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Judge Smith's Selected Opinions
In re Application of United States, 2014 WL 3513120 (S.D. Tex. 2014)
(Stored Communications Act does not authorize continuous monitoring of cell phone location data);
Jornaleros de Las Palmas v. City of League City, 945 F.Supp.2d 779 (S.D. Tex. 2013)
(First Amendment challenge to state pedestrian solicitation law as applied to day laborers);
In re Warrant to Search a Target Computer at Premises Unknown, 958 F.Supp.2d 753 (S.D.Tex. 2013)
(denying government warrant request to hack computer under Rule 41);
Miller v. Homecomings Financial, LLC, 881 F.Supp.2d 825 (S.D. Tex. 2012)
(homeowner standing to challenge assignment of deed of trust in wrongful foreclosure action);
Givens v. Will Do, Inc. Houston, 2012 WL 1597309 (S.D. Tex. 2012)
(calculating unpaid overtime for non-exempt salaried employees under FLSA);
In re Application of United States for Historical Cell Site Data, 747 F.Supp.2d 827 (S.D.Tex. 2010)
(government access to cell phone location records and the Fourth Amendment);
Hartfield v. Quarterman, 603 F.Supp. 2d 943 (S.D. Tex. 2009) (habeas petition challenging validity of Governor’s commutation of sentence following reversal of capital murder conviction);
United States v. Rix, 574 F. Supp.2d 726 (S. D. Tex. 2008)
(due process and forced medication to restore competency);
In re Sealing and Non-Disclosure of Pen/Trap/2703(d) Orders, 562 F. Supp.2d 876 (S.D. Tex. 2008)
(public access to judicial orders);
Marroquin v. City of Pasadena, 524 F. Supp.2d 857 (S.D. Tex. 2007)
(Title VII hostile environment and retaliation);
Buzek v. Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc., 501 F. Supp.2d 876 (S.D.Tex. 2007)
(compensable commuting time under 1996 FLSA amendment);
Celanese Corp. v. Coastal Water Auth., 475 F. Supp.2d 623 (S.D. Tex. 2007)
(CERCLA environmental clean-up);
In re Application of the United States, 441.F.Supp.2d 816 (S.D. Tex. 2006)
(denying law enforcement access to “post cut-through dialed digits” under ECPA);
In re Application for Pen Register with Cell Site Location Authority, 396 F. Supp.2d 747 (S.D. Tex. 2005)
(denying government access to cell phone location data under ECPA);
Moreland v. Federal Bureau of Prisons, 363 F.Supp. 882 (S.D. Tex. 2005), rev’d 431 F.3d 180 (5th Cir. 2005), cert.denied 547 U.S. 1106 (2006) (Stevens, J., statement on denial of certiorari) (habeas challenge to computation of federal good time credit);
Riley v. Walgreen Co., 233 F.R.D. 496 (S.D. Tex. 2005)
(status of pending state court discovery requests after removal to federal court).