United States Seventh Circuit

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Golden v. Helen Sigman & Assoc., Ltd., 08-1506

In plaintiff's multi-count federal lawsuit against various defendants in connection with his divorce and child custody proceedings, district court's judgment abstaining with respect to plaintiff's copyright infringement claim, dismissal of the remaining claims, and sanctions for not paying attorneys' fees and expenses are affirmed where: 1) absolute immunity and the Rooker-Feldman doctrine bar plaintiff's section 1983 claim against the child's representative; and 2) district court's award of attorneys' fees accurately reflects the data contained in the billing records.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 09/16/2009
  • Submitted 07/02/2010
  • Decided 07/02/2010
  • Published 07/02/2010



  • United States Seventh Circuit