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

November 15, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication BVS Construction, Inc. v. Prosperity Bank, 21-50274, appeal from W.D. Tex. Clement, J. (Clement, Southwick, Willett), bankruptcy, res judicata Affirming district court’s and bankruptcy court’s overruling of debtor’s claim objection to secured creditor’s proof of claim, on basis that “res judicata, judicial estoppel, and judicial admission barred [debtor’s] claim objection on the … More November 15, 2021, opinions

November 3, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication Stevens v. St. Tammany Parish Government, 20-30644, appeal from E.D. La. Higginson, J. (King, Higginson, Wilson), environmental law, res judicata Affirming dismissal of state-law claims arising from sewage and stormwater drainage across plaintiffs’ properties on res judicata grounds, and affirming dismissal of Clean Water Act claims for failure to state a claim. … More November 3, 2021, opinions

October 1-4, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Goldring v. U.S., 20-30723, appeal from E.D. La. Engelhardt, J. (Jones, Southwick, Engelhardt), tax Affirming in part and reversing in part district court’s summary judgment in favor of government dismissing taxpayers’ refund claims in their entirety. In separate litigation, one of the taxpayers had prevailed in a suit to have her stock … More October 1-4, 2021 opinions

July 9, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Trujillo, 20-10679, appeal from N.D. Tex. Ho, J. (King, Dennis, Ho), criminal, sentencing Reforming judgment to reflect the conviction for illegal reentry after removal should be pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 1326(b)(1) for illegal reentry after a conviction for a felony other than an aggravated felony, rather than under 18 … More July 9, 2021 opinions

June 17, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication SED Holdings, LLC v. St. John, 19-20841, appeal from S.D. Tex. Duncan, J. (Haynes, Duncan, Engelhardt), fraud, breach of contract, res judicata, judicial estoppel Affirming judgment of fraud, but finding damages excessive and remanding for remittitur, and vacating judgment of breach of contract, and remanding for further proceedings. This case arose from … More June 17, 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: Jan. 1 – 11, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Ovalles v. Rosen, 17-60438, petition for review of BIA order Jones, J. (Jones, Smith, Elrod), immigration, equitable tolling On remand from the Supreme Court, denying petition for review of BIA order denying motion to reopen and failing to apply equitable tolling. The Court had originally dismissed the petition for review for lack … More Take the Fifth: Jan. 1 – 11, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: Nov. 18, 2020 opinions

Unpublished Velazquez v. U.S., 19-10138, appeal from N.D. Tex. per curiam (Barksdale, Elrod, Ho), Federal Tort Claims Act, prisoner suit, jurisdiction Affirming 12(b)(1) dismissal of federal prisoner’s FTCA claim for injuries received responding to a fellow inmate’s calls for assistance, as the Inmate Accident Compensation Act provided the exclusive remedy. Jones v. Lubbock County Hospital … More Take the Fifth: Nov. 18, 2020 opinions