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Unpublished VanBuren v. Spoon, 20-30662, appeal from W.D. La.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

September 1-6, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Rutila v. U.S. DOTD, 20-10730, appeal from N.D. Tex. Smith, J. (Owen, Smith, Graves), Freedom of Information Act Reversing district court’s jurisdictional dismissal of pro se FOIA suit against the FAA and DOTD, and remanding for further proceedings. “The district court reasoned that, because Rutila ‘broadly challenged Defendants’ adequacy of search without … More September 1-6, 2021 opinions

August 11, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Spikes v. McVea, 19-30019, appeal from E.D. La. Higginbotham, J. (Higginbotham, Smith, Dennis), Smith, J., dissenting; prisoner suit, qualified immunity Affirming district court’s denial of qualified-immunity-based summary judgment in favor of defendant prison medical staff members, on prisoner plaintiff’s claim of an Eighth Amendment violation arising from deliberate indifference for six weeks … More August 11, 2021 opinions

July 8, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Franco v. Mabe Trucking Co., 19-30316, appeal from W.D. La. Dennis, J. (King, Jones, Dennis), Jones, J., dissenting; timeliness, venue Reversing district court’s dismissal of suit as untimely after venue was transferred under 28 U.S.C. § 1406(a) from Eastern District of Texas to Western District of Louisiana, and remanding for further proceedings. … More July 8, 2021 opinions