Fifth Circuit Panel Issues Scheduling Order with Concurrence Imploring Transferee District Court in New Jersey to Return a Case to Texas

In Defense Distributed v. Platkin, No. 22-50669 (5th Cir. Sept. 16, 2022), two concurring judges in a per curiam scheduling order issue an unusual plea to a district court judge in another circuit to return a case to Texas as an “act of inter-district comity, mutual respect, and courtesy.” The case involves a company thatContinue reading “Fifth Circuit Panel Issues Scheduling Order with Concurrence Imploring Transferee District Court in New Jersey to Return a Case to Texas”

En Banc Fifth Circuit Reaffirms Fourteenth Amendment Limits on Fifth Amendment Personal Jurisdiction Over a Foreign Defendant, Rejecting Bid to Overrule Prior Decisional Law on This Issue

In Douglass v. Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, No. 20-30379 (5th Cir. Aug. 16, 2022) (en banc), the Fifth Circuit holds 12-5 that the Fourteenth Amendment due process standards for personal jurisdiction over foreign defendants applies equally to the Fifth Amendment due process clause. A prior panel decision had agreed, see May 3, 2021 blog, butContinue reading “En Banc Fifth Circuit Reaffirms Fourteenth Amendment Limits on Fifth Amendment Personal Jurisdiction Over a Foreign Defendant, Rejecting Bid to Overrule Prior Decisional Law on This Issue”

Split Fifth Circuit Panel Holds That Parents of Children with Disabilities Lacked Article III Standing to Demand Mask-Mandates Against COVID in Public Schools

In E.T. v. Paxton, No. 21-51083 (5th Cir. July 25, 2022), a Fifth Circuit panel splits three ways on whether a group of parents had standing to sue Texas Governor Greg Abbott, the state’s attorney general, and other officers to enjoin an executive order that banned mask mandates in schools, specifically as an accommodation forContinue reading “Split Fifth Circuit Panel Holds That Parents of Children with Disabilities Lacked Article III Standing to Demand Mask-Mandates Against COVID in Public Schools”

Oral Bench Ruling Was Final Decision That Triggered Running of Time to Appeal, Holds Fifth Circuit

In Ueckert v. Guerra, No. 22-40263 (5th Cir. June 27, 2022), the Fifth Circuit dismissed as untimely an appeal filed 412 days after a verbal bench order was entered on the docket. “There is at least one exception to the maxim ‘no news is good news.’ When a lawyer has an outstanding motion but hasn’tContinue reading “Oral Bench Ruling Was Final Decision That Triggered Running of Time to Appeal, Holds Fifth Circuit”

District Court May Not Look Behind a State Court’s Application of Its Own Procedural Law on Motion to Remand Under 28 U.S.C. § 1446, Holds Fifth Circuit

In Turner v. GoAuto Insurance, No. 22-30103 (5th Cir. May 2, 2022), the Fifth Circuit holds that a district court properly remanded a class action to state court under 28 U.S.C. § 1446 when it accepted an amended complaint, filed two days before the removal petition, as the operative complaint that limited the class solelyContinue reading “District Court May Not Look Behind a State Court’s Application of Its Own Procedural Law on Motion to Remand Under 28 U.S.C. § 1446, Holds Fifth Circuit”

Fifth Circuit Judges Clash in Gun “Free Speech” Case About Whether Mandamus Was Appropriate Relief to Vacate Joint Severance and Transfer Order

In Defense Distributed v. Bruck, No. 21-50327 (5th Cir. Apr. 1, 2022), a 2-1 panel of the Fifth Circuit issues a writ of mandamus directing a federal judge in the Western District of Texas to vacate an order severing and transferring part of a case to the District of New Jersey, and to request thatContinue reading “Fifth Circuit Judges Clash in Gun “Free Speech” Case About Whether Mandamus Was Appropriate Relief to Vacate Joint Severance and Transfer Order”

Fifth Circuit Orders Hearing Into Whether Criminal Defendant Was Denied Sixth Amendment Rights When Her Lawyer Also Represented “Government’s Star Witness” Against Her

In United States v. Sheperd, No. 19-20073 (5th Cir. Mar. 8, 2022), the Fifth Circuit remands a case for a hearing about whether the defendant’s Sixth Amendment rights were violated when “her pretrial lawyer—who represented her until days before trial—also represented one of the Government’s star witnesses.” “Ann Sheperd owned and operated a home-health agency.Continue reading “Fifth Circuit Orders Hearing Into Whether Criminal Defendant Was Denied Sixth Amendment Rights When Her Lawyer Also Represented “Government’s Star Witness” Against Her”

District Court Judge Confused Prudential and Subject-Matter Jurisdiction Leading to Premature Dismissal, Holds Fifth Circuit

In Abraugh v. Altimus, No. 21-30205 (5th Cir. Feb. 14, 2022), the Fifth Circuit holds that the district court cut short a plaintiff’s opportunity to proceed with her complaint by ruling erroneously that there was no subject-matter jurisdiction over the claim. “Karen Abraugh brought this suit over the wrongful death of her son Randall. AuthoritiesContinue reading “District Court Judge Confused Prudential and Subject-Matter Jurisdiction Leading to Premature Dismissal, Holds Fifth Circuit”

Fifth Circuit Offers Litigants A Primer About When They Need to Cross-Appeal Versus Urging Affirmance on Alternative Grounds

In Domain Protection LLC v. Sea Wasp LLC, No. 20-40411 (5th Cir. Jan 13, 2022), the panel uses the occasion of “three appeals arising from one lawsuit—one from the plaintiff, one from the defendant, one from [a] sanctioned lawyer— . . . to clarify when arguments should be made in responsive briefing and when theyContinue reading “Fifth Circuit Offers Litigants A Primer About When They Need to Cross-Appeal Versus Urging Affirmance on Alternative Grounds”

Fed. R. Evid. 103(b) Requires Renewal of Objection at Trial If Order on Motion in Limine Is Modified or Violated at Trial, Holds Fifth Circuit

In United States v. Lara, No. 20-50112 (5th Cir. Jan. 11, 2022), the Fifth Circuit grants only plain-error review on a claim of evidentiary error, when two criminal defendants – who won an exclusionary order in a pretrial motion in limine – failed to renew their objection when the government elicited the disputed testimony atContinue reading “Fed. R. Evid. 103(b) Requires Renewal of Objection at Trial If Order on Motion in Limine Is Modified or Violated at Trial, Holds Fifth Circuit”