police officer Hughes secured a warrant to search Taylor’s apartment. On the record, no one kn...

USA v. Shawn W. Bland
Date: February 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1377
USA v. Anthony Townsel
Date: February 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1457
Andrew Johnston v. John DeVries
Date: February 16, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2679
Gamboa v. Daniels  
Date: February 14, 2022
Docket Number: 20-1093

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2003, Gamboa was convicted of seven counts of drug and firearm crimes. The court found that Gamboa had two or more prior convictions for felony drug offenses and was subject to a mandatory term of life imprisonment wi...

Matthew Stanek v. St. Charles Cusd #303 Board of
Date: February 14, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3513
USA v. John Gates
Date: February 14, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1020
United States v. Bravo  
Date: February 11, 2022
Docket Numbers: 20-1105, 20-1484, 20-3477

Justia Opinion Summary: Indictments alleged that the Latin Kings had been involved in multiple acts of murder, arson, robbery, extortion, witness tampering, and the illegal distribution of narcotics. The three defendants were charged with racke...

USA v. Thomas Luczak
Date: February 11, 2022
Docket Number: 20-1484
United States v. McSwain  
Date: February 11, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2732

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit vacated the district court's denial of defendant's motion for relief under Section 404(b) of the First Step Act. The court accepted the government's concession that conspiracy to traffic crack cocaine...

USA v. Ricardo Denava
Date: February 11, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3477
United States v. Barbee  
Date: February 11, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1356

Justia Opinion Summary: Barbee sought compassionate release under 18 U.S.C. 3582(c)(1)(A)(i), as amended by the First Step Act of 2018. Barbee suffers from Type II diabetes, hypertension, and obesity, and is serving his sentence at a facility t...

Pontinen v. United States Steel Corp.  
Date: February 11, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1612

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of USS on plaintiff's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) claim, concluding that USS carried its burden to show that plaintiff's seiz...

Brown v. Krueger  
Date: February 10, 2022
Docket Number: 20-1952

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, Brown pled guilty in the Eastern District of Missouri to unlawfully possessing a firearm and admitted to eight prior state law felony convictions, leading to an enhanced, 262-month sentence under the Armed Caree...

Talignani v. United States  
Date: February 10, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1631

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, Talignani, a U.S. military veteran, consulted a VA neurosurgeon, who recommended that he undergo neck surgery. Because the VA could not perform a timely surgery, the surgeon suggested Talignani obtain evaluatio...

Luis Rosendo-Gualpa v. Merrick Garland
Date: February 10, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2300
Craig Galloway v. CIR
Date: February 9, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2269
Robert McGillem v. Kilolo Kijakazi
Date: February 8, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2912
Mandrell v. Kijakazi  
Date: February 8, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1121

Justia Opinion Summary: Mandrell, born in 198, pursued her education through one year in college. In 2005-2009, she served in the Coast Guard, which she left with an honorable discharge. While in service she was the victim of a rape by a fellow...

Bartlit Beck, LLP v. Okada  
Date: February 8, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1633

Justia Opinion Summary: Okada, “a titan of the gambling industry,” hired Bartlit to represent him in a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit against Wynn Resorts. The litigation settled in Okada’s favor for $2.6 billion. Okada refused to pay the $50 mil...

Megan Garza v. Kilolo Kijakazi
Date: February 8, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2164
USA v. Fabrieal Delaney
Date: February 7, 2022
Docket Number: 18-1919
Emon Hollins v. City of Madison
Date: February 7, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2109
United States v. Kramer  
Date: February 7, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3458

Justia Opinion Summary: Kramer was the U.S. open class offshore powerboat champion but he was also a successful drug lord and money launderer who made millions smuggling vast quantities of marijuana in the 1980s. After his arrest, he tried to e...

USA v. Terry Turner
Date: February 7, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3506
USA v. Melvin Watson
Date: February 7, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1292
Osicka v. Office of Lawyer Regulation  
Date: February 7, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1566

Justia Opinion Summary: The Seventh Circuit upheld the bankruptcy court's ruling that the costs of plaintiff's attorney disciplinary proceedings imposed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court were not dischargeable under a provision of the Bankruptcy C...

