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4th Amendment Violation

7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Case Name: Antoinette Wonsey v. City of Chicago, et al.

Case No.: 19-1171

Officials: BAUER, BRENNAN, and ST. EVE, Circuit Judges.

Focus: 4th Amendment Violation

Antoinette Wonsey’s Chicago home attracted two types of visitors: tourists and police. The tourists came for short-term lodging, which Wonsey sublet through Airbnb. The police first came after an Airbnb guest reported a theft at Wonsey’s home. Five days later, police showed up again to help city examiners during a building inspection. Claiming these two police encounters amounted to Fourth Amendment violations, Wonsey sued the City of Chicago and several police officers under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The district court granted summary judgment to the defendants. On appeal, Wonsey submits a bare explanation of the police encounters, and she makes no effort to connect them with a cognizable Fourth Amendment claim. Because Wonsey fails to show any reason why the district court’s judgment should be disturbed, we affirm.


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Derek A Hawkins is trademark corporate counsel for Harley-Davidson. Hawkins oversees the prosecution and maintenance of the Harley-Davidson’s international trademark portfolio in emerging markets.

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