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“You Can’t Beat Something with Nothing”: 7th Cir. Explains the Importance of Disclosing Experts

Some cases present issues that are difficult for the parties to litigate or for the courts to decide. But those cases tend to be the exception. Much of litigation—at least when practiced successfully—requires the mastery of a...more

Wisconsin’s Supreme Court: Contractual Waivers of Civil Jury Trial Are Enforceable

Last year the Wisconsin Court of Appeals threw businesses a curveball when it held that a contractual waiver of the right to a jury trial was unenforceable. The holding of the case, Parsons v. Associated Banc-Corp., 2016...more

A Softer, Gentler Seventh Circuit Reconsiders “Substantial Compliance” under Rule 11

Those who practice regularly before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit know that the court has not been reluctant to punish a misbehaving lawyer....more

Supreme Court Calls for the Views of the Solicitor General in a Case That the 7th Circuit Could Not Review En Banc

Last summer, we wrote about a unique situation that arose in the case of Rubin v. Islamic Republic of Iran, No. 14-1935 (7th Cir. July 19, 2016), in which the Seventh Circuit found itself unable to assemble a “majority” of...more

The New Wisconsin Court of Appeals

Bill Gates once wrote that “[w]e always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.” Mr. Gates surely wasn’t thinking about the turnover of...more

The Case of the Vanishing § 1292(b) Certification

Nothing about the Seventh Circuit’s recent per curiam decision in Kenosha Unified School District No. 1 Board of Education v. Whitaker, No. 16-8019 (7th Cir. Nov. 14, 2016), could be considered much of a mystery, but file the...more

Coming Up Short: When There Aren't Enough Judges Eligible To Rehear A Case En Banc

Every now and then we see something in the reported decisions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit that seems noteworthy because we’ve never seen it before. The following is one such example. Seventh...more

Beware the Scrollable Window: The Seventh Circuit Strikes Down an Internet Contract

If you’re like us—and most others, we’ll venture to guess—you’ve never read all the terms and conditions of the iTunes end-user license agreement. We doubt that it’s a scintillating read, but, regardless, most...more

Seventh Circuit Reinforces the Importance of Memorializing Agreements in Mediation

Put it in writing. How many times have those four words been uttered in the course of commerce? Many more than we care to count, to be sure. For the fact remains that the act of putting pen to paper, ribbon to...more

In re Sentinel Management: The Seventh Circuit Considers Equitable Subordination

Equitable subordination in bankruptcy can be a powerful tool, providing a court with considerable latitude to set things right insofar as the estates of the penniless and the rights of their creditors are concerned. But...more

Split Circuit: Seventh Circuit Debate over Judicial Internet Research Ends in a Tie

The results are in this afternoon in the Seventh Circuit’s vote to rehear en banc Rowe v. Gibson, No. 14-3316 (Aug. 19, 2015), and it was a close one, a 4-4 tie, which means that the majority’s opinion stands, though not...more

Much Ado About Nothing: The Defense of Judge Posner’s Internet Research

All the briefs are filed, and the next step in the saga of Rowe v. Gibson, No. 14-3316 (Aug. 19, 2015), is for the nine judges in regular active service on the Seventh Circuit to cast their votes in favor of or against...more

The Seventh Circuit Applies the Erie Doctrine to Minor Settlements

For the purposes of the Erie doctrine, which directs federal courts sitting in diversity to apply state substantive law and federal procedural rules, “damages law is substantive law,” and that includes the law that governs...more

Judicial Internet Research: Does the First SCOTUS Decision of OT 2015 Bode Ill for Dr. Posner?

Regular readers of our blog likely are familiar with the Seventh Circuit’s recent decision in Rowe v. Gibson, No. 14-3316 (Aug. 19, 2015), and the considerable controversy that Judge Richard Posner created regarding the...more

Does Wisconsin’s Four-Corners Rule Govern an Insurer’s Duty to Defend?

Those who follow the work of the Wisconsin appellate courts might recognize this question as one that District II of the Court of Appeals certified to the Supreme Court nearly five years ago in Wilkinson v. Arbuckle, 2011 WI...more

Judicial Internet Research: Dr. Posner Faces Peer Review

Last month, we wrote about the Seventh Circuit’s decision in Rowe v. Gibson, No. 14-3316 (Aug. 19, 2015), a decision written by Judge Richard Posner that created considerable controversy regarding the propriety of internet...more

Judge Posner Sets Out to Clean Up Frivolousness

Nate Carter probably wasn’t expecting this. Mr. Carter had lost his home to a mortgage foreclosure. So seemingly out of blind rage—or at least the sort of anger that when coupled with ignorance leads one to do illogical...more

It’s Time to Rewrite Wisconsin’s Single-Party Listing Agreement

A note to the drafters of Wisconsin’s single-party listing contract: It’s time to redefine what triggers the payment of a commission under the contract after a recent decision of Wisconsin’s supreme court in Ash Park, LLC v....more

Seventh Circuit Chastises Lawyer for Raising Too Many Issues on Appeal (Among a Litany of Other Missteps)

Not much went right for the plaintiffs’ lawyer in the Seventh Circuit’s decision yesterday in Pierce v. Visteon Corp., No. 14-2542 (7th Cir. July 1, 2015), but the opinion provides a few good lessons for appellate...more

Did Justice Thomas Foreshadow the Downfall of Obamacare in Baker Botts?

By no means do we think that we might reliably predict the outcome of such a politically charged case as King v. Burwell, No. 14-114, the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act. But for those who like to read tea...more

Judge Posner on Bankruptcy’s "Clean-Up" Jurisdiction

Most bankruptcy lawyers might think that the dismissal of a bankruptcy proceeding and the revesting of the bankruptcy estate’s assets in the debtor bring an end to the bankruptcy court’s jurisdiction....more

Seventh Circuit Requires "Cash on the Barrelhead" From Interpleaders

Judge Easterbrook and his colleagues on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit aren’t about to exercise jurisdiction over a civil action of interpleader merely on credit or promises to pay. The plaintiff has to...more

A Reminder From the Seventh Circuit to Proofread the Form of the Judgment

The Seventh Circuit’s docket appears to be rife with cases involving little errors that turn out to have not-so-little effects. Last month we wrote about the perils of typos in security agreements; this month the Seventh...more

Seventh Circuit Offers No Relief for United Airlines' "Million Milers"

For years United Airlines has asked its customers to “Fly the Friendly Skies,” but a dispute with one of its frequent flyers turned decidedly unfriendly and became the subject of a recent case before the Seventh Circuit in...more

Seventh Circuit Uses Rule 9(b) to Dismiss False Claims Act Case

The Seventh Circuit has been on quite a tear recently with cases involving the False Claims Act; we wrote about three of them, involving the federal assignment law, the worthless-services doctrine, and the public-disclosure...more

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