USA v. Jeffrey Kramer
Date: February 7, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1828
Edward Hanks v. Ned Hubbard
Date: February 7, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2504
Najiy-Ullah Aziyz v. Cameca, Inc.
Date: February 7, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2550
USA v. Jorge Consuegra-Rojas
Date: February 7, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2606
USA v. Robert Hutchins, Jr.
Date: February 4, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2729
James Dorsey v. Officer Thomas
Date: February 4, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1858
USA v. Anthony White
Date: February 4, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1862
Samuel Isom v. Paul Kemper
Date: February 4, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2238
USA v. Chad Fulk
Date: February 4, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2308
Samuel Wegbreit v. CIR
Date: February 3, 2022
Docket Number: 20-1306
Didonato v. Panatera  
Date: February 3, 2022
Docket Number: 20-1692

Justia Opinion Summary: DiDonato fell and seriously injured her head in the bathroom of Panatera’s home Panatera, a Chicago paramedic, found DiDonato disoriented and badly bleeding but allegedly only rinsed the blood from DiDonato’s head, wrapp...

United States v. Skaggs  
Date: February 2, 2022
Docket Number: 20-1229

Justia Opinion Summary: Skaggs was charged with 12 counts related to his production and possession of child pornography, based on evidence found in thumb drives seized from him during a warrantless border search at Minneapolis-St. Paul Internat...

United States v. Howell  
Date: February 2, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3086

Justia Opinion Summary: Howell was convicted on two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to concurrent 96‐month terms. In 2020, the Seventh Circuit vacated one conviction and remanded. The 2020 Coronavirus Aid,...

Laura Ewing v. Med-1 Solutions, LLC
Date: February 2, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1276
Webster v. Receivables Performance Management, LLC  
Date: February 2, 2022
Docket Numbers: 21-1299, 21‐1276

Justia Opinion Summary: Ewing and Webster disputed debts they allegedly owed to debt‐collection companies. Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, debt‐collection companies must report such disputes to credit reporting agencies, 15 U.S.C....

Zimmerman v. Bornick  
Date: February 2, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1837

Justia Opinion Summary: Wisconsin inmate Zimmerman filed a First Amendment claim under 42 U.S.C. 1983. Though “far from clear and very abbreviated,” the complaint seemed to contend that Corrections Officer Bornick had it out for him because of...

Bourke v. United States  
Date: February 2, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1966

Justia Opinion Summary: Bourke was exposed to fumes during his employment with the Veterans Administration. He received treatment at a VA hospital and contends that medical malpractice there caused him serious injuries. He sought compensation f...

Sanders v. Melvin  
Date: February 1, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3276

Justia Opinion Summary: Sanders, a severely mentally ill inmate, has been in the custody of the Illinois Department of Correction since 2004. For eight years, he was in solitary confinement, where his mental health deteriorated. Sanders has att...

Reynolds v. Kijakazi  
Date: February 1, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1624

Justia Opinion Summary: Reynolds, born in 1992, graduated from high school and previously worked part-time in retail. Reynolds suffers from migraines, vertigo, and “major depressive disorder, recurrent moderate with anxious distress.” She appli...

Aluminum Trailer Co. v. Westchester Fire Insurance Co  
Date: January 31, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1538

Justia Opinion Summary: ATC purchased a commercial general liability insurance policy from Westchester, which provided coverage against liability incurred because of “advertising,” a defined term that included trade dress infringement. BizBox...

Law Offices of David Freydin v. Victoria Chamara  
Date: January 28, 2022
Docket Number: 18-3216

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2017, Freydin, a Chicago lawyer, posed a question on Facebook: “Did Trump put Ukraine on the travel ban list?! We just cannot find a cleaning lady!” After receiving online criticism for the comment, Freydin doubled do...

USA v. Marvel Thompson
Date: January 28, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2883
Tracy Parker v. Dan Sproul
Date: January 27, 2022
Docket Number: 18-1697
Quentrell Williams v. Dane Esser
Date: January 27, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2175
USA v. Shawn Abbott
Date: January 26, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2363
Camelot Banquet Rooms, Inc. v. United States Small Business A
Date: January 26, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2589
USA v. Christopher Hibshman
Date: January 25, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1934
Klaassen v. Trustees of Indiana University
Date: January 25, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2326
Johnson v. United States  
Date: January 24, 2022
Docket Number: 17-1912

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, Johnson was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Based on his prior convictions, the district court found that he qualified for a sentencing enhancement under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACC...

