Religious Practices

A Walmart store in Wisconsin did not discriminate against a Seventh-day Adventist whose promotion was rescinded after he informed the store he couldn’t work between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday, the Seventh Circuit ruled, because accommodating his religious practices would require the store to bear “more than a slight burden.”

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Abortion

On remand from the Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit reaffirmed an injunction against Indiana’s requirement that a minor’s parents be notified if she is seeking an abortion through the judicial bypass process, finding that constitutional standards for state regulations on a woman’s right to end a pregnancy are “not stable, but they have not been changed, at least not yet, in a way that would change the outcome here.”

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Toll Roads

The Seventh Circuit ruled for Indiana in a challenge brought by truckers to a 35% toll hike on I-90. The state, like any private proprietor, may turn a profit from its maintenance of the toll road and is not required to reinvest all toll monies into road maintenance. The toll is neutral with respect to the origin and destination of the trucks so it does not discriminate against interstate commerce.

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Religious Gatherings

A federal district court properly denied a Christian church and pastor’s request for a preliminary injunction against a Covid-19-related 10-person limit on religious gatherings in Illinois, the Seventh Circuit ruled. Governor J.B. Pritzker “abandoned” the limit months ago and the plaintiffs may seek another injunction if he issues a new order reimposing a similar limit.

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Union Fees

The Seventh Circuit upheld a teacher’s class action suit seeking recovery of “fair-share fees” he made under protest to the Chicago Teachers Union before a U.S. Supreme Court decision concluded the extraction of such fees from non-union members was unconstitutional. The teacher requested the circuit court affirm the dismissal so that he can appeal to the Supreme Court.

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Democrats Challenge Pick to Replace Barrett on Seventh Circuit

President Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the Seventh Circuit seat left empty by Justice Amy Coney Barrett faced sharp criticism Wednesday from Senate Democrats who warned against filling vacancies on the federal bench during the lame-duck period.

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