Fifth Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit was established in 1891 and is based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The court has appellate jurisdiction over courts in the following districts:

Originally the Fifth Circuit also covered district courts in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida, but on October 1, 1981, under Public Law 96-452, the courts in these districts were moved under the jurisdiction of the new Eleventh Circuit. Learn about the historic Fifth Circuit courthouse here.

Browse Opinions From the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


Recent Decisions From the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Tingting Ye v. Jefferson Sessions, III
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-60726
USA v. Jose Espinosa-Nava
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-11362
USA v. Bryan Chenault
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-11438
Reinhard Drechsel v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-11651
Virginia Dunn v. Bradley Miller
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-11817
Michael Stewart v. Brad Livingston
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-20172
United States v. Dailey  
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-20517

Justia Opinion Summary: The Fifth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for five counts relating to a scheme under which he certified individuals for home health care in exchange for $400 a month. The court held that there was no Ex Post Fact...

Christopher Ware v. Louisiana Department of Corr,
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-31012
USA v. Mario Pineda-Bojorquez
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-41541
Trammell v. Fruge  
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-50981

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983 and 1988, alleging that defendants violated his Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights during his arrest. The Fifth Circuit held that plaintiff presented sufficient facts to alle...

USA v. Gonzalo Hernandez-Alamilla
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-50988
USA v. Dana Alexander
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-51017
USA v. Eliseo Cespedes-Vargas
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-51311
Maria Ortiz-Licona v. Jefferson Sessions, III
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-60268
Moody v. Farrell  
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-60684

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was arrested for felony cyberstalking for repeatedly sending mean-spirited messages to her ex-husband, but the charges were later dropped. Plaintiff then filed suit against her ex-husband and others under 42 U....