September 24, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Abushagif v. Garland, 19-60807, petition for review of BIA order Smith, J. (Smith, Higginson, Engelhardt), immigration Granting in part, denying in part, and remanding to the BIA to assess the Libyan citizen’s petition for assessment of his claim for protection under the Convention Against Torture (denying petition for review of denial of … More September 24, 2021 opinions

September 22, 2021 opinions

Unpublished P. v. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, 20-30361, appeal from W.D. La. per curiam (Ho, Oldham, Wilson), Oldham, J., concurring; insurance, ERISA Reversing district court’s grant of plaintiff’s summary judgment motion and denial of defendant’s cross-motion for summary judgment, regarding defendant insurer’s decision to only cover a portion of plaintiff’s daughter’s months-long … More September 22, 2021 opinions

September 20, 2021 opinions

Unpublished Martin Resource Management Corp. v. Federal Insurance Co., 20-40571, appeal from E.D. Tex. per curiam (Jones, Southwick, Engelhardt), insurance Affirming dismissal of insured’s claims with prejudice, finding that “the insured did not meet its burden of establishing coverage under the terms of the policy.” U.S. v. Oneal, 20-50494, appeal from W.D. Tex. per curiam … More September 20, 2021 opinions

September 1-6, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Rutila v. U.S. DOTD, 20-10730, appeal from N.D. Tex. Smith, J. (Owen, Smith, Graves), Freedom of Information Act Reversing district court’s jurisdictional dismissal of pro se FOIA suit against the FAA and DOTD, and remanding for further proceedings. “The district court reasoned that, because Rutila ‘broadly challenged Defendants’ adequacy of search without … More September 1-6, 2021 opinions

August 26, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Ward v. U.S., 20-10836, appeal from N.D. Tex. Southwick, J. (Jones, Southwick, Engelhardt), criminal, compassionate release Affirming district court’s denial of motion for compassionate release. The Court held that the district court may use the sentencing factors set forth in 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a) to reject compassionate release when the Government fails … More August 26, 2021 opinions

August 24, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Sims, 19-20833, appeal from S.D. Tex. Davis, J. (Davis, Haynes, Oldham), criminal, sentencing, sufficiency of evidence Affirming conviction of defendant on sex trafficking a minor and conspiracy to sex traffic a minor, and imposition of life sentence; holding that there was sufficient evidence to support conviction, that district court did … More August 24, 2021 opinions

August 20, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Maxim Crane Works, L.P. v. Zurich American Insurance Co., 19-20489, appeal from S.D. Tex. per curiam (Smith, Ho, Oldham), insurance, Texas Anti-Indemnity Act, standing Certifying question of interpretation of the term “employee” in the Texas Anti-Indemnity Act to the Texas Supreme Court; and holding that district court did not err in declining … More August 20, 2021 opinions

August 13, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Hernandez v. Garland, 19-60274, petition for review of BIA order Jones, J. (Jones, Costa, Duncan), Costa, J., dissenting; immigration Denying Salvadoran citizen’s petition for review of BIA order denying motion to reconsider prior order of removal or alternatively to reopen proceedings. BIA deemed the motion as a motion to reconsider, concluded that … More August 13, 2021 opinions

August 12, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Schweizer v. Canon, Inc., 20-20071, appeal from S.D. Tex. Higginson, J. (Wiener, Elrod, Higginson), False Claims Act, qui tam Affirming summary judgment dismissal of plaintiff’s qui tam action under the False Claims Act alleging that Canon overcharged the U.S. for office equipment and provided non-compliant office products, holding that the claims were … More August 12, 2021 opinions

August 10. 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Butler, 19-40095, appeal from E.D. Tex. Smith, J. (Owen, Smith, Graves), criminal, sentencing Affirming imposition of special conditions of release and temporary denial of federal benefits as part of sentence on guilty plea to conspiracy to possess methamphetamine. Defendant entered into a guilty plea agreement that indicated a sentence of … More August 10. 2021 opinions