January 11-14, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Williams v. Boeing Co., 18-31158, appeal from E.D. La. Southwick, J. (Southwick, Graves, Engelhardt), personal tort, multi-district litigation Reversing in part final judgment entered in mesothelioma case by district court in Louisiana after summary judgment by MDL court in Pennsylvania, and remanded for further proceedings. The Court held that the MDL district … More January 11-14, 2022, opinions

January 3, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Parada-Orellana v. Garland, 19-60645, petition for review of BIA order Wilson, J. (Higginbotham, Stewart, Wilson), immigration Denying petition for panel rehearing; withdrawing August 6, 2021, panel opinion and substituting new panel opinion denying Salvadoran citizen’s petition for review of BIA order dismissing appeal of IJ’s motion to rescind in absentia order of … More January 3, 2022, opinions

December 16, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication Ticer v. Imperium Insurance Co., 21-10108, appeal from N.D. Tex. Higginbotham, J. (Higginbotham, Stewart, Wilson), insurance, diversity jurisdiction Vacating district court’s dismissal of improperly joined non-diverse defendant with prejudice, and remanding to district court to dismiss non-diverse defendant without prejudice. Plaintiff brought suit in Texas state court against two insurance companies arising … More December 16, 2021, opinions

December 9, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication Cleven v. Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc., No. 18-50846, c/w Brown v. Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc., No. 18-50851, appeal from W.D. Tex. Owen, C.J. (Owen, Smith, Dennis), Dennis, J., dissenting; class action, breach of contract On a Rule 23(f) appeal, reversing district court’s certification of classes in two actions against apartment company arising … More December 9, 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

September 29, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Johnson v. BOKF National Association, 18-11375, appeal from N.D. Tex. Dennis, J. (Higginbotham, Dennis, Ho), Ho, J., concurring in judgment only; banking law Affirming district court’s dismissal of putative class action against bank alleging that extended overdraft charges were usurious interest under the National Bank Act, for failure to state a claim. … More September 29, 2021 opinions

August 31, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication HTC Corp. v. Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, 19-40566 c/w 19-40643, appeal from E.D. Tex. Elrod, J. (Jones, Elrod, Higginson), Higginson, J., concurring; breach of contract [Take the Fifth is dealing with Hurricane Ida response issues right now, so will lean heavily on the judges’ introductory paragraphs to get you the gist of these … More August 31, 2021 opinions

August 23, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Moparty, 19-20797, appeal from S.D. Tex. Jones, J. (Jones, Southwick, Costa), criminal, sentencing, sufficiency of evidence, harmless error Affirming convictions and sentences of co-defendants for health care fraud, conspiracy to commit health care fraud, and money laundering. One co-defendant (Moparty) was sentenced to 108 months’ imprisonment; the other (Narang) was … More August 23, 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

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