Texas Foster Care System Back in Fifth Circuit

An attorney’s description Thursday before a Fifth Circuit panel of the “grave problems” in Texas’ dysfunctional foster care system – including rampant sexual abuse, unsupervised children housed together, and medical records in disarray – sounded eerily similar to recent reports of the state’s temporary housing for immigrant children.

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Fifth Circuit Takes Up Indian Child Welfare Act Adoption Law

Attorneys representing Native American tribes told a panel of Fifth Circuit judges Wednesday that a 1978 law that gives preference to Native American families when placing Native American children in foster care or for adoption is essential to preserving tribes’ culture and is not merely based on racial identification.

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Panel Hears Claims of Unfair Trials for Separated Families

Separating children from their parents at the border can easily be seen as a constitutional issue, a Fifth Circuit judge said Tuesday during a hearing about five children who were separated from their parents “indefinitely” after the parents were charged with misdemeanor offenses for crossing into the U.S. illegally.

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Appeals Court Reverses Order to Make Lenders Whole After Oil Company Bounces Back After Bankruptcy

A Fifth Circuit panel reversed a bankruptcy ruling that required Ultra Petroleum Corp. to pay roughly $400 million to creditors after the company pulled out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in an emergence the judge called “anomalous.”

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5th Circuit Hears Planned Parenthood’s License Appeal

Planned Parenthood has not followed the necessary steps to apply for a license to perform abortions at a New Orleans clinic so a federal lawsuit it filed alleging the state has delayed unnecessarily should be dismissed, a state attorney told a panel of three Fifth Circuit judges Wednesday.

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Fannie, Freddie Shareholder Suit Faces En Banc Review

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to rehear an action by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shareholders after a divided three-judge panel concluded that the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) was unconstitutional.

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