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U.S. Seventh Circuit

Federal Courts Call Out Wisconsin for Allowing a 'Travesty of Justice'

By Vaidehi Mehta, Esq. | Last updated on

Robert Pope's story is one of injustice and an uphill battle for his freedom. Convicted of murder decades ago and behind bars ever since, Pope was denied a fair appeal due to his lawyer's negligence, system failures, and the state courts being completely unsympathetic to his struggles as an…

Court: 'Selective' Abortions Are Unconstitutional

By William Vogeler, Esq. | Last updated on

For the second time in a week, a federal appeals court has struck down an abortion law as unconstitutional. In the latest ruling, the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals said an Indiana law unlawfully banned "selective" abortions. The law specifically targeted fetuses based on gender, race, or disability. In a separate case, an appeals panel voided an Ohio law that cut off funds to abortion clinics.

Court: Village Can't Confer 'Right-To-Work' Law

By William Vogeler, Esq. | Last updated on

A local municipality can't confer a right to work on employees who opt not to join unions, a federal appeals court said. In International Union of Operating Engineers Local 399 v. Village of Lincolnshire, the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals said a municipality's "right-to-work" agreement violated the National Labor Relations Act. The only problem is that not everybody agrees -- including the Sixth Circuit. Sooner or later, the issue could go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Madigan v. Levin: Dismissed As Improvidently Granted

By Gabriella Khorasanee, JD | Last updated on

We called it. What probably will be one of many upsets this Supreme Court term has happened: the writ of certiorari for Madigan v. Levin was dismissed as improvidently granted. Ouch.Madigan v. Levin -- Background Harvey Levin was an Illinois Assistant Attorney General who, after he was fired and replaced by a younger, female attorney, sued Illinois, the Illinois Office of the Attorney General, and several lawyers in their individual capacity.

Forced Admitting Privileges on Clinics are Unconstitutional: 7th Cir.

By Jonathan R. Tung, Esq. | Last updated on

In what could end up being one of the most significant reproductive rights cases in recent history -- that is, if it gets to SCOTUS -- the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that forced admitting privileges on abortion clinics by nearby hospitals was an unconstitutional undue burden on a women's rights.

White Castle Employee Claims Burger Vendor Violated Biometric Privacy Law for a Decade

By Laura Temme, Esq. | Last updated on

The proposed class-action lawsuit against the fast-food chain alleges that fingerprint scans used to access restaurant computer systems violate the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).

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