Missed Connections: SCOTUS and 7th Circuit Analyze Specific Jurisdiction in Cases Where Minimum Contacts Fall Short
A pair of recent decisions explain what a defendant must have done in a forum state to be properly haled into court there.
Where does one draw the line between a business supporting an athlete or sports team—and piggybacking on their success? As evidenced by a recent suit coming out of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals involving Michael Jordan, a grocery store chain and a magazine ad, it can sometimes be hard to tell.
On February 14, 2014, the Seventh Circuit ruled that a plaintiff’s attorney was bound by the terms of a class action settlement involving alleged malfeasance in the laying of fiber-optic cables by telecommunications companies on certain landowners’ property even though the attorney never signed the final settlement agreement.
When and how the First Amendment applies is normally a complicated question. In a case decided earlier this week, Michael Jordan v. Jewel Food Stores, Inc., No. 12-1992, the parties teamed up to present an issue on commercial speech for the Seventh Circuit.
On January 23, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued its decision in Scott v. Westlake Services LLC, No. 13-2699 (7th Cir. Jan. 23, 2014) and reversed a district court’s conclusion that an offer of judgment rendered Plaintiff’s claims moot in a class action lawsuit.
Seventh Circuit Rejects Claim for Alleged Unpaid Wages Finding Construction Firm Lacked Actual or Constructive Knowledge of Alleged Work
While the FLSA’s “suffer or permit” standard is broad, it is not without limit. Building on a prior decision, the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reviewed several purported justifications for imputing knowledge of alleged additional work asserted by a construction employee and rejected claims of alleged unpaid wages asserted by the former employee.
Seventh Circuit Remands to Correct a “Thoroughly Botched” Sentencing for a Fraudulent Commodity Pool Operator
In a case illustrating the complexity of sentencing white collar crimes, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Court ordered the resentencing of a commodity pool operator where the district court made a “cascade of mistakes” in sentencing the defendant for fraud and money laundering.
The Seventh Circuit just gave the EEOC a very generous present this holiday season. In what is truly a game changing decision published last night, the Seventh Circuit ruled EEOC v. Mach Mining, No. 13-2456 (7th Cir. Dec. 20, 2013), that an alleged failure to conciliate is not an affirmative defense to the merits of a discrimination suit.
Seventh Circuit Finds Insurance Company’s Internal “Answer Man” Proper Classified As Exempt Administrative Employee
Continuing its line of common sense interpretations of the administrative exemption, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled that an insurance company employee tasked with maintaining an in-depth understanding of particular insurance products and training sales staff on those products was an administratively exempt employee.