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 25, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Jennings v. Towers Watson, 19-11028, appeal from N.D. Tex. Higginson, J. (King, Higginson, Wilson), Title VII, employment discrimination, Americans with Disabilities Act Affirming summary judgment in favor of former-employer defendant on plaintiff’s claims for state-law civil conspiracy, hostile work environment under Title VII and the ADA, disability discrimination under the ADA, racial … More August 25, 2021 opinions

August 20, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Maxim Crane Works, L.P. v. Zurich American Insurance Co., 19-20489, appeal from S.D. Tex. per curiam (Smith, Ho, Oldham), insurance, Texas Anti-Indemnity Act, standing Certifying question of interpretation of the term “employee” in the Texas Anti-Indemnity Act to the Texas Supreme Court; and holding that district court did not err in declining … More August 20, 2021 opinions

August 2, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Kaswatuka v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 20-10632, appeal from N.D. Tex. Stewart, J. (Stewart, Costa, Willett), employment discrimination, Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act Affirming 12(b)(6) dismissal of plaintiff’s employment discrimination claims against the TSA. The Court first held that the plaintiff had waived any arguments other than those directly related … More August 2, 2021 opinions

July 14, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Castro, 18-10137, appeal from N.D. Tex. Oldham, J. (Ho, Oldham, Wilson), habeas corpus Vacating certificate of appealability and dismissing appeal. “A judge on our court granted Adrian Castro a certificate of appealability. It’s undisputed that the COA is invalid under 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2)–(3) because it fails to specify a … More July 14, 2021 opinions

June 24, 2021 opinions

Unpublished Creuzot v. Green, 19-10864, appeal from N.D. Tex. per curiam (Clement, Higginson, Engelhardt), appellate jurisdiction Dismissing appeal for lack of jurisdiction, where appellant timely appealed from a merits judgment under the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, which was separate from a later-issued fee award judgment, but appellant only briefed the fee-award issue that was not … More June 24, 2021 opinions

June 8-9, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Midwestern Cattle Marketing, LLC v. Legend Bank, N.A., 20-10663, appeal from N.D. Tex. Barker, J., by desig. (Smith, Ho, Barker), decretal language, summary judgment Affirming the summary judgment entered by the district court on remand from prior appeal in matter. The Court rejected plaintiff’s argument that an unjust enrichment claim was still … More June 8-9, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: June 2-3, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Butler v. Porter, 19-30029, appeal from W.D. La. Haynes, J. (Owen, Dennis, Haynes), Bivens claim Affirming in part, affirming the district court’s dismissal of Bivens claim for First Amendment retaliation claims and for due process claims, and affirming the district court’s denial of motions to file surreply briefs and to file amended … More Take the Fifth: June 2-3, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: May 6 and 7, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Gas Pipe, Inc., 19-11145, appeal from N.D. Tex. Higginson, J. (Haynes, Higginson, Oldham), criminal, sufficiency of evidence, fraud, sentencing Affirming conviction for conspiracy to defraud the United Stated for defrauding the FDA by mislabeling or selling synthetic cannabinoids marked as “not meant for human consumption” as “spice” for smoking; and … More Take the Fifth: May 6 and 7, 2021 opinions