August 19, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Whole Woman’s Health v. Paxton, 17-51060, appeal from W.D. Tex. En banc (Owen, Jones, Smith, Stewart, Dennis, Elrod, Haynes, Graves, Higginson, Costa, Willett, Ho, Engelhardt, Wilson) (recused: Southwick, Duncan, Oldham) Elrod and Willett, JJ., plurality (joined by Jones, Smith, Ho, Engelhardt, Wilson in full; concurred in judgment only by Owen and Haynes); … More August 19, 2021 opinions

Aug. 9, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Hale v. Harrison County Board of Supervisors, 17-60246, appeal from S.D. Miss. per curiam (Davis, Haynes, Oldham), prisoner suit Dismissing appeal of summary judgment dismissal of prisoner’s seventh of at least twelve federal lawsuits and imposition of third strike under the Prison Litigation Reform Act, and barring plaintiff from filing “additional abusive … More Aug. 9, 2021 opinions

July 30, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Sanchez Oil & Gas Corp. v. Crescent Drilling & Production, Inc., 20-20304, appeal from S. D. Tex. Jones, J. (Jones, Clement, Graves), Fair Labor Standards Act, indemnification Reversing summary judgment in favor of defendant on plaintiff’s claim for indemnification for FLSA liability to subcontractor, finding existence of material fact as to whether … More July 30, 2021 opinions

June 30, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Parker, 19-60077, appeal from S.D. Miss. Davis, J. (Davis, Duncan, Oldham), habeas corpus, Armed Career Criminal Act Affirming denial of § 2255 petition for relief from his mandatory life sentence on armed robbery conviction on basis that prior convictions were classified as “serious violent felonies” only pursuant to the ACCA’s … More June 30, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: May 11, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Sanchez v. Smart Fabricators of Texas, LLC, 19-20506, appeal from S.D. Tex. Davis, J. (Owen, Davis, Jones, Smith, Stewart, Dennis, Elrod, Southwick, Haynes, Graves, Higginson, Costa, Willett, Ho, Duncan, Engelhardt, Oldham, Wilson), Dennis, J., concurring; Jones Act, maritime law, Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act In this en banc decision, a unanimous … More Take the Fifth: May 11, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: Dec. 15, 2020 opinions

Designated for publication Cohen v. Gilmore, 19-20152, appeal from S.D. Tex. Graves, J. (Graves, Costa, Engelhardt), fraudulent transfer Affirming in part and vacating in part rulings of the state trial court entered prior to bankruptcy removal, and remanding to the federal district court for further proceedings. Plaintiff brought claim for fraudulent transfer in a real … More Take the Fifth: Dec. 15, 2020 opinions

Take the Fifth: Dec. 9 opinions

Unpublished U.S. v. Castaneda, 19-10687, appeal from N.D. Tex. per curiam (Clement, Higginson, Engelhardt), criminal, sentencing Affirming within-Guidelines sentence of 180 months for conviction of possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. U.S. v. Love, 19-11331, appeal from N.D. Tex. per curiam (Jones, Barksdale, Stewart), criminal, sentencing Affirming conviction and sentence … More Take the Fifth: Dec. 9 opinions

Take the Fifth: Dec. 7 and 8, 2020 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Lipscomb, 18-11168, appeal from N.D. Tex. Clement, J. (Clement, Ho, Duncan), habeas corpus, Armed Career Criminal Act Vacating district court’s grant of § 2255 petition and remanding to reinstate original sentence. Petitioner had been convicted as a felon in possession of a firearm after being apprehended with a sawed-off shotgun … More Take the Fifth: Dec. 7 and 8, 2020 opinions

Take the Fifth: Dec. 1, 2020 opinions

Designated for publication Thomas v. Lumpkin, 17-20661, appeal from S.D. Tex. Jones, J., order denying en banc rehearing, joined by Owen, Jones, Smith, Southwick, Haynes, Costa, Ho, Duncan, Engelhardt, Oldham, Wilson, JJ.; Graves, J., dissenting from denial of rehearing, joines by Elrod, J. (Stewart, Dennis, Elrod, Graves, Higginson, Willett, voting to rehear); habeas corpus, ineffective … More Take the Fifth: Dec. 1, 2020 opinions

Take the Fifth: Nov. 24, 2020 opinions

Designated for publication Smith v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 19-20818, appeal from S.D. Tex. Smith, J. (Higginbotham, Smith, Dennis), defamation Affirming summary judgment in favor of Wal-Mart on plaintiff’s defamation claim for being misidentified as a shoplifter by a Wal-Mart employee. Court held that, under standard necessary to overcome the qualified privilege under Texas law that … More Take the Fifth: Nov. 24, 2020 opinions