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Richard Posner

Sep 5, 2014

States urge US Supreme Court to take up gay marriage

A stinging rejection of same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana, issued by a unanimous and unequivocal U.S. appeals court, has brought hope to those fighting the laws that the U.S. Supreme Court will feel pressure to rule soon in their favor.

Sep 4, 2014

7th Circuit affirms decision striking down gay marriage ban (UPDATE)

A federal appeals court has upheld decisions by Wisconsin and Indiana judges to strike down their respective state's bans on same-sex marriage.

Aug 26, 2014

Judges chide state lawyers over gay marriage bans

Federal appeals judges bristled on Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.

Jun 2, 2014


The best way to write an opinion is the subject of some debate, but there is no denying that a concise, no-words-minced ruling that cuts through the unnecessary legalese and posturing is an easier and more enjoyable read, and thus, one more likely to affect more people.

Jun 2, 2014

Candid courtroom: Outspoken judges prompt criticism, admiration

Not every judge would feel comfortable writing in an opinion that “the sight of a shackled litigant is apt to make jurors think they’re dealing with a mad dog.”

May 5, 2014

EDITORIAL: Break the cycle of vexatious litigation

Trust is at the heart of the court system.

May 5, 2014

Judges, attorneys fed up with trio’s onslaught of litigation

An emerging pattern of aggressive and often baseless lawsuits from three litigious Madison residents is irritating judges and lawyers in state and federal courts.

Apr 15, 2014

Donning and Doffing: What would Cardozo do?

Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner is raising eyebrows with this opinion, in which he gleefully admits that he went out and bought safety equipment and timed three clerks as they put it on and took it off in chambers in order to test the reasonableness of the poultry-plant workers’ claims in a “donning and doffing” case.

Apr 14, 2014

7th Circuit judge calls out woman’s ‘incessant’ court filings

A Madison woman who performs as “The Banana Lady” – and has filed several pro se lawsuits against people she claims damaged that image – had another appeal shot down Monday.

Mar 14, 2014

Indemnity clause at center of dispute (UPDATE)

A Kenosha-based construction company might be on the hook for more than $1 million in settlement and legal fees stemming from a 2009 injury at the St. Catherine’s Medical Center construction site.

Jan 2, 2014

Milwaukee County tax appeal fails

The latest rejection of Milwaukee County’s attempt to levy real estate transfer taxes on two federal enterprises reinforces an emerging national trend.

Dec 3, 2013

7th Circuit judges hear arguments on state’s abortion law (UPDATE)

An appellate court on Tuesday questioned a lawyer for the state of Wisconsin about why lawmakers singled out abortion clinics in requiring their doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, as judges heard arguments about a hotly debated law.


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