September 16, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Muhammad, 15-60300, appeal from S.D. Miss. Oldham, J. (Ho, Oldham, Wilson), criminal, harmless error Affirming defendant’s conviction of violations of the Controlled Substances Act and the Controlled Analogue Enforcement Act, which resulted in a 120-year sentence, on finding that error in jury instructions that omitted an element of the Analogue … More September 16, 2021 opinions

August 16-17, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Lindsey v. Bio-Medical Applications of Louisiana, L.L.C., 20-30289, appeal from W.D. La. Ho, J. (Ho, Oldham, Wilson), Family and Medical Leave Act Affirming in part and reversing in part summary judgment dismissal of employee’s claims against former employer, reversing dismissal of FMLA retaliation claim and affirming dismissal of other claims for FMLA … More August 16-17, 2021 opinions

July 12, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Singh v. Garland, 19-60937, petition for review of BIA order Higginbotham, J. (Higginbotham, Southwick, Willett), immigration Granting stay pending review of petition for review of BIA order dismissing Indian citizen’s appeal of IJ decision denying his application for asylum and protection under the Convention Against Torture and finding petitioner not credible. Petitioner’s … More July 12, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: March 15, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Dubin, 19-50912, appeal from W.D. Tex. per curiam (En banc), criminal, fraud, sufficiency of evidence, timeliness, restitution, sentencing Ordering case to be reheard en banc, vacating December 4 panel opinion (Barksdale, Elrod, Ho; Elrod, concurring) that affirmed conviction and sentence for defendants’ charged scheme to defraud Texas’s Medicaid program. Jones v. Michaels Stores, Inc., … More Take the Fifth: March 15, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: March 8, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Masha, 19-20673, appeal from S.D. Tex. Jones, J. (Jones, Clement, Graves), criminal, sufficiency of evidence, sentencing Affirming conviction and sentence on eight counts of false use of a passport under 18 U.S.C. § 1543, and vacating (with government’s acquiescence) conviction and sentence on eight counts of misuse of a passport … More Take the Fifth: March 8, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: Feb. 3, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Official Stanford Investors Committee v. Trustmark National Bank, 19-11131, appeal from N.D. Tex. Southwick, J. (Owen, Davis, Southwick), intervention Affirming the denial of intervention of right by group of Stanford investors into suit brought by original plaintiff group of Stanford investors against defendant who provided banking services to R. Allen Stanford for … More Take the Fifth: Feb. 3, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: Jan. 14, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Evolve Federal Credit Union v. Barragan-Flores, 18-50420, appeal from W.D. Tex. Owen, C.J. (Owen, Wiener, Dennis), bankruptcy Affirming district court’s reversal of bankruptcy court’s approval of plan that allowed debtor to retain one of two vehicles that had been cross-collateralized to secure loans on both vehicles. The debtor had financed the purchase … More Take the Fifth: Jan. 14, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: Jan. 1 – 11, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Ovalles v. Rosen, 17-60438, petition for review of BIA order Jones, J. (Jones, Smith, Elrod), immigration, equitable tolling On remand from the Supreme Court, denying petition for review of BIA order denying motion to reopen and failing to apply equitable tolling. The Court had originally dismissed the petition for review for lack … More Take the Fifth: Jan. 1 – 11, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: Dec. 26-31, 2020 opinions

Designated for publication Daves v. Dallas County, 18-11368, appeal from N.D. Tex. Southwick, J. (Southwick, Graves, Engelhardt), cash bail, § 1983, Equal Protection, Due Process, sovereign immunity, Ex Parte Young Affirming preliminary injunction against imposition of cash bail on indigent arrestees as unconstitutional, with modifications to injunction to not apply to criminal district court judges … More Take the Fifth: Dec. 26-31, 2020 opinions

Take the Fifth: Dec. 4, 2020 opinions

Designated for publication Jones v. New Orleans Regional Physician Hospital Organization, Inc., 19-31027, appeal from E.D. La. Jones, J. (Higginbotham, Jones, Higginson), Fair Labor Standards Act Affirming summary judgment in favor of defendant employer, dismissing white-collar employees’ claims for violation of the FLSA. The Court rejected plaintiffs’ argument that their job duties did not fall … More Take the Fifth: Dec. 4, 2020 opinions