April 12, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Bitco General Insurance Corp. v. Monroe Guaranty Insurance Co., 19-51012, appeal from W.D. Tex. Higginbotham, J. (Higginbotham, Jones, Higginson), insurance Affirming summary judgment that defendant insurer owed a duty to defend a commercial driller that it insured along with the plaintiff insurer under the commercial general liability policies, upon receipt of Texas … More April 12, 2022, opinions

October 15, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication Butler v. Denka Performance Elastomer, L.L.C., 20-30365, appeal from E.D. La. Higginson, J. (Haynes, Higginson, Oldham), Haynes, J., dissenting in part; Oldham, J., dissenting in part; toxic tort, removal Affirming the district court’s denial of plaintiff’s motion to remand this CAFA-removed toxic tort suit; reversing 12(b)(6) dismissal of plaintiff’s claims against former … More October 15, 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: Jan. 22, 2021 opinions

Designated foro publication U.S. v. Warren, 19-10805, appeal from N.D. Tex. Willett, J. (Wiener, Costa, Willett), criminal, fraud, sufficiency of evidence, sentencing Affirming conviction and sentence of 114 months and 102 months for two defendants on eight counts arising from fraudulent telemarketing scam to ostensibly cancel timeshares. The Court held that there was sufficient evidence … More Take the Fifth: Jan. 22, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: Dec. 11 and 14, 2020 opinions

Designated for publication Stelly v. Duriso, 19-20160, appeal from S.D. Tex. Haynes, J. (Jones, Haynes, Ho), Ho. J., concurring in part; intentional infliction of emotional distress, employment discrimination Vacating district court’s default judgment in favor of plaintiff on intentional infliction of emotional distress (“IIED”) claim against individual defendant in lawsuit against unions and maritime association … More Take the Fifth: Dec. 11 and 14, 2020 opinions

Take the Fifth: Dec. 1, 2020 opinions

Designated for publication Thomas v. Lumpkin, 17-20661, appeal from S.D. Tex. Jones, J., order denying en banc rehearing, joined by Owen, Jones, Smith, Southwick, Haynes, Costa, Ho, Duncan, Engelhardt, Oldham, Wilson, JJ.; Graves, J., dissenting from denial of rehearing, joines by Elrod, J. (Stewart, Dennis, Elrod, Graves, Higginson, Willett, voting to rehear); habeas corpus, ineffective … More Take the Fifth: Dec. 1, 2020 opinions

Take the Fifth: Oct. 12, 2020 opinions

Martinez v. Pompeo, 19-41041, appeal from S.D. Tex., designated for publication per curiam (King, Graves, Oldham), immigration, Administrative Procedures Act Affirming dismissal of suit by plaintiffs for issuance of U.S. passport to father, who claimed to be a U.S. citizen, and for issuance of immigrant visas to his wife and step-daughter. Father had conflicting birth … More Take the Fifth: Oct. 12, 2020 opinions