November 8, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Barlow, 18-30994, appeal from M.D. La. Southwick, J. (Clement, Southwick, Willett), habeas corpus, ineffective assistance of counsel, Armed Career Criminal Act Affirming district court’s denial of petitioner’s § 2255 petition for post-conviction relief based on ineffective assistance of counsel and the application of the Armed Career Criminal Act. Petitioner pled … More November 8, 2021, opinions

November 5-6, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication Houston v. Texas Department of Agriculture, 20-20591, appeal from S.D. Tex. Higginson, J. (King, Higginson, Wilson), retaliation, Family and Medical Leave Act, Rehabilitation Act Affirming summary judgment dismissal of plaintiff’s claims of retaliation for exercising rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act and for discrimination under the Rehabilitation Act. The Court … More November 5-6, 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

November 2, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication Kapordelis v. Myers, 19-30968, appeal from W.D. La. Wilson, J. (King, Higginson, Wilson), habeas corpus Affirming denial of § 2241 petition filed by federal inmate as to his disciplinary conviction and deprivation of 27 days of good-conduct time upon being found to have violated Bureau of Prisons Disciplinary Code 218 for destruction … More November 2, 2021, opinions

November 1, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Davis, 20-30593, appeal from E.D. La. King, J. (King, Smith, Haynes), criminal Affirming denial of defendant’s motion for certificate of innocence, which she filed after the Court’s reversal of her convictions for conspiracy to commit health care fraud and health care fraud and after she had been incarcerated for approximately … More November 1, 2021, opinions

October 27-29, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Sincleair, 20-10495, appeal from N.D. Tex. Davis, J. (Davis, Haynes, Oldham), Oldham, J., dissenting; criminal, sentencing Vacating sentence reached upon application of two-point enhancement for possession of dangerous weapon, and remanding for resentencing. The Court held, “[I]t is not clear whether the district court determined that Sincleair personally possessed the … More October 27-29, 2021, opinions

October 26, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication Mandawala v. Northeast Baptist Hospital, 20-50981, appeal from W.D. Tex. Smith, J. (Jones, Smith, Haynes), Haynes, J., concurring in judgment only; discrimination, recusal Affirming dismissal of pro se plaintiff’s claims against school, arising from failure of classes, for racial discrimination, First Amendment retaliation, loss of procedural due process, defamation, and intentional infliction … More October 26, 2021, opinions

October 21-25, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication Ghedi v. Mayorkas, 20-10995, appeal from N.D. Tex. Willett, J. (Stewart, Costa, Willett), Fourth Amendment, Administrative Procedures Act Affirming dismissal of plaintiff’s Fourth Amendment and APA claims against various federal officials in their official capacities arising from being subjected to air travel restrictions and inconveniences. While the Court disagreed with the district … More October 21-25, 2021, opinions

October 20, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Martinez, 20-50984, appeal from W.D. Tex. Costa, J. (King, Costa, Ho), criminal, sentencing, supervised release Granting Anders motion to appointed defense counsel to withdraw as no non-frivolous grounds for appeal exist, but specifically addressing why there is not a non-frivolous argument that the orally pronounced terms of supervised release did … More October 20, 2021, opinions

October 19, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication Talasek v. National Oilwell Varco, L.P., 21-20069, appeal from S.D. Tex. Clement, J. (Owen, Clement, Duncan), insurance, ERISA Affirming summary judgment in favor of defendant employer in its capacity as the ERISA administrator of the plaintiff’s deceased husband, dismissing the plaintiff’s estoppel claim for life insurance proceeds following her husband’s death. The … More October 19, 2021, opinions