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

November 22-29, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication Coleman v. BP Exploration & Production, Inc., 20-40811, appeal from S.D. Tex. Willett, J. (Higginbotham, Willett, Duncan), negligence, independent contractor Affirming summary judgment dismissal of claims against project management company (BP) and against day-to-day management company (Grand Isle Shipping), on claims of employee of scaffolding subcontractor arising from plaintiff’s back injury received … More November 22-29, 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 25, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Doe v. Mckesson, 17-30864, appeal from M.D. La. per curiam (Jolly, Elrod, Willett), Elrod, J., concurring; negligence On remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, the panel certified questions to the Louisiana Supreme Court. In this suit, the plaintiff police officer had sued the leader of a Black Lives Matter protest in Baton … More June 25, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: June 2-3, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Butler v. Porter, 19-30029, appeal from W.D. La. Haynes, J. (Owen, Dennis, Haynes), Bivens claim Affirming in part, affirming the district court’s dismissal of Bivens claim for First Amendment retaliation claims and for due process claims, and affirming the district court’s denial of motions to file surreply briefs and to file amended … More Take the Fifth: June 2-3, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: May 14-17, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Lillie v. Office of Financial Institutions State of Louisiana, 19-30705, appeal from M.D. La. Smith, J. (Smith, Graves, Ho), securities law Affirming denial of continuance for further discovery and grant of summary judgment to defendants (“SEI”) that were associated with Stanford International Bank, Ltd. in Robert Stanford’s Ponzi scheme, based on conclusion … More Take the Fifth: May 14-17, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: March 18, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Franco v. Mabe Trucking Co., 19-30316, appeal from W.D. La. Dennis, J. (King, Jones, Dennis), Jones, J., dissenting; negligence, timeliness, transfer of venue Reversing summary judgment in favor of defendant in car-wreck case on grounds of timeliness/prescription, and remanding for further proceedings. This suit arose from a wreck that happened in Louisiana … More Take the Fifth: March 18, 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: Feb. 17, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Echeverry v. Jazz Casino Co., 20-30038, appeal from E.D. La. Southwick, J. (Jolly, Southwick, Wilson), negligence, damages, sufficiency of evidence On petition for rehearing, withdrawing January 11 panel opinion and replacing with new opinion with same outcome: Affirming district court’s denial of defendant’s motion for judgment as a matter of law and … More Take the Fifth: Feb. 17, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: Jan. 19, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Brown v. Tarrant County, Texas, 19-10594, appeal from N.D. Tex. Duncan, J. (Clement, Ho, Duncan), § 1983, qualified immunity Affirming dismissal of civilly committed violent sex offender’s § 1983 claims against county and sheriff for a 20-day confinement in the county jail during which he did not receive his sex-offender treatment. The … More Take the Fifth: Jan. 19, 2021 opinions