August 22, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Hignell-Stark v. City of New Orleans, 21-30643, appeal from E.D. La. Smith, J. (Smith, Wiener, Southwick), § 1983, takings, Commerce Clause, First Amendment Affirming in part and vacating in part summary judgment dismissing two of three constitutional challenges by owners of short-term rentals (STRs) against the City of New Orleans in relation … More August 22, 2022, opinions

August 19, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication NexPoint Advisors, L.P. v. Highland Capital Management, L.P., 21-10449, appeal from N.D. Tex. Duncan, J. (Wiener, Graves, Duncan), bankruptcy Affirming in large part confirmation order in investment firm’s bankruptcy; but reversing that portion of the liquidation plan that exculpated certain non-debtors in violation of 11 U.S.C. § 524(e). The Court first held … More August 19, 2022, opinions

July 12, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Securities and Exchange Commission v. Novinger, 21-10985, appeal from N.D. Tex. Stewart, J. (Jones, Stewart, Duncan); Jones, J., concurring (joined by Duncan, J.); Rule 60(b); First Amendment Affirming denial of Rule 60(b) motion filed five years after consent judgment, where defendant challenged the “no-deny” provision of its settlement of an SEC civil … More July 12, 2022, opinions

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(Still in catch-up mode here, so the opinions designated for publication will get the same brief treatment as the unpublished opinions …) Designated for publication U.S. v. Hamilton, 20-20645, appeal from S.D. Tex.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 1, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Defense Distributed v. Bruck, 21-50327, appeal from W.D. Tex. Jones, J. (Jones, Elrod, Higginson), Higginson, J., dissenting; mandamus, First Amendment, venue transfer, severance Granting mandamus ordering the district court to request retransfer back to it of a claim against the New Jersey Attorney General (“NJAG”) that it has severed from a larger … More April 1, 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provides more detailed summaries for opinions designated for publication and only basic disposition notes and links for unpublished opinions, because this is a catch-up post after two weeks of being away from the blog, we are just providing the links and basic disposition notes for both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