October 12, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Securities and Exchange Commission v. Blackburn, 20-30464, appeal from E.D. La. Costa, J. (Dennis, Higginson, Costa), securities law Affirming the district court’s summary judgment in favor of the SEC against three defendants for selling unregistered securities and misleading investors in operating a penny stock company, and affirming remedy of disgorgement of defendants’ … More October 12, 2021 opinions

September 10, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Barilla v. City of Houston, 20-20535, appeal from S.D. Tex. Higginson, J. (Owen, Clement, Higginson), First Amendment, standing Reversing district court’s dismissal on grounds of lack of standing of First Amendment suit by plaintiff, an accordionist and would-be busker, challenging Houston ordinances that restrict busking. Plaintiff alleges “that but for the Busking … More September 10, 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 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: Dec. 4, 2020 opinions

Designated for publication Jones v. New Orleans Regional Physician Hospital Organization, Inc., 19-31027, appeal from E.D. La. Jones, J. (Higginbotham, Jones, Higginson), Fair Labor Standards Act Affirming summary judgment in favor of defendant employer, dismissing white-collar employees’ claims for violation of the FLSA. The Court rejected plaintiffs’ argument that their job duties did not fall … More Take the Fifth: Dec. 4, 2020 opinions