June 17, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication SED Holdings, LLC v. St. John, 19-20841, appeal from S.D. Tex. Duncan, J. (Haynes, Duncan, Engelhardt), fraud, breach of contract, res judicata, judicial estoppel Affirming judgment of fraud, but finding damages excessive and remanding for remittitur, and vacating judgment of breach of contract, and remanding for further proceedings. This case arose from … More June 17, 2021 opinions

June 14, 2021 opinions

Unpublished U.S. v. Gutierrez-Pineda, 19-40947, appeal from S.D. Tex. per curiam (Davis, Elrod, Oldham), criminal Granting Anders motion to withdraw, and dismissing appeal. U.S. v. Hines, 20-10671, appeal from N.D. Tex. per curiam (Haynes, Graves, Willett), criminal, First Step Act Affirming denial of sentence reduction under the First Step Act. U.S. v. Cardenas, 20-10708, appeal … More June 14, 2021 opinions

June 10, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Bulkley & Associates, LLC v. Department of Industrial Relations, 20-40020, appeal from E.D. Tex. Willett, J. (Dennis, Higginson, Willett), personal jurisdiction Affirming dismissal of company’s lawsuit against California agency, challenging California agency’s authority to enforce California regulations in Texas, on ground of lack of personal jurisdiction over California agency. California’s Department of … More June 10, 2021 opinions

June 8-9, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Midwestern Cattle Marketing, LLC v. Legend Bank, N.A., 20-10663, appeal from N.D. Tex. Barker, J., by desig. (Smith, Ho, Barker), decretal language, summary judgment Affirming the summary judgment entered by the district court on remand from prior appeal in matter. The Court rejected plaintiff’s argument that an unjust enrichment claim was still … More June 8-9, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: June 2-3, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Butler v. Porter, 19-30029, appeal from W.D. La. Haynes, J. (Owen, Dennis, Haynes), Bivens claim Affirming in part, affirming the district court’s dismissal of Bivens claim for First Amendment retaliation claims and for due process claims, and affirming the district court’s denial of motions to file surreply briefs and to file amended … More Take the Fifth: June 2-3, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: April 30, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Douglas v. Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, 20-30379, appeal from E.D. La. per curiam (King, Elrod, Willett), Elrod, J., specially concurring, joined by WIllett, J.; personal jurisdiction Affirming dismissal of two lawsuits against Japanese company that chartered boat that collided with U.S. Navy vessel in Japanese territorial waters, killing seven sailors and injuring … More Take the Fifth: April 30, 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 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. 24, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Nora, 18-31078, appeal from E.D. La. Higginson, J. (Higginbotham, Jones, Higginson), criminal, sufficiency of evidence Reversing convictions and vacating sentence on counts of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to pay or receive illegal health care kickbacks, and aiding and abetting health care fraud, on holding that there was … More Take the Fifth: Feb. 24, 2021 opinions