August 26-31, 2022, opinions

(Abbreviated summaries on this group of opinions, due to some heavy briefing obligations in our practice that have shortened our time to draft more detailed summaries of these opinions) Designated for publication Unpublished

August 25, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Garcia v. Orta, 21-50890, appeal from W.D. Tex. Southwick, J. (Smith, Wiener, Southwick), qualified immunity Reversing denial of summary judgment and rendering summary judgment in favor of arresting officers on qualified immunity grounds, dismissing plaintiff’s suit for detention without probable cause for DWI. Plaintiff had been held in pretrial detention, unable to … More August 25, 2022, opinions

August 19, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication NexPoint Advisors, L.P. v. Highland Capital Management, L.P., 21-10449, appeal from N.D. Tex. Duncan, J. (Wiener, Graves, Duncan), bankruptcy Affirming in large part confirmation order in investment firm’s bankruptcy; but reversing that portion of the liquidation plan that exculpated certain non-debtors in violation of 11 U.S.C. § 524(e). The Court first held … More August 19, 2022, opinions

July 15, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Williams v. City of Yazoo, 20-61061, appeal from S.D. Miss. Costa, J. (Clement, Graves, Costa), qualified immunity Affirming denial of qualified immunity as to individual officers in case arising from detainee’s death from internal bleeding while in county jail after being assaulted with a metal pipe and after jailers repeatedly ignored his … More July 15, 2022, opinions

July 14, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Fairchild v. Coryell County, 20-50237, appeal from W.D. Tex. Costa, J. (Jolly, Southwick, Costa), excessive force, qualified immunity Reversing summary judgment in favor of jailer defendants and county on plaintiffs’ excessive force claims arising from the jailers’ forceful pinning of a pretrial detainee to the floor of her cell until she died, … More July 14, 2022, opinions

July 11, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Kelley, 20-20580, appeal from S.D. Tex. Jones, J. (Jones, Southwick, Oldham), Oldham, J., concurring in judgment; criminal, Speedy Trial Act, sentencing Affirming conviction on being a felon in possession of a firearm, affirming application of sentence enhancement for reckless endangerment, but vacating determination that prior state conviction of attempted aggravated … More July 11, 2022, opinions

June 20-28, 2022, opinions

(Still in catch-up mode here, so the opinions designated for publication will get the same brief treatment as the unpublished opinions …) Designated for publication Whole Woman’s Health v. Young, 18-50730, appeal from W.D. Tex. per curiam (Barksdale, Stewart, Costa), abortion law Vacating injunction of Texas law regarding disposal of embryonic and fetal tissue after … More June 20-28, 2022, opinions

June 16-17, 2022, opinions

(Still in catch-up mode here, so the opinions designated for publication will get the same brief treatment as the unpublished opinions …) Designated for publication Durbois v. Deutsche Bank National Trust Co., 20-11082, appeal from N.D. Tex. Oldham, J. (Jolly, Haynes, Oldham), foreclosure, diversity jurisdiction Reversing district court’s dismissal of homeowner’s suit arising from the … More June 16-17, 2022, opinions