Seventh Circuit Upholds Chicago ‘Bubble Zone’ Ordinance

A staunchly conservative Seventh Circuit panel upheld Chicago’s “bubble zone” ordinance creating a buffer area around medical facilities – including abortion clinics – but the ruling almost begs the pro-life plaintiffs to appeal to the Supreme Court.

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‘Full Frontal’ Hugs on Trial Before En Banc Seventh Circuit

The full Seventh Circuit held oral arguments Tuesday to decide whether a Wisconsin school district can be held liable for not taking action against a security guard who frequently “full frontal bear hugged” and massaged students, leading to accusations he sexually abused a middle school girl.

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Out-of-State Wine Seller Defeats Illinois Liquor Law

In a victory for out-of-state alcohol sellers, the Seventh Circuit said Wednesday an Illinois law prohibiting those retailers from shipping liquor to in-state consumers “smacks of protectionism” and may not be lawful under the constitutional amendment that repealed Prohibition.

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Sexual Harassment

The Seventh Circuit this week reversed a ruling for Stryker Sales Corp. in a retaliation suit from an employee who says she was fired for complaining about a manager who sexually harassed another employee, because the court did not give the employee all reasonable inferences in her favor regarding the link between her harassment complaint and the decision to fire her.

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