October 5, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Lefebure v. D’Aquilla, 19-30702, c/w 19-30989, appeal from M.D. La. Ho, J. (Owen, Graves, Ho), Graves, J., dissenting; standing Treating petition for rehearing en banc as a petition for panel rehearing, and denying petition for panel rehearing, but withdrawing Feb. 9, 2021 opinion and substituting with new opinion with same result–reversing judgment … More October 5, 2021 opinions

August 23, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Moparty, 19-20797, appeal from S.D. Tex. Jones, J. (Jones, Southwick, Costa), criminal, sentencing, sufficiency of evidence, harmless error Affirming convictions and sentences of co-defendants for health care fraud, conspiracy to commit health care fraud, and money laundering. One co-defendant (Moparty) was sentenced to 108 months’ imprisonment; the other (Narang) was … More August 23, 2021 opinions

August 2, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Kaswatuka v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 20-10632, appeal from N.D. Tex. Stewart, J. (Stewart, Costa, Willett), employment discrimination, Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act Affirming 12(b)(6) dismissal of plaintiff’s employment discrimination claims against the TSA. The Court first held that the plaintiff had waived any arguments other than those directly related … More August 2, 2021 opinions

June 28, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Norbert, 20-60106, appeal from S.D. Miss. per curiam (Owen, Jones, Smith, Stewart, Dennis, Elrod, Southwick, Haynes, Graves, Higginson, Costa, Willett, Ho, Duncan, Engelhardt, Oldham, Wilson), en banc, criminal, search and seizure Vacating March 16 panel opinion (Davis, J., joined by Stewart, J.; Oldham, J., dissenting), which had affirmed the district … More June 28, 2021 opinions

June 18 and 21, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Huawei Technologies USA, Inc. v. Federal Communications Commission, 19-60896, petition for review of FCC Order Duncan, J. (Elrod, Duncan, Wilson), administrative law, Administrative Procedures Act, ripeness, vagueness, Due Process Denying petition for review of FCC order barring recipients of federal telephone and internet service subsidies from purchasing equipment or services from companies … More June 18 and 21, 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: April 6 and 7, 2021 opinions

Brackeen v. Haaland, 18-11479, appeal from N.D. Tex. per curiam (Owen, Jones, Smith, Wiener, Stewart, Dennis, Elrod, Southwick, Haynes, Graves, Higginson, Costa, Willett, Duncan, Engelhardt, Oldham), Indian Child Welfare Act, standing, Administrative Procedures Act No one principal opinion commanded a majority of the en banc Court as to the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare … More Take the Fifth: April 6 and 7, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: Dec. 4, 2020 opinions

Designated for publication Jones v. New Orleans Regional Physician Hospital Organization, Inc., 19-31027, appeal from E.D. La. Jones, J. (Higginbotham, Jones, Higginson), Fair Labor Standards Act Affirming summary judgment in favor of defendant employer, dismissing white-collar employees’ claims for violation of the FLSA. The Court rejected plaintiffs’ argument that their job duties did not fall … More Take the Fifth: Dec. 4, 2020 opinions

Take the Fifth: Nov. 18, 2020 opinions

Unpublished Velazquez v. U.S., 19-10138, appeal from N.D. Tex. per curiam (Barksdale, Elrod, Ho), Federal Tort Claims Act, prisoner suit, jurisdiction Affirming 12(b)(1) dismissal of federal prisoner’s FTCA claim for injuries received responding to a fellow inmate’s calls for assistance, as the Inmate Accident Compensation Act provided the exclusive remedy. Jones v. Lubbock County Hospital … More Take the Fifth: Nov. 18, 2020 opinions

Take the Fifth: Nov. 9 and 10, 2020 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Cooper, 19-50119, appeal from W.D. Tex. Elrod, J. (Elrod, Duncan, Wilson), criminal, guilty plea Affirming conviction on use or possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, where defendant had pled guilty, finding sufficient factual bases to support plea; but remanding to correct that plea was to … More Take the Fifth: Nov. 9 and 10, 2020 opinions