7th Circuit Court

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

Constitutional Law

Federal judge blasts expert for not evaluating inmate jail brutality claims, but OKs case for trial

Evidence

Freed after 20 years, man gets $20M; another whose DNA doesn’t match linked murder is still jailed

Trials & Litigation

Lawyer and wife win $26M jury verdict; defendant cab company immediately files bankruptcy

Immigration Law

Posner blasts ‘excessive judicial passivity’ and ‘lackluster’ lawyering in cabbie’s immigration case

Trials & Litigation

Posner informs pro se litigant that the queen of England did not absolve him of need to pay taxes

Trials & Litigation

Midwest law firm wins record $62M settlement from Lockheed in suit over 401(k) fees

Real Estate & Property Law

Federal judge nixes TRO on new Chicago Cubs signs sought by rooftop seating companies

Trials & Litigation

Ex-inmate sues Northwestern University and journalism prof, says they coerced a false confession