May 5, 2022, opinions

Catching up on the blog after some non-stop over-drive briefing weeks, so both published and unpublished opinions will only contain summary disposition information and not the usual fuller descriptions. Designated for publication Guerrero v. Occidental Petroleum Corp., 20-20633, appeal from S.D. Tex. Duncan, J. (Higginbotham, Willett, Duncan), employment Affirming district court’s dismissal of claims of … More May 5, 2022, opinions

March 19-31, 2022, opinions

(Note: While normally Take the Fifth provides more detailed summaries for opinions designated for publication and only basic disposition notes and links for unpublished opinions, because this is a catch-up post after two weeks of being away from the blog, we are just providing the links and basic disposition notes for both published and unpublished … More March 19-31, 2022, opinions

February 4-7, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Bates, 19-10813, appeal from N.D. Tex. per curiam (King, Graves, Willett), criminal, sentencing, Armed Career Criminals Act On remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, vacating and remanding for resentencing. The Court held that, under Borden v. United States, 141 S. Ct. 1817 (2021), the Texas crime of assault of a … More February 4-7, 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

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Unpublished U.S. v. Gutierrez-Pineda, 19-40947, appeal from S.D. Tex.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