July 7, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Health Choice Alliance, L.L.C. v. Eli Lilly & Co., 19-40906, appeal from E.D. Tex. Elrod, J., (Higginbotham, Elrod, Haynes), Higginbotham, J., concurring; False Claims Act, qui tam Affirming dismissal of Health Choice entities’ qui tam actions under the False Claims Act, on the United States’ motion to dismiss the actions. The Health … More July 7, 2021 opinions

June 29, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Tinney, 20-10849, appeal from N.D. Tex. per curiam (Davis, Duncan, Oldham), criminal, sentencing Affirming 18-month revocation sentence, plus an additional five years of supervised release, for recidivist sexual offender. The Court held that the district court did not commit plain error in mistakenly conflating criminal history score with criminal history … More June 29, 2021 opinions

June 25, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Doe v. Mckesson, 17-30864, appeal from M.D. La. per curiam (Jolly, Elrod, Willett), Elrod, J., concurring; negligence On remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, the panel certified questions to the Louisiana Supreme Court. In this suit, the plaintiff police officer had sued the leader of a Black Lives Matter protest in Baton … More June 25, 2021 opinions

June 24, 2021 opinions

Unpublished Creuzot v. Green, 19-10864, appeal from N.D. Tex. per curiam (Clement, Higginson, Engelhardt), appellate jurisdiction Dismissing appeal for lack of jurisdiction, where appellant timely appealed from a merits judgment under the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, which was separate from a later-issued fee award judgment, but appellant only briefed the fee-award issue that was not … More June 24, 2021 opinions

June 15, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Seals v. Vannoy, 19-30447, appeal from E.D. La. Barker, J. (by desig.) (Smith, Ho, Barker), habeas corpus, Batson challenge Affirming denial of habeas relief on Batson challenge basis. The Court held that the state appellate court had not unreasonably applied clearly established federal law in reviewing petitioner’s Batson challenge when it considered … More June 15, 2021 opinions

June 10, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Bulkley & Associates, LLC v. Department of Industrial Relations, 20-40020, appeal from E.D. Tex. Willett, J. (Dennis, Higginson, Willett), personal jurisdiction Affirming dismissal of company’s lawsuit against California agency, challenging California agency’s authority to enforce California regulations in Texas, on ground of lack of personal jurisdiction over California agency. California’s Department of … More June 10, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: June 2-3, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Butler v. Porter, 19-30029, appeal from W.D. La. Haynes, J. (Owen, Dennis, Haynes), Bivens claim Affirming in part, affirming the district court’s dismissal of Bivens claim for First Amendment retaliation claims and for due process claims, and affirming the district court’s denial of motions to file surreply briefs and to file amended … More Take the Fifth: June 2-3, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: May 28, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication International Energy Ventures Management, LLC v. United Energy Group, Ltd., 20-20221, appeal from S.D. Tex. Oldham, J. (Haynes, Higginson, Oldham), arbitration Reversing district court’s judgment compelling arbitration on a finding that the defendant had not been prejudiced by the plaintiff’s (which was the party moving to compel arbitration) litigation conduct during the … More Take the Fifth: May 28, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: April 22, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Aguirre v. City of San Antonio, 17-51031, appeal from W.D. Tex. Dennis, J. (Jolly, Dennis, Higginson), Jolly, J., concurring; Higginson, J., concurring; excessive force, qualified immunity, municipal liability Vacating summary judgment on qualified immunity grounds as to claims against officer defendants for holding arrestee in hog-tied, “maximum restraint” position for five and … More Take the Fifth: April 22, 2021 opinions