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Trans Student Wins $800K From School District Forbidding His Bathroom Rights

5 days agoLGBT / Gay :

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that Kenosha Unified School District had unconsitutionally and illegally singled out Whitaker.

Posner Going Back to Court -- as an Advocate

Former Judge Richard Posner may have retired, but he definitely is not going away. He ruled for almost 37 years at the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, then abruptly turned his attention to reforming the court system by helping pro se litigants. However, the U.S. Fourth Circuit said......

Court: Brendan Dassey's 'Making a Murderer' Confession Was Voluntary

If the U.S.Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals were a trial court, Brendan Dassey would be a free man now. The appeals court split over the case, voting 4-3 that Dassey's murder confession was voluntary. The dissent said the 16-year-old's confession came through a "perfect storm" of interrogations. "No reasonable......

Morning Docket: 12.11.17

Sitting en banc, the Seventh Circuit reinstated the conviction of Making a Murderer's Brendan Dassey in a split decision. If you recall, Dassey's conviction was overturned by a federal magistrate in June 2016, and that ruling was later affirmed by a three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit this June. Show More Summary

‘MaM’: SCOTUS Next Step For Brendan Dassey Appeal

Making a Murderer subject Brendan Dassey won’t be home for Christmas, and he’ll miss WrestleMania again after the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a 2016 ruling that the confession he gave in the 2005 murder of Wisconsin photographer...Show More Summary

Motion Advice From Seventh Circuit Judge David Hamilton

Judge David Hamilton of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has some rather novel advice for lawyers that would likely make his former colleague, Judge Posner, smile ear to ear: Pick up the phone and call (or email) opposing counsel before filing your motion with the court, especially those......

Federal Appellate Judge Provides 'Helpful' Tip for Litigators

Judge David Hamilton of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has a rather simple and helpful tip for litigators filing administrative motions: Talk to your adversary before filing the motion. As Judge Hamilton explains in a recent order granting a motion for two pending appeals to be consolidated along......

Key legal gains of 2017: Wolves protected in Great Lakes, California farm animal protection laws and local puppy mill rules survive challenges

The Courts of Appeals for the Second and Seventh Circuits upheld laws restricting retail sales of companion animals from puppy mills and other unscrupulous breeders where animals are often raised in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. Show More Summary

Confirmed, Again: $4.2M Class Action Award for Junk Faxes

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals was tasked again with reviewing a class action matter that involved an attorney who sent thousands of unsolicited "junk faxes" to prospective clients. This is the third time that this same junk fax case has been before this circuit. While sending unsolicited solicitations......

Morning Docket: 11.20.17

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

President Trump has added five names to his slate of judicial candidates to fill a nonexistent vacancy on the Supreme Court. Welcome aboard to Judges Brett M. Kavanaugh (D.C. Circuit), Amy Coney Barrett (Seventh Circuit), and Kevin C. Show More Summary

'Go Topless' Day at the Seventh Circuit

Some cases naturally get more attention than others, like the 'Go Topless' case. It started in 2014 when Sonoku Tagami celebrated "GoTopless Day" by walking half-naked around Chicago. She wore nothing over breasts but body paint, and received a $100 fine for violating a public nudity law. The case could......

Seventh Circuit Ponders Abortion Ultrasound Rule

If Planned Parenthood has a war room, the Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeal are in the middle of the battle plan. The federal circuits take up the center ground in the United States, including Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, and Ohio. The appeals courts......

Plaintiffs finally drop Subway “footlong” class action

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

“Plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit brought over Subway’s ‘footlong’ sandwiches have decided to abandon efforts to pursue the litigation,” two months after a Seventh Circuit panel scorchingly criticized a proposed settlement (“utterly...Show More Summary

Animal Rights Activist Vandals Tried as Terrorists

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the appeals of two animal rights activists charged under the Animal Enterprise Terrorist Act (AETA). The appeal challenged the act itself as unconstitutional, and also charged that the use of word terrorist denied the activists substantive due process rights. After losing......

Court Hears Challenge to School's Christmas Program

Gavin Rose, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, was musically unprepared for his appearance at the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Frank Easterbrook, considering the ACLU's challenge to a Christmas concert at an Indiana high school, asked Rose whether Bach's "St. Matthew's Passion" would violate......

Confirmation week

(Paul Mirengoff) This morning, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Notre Dame Law professor Amy Barrett as a U.S. Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit. The vote was 55-43. Three Democrats — Sen. Joe Donnelly, Sen. Tim Kaine, and Sen. Show More Summary

Seventh Circuit Grudge Match — See Also

3 months agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Posner Is Retired, But Not Forgotten: The battle between the judge and his former colleagues continues. What Can In-House Counsel Do: There's national interest in actually doing something about sexual harassment and assault. Here's hoping...Show More Summary

After focus on nominee's faith, Senate panel votes for her

The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted in favor of the nomination of Notre Dame professor Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. … Click to Continue »

Will Some Lucky Pro Se Litigants Be Represented by Judge Posner?

Recently retired from the Seventh Circuit, Judge Richard Posner has indicated that he is interested in directly helping pro se litigants. The retired judge is rather vocal with his criticism of how the justice system is stacked against pro se litigants and has some ideas for systemic change. His......

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