Cattle Quarantine

The Fifth Circuit upheld the dismissal of cattle owners’ claim for damages against the federal government relating to the loss of livestock during a temporary fever tick quarantine. The owners claimed the government negligently rounded up the cattle using chutes and roping, and improperly applied an insecticide. The claims are barred by the quarantine exception to the Federal Tort Claims Act, the court ruled. 

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Fifth Circuit Strikes Down Mississippi’s 6-Week Abortion Ban

The Fifth Circuit on Thursday once again blocked Mississippi’s persistent efforts to usher in some of the nation’s most sweeping abortion restrictions, striking down a controversial ban on abortions once a fetal heartbeat has been detected – around six weeks of pregnancy.

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Gerrymandering Suit

The Fifth Circuit ruled against four white voters who sued Dallas County, claiming its 2011 redistricting plan for electing county commissioners was racially discriminatory because it provided only one “Anglo-majority district.” The court found the plaintiffs could not prove the plan amounted to “racial gerrymandering.”

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Texas Terrorist Attack

The Fifth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a case against the government brought by a security guard shot in the leg during a 2015 terrorist attack at the “First Annual Muhammed Art Exhibit and Contest” in Garland, Texas. The guard failed to prove that the actions of the FBI or its undercover agent rose to the level of “‘participating’ in an act of violence.

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