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Attorney Disciplinary Hearing

We review the report of Referee Robert E. Kinney recommending that the court suspend Attorney Jesse J. Johansen's license to practice law in Wisconsin for six months.

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Sentencing Guidelines – Resentencing

Fernando Godinez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 846, and to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(A)(i).

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Jury Instructions

Allen Young was indicted for the sex trafficking of four minors and the attempted sex trafficking of a fifth.

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14th Amendment Violation – Equal Protection Clause

Dixon O’Brien, John Cook, and the unions to which they belong sued the Village of Lincolnshire and the Illinois Municipal League claiming violations of their rights under the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, as well as violations of state law.

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Title VII Violation – Damages

Lydia Vega sued her former employer, the Chicago Park District, alleging that the Park District discriminated against her due to her national origin in violation of Title VII and 42 U.S.C. § 1983.

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Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Christopher Gish pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless homicide in Wisconsin state court for killing his longtime girlfriend and the mother of his children.

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ADA Violation

Bradley King, a 29-year-old resident of Hendricks County, Indiana, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, was killed by a police officer on November 29, 2016, during an encounter at his home.

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Title VII Violation

Entertainment Studios Network (ESN), an African-American-owned television-network operator, sought to have cable television conglomerate Comcast Corporation carry its channels.

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Termination of Parental Rights

“John” appeals from an order involuntarily terminating his parental rights to “Adam” and from an order denying his postdispositional claim of ineffective assistance of counsel.

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TCPA Violation

After a bench trial that lasted five weeks and produced 475 typed pages of findings, a district judge concluded that DISH Network and its agents committed more than 65 million violations of telemarketing statutes and regulations. 256 F. Supp. 3d 810 (C.D. Ill. 2017) (183 printed pages).

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Claim Splitting Ban

This case is the second to arise out of an ill-fated relationship between Rexing Quality Eggs and Rembrandt Enterprises, Inc.

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FDCPA Violation

When Nichole Richards defaulted on her car loan, her lender hired PAR, Inc., to repossess the vehicle. PAR subcontracted with Lawrence Towing to carry out the repossession.

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ADA Violation

Carl Castetter brings this appeal against his former employer, Dolgencorp, LLC, d/b/a Dollar General (“Dollar General”), for disability discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”).

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