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Product Liability

The court of appeals reversed in part and affirmed in part the circuit court's grant of summary judgment for defendant Columbus McKinnon Corp. ("CMC").

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Abuse of Discretion – Jury Instructions

Ridley appeals from a judgment of conviction, following a jury trial, for second-degree sexual assault with use of force, aggravated battery with intent to cause great bodily harm, false imprisonment, and first-degree recklessly endangering safety, all as a domestic abuse repeater and with a domestic abuse enhancer.

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Sentencing Guidelines

Michael Leighton appeals conviction of two felonies and one misdemeanor, and from an order denying his motion for resentencing or sentence modification.

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4th Amendment Violation-

While driving home to Chicago one night in September 2017, Braun suffered a seizure and crashed into a telephone pole in suburban Palatine.

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Employment Discrimination

Kimberly D. Hassell, pro se, appeals an order of the circuit court affirming the decision of the Labor and Industry Review Commission (LIRC), which determined that the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) did not unlawfully discriminate against Hassell, in violation of the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act (WFEA).

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Suppression of Evidence

McBride appeals a judgment of conviction for one count of possession with intent to deliver heroin and two counts of possession with intent to deliver narcotics, and an order denying his motion to suppress.

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Sentencing

After robbing a cellphone store at gunpoint, Jerry pleaded guilty to three crimes, including Hobbs Act robbery.

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Collective Bargaining Agreements-Contracts

Defendant employers Transervice Logistics, Inc. and Zenith Logistics, Inc. agreed that for the entire duration of two collective bargaining agreements, they would make pension contributions on behalf of covered employees to plaintiff Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas Pension Fund.

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Foreseeability

Fourteen people were charged and convicted for a conspiracy to transport illegal drugs from Georgia for distribution in Kokomo, Indiana. In these consolidated appeals, ten defendants challenge their convictions and/or sentences on a host of issues.

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Class Action-Illinois Biometric Privacy Act

HyreCar is an intermediary between people who own vehicles and other people who would like to drive for services such as Uber and GrubHub. Before leasing a car, HyreCar tries to ensure that the potential driver is who he says he is and has the license and driving record he claims to have.

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Labor Law

The plaintiffs in this case are 38 firefighters and their union, International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 365 (collectively, the “Fire Fighters”) who sued the City of East Chicago, Mayor Anthony Copeland, and former East Chicago Fire Chief Anthony Serna, alleging that the defendants implemented an undesirable work schedule in retaliation for their protected First Amendment activity.

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42 U.S.C. § 1983-Protection from an Inmate

In 2017, Ramos settled two lawsuits he had brought against Cook County Jail correctional officers under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging a failure to protect Ramos from another inmate and use of excessive force.

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4th Amendment Violation-Traffic Stop

The Fourth Amendment requires a police officer to have particularized reasonable suspicion that a crime or non-criminal traffic violation took place before performing a traffic stop.

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Adverse Possession

The Meronks appeal from a judgment granting Thompson’s claim for adverse possession over a portion of land to which the Meronks held title.

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Religious Purposes Exemption

This unemployment insurance case requests determination of the proper interpretation of the religious purposes exemption under WIS. STAT. § 108.02(15)(h)2. (2019-20).

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Entrapment- Enticement of a minor

After exchanging hundreds of messages with an FBI agent—who posed first as an 18-year-old woman and then as a 15-year-old girl—and driving to a planned rendezvous at a gas station, appellant Anderson was charged with and convicted of attempted enticement of a minor in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2422(b).

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Eighth Amendment Violation

Dorsey suffered a back injury while incarcerated. He alleges that his efforts to seek medical treatment were met with resistance from corrections officers, a nurse, and a doctor.

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