United States Seventh Circuit - December 2018 Opinion Summaries

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Ronkowski v. US

United States Seventh Circuit
Environmental Law, Property Law & Real Estate
Held that owners of undeveloped land in Wisconsin were not entitled to an easement to enable them to access their property via a dirt road across...
12/28/2018 18‐2269

Swyear v. Fare Foods Corp.

United States Seventh Circuit
Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law
Held that a sales representative did not raise triable issues of sexual discrimination or retaliation in violation of Title VII, or breach of...
12/26/2018 18-2108

Shepherd v. Krueger

United States Seventh Circuit
Criminal Law & Procedure, Habeas Corpus, Sentencing
Held that a federal inmate was properly sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison under the Armed Career Criminal Act. Affirmed the...
12/26/2018 17-1362

McHenry v. Berryhill

United States Seventh Circuit
Government Benefits
Held that the Social Security Administration committed an error in denying disability benefits to a former hair stylist suffering from a host of...
12/26/2018 18-1691

US v. Johnson

United States Seventh Circuit
Criminal Law & Procedure, Tax Law, Sentencing
Affirmed a restitution order against a defendant who was convicted of preparing false tax returns for clients.
12/21/2018 18-1313

Lee v. Kink

United States Seventh Circuit
Habeas Corpus, Criminal Law & Procedure
Held that a state inmate who had been convicted of kidnapping and rape was entitled to a hearing on his claim of ineffective assistance of counsel....
12/21/2018 18-1005

Consolidation Coal Co. v. Office of Workers' Compensation Programs

United States Seventh Circuit
Labor & Employment Law, Government Benefits
Upheld a federal agency's decision that a former coal miner was entitled to benefits under the Black Lung Benefits Act. His former employer, a coal...
12/21/2018 18-2097

US v. Higgins-Vogt

United States Seventh Circuit
Criminal Law & Procedure
Held that a defendant's confession to a murder was entirely voluntary and did not need to be suppressed. Affirmed his conviction, but expressed...
12/21/2018 18-1528

Sugarloaf Fund, LLC v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue

United States Seventh Circuit
Tax Law
Held that a tax shelter reflected an abusive sham. Affirmed the Tax Court's judgment and imposition of penalties.
12/21/2018 18-1046

Schmidt v. Foster

United States Seventh Circuit
Habeas Corpus, Criminal Law & Procedure
In an en banc decision, the Seventh Circuit affirmed the denial of federal habeas relief to a state inmate who argued that he was entitled to such...
12/20/2018 17‐1727