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

January 7, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Fuentes-Rodriguez, 15-40740, appeal from S.D. Tex. per curiam (King, Costa, Willett), criminal, sentencing, Armed Career Criminal Act On remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, vacating district court’s sentencing of defendant on conviction of illegal reentry under the ACCA, where the district court had found that the defendant’s prior conviction of … More January 7, 2022, opinions

December 20-29, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Greer, 19-11348, appeal from N.D. Tex. Stewart, J. (Higginbotham, Stewart, Wilson), criminal, sentencing, Armed Career Criminal Act On remand from U.S. Supreme Court, vacating sentence under the ACCA to 120 months on guilty-plea conviction of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and remanding for resentencing. In Borden … More December 20-29, 2021, opinions

November 22-29, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication Coleman v. BP Exploration & Production, Inc., 20-40811, appeal from S.D. Tex. Willett, J. (Higginbotham, Willett, Duncan), negligence, independent contractor Affirming summary judgment dismissal of claims against project management company (BP) and against day-to-day management company (Grand Isle Shipping), on claims of employee of scaffolding subcontractor arising from plaintiff’s back injury received … More November 22-29, 2021, opinions

November 8, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Barlow, 18-30994, appeal from M.D. La. Southwick, J. (Clement, Southwick, Willett), habeas corpus, ineffective assistance of counsel, Armed Career Criminal Act Affirming district court’s denial of petitioner’s § 2255 petition for post-conviction relief based on ineffective assistance of counsel and the application of the Armed Career Criminal Act. Petitioner pled … More November 8, 2021, opinions

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