August 26-31, 2022, opinions

(Abbreviated summaries on this group of opinions, due to some heavy briefing obligations in our practice that have shortened our time to draft more detailed summaries of these opinions) Designated for publication Unpublished

August 24, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Harness v. Watson, 19-60632, appeal from S.D. Miss. [ed.: Note that the following en banc decision was announced by the Court as “per curiam,” i.e., “for the court,” and at the beginning of that decision then listed all 17 active-status judges, intimating at the outset that the decision was for the entire … More August 24, 2022, opinions

August 19, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication NexPoint Advisors, L.P. v. Highland Capital Management, L.P., 21-10449, appeal from N.D. Tex. Duncan, J. (Wiener, Graves, Duncan), bankruptcy Affirming in large part confirmation order in investment firm’s bankruptcy; but reversing that portion of the liquidation plan that exculpated certain non-debtors in violation of 11 U.S.C. § 524(e). The Court first held … More August 19, 2022, opinions

July 15, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Williams v. City of Yazoo, 20-61061, appeal from S.D. Miss. Costa, J. (Clement, Graves, Costa), qualified immunity Affirming denial of qualified immunity as to individual officers in case arising from detainee’s death from internal bleeding while in county jail after being assaulted with a metal pipe and after jailers repeatedly ignored his … More July 15, 2022, opinions

July 1-5, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Guijarro v. Enterprise Holdings, Inc., 21-40512, appeal from S.D. Tex. Costa, J. (Richman, Costa, Ho), personal tort Affirming denial of remand to state court, and dismissal of claims against car rental company arising from car accident involving Jeep rented to plaintiffs by defendant. As to removal jurisdiction, the Court held first that … More July 1-5, 2022, opinions

June 13-15, 2022, opinions

(Still in catch-up mode here, so the opinions designated for publication will get the same brief treatment as the unpublished opinions …) Designated for publication U.S. v. Hamilton, 20-20645, appeal from S.D. Tex. Higginson, J. (Higginson, Willett, Ho), criminal, sentencing, sufficiency of evidence Affirming conviction of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, in violation of 18 … More June 13-15, 2022, opinions

June 1-3, 2022, opinions

(Still in catch-up mode here, so the opinions designated for publication will get the same brief treatment as the unpublished opinions …) Designated for publication Davis v. Lumpkin, 19-20873, appeal from S.D. Tex. Southwick, J. (Smith, Wiener, Southwick), prisoner suit Affirming in part dismissal of prisoner’s § 1983 action, vacating in part, and remanding. Bertrand … More June 1-3, 2022, opinions

May 13, 2022, opinions

Catching up on the blog after some non-stop over-drive briefing weeks, so both published and unpublished opinions will only contain summary disposition information and not the usual fuller descriptions. Designated for publication Owens v. Circassia Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 21-10760, appeal from N.D. Tex. Engelhardt, J. (Willett, Engelhardt, Wilson), employment discrimination Affirming summary judgment for employer in … More May 13, 2022, opinions

April 28, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Wilson v. Stroman, 20-50367, c/w Lewis v. Stroman, 20-50372, c/w Mitchell v. Stroman, 20-50380, c/w Miller v. Stroman, 20-50408, c/w Harper v. Stroman, 20-50453, appeal from W.D. Tex. Higginson, J. (Richman, Clement, Higginson), Fourth Amendment, false arrest Reversing dismissal of Fourth Amendment false arrest claims on application of the independent intermediary doctrine, … More April 28, 2022, opinions

April 8, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Boch-Saban v. Garland, 20-60540, petition for review of BIA order per curiam (Southwick, Haynes, Higginson), immigration Vacating BIA order dismissing as untimely a Guatemalan citizen’s appeal from an IJ’s order denying as time- and number-barred a motion to reopen and dismiss, and remanding to BIA to consider in the first instance the … More April 8, 2022, opinions