June 22, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Dean v. Akal Security, Inc., 20-30306, appeal from W.D. La. Southwick, J. (Higginbotham, Southwick, Engelhardt), Fair Labor Standards Act Affirming summary judgment in favor of defendant on FLSA claims arising from meal-period policy that automatically deducted one hour of pay from employees of security company whose employees accompanied deportees being flown to … More June 22, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: April 28, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Onyeri, 18-50869, appeal from W.D. Tex. Clement, J. (Owen, Clement, Higginson), criminal, RICO, search and seizure Affirming RICO conviction for pattern of criminal activity culminating in attempted assassination attempt on state judge. The Court held that the district court did not err in denying a motion to suppress evidence from … More Take the Fifth: April 28, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: April 21, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Thibodeaux v. Sanofi U.S. Services, Inc., 20-30104, appeal from E.D. La. Southwick, J. (Jolly, Southwick, Costa), timeliness, contra non valentem Affirming district court’s summary judgment dismissal of products liability claims regarding permanent hair loss from chemotherapy drug Taxotere, on the basis that the claims were facially prescribed under Louisiana law and that … More Take the Fifth: April 21, 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: April 14, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Williams, 20-40157, appeal from S.D. Tex. Oldham, J. (Higginbotham, Costa, Oldham), criminal, restitution Affirming restitution award of more than $2 million for defendant on guilty plea conviction of four counts of wire fraud involving purported sales of cattle in which defendant absconded with the money without producing the cattle. “The … More Take the Fifth: April 14, 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 5, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Playa Vista Conroe, a Condominium Association v. Insurance Co. of the West, 20-20307, appeal from S.D. Tex. Oldham, J. (Higginbotham, Costa, Oldham), insurance Affirming summary judgment holding insurer liable for coverage of Hurricane Harvey damage to boat slips suffered by condo association when the Lake Conroe Dam was opened by the San … More Take the Fifth: March 5, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: March 4, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Clark, 19-10186, appeal from N.D. Tex. Costa, J. (Higginbotham, Costa, Oldham), criminal, garnishment Affirming district court’s garnishment order on defendant’s brokerage account and IRA account funds, as not being “income” necessary to comply with child support orders. After examining the distinction between “income” and “assets,” the Court held that “the … More Take the Fifth: March 4, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: Feb. 9, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Lucio v. Lumpkin, 16-70027, appeal from S.D. Tex. 115 pages of opinions: Oldham, J., plurality op. of Court (joined by Owen, Jones, Smith, Ho, Duncan, Engelhardt, JJ.); Southwick, J., concurring (joined by Costa, Willett, JJ.); Higginbotham, J., dissenting; Elrod, J., dissenting (joined by Higginson, J.); Haynes, J., dissenting (joined by Higginbotham, Stewart, … More Take the Fifth: Feb. 9, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: Feb. 8, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Medel-Guadalupe, 19-40901, appeal from S.D. Tex. per curiam (Jones, Haynes, Ho), criminal, sentencing, supervised release Withdrawing opinion issued on Oct. 27, 2020, and entering new opinion, affirming sentence of 120 months’ imprisonment and three years’ supervised release for guilty plea to one count of harboring illegal aliens, and consecutive sentence … More Take the Fifth: Feb. 8, 2021 opinions