Fifth Circuit Denies “Exceptional” Request for Intervention into an Appeal

In Richardson v. Texas Sec’y of State, No. 20-50774 (5th Cir. Nov. 12, 2020), the court addresses the motion of three voters who sought and failed to intervene into a voting-rights case in the district court, then sought to intervene into the appeal. The three voters moved in the district court under Fed. R. Civ.Continue reading “Fifth Circuit Denies “Exceptional” Request for Intervention into an Appeal”

No Appellate Jurisdiction Over Foreign Discovery Dispute Under 28 U.S.C. § 1782, Holds Fifth Circuit

In Banca Pueyo SA v. Lone Star Fund IX (US), No. 20-10049 (5th Cir. Oct. 27, 2020), the Fifth Circuit holds that it lacked jurisdiction to hear an ongoing dispute about the scope of discovery in a proceeding under 28 U.S.C. § 1782. “Section 1782 is the most recent version of statutes that for moreContinue reading “No Appellate Jurisdiction Over Foreign Discovery Dispute Under 28 U.S.C. § 1782, Holds Fifth Circuit”

Just in Time for Halloween, Fifth Circuit Reanimates Challenge to “Zombie” Law

In Pool v. City of Houston, No. 19-20828 (5th Cir. Oct. 23, 2020), the Fifth Circuit holds that the district court had subject-matter jurisdiction to consider a constitutional challenge to a petitioning ordinance deemed unconstitutional 20 years earlier and arguably no longer enforced. “It is often said that courts ‘strike down’ laws when ruling themContinue reading “Just in Time for Halloween, Fifth Circuit Reanimates Challenge to “Zombie” Law”

On a Third Go-Around, Fifth Circuit Puts Down Its Chancellor’s Foot

In M.D. v. Abbott, No. 19-41015 (5th Cir. Oct. 16, 2020), the Fifth Circuit – while recognizing “the good faith of the district judge in this case” – wrests control over a statewide injunction of Texas’s foster-care system. “Plaintiffs are a certified class of minor children in the permanent managing conservatorship (PMC) of the TexasContinue reading “On a Third Go-Around, Fifth Circuit Puts Down Its Chancellor’s Foot”

Fifth Circuit Remands Challenge to ACA Shared-Responsibility Payments for the District Court to Reconsider Mootness

In Dierlam v. Trump, No. 18-20440 (5th Cir. Oct. 15, 2020), the Fifth Circuit holds that the district court was too hasty to judge whether changes in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) entirely mooted a claim to recover “shared responsibility” payments. In this pro se case, plaintiff sought “retrospective and prospective relief for myriad allegedContinue reading “Fifth Circuit Remands Challenge to ACA Shared-Responsibility Payments for the District Court to Reconsider Mootness”

Poky Litigants Cannot Make Use of “Capable of Repetition, Yet Evading Review” Exception to Mootness, Holds Fifth Circuit

In Empower Texans, Inc. v. Geren, No. 19-50577 (5th Cir. Oct. 5, 2020), a Fifth Circuit panel holds that a lawsuit mooted by the end of a legislative session could not be revived by the “capable of repetition, yet evading review” exception where the plaintiffs supposedly didn’t move fast enough to vindicate their rights. DefendantContinue reading “Poky Litigants Cannot Make Use of “Capable of Repetition, Yet Evading Review” Exception to Mootness, Holds Fifth Circuit”

Texas District Court Lacked Personal Jurisdiction to Vacate an Arbitration Award in Florida, Fifth Circuit Holds

In Sayers Constr., LLC v. Timberline Constr., Inc., No 19-51099 (5th Cir. Oct. 2, 2020), the panel affirms dismissal of a vacatur action on the ground that it would not comport with Due Process to review a Florida arbitration award in Texas. Plaintiff Sayers filed suit in the Western District of Texas to vacate anContinue reading “Texas District Court Lacked Personal Jurisdiction to Vacate an Arbitration Award in Florida, Fifth Circuit Holds”

Fifth Circuit Lacks Appellate Jurisdiction Over Appeal of $125,000 Attorneys’ Fee Sanction Because the Notice of Appeal Failed to Name the Lawyer Who Was Taking the Appeal

The biggest USA pop record of 2012, “Thrift Shop” by hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, spawned litigation for copyright infringement by New Orleans-based musician Paul Batiste. In Batiste v. Lewis, No. 19-30400 (5th Cir. Sept. 22, 2020), the panel affirms summary judgment in favor of defendants. Adding insult to injury, the panel holdsContinue reading “Fifth Circuit Lacks Appellate Jurisdiction Over Appeal of $125,000 Attorneys’ Fee Sanction Because the Notice of Appeal Failed to Name the Lawyer Who Was Taking the Appeal”

Fifth Circuit Eats Crow As It Withdraws Entire Decision on the Merits, Finding That the Notices of Appeal Were Filed Too Late

In Edwards v. 4JLJ, LLC, No. 19-40553 (5th Cir. Sept. 21, 2020), a panel of the Fifth Circuit reconsiders an appeal from a Fair Labor Standards Act trial and concludes that the merits decision must be almost-entirely withdrawn, owing to the cross-notices of appeal being filed too late. In the prior opinion, Edwards v. 4JLJ,Continue reading “Fifth Circuit Eats Crow As It Withdraws Entire Decision on the Merits, Finding That the Notices of Appeal Were Filed Too Late”

Plaintiff Did Not Deprive Federal Court of Subject-Matter Jurisdiction Over FAA Vacatur Petition by Selectively Naming Defendants, Fifth Circuit Holds

In Badgerow v. Walters, No. 19-30766 (5th Cir. Sept. 15, 2020), the Fifth Circuit holds that the “look-through” analysis for determining federal jurisdiction in actions to compel arbitration under Section 4 of the FAA reviews the entire underlying dispute in arbitration, not just the specific claims included in the petition. Plaintiff – a terminated employeeContinue reading “Plaintiff Did Not Deprive Federal Court of Subject-Matter Jurisdiction Over FAA Vacatur Petition by Selectively Naming Defendants, Fifth Circuit Holds”