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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Ind. Decisions - "Don't bother us by arguing over what some federal district judge may have said in another case, Seventh Circuit tells lawyers"

That is what a panel headed by Chief Judge Frank H. Easterbrook may have implied in an opinion yesterday on an Illinois dispute that concluded:

[D]ecisions of district judges have no authoritative effect. District judges' opinions often contain persuasive observations, but these can be incorporated into the parties' briefs. It is never helpful to have an [sic] lengthy exchange on what a particular district court's opinion "really means" and whether that case was correctly decided. The parties should learn what the opinion has to teach and weave its wisdom into their own presentations.
Thanks to Howard Bashman of How Appealing for his entry about this ruling - read his comments here.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 3, 2007 08:58 AM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions