We provide detailed summaries of all U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals opinions that are designated for publication; disposition and panel details for all unpublished decisions; a monthly tabulation of opinion statistics from the Fifth Circuit; and occasional additional analysis of opinions and Court dynamics.
Designated for publication U.S. v. Gomez, 17-20526, appeal from S.D. Tex. per curiam (Smith, Elrod, Oldham), criminal, sentencing On remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, remanding to the district court to reform the judgment to impose sentence under 8 U.S.C. § 1326(b)(1) (applicable to predicate non-aggravated felonies) rather than under 8 U.S.C. § 1326(b)(2) (applicable … More January 17-18, 2022, opinions
Designated for publication Williams v. Boeing Co., 18-31158, appeal from E.D. La. Southwick, J. (Southwick, Graves, Engelhardt), personal tort, multi-district litigation Reversing in part final judgment entered in mesothelioma case by district court in Louisiana after summary judgment by MDL court in Pennsylvania, and remanded for further proceedings. The Court held that the MDL district … More January 11-14, 2022, opinions
Designated for publication U.S. v. Fuentes-Rodriguez, 15-40740, appeal from S.D. Tex. per curiam (King, Costa, Willett), criminal, sentencing, Armed Career Criminal Act On remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, vacating district court’s sentencing of defendant on conviction of illegal reentry under the ACCA, where the district court had found that the defendant’s prior conviction of … More January 7, 2022, opinions
Designated for publication Seguin v. Remington Arms Co., 17-30499, appeal from E.D. La. Southwick, J. (Owen, Dennis, Southwick), Dennis, J., dissenting; products liability, jurisdiction Certifying question to the Louisiana Supreme Court of whether plaintiff’s products liability claim against gun manufacturer arising from injury from accidental discharge of her father’s hunting rifle on a hunting trip … More January 6, 2022, opinions
Designated for publication Jones v. Lumpkin, 19-10079, appeal from N.D. Tex. Jones, J. (Jones, Higginson, Duncan), habeas corpus, timeliness Affirming district court’s dismissal of federal habeas application that had been filed after AEDPA’s one-year limitations period and that was not entitled to statutory tolling, on finding that petitioner was not entitled to equitable tolling. Petitioner’s … More January 5, 2022, opinions
Designated for publication Aviles-Tavera v. Garland, 20-60587, petition for review of BIA order Higginbotham, J. (Higginbotham, Stewart, Wilson), immigration Denying Mexican citizen’s petition for review of BIA determination that he is statutorily ineligible for withholding of removal and not entitled to protection under the Convention Against Torture. In a prior removal proceeding, the IJ determined … More January 4, 2022, opinions
Designated for publication Parada-Orellana v. Garland, 19-60645, petition for review of BIA order Wilson, J. (Higginbotham, Stewart, Wilson), immigration Denying petition for panel rehearing; withdrawing August 6, 2021, panel opinion and substituting new panel opinion denying Salvadoran citizen’s petition for review of BIA order dismissing appeal of IJ’s motion to rescind in absentia order of … More January 3, 2022, opinions
We report after each month on interesting statistics from the data we generate from the daily opinion summaries from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and at the end of each court year (Oct.-Sept.) we will aggregate that–all of which provides useful insights into the inner workings of the Court, the relative … More December 2021 opinion statistics
Designated for publication U.S. v. Meals, 20-40752, appeal from S.D. Tex. Jones, J. (Owen, Jones, Wilson), criminal, search and seizure Affirming conviction for production and possession of child pornography, on finding that Facebook did not act as a government agent when it sent a tip about the defendant’s Messenger exchange with a 15-year-old to the … More December 30, 2021, opinions
Designated for publication U.S. v. Greer, 19-11348, appeal from N.D. Tex. Stewart, J. (Higginbotham, Stewart, Wilson), criminal, sentencing, Armed Career Criminal Act On remand from U.S. Supreme Court, vacating sentence under the ACCA to 120 months on guilty-plea conviction of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and remanding for resentencing. In Borden … More December 20-29, 2021, opinions
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