Busy day at 7th Circuit

September 3, 2008
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Seventeen opinions.

That’s how many the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals released yesterday.

When I first checked the court’s Web site to prepare our opinions list, there was the normal number of opinions – about four or five. Then, as Indiana Lawyer Daily was being prepped to be sent, the court had posted quite a few more. When I refreshed again, there were even more! When it was all said and done, the court released 17 opinions in one afternoon.

For Indiana’s Court of Appeals, that number is not unheard of, especially toward the end of the month. But for the federal appellate court, releasing that many opinions in one day is rare. I can’t recall another instance that court has handed down 10 opinions in one day, let alone nearly 20, in the time I’ve been working at Indiana Lawyer.

Instead of hurrying to get out as many opinions as they could before the Labor Day weekend, it appears the 7th Circuit decided the beginning of the month was the right time to unleash an opinion deluge.

And for the record, just four of those opinions came from Indiana courts.
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