September 7-9, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. McClaren, 17-30524, appeal from E.D. La. Stewart, J. (Stewart, Higginson, Wilson), criminal, severance, Batson challenge, sufficiency of evidence, sentencing, First Step Act Granting government’s petition for panel rehearing of May 18, 2021 opinion; withdrawing previous panel opinion and substituting new one; denying defendants’ petition for panel rehearing and for rehearing … More September 7-9, 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 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

July 26, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Sharp, 20-60437, appeal from N.D. Miss. Costa, J. (Jones, Southwick, Costa), criminal, search and seizure, sufficiency of evidence, severance, Confrontation Clause, right to counsel Affirming conviction on fifteen drug trafficking and firearms counts arising from three separate incidents. The Court held there was no clear error in the district court’s … More July 26, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: Nov. 2-6, 2020 opinions

Designated for publication Pizza Inn, Inc. v. Clairday, 19-11302, appeal from N.D. Tex. Smith, J. (Smith, Clement, Oldham), breach of contract, equitable intervention doctrine Reversing district court’s upholding of jury verdict in favor of franchisee, applying equitable intervention doctrine and awarding damages and attorneys’ fees to franchisee for pizza franchise’s refusal to renew contract when … More Take the Fifth: Nov. 2-6, 2020 opinions