Take the Fifth: April 13, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Impax Laboratories, Inc. v. Federal Trade Commission, 19-60394, petition for review of order of the FTC Costa, J. (Southwick, Costa, Duncan), antitrust law Denying petition for review of FTC order that concluded a rule-of-reason analysis to determine that the respondent’s acceptance more than $100 million in reverse payment settlements to delay the … More Take the Fifth: April 13, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: March 11, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Fackrell, 18-40598, appeal from E.D. Tex. Stewart, J. (Stewart, Duncan, Wilson), criminal, sentencing, death penalty Affirming convictions and death sentences of co-defendants for first-degree murder of fellow inmate in prison shanking to enforce rules of the Soldiers of Aryan Culture (“SAC”) prison gang. The Court held that the district court … More Take the Fifth: March 11, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: March 8, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Masha, 19-20673, appeal from S.D. Tex. Jones, J. (Jones, Clement, Graves), criminal, sufficiency of evidence, sentencing Affirming conviction and sentence on eight counts of false use of a passport under 18 U.S.C. § 1543, and vacating (with government’s acquiescence) conviction and sentence on eight counts of misuse of a passport … More Take the Fifth: March 8, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: March 3, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Johnson, 19-30921, appeal from W.D. La. Dennis, J. (Dennis, Higginson, Willett), criminal, sufficiency of evidence, due process, sentencing Affirming convictions of co-defendants for the armed robbery of two banks and one credit union and with related firearms offenses and sentences of 498 months for one defendant and 339 months for … More Take the Fifth: March 3, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: Jan. 15, 2021 opinions

Unpublished U.S. v. Lott, 19-20726, appeal from S.D. Tex. per curiam (Clement, Higginson, Engelhardt), criminal, sentencing Affirming conviction and 60-month sentence for bank fraud. Hoffman v. Furr, 19-40913, appeal from S.D. Tex. per curiam (Barksdale, Graves, Oldham), prisoner suit Affirming dismissal of prisoner suit arising from administration of insulin to plaintiff, and issuing strike for … More Take the Fifth: Jan. 15, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: Jan. 12 and 13, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Parkerson, 19-10780, appeal from N.D. Tex. Jolly, J. (Jolly, Southwick, Wilson), criminal, sentencing Affirming 120-month statutory maximum prison term for failure to register as a sex offender where sentencing guidelines range was 18-24 months. The presentencing report (“PSR”) referred to an excerpt from a police report of an incident where … More Take the Fifth: Jan. 12 and 13, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: Dec. 26-31, 2020 opinions

Designated for publication Daves v. Dallas County, 18-11368, appeal from N.D. Tex. Southwick, J. (Southwick, Graves, Engelhardt), cash bail, § 1983, Equal Protection, Due Process, sovereign immunity, Ex Parte Young Affirming preliminary injunction against imposition of cash bail on indigent arrestees as unconstitutional, with modifications to injunction to not apply to criminal district court judges … More Take the Fifth: Dec. 26-31, 2020 opinions

Take the Fifth: Nov. 24, 2020 opinions

Designated for publication Smith v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 19-20818, appeal from S.D. Tex. Smith, J. (Higginbotham, Smith, Dennis), defamation Affirming summary judgment in favor of Wal-Mart on plaintiff’s defamation claim for being misidentified as a shoplifter by a Wal-Mart employee. Court held that, under standard necessary to overcome the qualified privilege under Texas law that … More Take the Fifth: Nov. 24, 2020 opinions

Take the Fifth: Nov. 13, 2020 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Batiste, 19-30927, appeal from E.D. La. Engelhardt, J., (Graves, Costa, Engelhardt), criminal, sentencing, First Step Act Affirming in part sentence of imprisonment and denial of sentence-reduction under the First Step Act, but remanding in part the portion of the sentence regarding the term of supervised release for the district court … More Take the Fifth: Nov. 13, 2020 opinions

Take the Fifth: Nov. 9 and 10, 2020 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Cooper, 19-50119, appeal from W.D. Tex. Elrod, J. (Elrod, Duncan, Wilson), criminal, guilty plea Affirming conviction on use or possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, where defendant had pled guilty, finding sufficient factual bases to support plea; but remanding to correct that plea was to … More Take the Fifth: Nov. 9 and 10, 2020 opinions