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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff-Appellee,
v.
JANKIE JACKSON (18-5676); PETER COMBS (18-6003),
Defendants-Appellants.
   Nos. 18-5676/6003
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Eastern District of Kentucky at London.
No. 6:17-cr-00014—Gregory F. Van Tatenhove, District Judge.
Argued: October 6, 2020
Decided and Filed: January 5, 2021
Before: DAUGHTREY, DONALD, and READLER, Circuit Judges.


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OPINION
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CHAD A. READLER, Circuit Judge. Jankie Jackson and Peter Combs pleaded guilty to participating in a cocaine distribution ring. Both defendants received elevated sentences, Jackson due to his role as a leader in the drug-distribution conspiracy, and Combs due to his career-offender status. Seeing no error in the district court’s conclusions, we affirm defendants’ respective sentences.



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EPLET, LLC; RACER PROPERTIES LLC,
Plaintiffs-Appellants,
v.
DTE PONTIAC NORTH, LLC; DTE ENERGY SERVICES, INC.,
Defendants-Appellees.
   No. 20-1434
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Eastern District of Michigan at Detroit.
No. 2:17-cv-11462—Stephen J. Murphy, III, District Judge.
Argued: December 2, 2020
Decided and Filed: January 5, 2021
Before: MOORE, GILMAN, and GRIFFIN, Circuit Judges.


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OPINION
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This alleged breach-of-contract case arises out of General Motors’s (“GM”) bankruptcy. In 2007, GM sold a power plant to an energy company, DTE Energy Pontiac North, LLC (“DTEPN”). GM also leased the land under the plant to DTEPN for ten years. For its part, DTEPN agreed to sell utilities produced at the plant to GM, to maintain the plant according to specific criteria, and to take care of any environmental issues caused by the plant. DTEPN’s parent company, DTE Energy Services, Inc., (“DTE Energy”)1 guaranteed that DTEPN would meet GM’s utility needs and its environmental and maintenance responsibilities, or DTE Energy itself would step in to fulfill DTEPN’s obligations.

Two years later, GM filed for bankruptcy. GM and DTEPN agreed to GM’s rejection of the above contracts, but DTEPN exercised its right as a tenant to continue occupying the power plant’s grounds. As part of GM’s reorganization, an environmental trust was created to assume ownership of some of GM’s industrial property, including the land occupied by DTEPN.

DTEPN remained in possession of the premises until the lease expired. At that time, DTEPN turned the land over to the trust, which discovered that DTEPN had allowed the power plant to fall into disrepair and contaminate the trust’s property. The trust sued DTEPN and DTE Energy for breach of contract and various other claims.

The trust’s claims against DTEPN are not before us. Instead, we focus on the trust’s attempts to hold DTE Energy responsible for its subsidiary’s alleged wrongs. As relevant here, the district court dismissed the claims against DTE Energy because (1) the trust’s allegations did not support piercing the corporate veil under Michigan law, and (2) DTE Energy’s guaranty terminated after GM rejected the associated contracts in bankruptcy. We conclude that the district court erred in both of its rulings. Accordingly, we REVERSE the district court’s dismissal of Plaintiffs’ amended complaint regarding DTE Energy; REVERSE the district court’s dismissal of Plaintiffs’ breach-of-Associated-Agreements claim regarding DTE Energy; and REMAND to the district court for proceedings consistent with this opinion.