Take the Fifth: March 26, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Douglas v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 18-11567, appeal from N.D. Tex. Owen, C.J. (Owen, Haynes, Costa), Haynes, J., dissenting in part; foreclosure, breach of contract Affirming dismissal of borrowers’ claims arising from foreclosure on home by mortgagor. The Court first held that the borrowers’ protestation that they never received the notice of … More Take the Fifth: March 26, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: March 24 & 25, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication National Parks Conservation Association v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 17-60828, petition for review of EPA Rules per curiam (Davis, Stewart, Dennis), administrative law, environmental law, venue Denying motion to reconsider denial of motion by power company intervenors to confirm venue of review action in the Fifth Circuit rather than transfer venue of … More Take the Fifth: March 24 & 25, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: March 22 and 23, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Brune, 19-11360, appeal from N.D. Tex. Smith, J. (Jones, Smith, Elrod), criminal, double jeopardy Affirming conviction of defendant for possess with intent to distribute a mixture and substance containing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. In the charging instrument, the government had misstated the statutory citation for the charged crime, … More Take the Fifth: March 22 and 23, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: March 16, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Anokwuru v. City of Houston, 20-20295, appeal from S.D. Tex. Wilson, J. (Stewart, Higginson, Wilson), § 1983, false arrest, malicious prosecution Affirming 12(b)(6) dismissal of plaintiff’s § 1983 claims arising from his allegations that Officer M.R. Francis arrested him without probable cause, maliciously prosecuted him, and racially discriminated against him, and that … More Take the Fifth: March 16, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: March 10, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Hall CA-NV, LLC v. One Republic National Title Insurance Co., 20-10268, appeal from N.D. Tex. Ho, J. (Clement, Ho, Duncan), breach of contract, insurance Affirming dismissal of plaintiff’s suit for coverage for prior mechanic’s liens under title insurance policy, on basis that plaintiff had agreed to removal of such coverage. Judge Ho … More Take the Fifth: March 10, 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. 1 and 2, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Tibakweitira v. Wilkinson, 18-60459, petition for review of BIA order Engelhardt, J. (Haynes, Duncan, Engelhardt), immigration Dismissing in part and denying in part Tanzanian citizen’s petitions for review of a BIA order dismissing his appeal from the IJ decision denying his application for withholding of removal and protection under the Convention Against … More Take the Fifth: Feb. 1 and 2, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: Jan. 12 and 13, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Parkerson, 19-10780, appeal from N.D. Tex. Jolly, J. (Jolly, Southwick, Wilson), criminal, sentencing Affirming 120-month statutory maximum prison term for failure to register as a sex offender where sentencing guidelines range was 18-24 months. The presentencing report (“PSR”) referred to an excerpt from a police report of an incident where … More Take the Fifth: Jan. 12 and 13, 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. 11 and 14, 2020 opinions

Designated for publication Stelly v. Duriso, 19-20160, appeal from S.D. Tex. Haynes, J. (Jones, Haynes, Ho), Ho. J., concurring in part; intentional infliction of emotional distress, employment discrimination Vacating district court’s default judgment in favor of plaintiff on intentional infliction of emotional distress (“IIED”) claim against individual defendant in lawsuit against unions and maritime association … More Take the Fifth: Dec. 11 and 14, 2020 opinions