June 13-15, 2022, opinions

(Still in catch-up mode here, so the opinions designated for publication will get the same brief treatment as the unpublished opinions …) Designated for publication U.S. v. Hamilton, 20-20645, appeal from S.D. Tex. Higginson, J. (Higginson, Willett, Ho), criminal, sentencing, sufficiency of evidence Affirming conviction of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, in violation of 18 … More June 13-15, 2022, opinions

April 6-7, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Seguin v. Remington Arms Co., 17-30499, appeal from E.D. La. Southwick, J. (Owen, Dennis, Southwick), Dennis, J., dissenting; product liability After Louisiana Supreme Court declined certified question on the issue, reversing summary judgment in favor of plaintiff in design-defect claim under the Louisiana Product Liability Act (“LPLA”) against firearm manufacturer after accidental … More April 6-7, 2022, opinions

February 23-28, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Continental Automotive Systems, Inc. v. Avanci, L.L.C., 20-11032, appeal from N.D. Tex. Stewart, J. (Stewart, Ho, Engelhardt); Ho, J., constructively dissenting; antitrust law, standing Vacating 12(b)(6) dismissal of automotive parts supplier’s antitrust claim against patent licensing agent for group of standard-essential patent holders of cellular-connectivity technologies, and remanding to district court with … More February 23-28, 2022, opinions

February 17, 2022, opinions

Unpublished Herndon v. U.S., 20-10688, appeal from N.D. Tex. per curiam (Smith, Stewart, Graves), Federal Tort Claims Act Affirming summary judgment dismissal of former prisoner’s medical malpractice claim under the FTCA. Guzman v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 20-11123, appeal from N.D. Tex. per curiam (Davis, Jones, Elrod), habeas corpus Affirming dismissal of former immigration … More February 17, 2022, opinions

February 14, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication McFarland v. Lumpkin, 19-70011, appeal from S.D. Tex. per curiam (Higginbotham, Southwick, Willett), habeas corpus, ineffective assistance of counsel, Brady claim, Sixth Amendment Affirming denial of habeas relief, after having granted COA on denial of claims of ineffective assistance of counsel, Brady violation, and Sixth Amendment violation. Reminiscent of the original panel … More February 14, 2022, opinions

February 9, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication VSP Labs, Inc. v. Hillair Capital Investments, L.P., 20-10885, appeal from N.D. Tex. Higginbotham, J. (Higginbotham, Willett, Duncan), bankruptcy Affirming district court and bankruptcy court orders prohibiting one non-debtor from asserting claims against two other non-debtors. VSP had entered into a technology-sharing agreement with Pro Fix Optix (“PFO”). VSP brought a breach … More February 9, 2022, opinions

January 5, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Jones v. Lumpkin, 19-10079, appeal from N.D. Tex. Jones, J. (Jones, Higginson, Duncan), habeas corpus, timeliness Affirming district court’s dismissal of federal habeas application that had been filed after AEDPA’s one-year limitations period and that was not entitled to statutory tolling, on finding that petitioner was not entitled to equitable tolling. Petitioner’s … More January 5, 2022, opinions

December 15, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication Timpa v. Dillard, 20-10876, appeal from N.D. Tex. Clement, J. (Clement, Southwick, Willett), qualified immunity Reversing summary judgment on qualified immunity as to plaintiffs’ claims of excessive force, and affirming in part and reversing in part the qualified immunity summary judgment on claims of bystander liability, arising from Dallas Police Department’s killing … More December 15, 2021, opinions

December 10-14, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication Cochran v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 19-10396, appeal from N.D. Tex. Haynes, J. (Owen, Jones, Smith, Stewart, Dennis, Elrod, Southwick, Haynes, Graves, Higginson, Costa, Willett, Duncan, Engelhardt, Oldham, Wilson), joined by Jones, Smith, Elrod, Willett, Duncan, Engelhardt, Oldham, Wilson, JJ. (Willett, J., concurring in judgment only); Oldham, J., concurring, joined by … More December 10-14, 2021, opinions

December 1, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication Angel Brothers Enterprises, Ltd. v. Walsh, 20-60849, petition for review of OSH Review Commission Decision Costa, J. (Jones, Costa, Duncan), Jones, J., dissenting; administrative law, occupational safety Denying petition for review of decision by the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, which imputed supervisor’s knowledge of safety rule violation (doing excavation work … More December 1, 2021, opinions