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 11, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Spikes v. McVea, 19-30019, appeal from E.D. La. Higginbotham, J. (Higginbotham, Smith, Dennis), Smith, J., dissenting; prisoner suit, qualified immunity Affirming district court’s denial of qualified-immunity-based summary judgment in favor of defendant prison medical staff members, on prisoner plaintiff’s claim of an Eighth Amendment violation arising from deliberate indifference for six weeks … More August 11, 2021 opinions

July 27-28, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Jackson, 19-10627, appeal from N.D. Tex. per curiam (Wiener, Elrod, Higginson), criminal, crime of violence Vacating conviction of using a facility in aid of a racketeering enterprise with intent to commit a “crime of violence”; holding that predicate offense of sex trafficking of children is not a “crime of violence,” … More July 27-28, 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

Take the Fifth: May 6 and 7, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Gas Pipe, Inc., 19-11145, appeal from N.D. Tex. Higginson, J. (Haynes, Higginson, Oldham), criminal, sufficiency of evidence, fraud, sentencing Affirming conviction for conspiracy to defraud the United Stated for defrauding the FDA by mislabeling or selling synthetic cannabinoids marked as “not meant for human consumption” as “spice” for smoking; and … More Take the Fifth: May 6 and 7, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: April 1-2, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Knowlton, 19-41042, appeal from E.D. Tex. Elrod, J. (Elrod, Willett, Engelhardt), criminal Affirming conviction for receiving material containing child pornography. The Court held that the flash drives, external hard drives, and computer hard drives were “materials containing” child pornography and not merely child pornography itself, rejecting defendant’s argument that he … More Take the Fifth: April 1-2, 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: Feb. 1 and 2, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Tibakweitira v. Wilkinson, 18-60459, petition for review of BIA order Engelhardt, J. (Haynes, Duncan, Engelhardt), immigration Dismissing in part and denying in part Tanzanian citizen’s petitions for review of a BIA order dismissing his appeal from the IJ decision denying his application for withholding of removal and protection under the Convention Against … More Take the Fifth: Feb. 1 and 2, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: Jan. 22, 2021 opinions

Designated foro publication U.S. v. Warren, 19-10805, appeal from N.D. Tex. Willett, J. (Wiener, Costa, Willett), criminal, fraud, sufficiency of evidence, sentencing Affirming conviction and sentence of 114 months and 102 months for two defendants on eight counts arising from fraudulent telemarketing scam to ostensibly cancel timeshares. The Court held that there was sufficient evidence … More Take the Fifth: Jan. 22, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: Dec. 11 and 14, 2020 opinions

Designated for publication Stelly v. Duriso, 19-20160, appeal from S.D. Tex. Haynes, J. (Jones, Haynes, Ho), Ho. J., concurring in part; intentional infliction of emotional distress, employment discrimination Vacating district court’s default judgment in favor of plaintiff on intentional infliction of emotional distress (“IIED”) claim against individual defendant in lawsuit against unions and maritime association … More Take the Fifth: Dec. 11 and 14, 2020 opinions