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 15, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Seals v. Vannoy, 19-30447, appeal from E.D. La. Barker, J. (by desig.) (Smith, Ho, Barker), habeas corpus, Batson challenge Affirming denial of habeas relief on Batson challenge basis. The Court held that the state appellate court had not unreasonably applied clearly established federal law in reviewing petitioner’s Batson challenge when it considered … More June 15, 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: Nov. 11, 2020 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Beaudion, 19-30635, appeal from W.D. La. Oldham, J. (Smith, Clement, Oldham), criminal, Fourth Amendment, search and seizure, Stored Communications Act Affirming conviction of defendant for drug offenses, upholding district court’s denial of motion to suppress evidence gained through government’s surveillance of the GPS coordinates on his girlfriend’s (and drug-dealing partner’s) … More Take the Fifth: Nov. 11, 2020 opinions

Take the Fifth: Oct. 19, 2020 opinions

Designated for publication Richardson v. Hughs, 20-50774, appeal from W.D. Tex. Smith, J. (Higginbotham, Smith, Oldham), Higginbotham, J., concurring; election law, sovereign immunity Staying, pending appeal, the district court’s injunction of Texas’s procedures regarding mail-in ballot signature verification and voter-notification procedures. Texas’s absentee mail-in balloting procedures–a system that, as confirmed by 5th Circuit’s October 14th … More Take the Fifth: Oct. 19, 2020 opinions