April 28, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Wilson v. Stroman, 20-50367, c/w Lewis v. Stroman, 20-50372, c/w Mitchell v. Stroman, 20-50380, c/w Miller v. Stroman, 20-50408, c/w Harper v. Stroman, 20-50453, appeal from W.D. Tex. Higginson, J. (Richman, Clement, Higginson), Fourth Amendment, false arrest Reversing dismissal of Fourth Amendment false arrest claims on application of the independent intermediary doctrine, … More April 28, 2022, opinions

March 19-31, 2022, opinions

(Note: While normally Take the Fifth provides more detailed summaries for opinions designated for publication and only basic disposition notes and links for unpublished opinions, because this is a catch-up post after two weeks of being away from the blog, we are just providing the links and basic disposition notes for both published and unpublished … More March 19-31, 2022, opinions

February 2, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Swenson, 20-20509, appeal from S.D. Tex. King, J. (King, Costa, Willett), criminal, sentencing, restitution, sufficiency of evidence Affirming conviction of mail fraud, sentence, and restitution award. The Court held that there was sufficient evidence to support the conviction on count of mail fraud (the jury had found defendant not guilty … More February 2, 2022, opinions

January 4, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Aviles-Tavera v. Garland, 20-60587, petition for review of BIA order Higginbotham, J. (Higginbotham, Stewart, Wilson), immigration Denying Mexican citizen’s petition for review of BIA determination that he is statutorily ineligible for withholding of removal and not entitled to protection under the Convention Against Torture. In a prior removal proceeding, the IJ determined … More January 4, 2022, opinions

December 9, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication Cleven v. Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc., No. 18-50846, c/w Brown v. Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc., No. 18-50851, appeal from W.D. Tex. Owen, C.J. (Owen, Smith, Dennis), Dennis, J., dissenting; class action, breach of contract On a Rule 23(f) appeal, reversing district court’s certification of classes in two actions against apartment company arising … More December 9, 2021, opinions

November 16, 2021, opinions

Unpublished VanBuren v. Spoon, 20-30662, appeal from W.D. La. per curiam (Davis, Jones, Elrod), § 1983, timeliness Dismissing appeal from dismissal of § 1983 claims, on basis that constructive notice of appeal was untimely. U.S. v. Escobedo, 20-40565, appeal from S.D. Tex. per curiam (Barksdale, Costa, Engelhardt), criminal, supervised release Affirming revocation of supervised release … More November 16, 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 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 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

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