United States Seventh Circuit

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Gilbert v. Illinois State Bd. Educ., 08-3678

In plaintiff's action against the Board of Education of a High School District arising from his discharge as a high school social studies teacher and subsequent proceedings, district court's dismissal of his current action is affirmed where: 1) the district court correctly decided that plaintiff's case is barred by the Rooker-Feldman doctrine; and 2) the judge did not abuse his discretion in dismissing plaintiff's third amended complaint for declaratory relief in concluding that plaintiff's complaint failed to state an injury that was redressable, since subsequent events had cured whatever ambiguity there may have been in the state's procedures.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 01/11/2010
  • Published 01/11/2010


  • WOOD, Circuit Judge., Before EASTERBROOK, Chief Judge, and POSNER and WOOD, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Seventh Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • John W. Norris, Wolf & Norris, Riverwoods, IL, Robert A. Wolf, Denver, CO for Plaintiff-Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Jerald S. Post, Office of the Attorney General, Aelaine K.B. Siegel, Siegel & Saphire-Berstein, Chicago, IL, for Defendants-Appellees.