Jason Smith, I v. Timothy Evans
Date: January 24, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2556
Osmani v. Garland  
Date: January 24, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3318

Justia Opinion Summary: Osmani fled the Kosovo War and was admitted to the U.S as a refugee in 1999. Osmani was convicted for possession of illegal narcotics in 2019. The government sought to remove Osmani based on a prior conviction for aggrav...

Dai v. Garland  
Date: January 24, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1315

Justia Opinion Summary: Dai, a Chinese citizen, was admitted to the U.S. on a student visa in 2010. She later applied for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT) on the basis of religious persec...

Jason Smith, I v. AFSCME Council 31
Date: January 24, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1431
Michael O'Grady v. City of Portage
Date: January 24, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1529
Michael O'Grady v. Columbia County
Date: January 24, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1530
Gooch v. Young  
Date: January 24, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1702

Justia Opinion Summary: Gooch alleged that correctional officers Young and Wilson falsely informed another inmate that Gooch had stolen from him and directed the inmate to “take action”; the inmate then attacked Gooch with a weapon. When Gooch...

USA v. Yousef Abdallah
Date: January 24, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1719
United States v. Coffin  
Date: January 21, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2385

Justia Opinion Summary: A felony defendant normally must be present in the courtroom at sentencing. FED. R. CRIM. P. 43(a)(3). The 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), 134 Stat. 281, permits district courts to co...

United States v. Goodwill  
Date: January 21, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3188

Justia Opinion Summary: Detectives Roseman and Hunt stopped Goodwill for a window tint violation. After asking Goodwill to sit in the squad car, Roseman began the paperwork while both detectives asked Goodwill questions. A canine unit arrived m...

USA v. Derrick Lee
Date: January 21, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2216
David Martin v. State of Illinois
Date: January 19, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1149
Kaminski v. Elite Staffing, Inc.  
Date: January 19, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1616

Justia Opinion Summary: Kaminski, a Polish-American woman in her fifties, worked for Elite, a temporary employment agency, for about two-and-a-half years. When assigned to a job, Kaminski traveled to and from the site on a bus equipped with sec...

Donovan Kroska-Flynn v. Reed Richardson
Date: January 19, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2283
Randall Due v. Eric Williams
Date: January 19, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2411
Lewis v. Village of Alsip  
Date: January 19, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2528

Justia Opinion Summary: Lewis left her car parked on an Alsip street during a snowstorm. She was fined $50 for violating an ordinance that prohibits parking on any “primary snow route” if more than one inch has fallen within 12 hours and requir...

United States v. Merrill  
Date: January 18, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1070

Justia Opinion Summary: Merrill pressured 12-13-year-old girls to take and send him sexually explicit photographs of themselves. Merrill was indicted for producing child pornography, 18 U.S.C. 2251(a); receiving child pornography, section 2252A...

Kevin McWilliams v. City of Chicago
Date: January 14, 2022
Docket Number: 20-1770
Ruenger v. Kijakazi  
Date: January 14, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2598

Justia Opinion Summary: Ruenger applied for Social Security Disability benefits in 2015, alleging that he had limited use of his left arm and mental impairments including anxiety and depression. At a hearing, the ALJ determined that Ruenger had...

United States v. Mboule  
Date: January 14, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3225

Justia Opinion Summary: After his co-conspirator gave officers details about a plan to defraud a university and about previous fraudulent schemes, Mboule was charged and signed a plea agreement. The agreement provided that Mboule was entitled t...

Robert Decker v. Brian Lammer
Date: January 14, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1328
Prill v. Kijakazi  
Date: January 13, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1381

Justia Opinion Summary: For almost 30 years, Prill worked for the Eau Claire, Wisconsin County Highway Department performing physically demanding work, including driving a dump truck and maintaining roads. She suffered from pain in her lower ba...

Irwin Menchaca-Flores v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: January 13, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2187
Rasho v. Jeffreys  
Date: January 12, 2022
Docket Numbers: 19-1145, 19-1978, 19-1375

Justia Opinion Summary: Rasho, on behalf of a class of mentally ill inmates in Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) custody, sued IDOC officials under 42 U.S.C. 1983 for failing to provide constitutionally adequate mental health care. The...

Ashoor Rasho v. Rob Jeffreys
Date: January 12, 2022
Docket Number: 19-1375
Ashoor Rasho v. Rob Jeffreys
Date: January 12, 2022
Docket Number: 19-1978
United States v. McClinton  
Date: January 12, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2860

Justia Opinion Summary: Three months before McClinton's eighteenth birthday, McClinton and five others robbed a CVS pharmacy, pointing guns at customers, grabbing purses and wallets, and destroying cell phones. One customer escaped. Yates retur...

