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Diane Wood

Nov 2, 2016

For some, new rules for appellate briefs to take effect Dec. 1

Even though federal rules will set a shorter maximum length on briefs starting Dec. 1, the 7th Circuit is proposing to keep the old limits in place for certain types of filings.

Jul 26, 2016

7th Circuit berates Milwaukee federal judge over sentencing

A federal appeals court has taken Judge Rudolph Randa to task for comments made during a man’s sentencing hearing.

Sep 4, 2015

Federal appeals court sides with contractor in pension fund dispute

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has sided with Brownsville-based Michels Corp. and 34 other contractors, saying that they properly stopped contributing to an employee pension fund in 2011.

Aug 25, 2015

7th Circuit panel: Second Amendment also covers those in US illegally

People living in the United States illegally have a constitutional right to bear arms but are still barred from doing so by a separate law, a federal appeals court ruled.

Sep 9, 2014

Lawsuit over Walker-related probe to be argued (UPDATE)

Prosecutors investigating Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's recall election campaign hope to convince a federal appeals court to eventually allow them to resume a probe of possible illegal fundraising and coordination with conservative groups.

Jul 9, 2014

Judge orders probe documents unsealed

A federal appellate judge has ordered the unsealing of two sets of documents filed in a lawsuit challenging a secret investigation into possible coordination between Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and conservative groups.

May 19, 2014

7th Circuit considers allowing arguments via video

Officials with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are considering allowing some oral arguments to be done by video.

Feb 4, 2014

Gas station fight winds up at 7th Circuit

A lawsuit that involved deer hunting, a game warden and a “dust-up” in northern Wisconsin should not have been fully dismissed, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

Dec 16, 2013

Appeals court upholds man’s conviction on 50 counts of mail fraud

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the convictions of a Wisconsin man who filed fraudulent small claims lawsuits against residents in multiple counties.

Aug 25, 2011

Appeals court won’t close Chicago locks over carp

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal appeals panel Wednesday refused to order closure of shipping locks on Chicago-area waterways to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes, but warned that it might reconsider if the government lags in its efforts to block the dreaded fish’s path. The […]

Mar 31, 2011

Plea bargaining advice deficient

In January, the U.S. Supreme Court accepted review of a case to decide whether a state prisoner can obtain habeas corpus relief in federal court, after he went to trial because his attorney gave him deficient advice during plea bargaining. In the meantime, the 7th Circuit is assuming the answer is “yes.” On Monday, it […]

Sep 16, 2010

Federal judges debate utility of foreign law

A recent Seventh Circuit opinion provides persuasive authority for attorneys looking either to present or exclude expert testimony regarding the meaning of foreign laws.


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