January 24-25, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Garrett, 17-10516, appeal from N.D. Tex. Jolly, J. (Jolly, Jones, Southwick), criminal, sentencing, Armed Career Criminal Act On remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, reinstating prior judgment reversing imposition of a lesser sentence not enhanced under the ACCA and remanding for resentencing. The panel had previously held that a prior … More January 24-25, 2022, opinions

December 6, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication Ibrahim v. Garland, 20-60936, petition for review of BIA order Smith, J. (King, Smith, Haynes), immigration Denying petition by Egyptian citizen (and lawful permanent U.S. resident) for review of BIA order to remove him to Egypt upon his conviction in Louisiana of indecent behavior with juveniles. The Court held that the government … More December 6, 2021, opinions

November 10, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication Guzman v. Allstate Assurance Co., 20-11247, appeal from N.D. Tex. Elrod, J. (Davis, Elrod, Oldham), insurance Reversing summary judgment in favor of life insurance company on widow/beneficiary’s suit for recovery of life insurance benefits after her 28-year-old husband died after suffering a seizure. The insurer determined that the insured would not have … More November 10, 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 8, 2021 opinions

Unpublished Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc. v. Snyder, 16-60773, appeal from S.D. Miss. per curiam (Owen, Dennis, Willett), abortion law Granting joint motion to dismiss appeal as moot, and remanding to district court to dismiss plaintiffs’ complaint for lack of jurisdiction. Blessit v. Texas Office of the Attorney General Galveston County Child Support Enforcement Division, 20-40135, … More October 8, 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

September 14, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Spikes v. McVea, 19-30019, appeal from E.D. La. per curiam (Higginbotham, Smith, Dennis), qualified immunity Treating petition for en banc rehearing as a petition for panel rehearing, granting panel rehearing, vacating the qualified immunity judgment of the district court, and remanding for further proceedings. “In this suit under the Eighth Amendment against … More September 14, 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

July 6, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Goodrich v. U.S., 20-30422, appeal from W.D. La. Stewart, J. (Higginbotham, Stewart, Wilson), tax, successions Certifying questions of Louisiana successions law to Louisiana Supreme Court in order to resolve issue of plaintiffs’ standing to challenge IRS’s levy on the plaintiffs’ father’s succession account. When plaintiffs’ mother died, she left her interest in … More July 6, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: June 1, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Davis v. Sumlin, 20-30010, appeal from W.D. La. Oldham, J. (Higginbotham, Smith, Oldham), habeas corpus, jurisdiction Vacating district court’s denial of petitioner’s successive habeas petition on the merits, for lack of jurisdiction due to the failure to get authorization from three-judge panel before filing successive petition; and denying COA on merits of … More Take the Fifth: June 1, 2021 opinions