7th Circuit Court

596 ABA Journal 7th Circuit Court articles.

Afternoon Briefs: First Step Act frees crack cocaine offender; judge vacates port-of-entry asylum rule

A San Antonio man sentenced to life in prison for dealing crack cocaine has been freed under the First Step Act, the criminal justice reform measure that reduces…

Afternoon Briefs: DUI lawyer arrested for alleged bizarre attack; judge warned for law license lapses

A prominent DUI lawyer from Petersburg, Virginia, has been charged with his wife in an alleged attack on their driver that began during a limo ride and ended at…

Afternoon Briefs: Teen vandal gets paint-with-a-toothbrush sentence; Equifax settles data breach claims

Equifax has agreed to pay up to $700 million to settle state and federal claims related to a 2017 data breach that exposed the information of 147 million consumers.…

7th Circuit won’t overrule precedent barring female inmate’s challenge of strip searches as training exercise
Female prisoners in Illinois can't sue under the Fourth Amendment for being forced to show their genitals in a training exercise, a federal appeals court has ruled.
Impounded vehicles can’t be held after drivers file for bankruptcy, court says
Thousands of Chicago motorists may be able to get their cars and trucks out of city impound lots immediately after filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy following a federal appeals court ruling that the city could no longer hold onto the vehicles.
Lawyer awarded $229K in pregnancy bias suit after judge slams defendant law firm for slow discovery

A Chicago immigration lawyer has been awarded $229,498 in her suit claiming that she was fired from her job at a law firm after disclosing her pregnancy.

U.S. District Judge…

Chemerinsky: A look back at the Supreme Court’s October 2018 term

There was much that was unusual about the U.S. Supreme Court’s October 2018 term, writes Erwin Chemerinsky, law dean at the University of California at Berkeley. What should be gleaned?

Bud Light ads can’t mention rival beers and corn syrup without these qualifying words

A federal judge in Madison, Wisconsin, is barring Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Bud Light, from running advertisements that fail to give context to its ad claims about rival MillerCoors’ Miller…

Supreme Court upholds Indiana law on handling of fetal remains, stresses undue burden not at issue

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an Indiana law that bars abortion providers from incinerating fetal remains with infectious waste. The Indiana law allowed abortion providers to cremate or bury the remains.

In first major appearance since confirmation, Kavanaugh stresses civility and independence
When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh is drafting opinions and asking oral argument questions, he often asks himself, “What would Justice Kennedy do?” Kavanaugh appeared with retired Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on Monday in the new justice’s first major appearance since a confirmation battle marked by accusations of sexual assault—allegations strongly denied by Kavanaugh.
8th and 10th Circuits split over female topless ban

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at St. Louis has upheld a Springfield, Missouri, ordinance that bans women but not men from exposing their nipples in public.

The appeals…

ABA publication wins defamation appeal in 7th Circuit

An article in an ABA publication for judges didn’t defame a nonprofit group that certifies forensic document examiners, a federal appeals court has ruled.

In a May 1 opinion,…

SCOTUS denies cert in case on pro se treatment filed by David Boies and Richard Posner

A former pro se litigant had some high-powered help when he asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider what kind of explanation courts must provide to unrepresented people.

Among those…

Fired BigLaw paralegal must pay $35K sanction in dropped suit against law firm, 7th Circuit says

On Friday, a federal appeals court upheld a sanction requiring a paralegal who filed a $200 million bias suit against Baker McKenzie to pay the law firm’s attorney fees.

The…

SCOTUS will consider sexual orientation, transgender discrimination under Title VII
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court accepted three petitions regarding whether Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and transgender status.

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