7th Circuit Court

Constitutional Law

Backpage sues sheriff over letters to credit card companies

White-Collar Crime

7th Circuit nixes 5 counts in conviction of ex-Illinois Gov. Blagojevich, calls for new sentence

Constitutional Law

City wins federal civil rights case over police shooting of dog attacked by pit bull

Appellate Practice

Posner admits he’s ‘brutal to lawyers’ but defends his critique of Roberts’ gay-marriage dissent

First Amendment

Federal judge nixes jail’s newspaper ban, but says articles about gang activities can be cut out

White-Collar Crime

Lawyer who hosted radio show avoids prison in $10M mortgage-fraud case

Appellate Practice

7th Circuit criticizes lawyer for raising too many issues on appeal

White-Collar Crime

Law grad gets 6 years for Ponzi scheme said to have cost investors $9.2M

Judiciary

Posner: Chief justice’s gay-marriage dissent is ‘heartless’

Civil Procedure

Posner dissent criticizes penalties for ‘harmless procedural bobbles’ by lawyers

Criminal Justice

Feds arrest 243 in record $712M health care billing-fraud bust

Media & Communications Law

TV reporters covering Hastert case cited for breaking federal courthouse rules

White-Collar Crime

Former House speaker Hastert pleads not guilty to federal charges

Government Law

City settles 10th suit over claimed cop corruption for $30K, less than the cost of defending it

Judiciary

7th Circuit judge writes one-sentence ‘maybe’ concurrence; was it a ‘dubitante’ opinion?

Copyright Law

Northwestern settles with ex-employee, will jointly publish book about infamous Chicago murder

White-Collar Crime

Former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted, resigns from Dickstein Shapiro

Tax Law

Feds say indicted lawyer owes $780K to IRS, hid tobacco settlement money in others’ accounts

Disability Law

7th Circuit OKs deaf teen’s suit against Girl Scouts over lack of sign-language interpreter

Contracts

7th Circuit: Law firm doesn’t owe fired PI attorney bonuses, due to terms of compensation pact