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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U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals opinions that are designated for publication; disposition and panel details for all unpublished decisions; a monthly tabulation of opinion statistics from the Fifth Circuit; and occasional additional analysis of opinions and Court dynamics.

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January 27, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Danziger & De Llano, L.L.P. v. Morgan Verkamp, L.L.C., 21-20186, appeal from S.D. Tex. Higginson, J. (Davis, Higginson, Engelhardt), personal jurisdiction Affirming district court’s dismissal of suit against non-Texas LLC and two of its non-Texas-resident members on grounds of lack of personal jurisdiction. In a case arising from a fee-splitting arrangement between … More January 27, 2022, opinions

January 26, 2022, opinions

Unpublished U.S. v. Viator, 20-11235, appeal from N.D. Tex. per curiam (Higginbotham, Higginson, Duncan), criminal, compassionate release Afirming district court’s denial of motion for compassionate release. Small v. Zarvona Energy, L.L.C., 20-20316, appeal from S.D. Tex. per curiam (Smith, Stewart, Graves), prisoner suit Affirming dismissal of former prisoner’s § 1983 suit for lack of subject … More January 26, 2022, opinions

January 24-25, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Garrett, 17-10516, appeal from N.D. Tex. Jolly, J. (Jolly, Jones, Southwick), criminal, sentencing, Armed Career Criminal Act On remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, reinstating prior judgment reversing imposition of a lesser sentence not enhanced under the ACCA and remanding for resentencing. The panel had previously held that a prior … More January 24-25, 2022, opinions

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