June 30, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication South Central Houston Action Council v. Oak Baptist Church, 21-20559, appeal from S.D. Tex. Jones, J. (Jones, Elrod, Higginson), bankruptcy, magistrate jurisdiction Vacating affirmance of summary judgment entered by bankruptcy court, where on appeal to district court the district court had referred the bankruptcy appeal to a magistrate with the parties’ consent. … More June 30, 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

February 22, 2022, opinions

Unpublished Nswohnonomi v. Garland, 20-60882, petition for review of BIA order per curiam (Jolly, Willett, Engelhardt), immigration Denying in part and dismissing in part Cameroonian citizen’s petition for review of BIA order dismissing the appeal of a decision in which an Immigration Judge (IJ) denied his applications for asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under … More February 22, 2022, opinions

February 18, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Newsom v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co., 20-10994, c/w 21-10519, appeal from N.D. Tex. Wilson, J. (Higginbotham, Stewart, Wilson), ERISA Affirming in part and vacating in part–affirming district court’s judgment that plaintiff is eligible for long-term disability benefits and the alleged date of his disability, but vacating judgment as to entitlement to … More February 18, 2022, opinions

July 29, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Vazquez-Guerra v. Garland, 18-60828, petition for review of BIA order Ho, J. (Smith, Graves, Ho), immigration Denying petition for review of Mexican citizen’s petition for review of BIA order dismissing appeal of IJ order denying asylum and withholding of removal for her and her minor daughter based on an expressed fear that … More July 29, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: Feb. 11 and 12, 2021 opinion

Designated for publication DM Arbor Court, Ltd. v. City of Houston, 20-20194, appeal from S.D. Tex. Costa, J. (Davis, Southwick, Costa), ripeness Vacating district court’s dismissal of suit on ripeness grounds, and remanding for further proceedings. Plaintiff had brought suit challenging the refusal by the City to grant permits for repairs to apartments that had … More Take the Fifth: Feb. 11 and 12, 2021 opinion

Take the Fifth: Dec. 7 and 8, 2020 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Lipscomb, 18-11168, appeal from N.D. Tex. Clement, J. (Clement, Ho, Duncan), habeas corpus, Armed Career Criminal Act Vacating district court’s grant of § 2255 petition and remanding to reinstate original sentence. Petitioner had been convicted as a felon in possession of a firearm after being apprehended with a sawed-off shotgun … More Take the Fifth: Dec. 7 and 8, 2020 opinions

Take the Fifth: Oct. 9, 2020 opinions

U.S. v. Strother, 19-40361, appeal from E.D. Tex., designated for publication Higginson, J. (Higgonbotham, Jones, Higginson), criminal, sentencing, guilty plea Affirming conviction and sentence. Defendant had pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon. Thereafter, his counsel successfully moved to withdraw as counsel, and defendant filed a pro se motion to withdraw his … More Take the Fifth: Oct. 9, 2020 opinions