July 27-28, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Jackson, 19-10627, appeal from N.D. Tex. per curiam (Wiener, Elrod, Higginson), criminal, crime of violence Vacating conviction of using a facility in aid of a racketeering enterprise with intent to commit a “crime of violence”; holding that predicate offense of sex trafficking of children is not a “crime of violence,” … More July 27-28, 2021 opinions

July 13, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Gaspar-Felipe, 19-50997, appeal from W.D. Tex. Duncan, J. (Jones, Costa, Duncan), criminal, sentencing, Confrontation Clause, sufficiency of evidence Affirming convictions and 78-month sentence for defendant’s role in an alien smuggling operations in which the person being smuggled died. The Court held that there was no Confrontation Clause violation in the … More July 13, 2021 opinions

June 22, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Dean v. Akal Security, Inc., 20-30306, appeal from W.D. La. Southwick, J. (Higginbotham, Southwick, Engelhardt), Fair Labor Standards Act Affirming summary judgment in favor of defendant on FLSA claims arising from meal-period policy that automatically deducted one hour of pay from employees of security company whose employees accompanied deportees being flown to … More June 22, 2021 opinions

June 17, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication SED Holdings, LLC v. St. John, 19-20841, appeal from S.D. Tex. Duncan, J. (Haynes, Duncan, Engelhardt), fraud, breach of contract, res judicata, judicial estoppel Affirming judgment of fraud, but finding damages excessive and remanding for remittitur, and vacating judgment of breach of contract, and remanding for further proceedings. This case arose from … More June 17, 2021 opinions

June 16, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Retana v. Twitter, Inc., 19-11389, appeal from N.D. Tex. Wiener, J. (Wiener, Costa, Willett), Anti-Terrorism Act Affirming 12(b)(6) dismissal of claims against Twitter, Google, and Facebook under the Anti-Terrorism Act under a theory of liability for aiding and abetting terrorism as a social media platform on which a third party, Hamas, radicalized … More June 16, 2021 opinions

June 8-9, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Midwestern Cattle Marketing, LLC v. Legend Bank, N.A., 20-10663, appeal from N.D. Tex. Barker, J., by desig. (Smith, Ho, Barker), decretal language, summary judgment Affirming the summary judgment entered by the district court on remand from prior appeal in matter. The Court rejected plaintiff’s argument that an unjust enrichment claim was still … More June 8-9, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: April 30, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Douglas v. Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, 20-30379, appeal from E.D. La. per curiam (King, Elrod, Willett), Elrod, J., specially concurring, joined by WIllett, J.; personal jurisdiction Affirming dismissal of two lawsuits against Japanese company that chartered boat that collided with U.S. Navy vessel in Japanese territorial waters, killing seven sailors and injuring … More Take the Fifth: April 30, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: April 28, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Onyeri, 18-50869, appeal from W.D. Tex. Clement, J. (Owen, Clement, Higginson), criminal, RICO, search and seizure Affirming RICO conviction for pattern of criminal activity culminating in attempted assassination attempt on state judge. The Court held that the district court did not err in denying a motion to suppress evidence from … More Take the Fifth: April 28, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: April 19, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Phillips v. Sanofi US Services, Inc., 20-30405, appeal from E.D. La. per curiam (King, Smith, Haynes), product liability Affirming summary judgment dismissal of plaintiff’s failure-to-warn claim regarding permanent hair-loss from chemotherapy drug Taxotere, on finding that, under Louisiana law, there was a lack of causation because there was no genuine dispute that … More Take the Fifth: April 19, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: April 6 and 7, 2021 opinions

Brackeen v. Haaland, 18-11479, appeal from N.D. Tex. per curiam (Owen, Jones, Smith, Wiener, Stewart, Dennis, Elrod, Southwick, Haynes, Graves, Higginson, Costa, Willett, Duncan, Engelhardt, Oldham), Indian Child Welfare Act, standing, Administrative Procedures Act No one principal opinion commanded a majority of the en banc Court as to the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare … More Take the Fifth: April 6 and 7, 2021 opinions