September 27-28, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Rodriguez v. Garland, 20-60008, petition for appeal pf BIA order Higginbotham, J. (Higginbotham, Willett, Duncan), immigration Granting Uruguayan citizen’s petition for review of BIA order dismissing appeal from IJ’s denial of his motion to reopen removal proceedings and rescind his absentia removal order, and remanding for further proceedings consistent with Niz-Chavez v. … More September 27-28, 2021 opinions

July 6, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Goodrich v. U.S., 20-30422, appeal from W.D. La. Stewart, J. (Higginbotham, Stewart, Wilson), tax, successions Certifying questions of Louisiana successions law to Louisiana Supreme Court in order to resolve issue of plaintiffs’ standing to challenge IRS’s levy on the plaintiffs’ father’s succession account. When plaintiffs’ mother died, she left her interest in … More July 6, 2021 opinions

July 1, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Adeeko v. Garland, 19-60703, petition for review of BIA order Wilson, J. (Clement, Haynes, Wilson), Haynes, J., concurring; immigration Denying petition for review of BIA order affirming IJ’s order of removal of Nigerian citizen after the Department of Homeland Security charged him as being removable upon his conviction of online solicitation of … More July 1, 2021 opinions

June 29, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Tinney, 20-10849, appeal from N.D. Tex. per curiam (Davis, Duncan, Oldham), criminal, sentencing Affirming 18-month revocation sentence, plus an additional five years of supervised release, for recidivist sexual offender. The Court held that the district court did not commit plain error in mistakenly conflating criminal history score with criminal history … More June 29, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: May 4, 2021 opinions

Unpublished U.S. v. Lara-Benito, 19-41002, appeal from E.D. Tex. per curiam (Davis, Elrod, Oldham), criminal Granting Anders motion to withdraw, and dismissing appeal. Florence v. Lumpkin, 19-41036, appeal from S.D. Tex. per curiam (Willett, Ho, Duncan), prisoner suit Dismissing appeal of dismissal of prisoner suit, for lack of timely notice of appeal. U.S. v. Renteria-Patino, … More Take the Fifth: May 4, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: April 19, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Phillips v. Sanofi US Services, Inc., 20-30405, appeal from E.D. La. per curiam (King, Smith, Haynes), product liability Affirming summary judgment dismissal of plaintiff’s failure-to-warn claim regarding permanent hair-loss from chemotherapy drug Taxotere, on finding that, under Louisiana law, there was a lack of causation because there was no genuine dispute that … More Take the Fifth: April 19, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: March 29-31, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Burney, 20-10529, appeal from N.D. Tex. Smith, J. (King, Smith, Haynes), criminal, sentencing Affirming 60-month sentence on guilty plea to wire fraud. The presentence report recommended a guideline range of 12-18 months, “[b]ased on the severity of the offense, Burney’s acceptance of responsibility, and his criminal history,” but the district … More Take the Fifth: March 29-31, 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: Feb. 26, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Wickfire, LLC v. Woodruff, 17-50340, appeal from W.D. Tex. Owen, C.J. (Owen, Dennis, Southwick), sufficiency of evidence, jurisdiction, Lanham Act, tortious interference, civil conspiracy Affirming in part and reversing in part district court judgment based on jury verdict on cross-claims between two internet advertising ventures arising from auctions for Google ad placement … More Take the Fifth: Feb. 26, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: Feb. 5, 2021 opinions

Unpublished U.S. v. Taylor, 19-10261, appeal from N.D. Tex. Higginson, J. (Stewart, Higginson, Wilson), criminal, sentencing Affirming above-guidelines sentence following guilty plea to one count of attempted bank robbery and one count of using, carrying, brandishing, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. U.S. v. Valdez, 19-11158, appeal from … More Take the Fifth: Feb. 5, 2021 opinions