October 7, 2021 opinions

Unpublished U.S. v. El Hage, 20-10409, appeal from N.D. Tex. per curiam (Elrod, Oldham, Wilson), habeas corpus Denying COA from denial of § 2255 petition challenging petitioner’s conviction of conspiring to distribute a controlled substance. Thomas v. Grundfos, CBS, 20-20505, appeal from S.D. Tex. per curiam (Davis, Elrod, Oldham), employment discrimination Affirming summary judgment dismissal … More October 7, 2021 opinions

September 27-28, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Rodriguez v. Garland, 20-60008, petition for appeal pf BIA order Higginbotham, J. (Higginbotham, Willett, Duncan), immigration Granting Uruguayan citizen’s petition for review of BIA order dismissing appeal from IJ’s denial of his motion to reopen removal proceedings and rescind his absentia removal order, and remanding for further proceedings consistent with Niz-Chavez v. … More September 27-28, 2021 opinions

September 15, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Texas v. U.S., 21-40618, appeal from S.D. Tex. Costa, J. (Southwick, Graves, Costa), immigration, Administrative Procedure Act Granting partial stay, pending appeal, of nationwide injunction entered by district court to enjoin the U.S. from relying on immigration enforcement priorities announced in DHS and ICE memos following President Biden’s inauguration. The DHS and … More September 15, 2021 opinions

September 1-6, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Rutila v. U.S. DOTD, 20-10730, appeal from N.D. Tex. Smith, J. (Owen, Smith, Graves), Freedom of Information Act Reversing district court’s jurisdictional dismissal of pro se FOIA suit against the FAA and DOTD, and remanding for further proceedings. “The district court reasoned that, because Rutila ‘broadly challenged Defendants’ adequacy of search without … More September 1-6, 2021 opinions

August 26, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Ward v. U.S., 20-10836, appeal from N.D. Tex. Southwick, J. (Jones, Southwick, Engelhardt), criminal, compassionate release Affirming district court’s denial of motion for compassionate release. The Court held that the district court may use the sentencing factors set forth in 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a) to reject compassionate release when the Government fails … More August 26, 2021 opinions

August 25, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Jennings v. Towers Watson, 19-11028, appeal from N.D. Tex. Higginson, J. (King, Higginson, Wilson), Title VII, employment discrimination, Americans with Disabilities Act Affirming summary judgment in favor of former-employer defendant on plaintiff’s claims for state-law civil conspiracy, hostile work environment under Title VII and the ADA, disability discrimination under the ADA, racial … More August 25, 2021 opinions

August 20, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Maxim Crane Works, L.P. v. Zurich American Insurance Co., 19-20489, appeal from S.D. Tex. per curiam (Smith, Ho, Oldham), insurance, Texas Anti-Indemnity Act, standing Certifying question of interpretation of the term “employee” in the Texas Anti-Indemnity Act to the Texas Supreme Court; and holding that district court did not err in declining … More August 20, 2021 opinions

August 13, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Hernandez v. Garland, 19-60274, petition for review of BIA order Jones, J. (Jones, Costa, Duncan), Costa, J., dissenting; immigration Denying Salvadoran citizen’s petition for review of BIA order denying motion to reconsider prior order of removal or alternatively to reopen proceedings. BIA deemed the motion as a motion to reconsider, concluded that … More August 13, 2021 opinions

August 12, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Schweizer v. Canon, Inc., 20-20071, appeal from S.D. Tex. Higginson, J. (Wiener, Elrod, Higginson), False Claims Act, qui tam Affirming summary judgment dismissal of plaintiff’s qui tam action under the False Claims Act alleging that Canon overcharged the U.S. for office equipment and provided non-compliant office products, holding that the claims were … More August 12, 2021 opinions

August 6, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Johnson v. PRIDE Industries, Inc., 19-50173, appeal from W.D. Tex. Dennis, J. (Dennis, Elrod, Costa), employment discrimination Affirming in part, reversing in part, and remanding summary judgment dismissal of plaintiff’s § 1981 employment discrimination and retaliation claims against former employer. The Court held that the plaintiff raised a genuine issue of material … More August 6, 2021 opinions