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U.S. Seventh Circuit

7th Circuit: Ongoing Pay Discrimination Can Bring Old Statements Back Into Evidence

By Laura Temme, Esq.

When Cheryl Kellogg was hired to teach life science at the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities in 2006, she thought the salary offer of $32,000 a year seemed low. After all, she had a master's degree and had been teaching for more than a decade. And the Academy was an elite residential high school that shared a campus with Ball State.

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Submitting an Amicus Brief? Judge Michael Scudder of the Seventh Circuit Has Some Tips.

By Joseph Fawbush, Esq.

Many judges welcome friend-of-the-court submissions as helpful tools to decide cases. However, according to Judge Scudder, who offered tips for submitting amicus briefs in a recent opinion, these briefs too often simply repeat the parties' arguments using different language. In effect, they are provided to show broad support for a position. According to Judge Scudder, an amicus brief should not be submitted as a vote from a special interest group for a particular outcome.

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4 Things to Know About Amy Coney Barrett

By Laura Temme, Esq.

President Trump has officially tapped 7th Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg as Associate Supreme Court Justice, with only weeks left before the election. If confirmed, the 48-year-old would be the youngest person on the Court - with the potential to shape American jurisprudence for decades. Here are four important things to know about Judge Barrett: 1.

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Will 7th Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett Be Trump's Next Supreme Court Pick?

By Laura Temme, Esq.

The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a judicial powerhouse (whether you agreed with her or not), has once again put a question mark on the makeup of the Supreme Court. Within days of her passing, President Trump announced that he intended to nominate a woman to replace her. And the name that continues to appear on the shortlist of potential nominees? 7th Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

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Idiot’s Agatha Christie Murder Plot Is Foiled. Seventh Circuit Is Not Impressed.

By Joseph Fawbush, Esq.

Agatha Christie's 1961 bestseller The Pale Horse centers around supposed witches who can kill from a distance. Spoiler alert: Rather than black magic, a nefarious group of ne'er-do-wells are in fact using thallium, a chemical element that was once used as a tasteless, odorless rat poisoning, to murder. The ingenious plan is foiled only through our plucky heroes, historian Mark Easterbrook and famed detective novelist Ariadne Oliver (who is based on Christie herself).

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Let's Not Overthink Coors Light

By Joseph Fawbush, Esq.

When can a business claim irreparable injury over alleged false advertising by a competitor? When is a half-truth in an advertisement the equivalent to an intent to deceive consumers? These are complex questions. It's also not something the Seventh Circuit wanted to get into in a dispute over whether Bud Light can advertise that Coors Light is made using corn syrup. Instead, Judge Frank Easterbrook kept it simple in a five-page opinion stating that yes, Bud Light's advertising is fine.

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