The Seventh Circuit’s Recent Opinions Upholding Dismissal of First Amendment Claims in Favor of the Government Entity’s Interest in Restricting Speech.

             In Volkman v. Ryker, 736 F.3d 1084 (7th Cir. 2013), the plaintiff, a correctional facility employee, filed suit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging several Illinois Department of Corrections (“IDOC”) employees retaliated against him for engaging in protected speech.  More specifically, Volkman alleged that he was given a […]

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Illinois Mortgagors Barred From Vacating A Judgement Of Foreclosure And Sale After The Mortgagee Files Its Motion To Confirm Sale

In Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. McCluskey, 2013 IL 115469 (Nov. 21, 2013), the Illinois Supreme Court clarified a perceived tension between the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure and the Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Law (“IMFL”).  Specifically, section 5/2-1301(e)[1] of the Civil Code allows the court to set aside a default judgment against any party before […]

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