Dana Dandridge v. Denis R. McDonough
Date: January 12, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2864
Kenneth Raney v. State of Wisconsin
Date: January 12, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1863
Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church v. Pritzker  
Date: January 11, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2523

Justia Opinion Summary: Two churches sued Illinois Governor Pritzker after he issued an executive order that limited to 10 the number of people who could attend a religious service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The district court declined to e...

Seafarers Pension Plan v. Bradway  
Date: January 7, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2244

Justia Opinion Summary: In October 2018, a Boeing 737 MAX airliner crashed in the sea near Indonesia, killing everyone on board. In March 2019, a second 737 MAX crashed in Ethiopia, again killing everyone on board. Within days of the second cra...

Nichols v. Longo  
Date: January 7, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1982

Justia Opinion Summary: Nichols prevailed in a discrimination action against his employer. The district court awarded Nichols $300,000 in compensatory damages and various forms of equitable relief, including back pay and pension contributions a...

Brenda White v. American Family Mutual Insuran
Date: January 6, 2022
Docket Number: 20-1803
United States v. Burgess  
Date: January 6, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2940

Justia Opinion Summary: Burgess left the apartment he shared with Howard, texting threats to kill her and burn down the apartment. That night, Burgess set a fire that destroyed the building and all of Howard’s and her children’s belongings. Bur...

Ted Knox v. Angela Walter
Date: January 6, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3344
United States v. Jones  
Date: January 6, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1293

Justia Opinion Summary: Allen County Officers received an arrest warrant for Gosnell. An anonymous tip indicated that Gosnell was staying at a Fort Wayne motel. The motel manager stated that Gosnell was staying in a room with Jones. Jones had...

United States v. Ford  
Date: January 6, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1398

Justia Opinion Summary: A person who had purchased drugs from Ford for approximately six years notified agents that Ford was selling drugs out of Nicholson’s home and had a safe in the rear bedroom where he kept his drugs and cash. The source m...

Donald E. Weaver, Jr. v. Corizon Health, Inc.
Date: January 6, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1641
Brett Kimberlin v. USA
Date: January 6, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1691
Tracy Gribben v. Kilolo Kijakazi
Date: January 6, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1987
Simpson v. Dart  
Date: January 6, 2022
Docket Number: 21-8028

Justia Opinion Summary: Simpson unsuccessfully applied to work as a Correctional Officer at the Cook County Department of Corrections four times in 2014-2017. Simpson believed the hiring practices underlying those rejections violated his right...

Lamarr Crittenden v. Bruce Ippel
Date: January 5, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3479
United States v. Shaffers  
Date: January 5, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1134

Justia Opinion Summary: Around midnight, four people were in Shaffers' car, with Shaffers in the driver’s seat, smoking and listening to music while parked. Chicago Police Officers Streeper and Bruno heard loud music coming from the car and sme...

Nazir Khan v. Presence Chicago Hospitals Net
Date: January 5, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2159
Nate Lindell v. Cathy Jess
Date: January 5, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2221
United States v. Blake  
Date: January 4, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2145

Justia Opinion Summary: Based on his 2007 convictions, Blake is serving a sentence of 420 months’ imprisonment for cocaine offenses, 21 U.S.C. 846, 841. The Seventh Circuit affirmed his sentence. Five years later, the court rejected Blake’s eff...

Eloise Lockhart v. HSBC Finance Corporation
Date: January 4, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3183
Wilder v. Kijakazi  
Date: January 4, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1607

Justia Opinion Summary: Wilder, born in 1970, has a high school education. She previously worked as a motor vehicle quality worker and a sales clerk. She has not worked since October 2015. Wilder applied for Social Security disability benefits...

Turner v. Brannon-Dortch  
Date: January 3, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3419

Justia Opinion Summary: An eyewitness testified that Turner arrived at Krystal's residence, pulled a handgun from his pants, and fatally shot Krystal. Turner claimed that Krystal grabbed his handgun, which accidentally fired during the ensuing...

United States v. Loving  
Date: January 3, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1382

Justia Opinion Summary: An Indiana State Police trooper stopped Loving for speeding and asked Loving if he had marijuana on him. Loving sped away, dragging the trooper several feet. Loving drove at high speed through the scene of a recent car...